I love my journey to and from work. Three days per week I get to spend about an hour and a half in the car, driving to South Manchester at the start of the day, and driving home again at the end of the day. My commute is the best “me” time I get all week. Forty-five minutes each way, completely alone (well apart from all the other cars and the occasional tractor), driving through the beautiful, leafy Cheshire countryside, I can indulge myself in my favourite entertainment – podcasts and audio books.
I’ve been inspired to write this post by my friend Kirsty, who wrote a blog post earlier in the year talking about her new podcast discoveries. It made me realise that whilst I enjoy finding great new podcasts and audio content, I’m not good at letting other people know about it. So this post is an attempt to rectify that. I don’t promise I’ll write one of these every month, but I will try to write one whenever I feel I have some great new content to share.
June was a busy month in my podcatcher, as it was the month of the #AudioMo challenge. This means that many of my audio blogging friends that I follow over on AudioBoom (and me) were producing one piece of audio each day throughout the month. This meant I was never short of things to listen to, although it’s not possible to listen to everything due to the sheer volume. Challenges like this usually see new people joining the community, and I’ve found some great new voices to follow.
I can’t remember the last time I read a fiction book, but having heard many good things about Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel, the thriller I Let You Go, I wanted to listen. Clare is one of the first people I met through blogging, and has always been one of my favourite writers, so I was interested to see how that would transfer to a book. I was delighted to discover the audiobook was available in unabridged form on Audible, and purchased it as soon as I could. Well, I was hooked. It took a few chapters for the story to establish and for me to start feeling a rapport with the characters, but by the time the twists started to happen I was completely hooked. Really well written, a compelling story, and I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended. It was a really nicely produced audio presentation as well, with two different voices, and great voice acting. (If you are interested in listening to this book it is quite expensive, but if you’re already an Audible member you can buy it with one credit, and if you’re not already an Audible member you can sign up for a free trial and claim it as your free book)
Now onto the podcasts I’ve been listening to over the last month. Like many I was previously completely addicted to Serial, so I was delighted to discover Undisclosed, a new podcast which aims to examine the evidence in the State’s case against Adnan Syed. It’s presented by three attorneys, including Rabia Chaudry who was the lady who started the Serial team’s quest to uncover more details. Undisclosed goes in to far more detail than Serial ever did, and has uncovered some fascinating evidence. Whilst it’s clearly not unbiased in motive, it is still a great listen. It steers very carefully away from offering theories as to what happened in the case, but focuses on the evidence against Adnan.
If you can’t get enough Serial in your life I also discovered Serial Dynasty last month(now rebranded as Truth and Justice). This is a weekly podcast which releases between Undisclosed episodes, and offers a place for listeners to share their reactions to the new Undisclosed bombshells, as well as their theories as to what actually happened on January 13th 1999. Produced by a fan in his spare time, this is another great read if you want to immerse yourself in even more Serial-related content.
Moving away from Serial, because there really is more to life, I also recently discovered a new parenting podcast. SPAWNED! by Kristen and Liz is a weekly show which aims to talk all things parenting — and sometimes not parenting — with a common sense, humorous approach. As soon as I discovered it I binge listened to all 3 episodes that are available, and I’m eagerly waiting for me. Kristen and Liz obviously get on very well and have great rapport, and I find myself frequently smiling and nodding along as they cover all sorts of parenting topics in a relaxed and realistic way. The podcast has grown out of the Cool Mom Picks blog, which is also home to one of my favourite geeky parenting blogs Cool Mom Tech.
And finally I have been re-kindling my love of film scores with a new podcast called The Melodist (now sadly deceased :(). I only heard about this one in the last couple of days, but I’ve already listened to the first two episodes, and can’t wait to hear the rest. I found this one when the chap who produces it introduced himself in the UK Podcasters group on Facebook, and I’m so glad he did. When I was at University I was a very active member of the student cinema there, watched loads of movies, and listened to many film scores. I have quite a number of soundtrack recordings in my CD collection, and this podcast is reminding me of some old favourites, and introducing me to some new scores as well. Each episode pulls together soundtracks around a particular theme, and it sounds like the host has a load more episodes planned, so I think this weekly show will be another one that I rush to listen to each time there’s a new episode available. I’m not usually a great listener to music podcasts, but this one has managed so far to select mostly tracks I like.
So there you are, that’s a summary of what I listened to in June. Have you discovered any great new audio content recently? I’d love to hear any recommendations.
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