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01 April 2015

What We’re Listening to on National Walking Day

Woman listening while she walks in the cityToday is National Walking Day! And despite April 1st also being April Fool’s Day, the importance of walking is no joke, especially when it comes to staying healthy.

We’ve heard from people everywhere that they listen to media while they walk, whether it’s purely for entertainment or for motivation to keep going. Bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews is one of those listeners. In an article about her weight-loss journey, Andrews told The Huffington Post that thanks to audiobooks, “I’ll walk another block if I’ve reached a tense point in the plot just as I return home.”

Living in New York City, walking is a way of life. And we at Macmillan Audio almost always have headphones in when getting from place to place. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes it’s podcasts, and oftentimes it’s audiobooks. A good story will make that dash across town all the more enjoyable.

Here’s a round-up of what we’re listening to while we walk today…

Brant: I’m listening to the Deuce Plays podcast hosted by Bart Hanson. There are about 140 old episodes, each an hour long and mostly recorded 3-5 years ago, that I’m catching up on.

Mitali: I’m in the middle of The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday.

Sam: I just started Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. I never got around to Walter Isaacson’s tome and, at only 16 hours, Becoming Steve Jobs seemed a little less intimidating. Plus, George Newbern narrates and he just recorded Lisa Scottoline’s Every Fifteen Minutes for us (a blog post on that is coming soon!). I couldn’t wait to hear him again.

Naia: I’m re-listening to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which I first read when I was about thirteen. I don’t have a long memory for the actual plot of books, but I can always recall the general feeling they gave me. I wanted to revisit the creepy, haunting vibe this story gave me years ago.

Margo: As part of my workout, I listen to an upbeat playlist of music that includes everything from Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainer, and Taylor Swift to Eminem, Jay-Z, and Outkast while I walk.

Thomas: On my commute and walks around the city, I am listening to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale narrated by Claire Danes (who read The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham last year).


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