As a lifelong audiophile Catherine listens across genres and appreciates a good recommendation, although her listening habits lean heavily towards fiction, funny memoirs, and classic literature. Mostly she seeks out books that will make her feel happy and uplifted but she also loves a good scare (think: monsters, aliens, and other things that go bump in the night).

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Catherine Hayden

As a lifelong audiophile Catherine listens across genres and appreciates a good recommendation, although her listening habits lean heavily towards fiction, funny memoirs, and classic literature. Mostly she seeks out books that will make her feel happy and uplifted but she also loves a good scare (think: monsters, aliens, and other things that go bump in the night).

Catherine's Recent Reviews

    • The Book of Essie

    • A Novel
    • By: Meghan MacLean Weir
    • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond, Tara Sands, Erin Spencer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415

    Esther Ann Hicks - Essie - is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hope for the future 💗

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-18
    • A Novel
    • By: Meghan MacLean Weir
    • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond, Tara Sands, Erin Spencer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 06-12-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 442 ratings
    • Familiar hooks that still feel fresh
    • The themes explored in The Book of Essie—reality TV, cults, family strife, teen pregnancy, I could go on—are not new, but they certainly are timely. Meghan MacLean Weir explores all of these themes through Essie’s own coming of age and her desire to upset the delicate balance of her famous televangelist family. Through Essie’s own eyes, the story forces us to examine ourselves and how society’s fascination with reality TV has deeper impacts that we may be willing to admit.

      Plus, if you like an element of simmering mystery, The Book of Essie is told from three different perspectives and the use of multiple narrators for the audiobook version adds a necessary depth to the story.It gives you the feeling that these are three unique individuals who don’t know what the others are thinking; the element of duplicitousness is further enhanced, and thus, so is the story.
    • Our Mutual Friend

    • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
    • By: Charles Dickens, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
    • Narrated by: Meera Syal, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
    • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Full of both satire and social analysis, Our Mutual Friend looks at what could happen in Victorian England when a fortune passes to a working-class couple....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Galiema on 04-21-18
    • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
    • By: Charles Dickens, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
    • Narrated by: Meera Syal, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
    • Series: The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
    • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 03-22-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 9 ratings
    • Essential Dickens listening
    • Believe it or not, I remember liking Dickens when it came to required reading in high school, (not to mention my annual re-listen of my all-time favorite book A Christmas Carol), so when we began publishing The Audible Dickens Collection, I was looking forward to dipping back in. People often complain about his novels being too wordy, but hear me out on this one: he’s as long-winded as I remember, but I’ve found that when I listen, rather than read, it’s a completely new experience. Every word is beautifully and meaningfully selected to paint a living picture of the world as it was in Victorian England. I find myself completely transported every time I press play. Our Mutual Friend was Dickens’s final, and arguably most eye-opening novel and Meera Syal’s beautiful narration style draws you into this story right from the start. Give it a try—you’ll find yourself wishing you’d had The Audible Dickens Collection available to you in high school!
    • Make Trouble

    • Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead - My Life Story
    • By: Cecile Richards
    • Narrated by: Cecile Richards
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 371
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 371

    From Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, comes a story about learning to lead and make change....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN!!!!!

    • By Judith M. McLean on 05-02-18
    • Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead - My Life Story
    • By: Cecile Richards
    • Narrated by: Cecile Richards
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 411 ratings
    • To make a difference, you have to make a little trouble
    • I’m a sucker for a fascinating memoir from an ambitious and unapologetic woman and Make Trouble delivers. Since she was a young girl in Texas, Cecile Richards has been getting into trouble while standing up to injustices by following her own gut and moral compass. Narrated by the author in a frank and inviting style, this book offers both time-tested lessons learned and fascinating first-hand accounts of events that have made national headlines. Regardless of your political affiliation, your stance on current events, or your penchant for getting into (or staying out of) trouble, Make Trouble is more than just a rousing political memoir—it’s a manifest on how to stand up for yourself, maybe even lead a movement of your own, and never let fear get in your way. As Ms. Richards says in her introduction, “If you’re not scaring yourself, you’re probably not doing enough.”