About Erin O'Neill

Erin loves to try new things and read books from all different genres. When she's not reading, she enjoys cooking and playing board games, sometimes a little too competitively.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with These Listens

March 8 is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to honor the incredible achievements of women from around the world. In celebration, we’ve put together a list of audiobooks by women who empower those around them through storytelling. To see our full International Women’s Day booklist, click here.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, narrated by Andi Arndt

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.

Notorious RBG draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well as an interview with the Justice herself. The book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides.

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Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History by Blair Imani, narrated by January Lavoy and Blair Imani

With a radical and inclusive approach to history, Modern HERstory profiles and celebrates seventy women and nonbinary women, girls, and gender nonbinary champions of progressive social change in a bold audiobook for all ages.

Hear about the people who have changed—and are still changing—the world, from the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through Black Lives Matter and beyond.

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The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West, narrated by Lindy West

In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu series Shrill exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era. 

From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author Lindy West turns that refrain on its head. 

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly, narrated by Soraya Chemaly

Women are often urged to bottle up their anger, letting it corrode their bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. In Rage Becomes Her, Soraya Chemaly argues that anger is not only justified, it is also an active part of the solution. 

Approached with conscious intention, anger is a vital instrument, a radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power—one we can no longer abide.

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The Watergate Girl by Jill Wine-Banks, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Jill Wine-Banks

Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

It is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today’s headlines. The book is also the story of a young woman who sought to make her professional mark while trapped in a failing marriage, buffeted by sexist preconceptions, and harboring secrets of her own. 

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This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins, narrated by Morgan Jerkins

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today.

Morgan Jerkins has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today?

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Build Successful Work Habits with These 5 Audiobooks

Diligent communication and thoughtful planning are habits that push you forward toward success. But other habits, even ones that may seem harmless, can slowly deteriorate your work ethic and attitude.

Being mindful of your work habits will help you to understand and build on personal strengths and weaknesses. You’ll learn how to consistently highlight your best features while growing from your faults, making you a happier and more successful contributor to your industry.

We know you’re busy, and that changing a habit can seem difficult on your own. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five audiobooks written by professionals to help you build better habits at work. Listen on your commute, while you’re getting groceries, or even at your desk. 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, narrated by James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

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Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success and Achievement by Brian Tracy, narrated by Brian Tracy

‘Every line in this book is bursting with truth, wisdom, and power. Brian Tracy is the preeminent authority on showing you how to dramatically improve your life. Let him be your guide. I’ve learned so much from Brian myself that I can’t thank him enough!’
-Robert G. Allen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

‘This book gives you a step-by-step system to transform your thinking about yourself and your potential, enabling you to achieve greater success in every area of your life.’
-Lee Iacocca, Chairman, Lee Iacocca & Associates

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Genius Habit: How One Habit Can Radically Change Your Work and Your Life by Laura Garnett, narrated by Laura Garnett

Combining the most recent and exciting research on productivity and performance with Laura’s experience guiding dozens of high-level clients to the heights of success, The Genius Habit is a must-read for anyone who believes that work can and should be one of the most rewarding aspects of life.

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Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want by Peter Bregman, narrated by Chris Sorensen

Peter Bregman, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes, offers strategies to replace energy-wasting, counter-productive habits that commonly derail us with truly effective ones.

The things we want most—peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, to do well at work—are surprisingly straightforward to realize. But too often our best efforts to attain them are built on destructive habits that sabotage us. In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy-boosting and productive behaviors. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath—allowing us to make intentional and tactical choices that lead to better outcomes. 

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Desserts to Pair With Audiobooks

The only thing better than enjoying your favorite dessert is pairing that sweet treat with the perfect listen. You’ll be surprised by the parallels between your audiobooks and your desserts: sometimes they’re rich and exciting, other times smooth and nostalgic.

Here are 5 perfect collaborations for your earbuds and tastebuds. Bon appétit and happy listening!

Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Pair with Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey, narrated by Charlotte North

If you’re looking for something sugary and light, you probably won’t reach for dark chocolate. But when mixed with strawberries, dark chocolate creates a perfectly balanced bittersweetness, a lot like Love Her or Lose Her. This pairing isn’t for sweet-tooth romantics looking for a fairy-tale. Instead, you’ll find a story of imperfect love that is put to the test after 10 years of being together. Tessa Bailey writes about how the juicy excitement of early love can, over time, become hidden by a tough and bitter shell.

