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Essential Audio Entertainment for Road Trips

ATC listener, Kyle, wrote in to ask us to compile a list of quality audio entertainment for a long r...

ATC listener, Kyle, wrote in to ask us to compile a list of quality audio entertainment for a long road trip. We informed Kyle that we would happily do this for him and post our final list on the blog for the benefit of everyone. We really enjoyed putting this together and we hope that it will be a good resource for you.

When we began to put this list together, we approached the task from the following perspective:

In order for one to really pass the time quickly on a road trip by enjoying audio entertainment, then that entertainment should

a.      Have a total length of about an hour (slightly less is acceptable)
b.      Be either an action/adventure/suspense –filled story or have an emotionally engaging plot to hold one’s attention

Also, our recommendations are in line with our goal for Audio Theatre Central; all of the productions must have a high level of quality in acting and production and must be family friendly.

We want to mention that if you have younger children then you might be ok with shorter stories and we recognize that so we have some recommendations for those in that scenario too.

Lastly, the productions below are not listed in any particular order of importance, but are categorized by type, producer/series, and recommended audience.

So without any more blather or explanations, here is the ATC Playlist: Essential Audio Entertainment for Road Trips

·       Audio Dramatizations

o   For Young Adults and Adults

·         At Home in Mitford
·         Ben-Hur
·         The Chronicles of Narnia
·         Father Gilbert Mysteries
·         Les Misérables

·         Job - A Modern Man
·         The Count of Monte Cristo
·         Hiding In Plain Sight

·         The Adventures of Harry Nile

·         Any Lamplighter Theatre production, but especially

§  Louis L’Amour Dramatizations (some contain mild language)
·         Any Louis L’Amour dramatization, but especially
o   Cactus Kid Stories

§  Adventures in Odyssey
·         Any multi-part Adventures in Odyssey episodes, but especially
o   Whit's Departure and Return saga (which includes The Search For Whit)

§  Various/Miscellany
·         The Last Chance Detectives
·         The Shepherds' Prayer
·         Left Behind series
·         Left Behind: The Kids series

o   For Younger Children

·       Audio Books & Old-Time Radio

o   Classic Audiobooks from www.thebestaudiobooks.com (JD’s personal choice when purchasing audiobooks)
§  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

§  Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

§  Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson

§  The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

o   Old-Time Radio Shows

§  OTR.network Library (download shows for free in Real Audio format)

§  Smartphone Applications (stream from your mobile device to your car stereo)
·   Android
·   iPhone

Be sure to check out these quality productions. In the interest of full disclosure, many of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you purchase the product via that link it will help support ATC while at the same time not costing you a penny extra. So thank you to those of you who may do so. Happy Listening!

-JD, Roy, & Andrew

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