T10T: What I’m Listening to in the Car Lately

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is an audio freebie! I couldn’t decide if I wanted to focus on audiobooks, music, or podcasts, so I thought, why not all three?

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1. The No Sleep Podcast
I’m a long-time lover of r/nosleep, but just got into the podcast a couple of years ago, and it changed my life. It’s a horror short story podcast that has amazing narrators and creators, plus the team focuses a lot on diverse stories, which is so awesome.

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2. The Silver Scream album by Ice Nine Kills
I love horror, and I love metalcore, so a metalcore album where every song is an homage to a different horror film? YES, PLEASE. The link I chose is for one of my favorite tracks on the album: The Jig is Up (can you guess what movie it’s based on?!).

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3. The Beast’s Heart audiobook narrated by Jim Dale
I had a physical ARC of the book I meant to review before its release, but when I missed the release date and then learned Jim Dale (the Harry Potter US audiobooks, anyone?) narrated it, I actually spent an audible credit on it anyways. 😅 It’s SO GOOD and Jim’s voice lends perfectly to the Beast’s mannerisms!

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4. Nevernight audiobook narrated by Holter Graham
I’m rereading Nevernight before moving on to Godsgrave (finally!) and I’m enjoying it so much. I’m still pretty early in the book, and Holter’s narration works so well for Tric because it makes him sound so genteel and endearing. ♥

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5. Alt Nation on SiriusXM
I don’t keep a SiriusXM sub all the time (because $$$), but I got 3 months free at the start of the year and have been listening to Alt Nation a lot lately. They play alt pop, indie, etc. (think The Wombats, Foster the People, etc.), which is some of my favorite music. Too bad the main DJ, Madison, makes me want to stab fiery forks into my ears…

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6. The Illuminae Files audiobooks (full cast)
I love this series and these audiobooks so much, I basically just keep them on rotation.

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7. Hozier
Whether it’s his old stuff or the new album, I can’t ever seem to get enough. The link I chose is to my favorite of his new songs, Almost (Sweet Music).

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8. Florence + the Machine
Florence is another artist I never get tired of, and it doesn’t matter which album I’m listening to, it’s all SO GOOD. ♥ I’ve adored her for years and seeing her live last October was one of the single greatest experiences of my life. For the link, I picked the song of hers I’m most obsessed with right now: Only If For A Night.

9. An Anonymous Girl audiobook
This is another ARC I didn’t finish in time for its release, but I found the audiobook on Scribd and have been slowly working through it. The narrators haven’t been anything to write home about yet (for me, at least), but they’re not hurting the story, either.

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10. every halfway decent 2000s/early 2010s emo/pop-punk playlist I can get my grubby little fingers on
Seriously, I’m such a sucker for finding a good playlist and pressing shuffle. Windows down, belting out the lyrics to old MCR/TBS/Yellowcard etc. lyrics on a warm, sunny day? That’s the life.


What do you like listening to – in the car, on the bus, while walking, or however else you commute?

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60 thoughts on “T10T: What I’m Listening to in the Car Lately

  1. my family hates me because i have recently become obsessed with Paramore for the second time. honestly im blessing their ears with hayley williams’ angelic voice I don’t understand why they’re so mad I play misery business on repeat on 9 hour roadtrips!! also brynn elliot is one of my car ride faves and is equally hated by my fam. what im hearing is that all my relatives have bad taste!!!

    the no sleep podcast sounds so good! I will definitely check that out for my next trip! great post destiny! 💞

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  2. It seems like I’m either listening to podcasts or audiobooks in the car. I usually do one for quite a while before I switch to the other. Like how you had a unique take on this topic!

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    1. Thank you! I think I tend to go through phases of everything a lot when it comes to what I’m listening to, too. I’ve mostly been listening to music for the last couple of weeks, but today I listened to NoSleep and it made me want to binge that haha.