Publisher Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation. Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway.

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Tea and Cookies

Pair with Open Book, written and narrated by Jessica Simpson

If you’re in the mood to sip tea and binge on cookies, do we ever have the audiobook for you! Put on the kettle and grab your headphones, you’re listening to Jessica Simpson’s new memoir Open Book. In this tell-all memoir, Simpson shares her innermost thoughts and feelings in her own humorous voice. It’ll feel just like you’re catching up with an old friend over tea. Well… if your old friend was once one of the most talked-about woman in the world.

Publisher Summary:
America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

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Pair with Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Cake is a multifaceted dessert: you eat it at parties, at weddings, even at funerals. It’s the perfect dessert to represent big life events, sometimes bringing people together in celebration and sometimes eaten alone in sadness. When it comes to your audiobooks, cake is best enjoyed with a coming-of-age story that mirrors the hardships of real life. We recommend Dear Edward, a heartbreaking but unmissable story of life’s progression after an immeasurable loss. When the story gets sad, let the sweet taste of cake remind you of the happy times that life has to offer.

Publisher Summary:
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

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Apple Pie

Pair with The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Julia Whelan

Though apple pie is considered a long-standing symbol of American culture, the dessert surprisingly originated in England. What could be a better pairing for your warm slice of apple pie than The Giver of Stars, the tale of a woman who flees her mundane life in England to make her home in America? The story is rooted in American history, highlighting some of the most important themes of the time: courage, resourcefulness, and friendship. It will pull you in just like the inviting smell of a warm apple pie.

Publisher Summary:
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.  But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

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Hot Fudge Sundae

Pair with The Call of the Wild by Jack London, narrated by Frank Muller

The ice cream sundae, drizzled with piping hot fudge and toppings of your choice, is a timeless dessert classic. Pairing well with this fan-favorite is The Call of the Wild, originally published in 1903 and beloved ever since. Just like your favorite sundae, the icy story is set in the inhospitably bitter cold with a warm and feel-good plot, full of friendship and adventure. Oh, and the cherry on top? The book’s main character is a resilient dog named Buck that you can’t help but adore.

Publisher Summary:
The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush-a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits.

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Staff Pick: Layoverland by Gabby Noone

Post by Erin O’Neill

Author: Gabby Noone
Narrator: Sophie Amoss

When I first heard about Layoverland, I was told that it’s comparable to one of my favorite shows, The Good Place. For anyone who hasn’t watched the show, it follows a morally-unsound lady after her death and through her journey in the afterlife. She builds friendships with some memorable characters, gets herself in some cheeky trouble, and finds a little bit of romance. For me, The Good Place has it all. How could anything compare?

Let me tell you, Layoverland did not disappoint. It’s like a delicate nod to all of the things I loved about the show but with a different take on the afterlife. Though it may sound like a drama, the story maintains light-hearted humor throughout. And just like The Good Place, the audiobook brings lots of light to a dark situation.

Beatrice Fox, a bitter, mean, and hilarious high school student, wakes up in an airplane with no idea where she’s going. One minute she was driving home, the next flying through the air. At the airport, Bea finds out she died in a car crash and was taken to… neutral ground, a.k.a Layoverland. She is told that she will, one day, be sent to Heaven but must earn her spot by proving she has a good heart. Because of Bea’s natural sarcasm and extreme pessimism, she’ll have to work extra hard to make it to Heaven. Her task: help 5000 people on their way to Heaven say goodbye to the life they lived on Earth.

Like a real airport, people are constantly coming and going through this story, which is quite impressive of Gabby Noone. Her characters were all lovable and had their own distinctive personality. I especially loved Bea’s mentor in her airport job, a perky beauty queen named Sadie, who died during a pageant in the 80s – very memorable. Noone’s writing reminded me of what I loved about The Good Place but her witty style made the story all new and exciting.

I was equally impressed with narrator Sophie Amoss, who nailed how I’d expected Bea to speak: with a young but very jaded voice. And even with so many characters, I could always distinguish who was talking by the sound of their voice. I would definitely listen to her narrate another audiobook in the future.

Overall, Layoverland was a lot of fun to listen to. It was sharp, funny, and at times even really sweet. Just like The Good Place, this book surprised me with a thought-provoking and enticing story of the afterlife, a story that I didn’t want to end.

