I don’t like listening to music in the car, so I have been listening to podcasts for the last 10+ years whenever I travel. The problem with podcasts is that the sound quality can be iffy, and trying to skip around on the phone they’re stored on can be dangerous at 78mph.
I recently discovered audio books. It’s weird that it took me so long. I am a voracious reader. When offered a choice at the library through Overdrive, I used to always choose the ebook version. A few months ago a book was only available in audio and my reading life was transformed.
Instead of podcasts, I had some great audio books for my trip to Ohio and back this July. For 4,000+ miles, I listened to books from Ben Bova’s The Grand Tour and Voyagers series, which are read by the inestimable Stefan Rudnicki and others.
Ben Bova is one of the best science fiction writers of all time. His characters are three-dimensional personalities and his future worlds are plausible extensions of our own world. There are more than 20 Grand Tour books. I haven’t been “reading” them in order and I don’t think I have missed much. There are four books in the Voyagers series, and you should read them in order, but save the last until you’re into The Grand Tour series.