Thanks for this. I like to listen for practice also.
Something I just thought of tonight was maybe copying one of these clearances and then setting up the flight sim on my computer to execute it at least until the 1st fix (assuming I have the charts, of course).
Has anyone tried this?
You could do that. You could also take it to another level entirely and check out VATSIM. It's an online network that allows pilots to interact with virtual ATC (real people, though) in a fairly realistic environment. It's one thing to listen to recorded clearances...it's another thing to read them back over the radio!
That network allows you to file, pick up your clearance, fly the route, and interact with ATC the whole time....for free. I used it during my VFR and IFR training, it was invaluable. My radio comms are unquestionably better as a result of being involved with the network. Many of the ppl on this forum are familiar with it (as pilots and/or controllers), too.
There's also something to be said for flying practice approaches online with ATC, rather than offline on the sim. Try flying into a non-towered field under IMC with a buddy in another plane. One of you is going to get a hold until the other person is down and/or cancels their flight plan. Being given a hold that you weren't expecting is very helpful, and not something you can surprise yourself with while flying offline.
I could go on for hours, but anyone who is pursuing an IFR rating should consider it. You can't beat the price.