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What to Listen to in the Car This Summer

Open your mind with an inspirational podcast or liven up a journey with a thrilling audiobook

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading—or, should we say, listening? Get a fascinating earful on your next road trip (or your commute) with these podcasts and audiobooks guaranteed to keep you entertained.

For a historical thriller: ‘D-Day Girls,’ by Sarah Rose

This true spy tale will have you gripping the steering wheel in suspense. Find out how a coterie of courageous women, recruited as spies by the British, helped lay the foundation that ensured Allied victory in the Second World War.

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For an escape from the everyday: ‘Traveling Incognito,’ by Hideaway Report

Get inspired for your next trip listening as seasoned travel editors wander the globe anonymously, delivering objective reviews and tips from their experiences. Start with “Episode 1: Editors’ Choice.”

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For plot twists galore: ‘The Woman in the Window,’ by A.J. Finn

Time flies when thriller fans get immersed in this hand-wringing tale involving an agoraphobic woman who believes she’s witnessed a crime while spying on her neighbours. As narrated by actress Ann Marie Lee, the Hitchcock-worthy situations will keep you listening long after you’ve parked the car.

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For curious kids (and their parents): ‘Wow in the World,’ from NPR

This family-friendly podcast is a winner for all-ages road trips. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz kick off each episode with fascinating facts about everything from brain freeze to Costa Rican singing mice, along with more imaginative bits involving a shrink ray and time machine.

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For a confidence boost: ‘The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes’

Self-improve on the move! Former pro athlete Lewis Howes motivates and inspires with transformative—and sometimes tear-jerking—true stories from celebrities, business leaders and athletes. Howes practises what he preaches, with the goal of helping listeners live better lives.

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For would-be polyglots: Coffee Break Languages

Learn French, German, Spanish or Chinese while you drive. Coffee Break’s espresso-size podcasts and methods for interactive learning appeal to all ages. The lessons work great for groups wanting to learn on the road together or individuals who prefer listening in on headphones on the plane or train.

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