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Keith Cruz

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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could only have one book for the rest of my life

  • By Emily Hann on 2018-05-03

Show stopper

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

tilt's mic to mouth: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My review for this books is: *screams at mic for 12 hours*"

It is THAT good. Do not pass on this book.

  • To Kill a Kingdom

  • Written by: Alexandra Christo
  • Narrated by: Jacob York, Stephanie Willis
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of 17 princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most - a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prefectly Chilling!

  • By Steph Marie on 2018-09-14

If you like mermaids, you’ll like this book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-25

The performance is the best thing in this book. The voices really bring it to life.

The story is good, even if it sounds oddly too similar to The Little Mermaid. There’s some dialogue that’s funny. My main issue with it this that the writing is a bit sloppy and could’ve been better edited.

The characters too are one dimensional, except for the Siren.

Overall, good, but not great.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • Written by: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,242

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-10

If you’re reading this...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-19

...go tell your mother you love her!

A humbling, inspiring, enraging, and ultimately beautiful story. Good for you, Trevor!

  • Own the Day, Own Your Life

  • Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex
  • Written by: Aubrey Marcus
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Marcus
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

Human optimization thought leader Aubrey Marcus's personal and professional mission rests on a single question: How can we get the most out of our body and mind on a daily basis? Marcus answers that question in Own the Day, Own Your Life, an empowering audio handbook that guides listeners to optimize every moment of the day, from waking in the morning, through work and play, until bedtime each night. With small, actionable changes implemented throughout the course of one day, we can feel better, perform more efficiently, and live happier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, useful tips, though lacking

  • By Alex on 2018-06-26

Good, but not great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-17


Overall the book is worth a listen. It started very strong with morning routines. The format was easy to follow, the narration was on engaging, and the content was generally interesting.

I took off a star because the author, although he cited studies to support his advice, also ignored other studies that came to results contrary to his position. I wish he covered topics a little bit more carefully, especially in sections dealing with drugs, supplements, and nutrition as the advice he’s giving could actually be harmful for people.

With that said, I think the book still had great gems. I started making changes to my morning routine and he was right— it made a difference. You may find something useful for you here too.

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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • Written by: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, not great narration

  • By Monana on 2018-05-14

She lost me at socks...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-12

The author described socks to have feelings. That’s when she lost me and my desire to slog through the book.

There’s other books on “minimalism” and I’ll direct you to take a look at them before getting this.

Happy socks. Jeeeez.

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • Written by: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lessons from Space 100% applicable on Earth

  • By Adriana on 2018-09-19

Inspiring, entertaining, and informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-14

Listening to someone who is both wise and humble while being so wildly accomplished has been so inspiring for me.

I love Mr Hadfield’s message of “aiming to be a zero” in a world that is focused on the self. It’s a refreshing and humbling listen for a generation that is so immersed and interconnected, yet paradoxically, feels so utterly alone.

  • Looking for Alaska

  • Written by: John Green
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful and honest

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-07-08

Astounding performance, uninspired story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-14

The book was good until about halfway when the book took a slow death. There are better books out there, and from the same author: The Fault In Our Stars was better.

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • Written by: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!

  • By kaexil on 2019-02-20

One of the best books I’ve listened to in a while

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-20

If you like fantasy, action, adventure, and thrills, this is a great book. I’m sad that it’s finished.

I definitely recommend because of the very well developed characters, captivating plot, great pacing, and a unique world.

Worth every minute I listened to it. Buying a hard copy now to give to my niece!

  • Zen to Done

  • The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
  • Written by: Leo Babauta
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Zen To Done (ZTD) is a system that is at once simple, and powerful, and will help you develop the habits that keep all of your tasks and projects organized, that keep your workday simple and structured, that keep your desk and email inbox clean and clear, and that keep you doing what you need to do, without distractions. This book was written for those who want to get their lives organized and actually execute the things on their to-do list by changing existing habits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exactly what I was looking for

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-01-18

Short and to the point

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-17

I liked that it was short and to the point. Lots of productivity tools here.

As an aside, his obsession with moleskin notebook was kindoff hilarious. Also, wasn’t a fan of the extended comparison between “Get things done” and “Zen to Done”.

The idea of MIT was pretty good. I’m using it now.

  • The Mindful Athlete

  • Secrets to Pure Performance
  • Written by: George Mumford, Phil Jackson - foreword
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is a book about spirituality!

  • By Keith Cruz on 2018-04-17

This is a book about spirituality!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-17

Do not be mislead by the title. This book is about spirituality, and hardly touches on performance.

I found it an absolute slog and very irritating to get through because it was highly abstract, repetitive and unrelatable. It talked about “consciousness” and “flow” in more words than was necessary, using a plethora of metaphors and anecdotes but failed miserably in giving very concrete examples on how the listener is supposed to execute it.

The book can be summed in maybe 20 mins of listening time, the rest was just a repetition. Sorry to give it a bad review but it really was just....so irritatingly repetitive.

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