AUDIBLE EDITOR

Katie O'Connor

Addictions: pop-culture, chocolate, books. Katie loves YA and Romance, but also over-indexes on nonfiction and literary fiction (in particular, books that make her sob uncontrollably).

My February Editors Select

    • On the Come Up

    • By: Angie Thomas
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 165

    As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of Bri's life as beats and rhymes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thomas and Turpin are my perfect pairing

    • By Katie - Audible on 02-05-19
    • By: Angie Thomas
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 02-05-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 174 ratings
    • Thomas and Turpin are my perfect pairing
    • Whenever an author has a brilliant debut (as Angie Thomas did with The Hate U Give—our 2017 Audiobook of the Year), I always have a bit of apprehension when approaching their sophomore effort. Thankfully, yet unsurprisingly, On the Come Up is every bit as searing and stunning as its predecessor. The combination of Angie Thomas and Bahni Turpin is, quite frankly, genius. Hearing Turpin rap Thomas’s lyrics may be my favorite listening moment of all time. Thomas doesn’t shy away from hard topics, while also masterfully maintaining the careless and sometimes selfish POV of a teenager. The friendships are authentic, the fears and dreams relatable, and the desire (to be the person to make your family feel secure) universal. The novel is a cultural snapshot for 2019, and we’re only 36 days in. Brace yourselves listeners, this is the book I’m going to be recommending over and over again this year.

COLLECTION

My 2019 Must List

New year, new books! Here's what I'm looking forward to in 2019.
FEATURE

All Our Love, 2018

From The Kiss Quotient to some stellar Audible Originals, there was a lot to love in 2018. Check out the best romance of the year.
All Our Love, 2018
COLLECTION

A New Obsession

I discovered a new love while I was on maternity leave: hockey romance. Check out some of the highlights from my icy rabbit hole.

Katie's Recent Reviews

    • 99 Percent Mine

    • A Novel
    • By: Sally Thorne
    • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 234

    If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Unfortunately, Not worth the wait

    • By Kimberly on 02-02-19
    • A Novel
    • By: Sally Thorne
    • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 01-29-19
    • 4 out of 5 stars 243 ratings
    • If you think Romance and HGTV go hand in hand...
    • I caught up on a lot of romance while I was on maternity leave, and my favorite book from those months was probably Sally Thorne’s debut The Hating Game. When I saw she had a new book releasing—99 Percent Mine—I didn't hesitate before adding it to my queue. She is a master at the slow burn, and her characters have a way of needling their way into your heart and not budging. 99 Percent Mine focuses on Darcy Barrett and her slightly dysfunctional relationship with her childhood friend (and twin brother's bestie) Tom Valeska. When Tom, who now owns his own constructino company, starts working on the house Darcy has inherited, their close proximity (and new singleness) brings years of tension to a boil. Sally, please write faster so that I can continue gobbling up your work!
    • Believe Me

    • A Novel
    • By: J. P. Delaney
    • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 288

    A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Never want to hear the name "Baudelaire" again.

    • By MarisaReads on 09-25-18
    • A Novel
    • By: J. P. Delaney
    • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, John Chancer, Eric Meyers
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 07-24-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 314 ratings
    • This Book Gave Me Nightmares
    • I recently spent a weekend in NYC, and decided to listen to Believe Me by J.P. Delaney during my trip…which opens with a murder in an NYC hotel room. What was supposed to be a restful few nights away turned out to be way more stressful than anticipated (at least when the lights were off), but it was worth it. I loved the literary angle of Delaney’s latest psychological thriller (a serial killer is inspired by the poetry of a 19th century French poet), and the cinematic delivery of the setting and plot kept me hooked. I was disoriented (in a good way) and guessing at the ending until the final minutes. My only recommendation would be to maybe keep your listening restricted to daytime hours with this one…
    • Love & Luck

    • By: Jenna Evans Welch
    • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welch broke my listening rut

    • By Katie - Audible on 05-08-18
    • By: Jenna Evans Welch
    • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 05-08-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 139 ratings
    • Welch broke my listening rut
    • A few weeks ago I was in the midst of a listening rut when an advanced copy of Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch landed on my desk. It reminded me that her debut Love & Gelato had been lingering on my to-listen-to list, so I downloaded it on the spot…and finished it in a day. (I'll spare you the details about the intense wanderlust it sparked...for now). I then dove right into Love & Luck and devoured it with the same fervor. Welch establishes setting so well and made me want to hop on a plane to the Emerald Isle (the spot-on Irish accent from narrator Lisa Flanagan didn’t hurt either). What’s more, it was incredibly refreshing to have the central relationship in this YA tale be between siblings.
    • A Higher Loyalty

    • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
    • By: James Comey
    • Narrated by: James Comey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23,064
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21,057
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20,963

    Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

    • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18
    • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
    • By: James Comey
    • Narrated by: James Comey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 04-17-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 23,064 ratings
    • I'm shocked...
    • ...shocked at how much I loved this book. This was an incredibly human story with a true narrative arc that hooked me the entire time. As the daughter of two trial attorneys I was fascinated by Comey's rise through our justice system, and truly enjoyed the anecdotes he shared about some of the cases that shaped both him as a man and his career. You're more than halfway through the book when you start getting to the "juicier" portions that have been plastered all over the media, but at that point I almost didn't care. I just wanted Comey to keep telling me his story. Nonfiction rarely tops my favorites list, but this is currently the best book I've listened to this year.
    • My Oxford Year

    • A Novel
    • By: Julia Whelan
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347

    American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By Karen on 05-03-18
    • A Novel
    • By: Julia Whelan
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 04-24-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502 ratings
    • A favorite narrator makes her debut as an author
    • What's better than a book performed by Julia Whelan? One written by her too! This book checked my two major "what makes me love fiction" boxes: it made me laugh, and it made me ugly cry. Oh, the ugly crying. Set in Oxford, the novel centers on Ella Duran as she attempts to balance her master’s degree studies, romance, and an unexpected new job as the education lead on a presidential campaign. The premise and setting lends itself to rich descriptions and plenty of fun literature references for us book nerds, showcasing Whelan's deep knowledge of both the subject and area. The novel really stays with you, and the love story within managed to both break me and make me feel hopeful. Whelan performs and really shows off her depth as a character actress, effortlessly transitioning between Washington lobbyists and British pub owners, making the listening experience all the more enchanting. Trust me…go get this book!