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).

A Series to Obsess Over

    • An Ember in the Ashes

    • By: Sabaa Tahir
    • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,602
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334

    Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fabulous listen!

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15
    • By: Sabaa Tahir
    • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
    • Series: An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 04-28-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,602 ratings
    • Amazing Performances
    • I recently finished Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, and had the best kind of book hangover. I felt a visceral need to find another stellar YA series, and I’m so grateful that I stumbled upon a list of recommendations from Aveyard herself. On her list is Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series, and WOW does it deliver. The plot is so expertly woven—I am mesmerized by this world, and I’m already about to start book three. The performances are amazing: Steve West and Fiona Hardingham are great as the protagonists, but the characterization they bring to more minor characters is truly impressive. Katharine McEwan joins the multi-cast in book two, and her performance only elevates the experience. Trust me (and Ms. Aveyard) on this one, and check out this series!

Katie's Recent Reviews

    • 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
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    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....

    • 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
    • Not rated yet
    • 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 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    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 47 mins
    • Release date: 05-08-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 71 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 18,910
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17,246
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17,165

    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
    • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

    • By Gillian on 04-17-18
    • 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 18,910 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 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 623
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 594

    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 57 mins
    • Release date: 04-24-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 623 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!