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9 Audiobooks to Get Cozy with in January

January can be a stressful time. The pajamas you lived in over the holidays have been swapped for real-life clothes. You’re thrown back into the normal work routine, but with the added pressure of trying to eat healthier or spend less money or go to the gym more. Never mind the annoyance of writing the wrong date on everything for the first few weeks. Welcome to 2019 2020!

A great way to balance out the stress: stay home and cozy up with a warm cup of tea and a good audiobook. Here are nine suggestions to get you started:

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, narrated by Nicole Lewis

Kiley Reid’s debut novel is so hilarious and full of heart that you’ll forget it’s talking about some serious topics.

When Emira Tucker, a young babysitter for the powerful Chamberlain family, is asked to take their toddler out to the grocery store, she is just excited to earn some extra cash. The evening takes a devastating turn when the grocery store security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping, simply because she is a black woman with a white child. After a video of the altercation is released, Mrs. Chamberlain promises to make it right for Emira. Instead, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, narrated by James Langton

You won’t be able to resist falling for Arthur Pepper, an adorably quirky sixty-nine-year-old man. His story of loss, healing, and self-discovery is just about as uplifting as you can get. And his story is in line with the plot that we all fell in love with through the movie Up.

When he lost his wife Miriam, Arthur did everything he could to hold onto the life they shared. But the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death brings an opportunity to learn more about her. The surprising and unforgettable adventure that unfolds takes Arthur all over the world in search of hope and healing.

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune

The Flatshare is as cheery and lighthearted as they come! Beth O’Leary‘s rom-com lets you be a fly on the wall in the apartment of two strangers, who might also be soulmates. Tiffy and Leon live together without ever having met. Leon works through the night, Tiffy during the day. Their paths never cross. Instead, they communicate solely through short notes left around the apartment. Adorable… But it is a good idea to fall in love with someone you don’t know? 

You’ll love this feel-good audiobook about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanna Fluke, narrated by Suzanne Toren

Craving a quirky mystery? Look no further than this start to the Hannah Swensen mystery series.

The owner of a small bakeshop called The Cookie Jar is thrust into an investigation when she finds her delivery man has been murdered. When a second person connected to the shop is killed, things get serious. Does Hannah have the right ingredients to solve the case?

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Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe, narrated by Gemma Whelan

This painfully funny account of life as a hapless teenager in the 1970s follows Lizzie Vogel, a 19-year old who lives a rather uneventful life (for now).

When Lizzie takes on a new job working for an eccentric dental surgeon, she quickly takes a liking to Andy, a patient who she calls her boyfriend despite never actually speaking to him. But Andy doesn’t turn out to be quite who he seems…

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Layoverland by Gabby Noone, narrated by Sophie Amoss

Perfect for those who love the show The Good Place, Layoverland is a darkly hilarious look at the afterlife.

When Beatrice Fox dies suddenly, she finds herself in purgatory – stuck between two possible fates. Tasked with a challenge that, if fulfilled, will bring her to the pearly gates, Bea works towards her second chance. But what she didn’t expect was to find love and friendship along the way.

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell, narrated by Rebecca Gibel

In an age where we’re constantly digesting information through technology, Jenny Odell argues for the importance of taking time to purposely do nothing at all. And we’re here for it! How to do Nothing is a reminder to take a break from the modern world and evaluate your relationship with your devices. That is not to say that the book pushes the luddite lifestyle. Instead, it praises balancing tech time with the simple things in life, too.

Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this is the perfect next listen to frame the rest of your year!

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, narrated by Therese Plummer.

When young, childless couple Jack and Mabel arrive at their new home in the Alaskan wilderness, they struggle with the level of work needed to keep their home running. Taking a break one afternoon, they decide to build a child out of snow. To their surprise, the snow child has disappeared by the next morning, though they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

Equally magical and twisted, The Snow Child is a must-listen.

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My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella, narrated by Fiona Hardingham

Have you ever felt like everyone around you has a picture-perfect life, except you? As a symptom of the social media age, being privy to everyone else’s lives can sometimes make you feel like you just don’t measure up. At least that’s how Katie Brenner feels after she is fired from her job and forced to move home to live with her parents. When her problems seem to follow her everywhere she goes, Katie finds solace in at least making her life seem exciting online.

My Not So Perfect Life shares the timely story of a girl who learns to find her worth outside of the unrealistic world that is social media.

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