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Ideas to make a long commute more bearable

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Hobbes8 · 22/06/2019 18:16

I’ve just been offered a job that’s going to involve a long drive - 90ish minutes each way including a stretch of M25. I normally just have music in the car but fancy making better use of the time. Does anyone have any suggestions for good podcasts or anything else I could listen to? Is audible worth it? (and how much is it after the free trial finishes?). Are there any courses or things I could learn - languages or something?

I’m interested in politics (in a lefty social equality Polly Toynbee sort of a way) and feminism. I’ve done courses before in psychology. I like reading. But I’m also open to doing something completely different. Grateful for any suggestions.

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Daffodil2018 · 22/06/2019 18:17

Audible is totally worth it in my opinion. I listen to more books than I read these days.

The High Low is a good podcast that you'd probably enjoy.

bollocksitshappenedagain · 22/06/2019 19:00

Are you signed up to your local library? With mine you can borrow audio books free of charge.

Cheerybigbottom · 22/06/2019 19:02

My absolute favourite podcast is SYSK stuff you should know.

JontyDoggle37 · 22/06/2019 19:05

Jason Graystone - Always Free. A really interesting look at money and it’s relationship in our lives

CaptSkippy · 22/06/2019 19:06

Your Are Not So Smart and Feminist Current are my favorite podcasts. I second PP's suggestions to get some audio books.

CMOTDibbler · 22/06/2019 19:09

I love Audible when I'm driving. I do the one credit a month which is £7.99, and you can get other books much cheaper if you've bought the kindle edition - so I have a list on Amazon of my books I want to read and check for them coming up on offer for 99p (more frequent than you'd think, and theres a daily email called kindofbook which tells you all the time limited discounts) and then get the Audible for a few quid.

The Audible free shows are very good

DianaBlythe · 22/06/2019 19:10

Ed Miliband - Reasons to be cheerful. Non party specific weekly discussion about political ideas. They usually have a really good selection of guests and then a comedian at the end. They’ve covered things like universal basic income, sortition, the role of private schools.

Hobbes8 · 22/06/2019 19:19

Some awesome suggestions here! Thanks everyone.

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olderthanilookapparently · 22/06/2019 22:13

Ok my podcast list an eclectic mix in no particular order......

Standard Issue
The guilty Feminist
This American Life
No such thing as a fish
Serial (start with season 1)
TED talks
Happy place
How to fail
Infinite Monkey Cage
Kitchen Cabinet
The Frank Skinner show
Woman's Hour
More or less
50 things
How I built this

olderthanilookapparently · 22/06/2019 22:14

Bugger promise they were in separate lines!!!

Hobbes8 · 23/06/2019 08:11

They are in separate lines! Thanks - they should keep me going for a bit.

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ShadowKitty · 23/06/2019 08:23

No Such Thing As a Fish is a great podcast by the 'QI Elves' - funny and really interesting. Audiobooks help my commute fly by too - a really gripping thriller has me looking forward to the drive home!

chasingseagulls · 23/06/2019 08:30

The Infinite Monkey Cage
Kermode and Mayo's Film review
Under the Skin (if you can stand Russell Brand, limited episodes because he's switched to a subscription platform now)
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
Feel Better Live More with Dr Chatterjee
Adam Buxton
Slow Burn
David Tennant Does a Podcast
RHLSTP with Richard Herring

chasingseagulls · 23/06/2019 08:32

I'm sort of jealous of the opportunity for 3hrs a day of uninterrupted listening, I adore podcasts and have learnt so much - and laughed a lot - since I started listening to them!

KurriKawari · 23/06/2019 08:33

If you have a kindle, then kindle unlimited includes audiobooks too.

LadyMonicaBaddingham · 23/06/2019 08:38

"All Killa No Filla" is a great podcast if you are interested in/fascinated by serial killers

ShoeJunkie · 23/06/2019 08:44

Other podcasts I enjoy that haven’t been mentioned yet;
Answer Me This
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Stuff Mom Never Told You

ForalltheSaints · 23/06/2019 08:53

Can you agree to one day a week working locally or at home? It would make it seem less of a chore.

Hobbes8 · 23/06/2019 09:08

These are all brilliant suggestions, thank you!

chasingseagulls yes when I started job hunting further afield I was hoping for a train commute where I could get some decent reading done, so I’m hoping to recreate that feeling of making good use of the time.

KurriKawari I do have a kindle. I had a trial of kindle unlimited and then didn’t bother paying because I didn’t have enough tome to read, but I’ll definitely revisit this if I can get audio books. I can get a free trial of audible as well.

ForalltheSaints yes its quite normal in my field to work from home at least one day a week so that should break up the driving as well.

I was working pretty long hours in my last job with a 1 hour commute so I’m hoping the total time out of the house won’t be any worse.

Now I just have to figure out how to fit in some exercise. Is car yoga a thing? Should I invent it?

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