Truck Rental Indianapolis – In the spring of 1999 on a trip from Atlanta to Indianapolis, I was introduced to the concept of listening to audio books in a vehicle … or really anywhere. There are four of us-fathers-in the cabin of the F350 crew who are pulling a trailer full of our Color Guard daughter’s props. This is a pre-satellite radio and pre-portable DVD era. So the solution to mellow miles of entertainment seems to be an FM radio that loses signal every hour.
But our driver had a surprise, Tom Clancy’s book on cassette and within five minutes of inserting the first cassette into the cassette player, I was hooked. Even though I was fascinated by the depth of the experience of visualizing stories, I was excited about the solution to the nearly 30-year dilemma.
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I started driving in 1960. A short school trip and a few miles sailing on weekends. And AM radio is generally set to the Top 40 station that plays great music at that time. But, looking back, I realized that I was always looking forward to the baseball season and whenever I could take control of the radio from my passengers (or when I was alone) I would listen to the game. It seems more important and informative than the same 20 songs repeated every hour.
More importantly, I was fascinated by the phenomenon of visualizing baseball stadiums, the players and actions communicated by broadcasters. That took me to a different world, while music only filled my time.
When I entered the workforce after graduating from college, I began to commute and weekend trips became longer, often covering several hours. And, in my taste, the music gets worse and changes from tuneless to mindless. Waste of the best and worst time, annoying. The emergence of FM band dominance for music forced AM stations to find new niches and slowly they began to adopt the news format or talk.
Talk about early adopters! I set my buttons to any station that doesn’t play music, sometimes listening carefully to the morning farm report. (If you haven’t tried it, they give a window to an entirely new world.) For me music continues to deteriorate and talk continues to improve. There is no contest.
Then in the 90s with political shows appearing, talk radio began offering 24-hour programs. Nirvana! At the same time, for me music becomes brainless. (At least in the 1960s there was music messages with interesting social comments.) Since the late 1980s I probably haven’t played music on my car radio for more than an hour. I guess I’m afraid that if I listen more than that, my brain will run out of nose!
Well, the good news about the success of 24-hour talk radio (sometimes replaced by baseball broadcasts that are still loved), is somewhat dampened by an increase in exponential advertising. I will jump around three or four selected stations trying to play the ad break into comment pieces out of context. Annoying but, in the mid-nineties, a desirable alternative to the crap was the killing of brain cells that passed for music.
Then there is a decisive journey with Clancy’s novel. That is a short recording that I remember, about 3 hours. But it’s charming. Readers are great actors in my book, distinguishing characters from vocal inflections and translating text into mental images of Technicolor. I spoke to the group to stop at Wal-Mart to get another tape for the trip back.
As soon as I returned home, I bought a new book on tape to test how it worked for a series of 20-30 minute trips and short local trips. Can I follow the storyline and remember all the nuances of the story when the recording began and stopped in a short burst versus the continuation of the journey? Piece of cake. I can listen to a short book for a week.
Then one day I got a book without preparation, six two-sided tapes. That lasts two weeks. But more importantly, the depth of information is extraordinary. I like historical novels; and. besides entertainment from plot, character, and great narration, information and education are also fun. I never remember the Red Hot Chili Peppers having this effect.
Fortunately, my truck has tapes and CD players. When audio books were attracted to local CDs and libraries began to offer more titles, I had developed a pattern of taking two titles at once. The aim is to avoid loopholes and when I return the first book I take two more. In addition, the Cracker Barrel Restaurant that lines the Interstate in the south has a rental program where you can go back and see audio books in successive stores as you continue the journey.
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