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  3. I recently took the dive into audio books, and went for Illuminae because everyone said it was amazing. And I loved the Illuminae trilogy and wanted to re-read.
    Best. Decision. Ever. It was amazing, the full cast was great, AIDAN was great! I need to get the other two on audio. Listening to them on loop sounds like literal heaven. 😀

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  4. I really want to do a reread of Nevernight via audio as well, so it’s good to know you’re loving it! And I’ve been SO curious about The Illuminae Files audiobooks. My husband tried them and wasn’t a fan because they read out all the stuff on an email you’d normally skim, but I’m thinking it would be a fantastic experience to listen while reading along!

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    1. It’s such a good audiobook! I just really love the narrator. He also has this slightly shaky tone to his voice sometimes during Mia’s parts that reminds me of how young she really is and how much hell she’s been through, and I just love it. He’s definitely a *storyteller* and not just a run of the mill narrator if you know what I mean. 🙂 And the Illuminae audiobooks were so fun to me! I listen to them sped up a bit so the “skim” parts you mentioned don’t bother me, but I can see how that could get old.

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  5. #10 – 2000s/early 2010s emo/pop-punk – SAME TO INFINITY. I’m pretty sure we will be listening to 2000’s emo music when we’re older like our parents listen to 70s/80s music LMAO! I’ll never get bored of it!

    I also love Alt Nation when I get a free trial of SiriusXM in my car, I’ve learned of some great new bands that way 🙂

    Awesome use of the tag prompt this week!

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  6. Hozier and the Illuminae Files series are literally works of perfection and I will stand and protect them for the rest of my days!

    Bookmarking this post, as I haven’t heard of some of these (especially the podcasts) before and I’m hella intrigued!

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    1. Agreed! Whenever people tell me they don’t like audiobooks and wish they could find one they like, I always ask them if they’ve listened to those. 9/10 of the people who have given them a chance have come back and told me they were a total game-changer for them!

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  7. I have a bit of a soft spot for Madison!

    I’ve been powering through all of TMI audiobooks (and I mean ALL OF THEM, expanded universe included). I think you might like Teen Creeps podcast? They do weekly discussions of YA pulp lit!

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    1. Oh, man… Madison. I dunno what it is about her. I’ve been listening to Alt Nation since 2010 and every time I try to force myself to like her, she says something offensive and I’m just DONE all over again. 😂 But I always see people on their FB pages saying they love her, so I definitely think it’s just one of those things for me.

      Ooooh, I will check that out! Thank you!!

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      1. I haven’t. T_T I’m dyingggg. I put it on my phone, but then I got slammed with overtime this weekend. =/ Because for some reason, people think I’m an adult? Weird. I’m hoping either tonight or tomorrow morning. :3

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  8. I listen to different things depending on how I’m commuting. When I drive places I normally just listen to pop or classical music. But when I take the subway it varies. My playlists include pop, Broadway shows, and other random songs I pick up along the way. Most recently I’ve been listening to the Umbrella Academy soundtrack because it’s absolutely AMAZING! Kill of The Night by Gin Wigmore and Istanbul by They Might Be Giants have been playing on repeat for the past week or two!

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    1. Oooooh, fun! I still need to check that one out. I mentioned NoSleep in this one but I hadn’t actually gotten the chance to listen to their last couple of weeks’ worth of shows, so I was listening to the most recent one earlier today and it made me wanna binge them ALL.

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  9. I’m glad to see that you’re still listening to The Silver Scream! And I’ve been really into Hozier lately too, his new album is so. good. This last week though I listened to a ton of Julia Michaels, and this weekend has been full of Billie Eilish’s new album which is absolutely fantastic.

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  10. Omg I love this idea! I decided on audiobooks, but I wish I had done something like this. Maybe “what I’m listening to at work.” I haven’t listened to the No Sleep podcast yet, but I’m a little scared to.

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    1. Thank youuuu! I’d love to see your take on it. The NoSleep podcast is so much fun. I’ve been listening to it these last couple of seasons and I will say that *most* of them are awesome-but-not-really-SCARY, but a few of them… oof. o_o I definitely had to turn it off once while driving alone at night, haha.

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      1. I usually listen to podcasts at work, so I can easily see myself getting scared when a coworker came to ask me something, ha. I might try listening to it anyway, though!

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