What keeps us sane on the road? Podcasts. Podcasts and audiobooks.
My colleague Geoff James put together a great list of podcasts to listen to yourself. But if you want to share the experience with your family--especially on a long drive--here are 12 podcasts and audiobooks you need to download before you hit the road.
Do you know this author, Bill Murphy Jr.? Amazing writer, truly incredible. (OK, it's me, same guy who wrote this column. Nobody reads bylines, right?)
That said, I'm going to recommend my own audiobook, which won the best book award from Audible in 2011 for the Business & Educational category. The audio version includes a special bonus feature at the end, where the three real-life entrepreneurs I wrote about gather to share their secrets.
You're reading Inc.com. Chances are you're going to like StartUp, and your kids will too--maybe not if they're like 3 years old or something, but if they have any entrepreneurial bent, they'll go for it. Season 1 is the best so far, even though it's the most meta thing ever.
Have you heard of this one? It's pretty good. Seriously, of course you have--maybe you read all the book. Only thing is, your kids might not have read them yet. Get them hooked, starting with the first book in the series. Can you believe it's almost 18 years old?
Description: "Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast for kids ages 8-12, created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted and produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) and Marshall Escamilla (teacher)."
If you haven't read The Four Hour Workweek, you probably need to stop doing what you're doing and read it. Or wait--just download it and start there. Next up is Tim Ferriss's podcast. Guaranteed to keep you entertained and change the way you think.
E.B. White, read by George Plimpton
My company is called Some Spider, which is a Charlotte's Web reference. And the late George Plimpton as reader? It's the part he was born to play. That man could have read the terms of service on iTunes aloud, and made it sound compelling.
Get your children started on the first book in George R.R. Martin's series, so they too can feel superior to those of us who have only watched the television show. Maybe not so appropriate for younger kids, but I figure if you're considering this one, you know that already.
Is this still considered the great American novel, 132 years after publication? I don't know about that, but it's part of our history and you ought to read it. Elijah Wood reads this version.
Another classic, by Lewis Carroll, that your kids will complain about for the first five minutes--but then they'll be begging you to stay in the care and keep when you stop at rest areas or the World's Biggest Ball of Lint or whatever. Scarlett Johansson reads.
Really? Well, yes--if your kids are the right age. Chances are you read these Judy Blume books as kids, and now's your chance to share the memories.
11. The Hunger Games
Again with the classics, right? Suzanne Collins wrote it, Carolyn McCormick reads it.
I regret to say that I'd never read this classic, but not long before our daughter was born, my wife and I listened to Harper Lee's only real novel on one of our 15-hour driving excursions. Sissy Spacek's rendition is pretty much perfect. Highly recommended.
13. Sesame Street
Wait, Sesame Street has a podcast? Well, of course it does. Tangent: It cracks me up that my baby daughter has never seen Sesame Street, and yet her diapers are covered with Grover and Cookie Monster. Anyway, suitable for the youngest kids, so you can get some peace and quiet and pay attention to the traffic.