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Driving Solo and staying entertained

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by mcpowell, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. mcpowell

    mcpowell Barracuda

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    Nope, it wasn’t a typo. I have a 12 hour drive coming up in a few weeks in order to take some training classes. So how do you stay entertained on a long drive?

    Typically I will listen to a movie, or audio books, and wear out all my friends on phone conversations.

    Any audio book recommendations?
    Any downloadable movie recommendations (don’t watch, just listen so a high visual effect movie just doesn’t work).
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Just did 8 hours from suburban Chicago to the Soo today and have 6 hours into Ontario tomorrow for training myself. I despise audio books. Love radio. Will stream BBC Radio via my phone and listen to that. Music. I will stop probably every 1.5-2 hours to stretch my legs. Love my road trips.
     
  3. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Solo Diver

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    Love audio books. What do you like? Hitchhikers Guide got me to the Keys and back one trip. I can listen to it multiple times because for some reason I can't remember it after I've heard/read it. Spooky...:)

    Stuart Woods is good road trip material. Hard to beat Stone Barrington bangin' his new secretary while being shot at and if you zone out for a bit you really haven't missed anything. :eyebrow:

    Hmmmm...still thinking...
     
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  4. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Barracuda

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    Podcasts? They have them on every subject imaginable...
     
  5. mcpowell

    mcpowell Barracuda

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    I used to read a lot of Stuart Woods, but then he started churning out a lot of quantity vs quality. His first couple were awesome ( chiefs, New York run, etc), but you’re right if I zoned out, I could fill in the gaps.

    Grisham is my favorite.

    Podcasts on scuba stuff?
     
  6. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Solo Diver

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    Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch / Mickey Haller
    David Baldacci - whole bunch of series

    If you like police/crime procedurals with a little fantasy, humor, in London - Ben Aaronovitch - Peter Grant series
     
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    This guy!! Harlan Coben
     
  8. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

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    I like audio books, but its really hard to find an author and reader that works for me. One of my favorites is Robinson Crusoe.

    Podcasts are also great, I have a few regulars that I subscribe to.

    I recommend Dan CarLin’s hardcore history series. He does a great job of talking through historical subjects in a very entertaining way. I have listened to his series “wrath of the khans” a few times over.
     
  9. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Barracuda

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    I used to install audio professionally, so I have a kick ass stereo system that makes music come alive with the synergy and realism of a concert. Other than that, push the gas down and let the music take you there.

    It helps to have a fun vehicle to drive as well. Too harsh it will beat you down, too soft it make you detached from the driving.
     
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  10. loosenit2

    loosenit2 Solo Diver

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    The Great Dive Podcast if you haven't listened to that before is pretty entertaining, and there are more than a hundred episodes. The Great Courses is very good as well. Great Courses are recordings of the best college courses on a subject; here are hundreds of courses you can listen to covering everything under the sun.
     
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