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Carlos P. Zilzer

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Pembroke Pines, FL, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Death al Dente: Gourmet Detective Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter King
    • Narrated By David Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Gourmet Detective did not expect his job to be easy. He had been sent by Desmond Lansdown, respected actor and London's premier restaurateur, to find the best chef in Italy. But even the most difficult tasks can be savored when one enjoys his work, and the sleuth happily immerses himself in his duties, sampling the peninsula's finest cuisine with his beautiful and mysterious guide, Francesca.

    Carlos P. Zilzer says: "Censored audiobook?"
    "Censored audiobook?"
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    As the first three other books of the series the story is full of fantastic explanation of plates regional cousin, wines and region plus a good picture of the culture and personality, in this case the Italians. All this mixed with a “mystery” not as interesting as the food descriptions but good enough to keep you reading

    The sketch of the restaurants kitchen during operation is really good but I was surprised when I started listening to “beeps” each time one of the chef was saying a bad word! I have not seen the paper version of the book but I don’t imagine a “beep” to cover a bad word in written… This is the first time in all this years I listen to s censored audiobook.

    As usual the narrator does a great job and I when finished book I went directly to the kitchen to eat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1057)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "The story reflects the reality of that time"
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    In order to enjoy this book you need to understand the date it was written. All the big sexual revolution started that decade, the attitude and behaves of man and women must be understood based on the time of the history and not the way we expect or assume modern man and woman behaves.

    This is my first encounter with John McDonald and Travis McGee. Although I am not young but my native language is Spanish and I have not seen any translation of this author’s novels. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects. I'm sure the reaction of a woman who has been abused in these times is not very different from that described in the novel.

    I am looking forward to listen and read (thanks to Whispersync) the rest of the series as i as sure that both McDonald and McGee will change as time pass by, 20 years is a lot of time and lots of changes.

    The narration was very good and perfect for a person like me that speaks English as a second language. I liked the pace, the intonation and the cadence of the narrator’s voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • El hechizo del Rey [The King's Spell]

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By José Calvo Poyato
    • Narrated By Tony Montaner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Una documentada e inteligente trama que traslada al lector a los tiempos del rey Carlos I. Su mala salud presagia su inminente muerte, y en la corte se desencadena una intrincada intriga política y eclesiástica, a propósito de su sucesión. Un alquimista de Praga puede acabar con el hechizo que padece el rey.

    Carlos P. Zilzer says: "Peor narración: Imposible Worst reading impossible"
    "Peor narración: Imposible Worst reading impossible"
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    Este es un ejemplo de un buen libro destrozado por una terrible narración, sin inflexiones, sin cambios de tono de voz, sin pausas. Al final compré la versión impresa para poder disfrutar la historia.

    This is an example of a good book ruined by a terrible narration: without inflection, without changes in tone of voice, without pauses. At the end I bought the printed version to enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • El menor espectáculo del mundo [The Smallest Show on Earth]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Félix J. Palma
    • Narrated By Eladio Ramos
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Aguanten la respiración y sean testigos de los prodigios más sorprendentes: conozcan al increíble hombre que se comunica con un fantasma escribiendo mensajes en la puerta del servicio de un bar, a la extraordinaria gata enamorada de su vecino, al vendedor de enciclopedias que acaba suplantando al hijo de una de sus clientes, a la fabulosa niña que recibe cartas de su muñeca perdida, al asombroso hombre que se desdobla con cada decisión que toma, y toda una troupe de criaturas maravillosas.

    Carlos P. Zilzer says: "Imposible de escuchar"
    "Imposible de escuchar"
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    Muy decepcionado y no precisamente por el contenido sino por la narración! Parece leído por una máquina, sin inflexiones, sin cambios de voz y sin pausas.

    Un buen libro hecho trizas por una más que pésima narración :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18480)
    Performance
    (16449)
    Story
    (16409)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "King made me travel to the past with this book!"
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    If you are 60 or older this book is for you because it will really take you to the past you know.

    I simply could not stop listening. I bookmarked a lot to go back to listen a perfect narration of an amazing love story and a very well documented modern history review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "Excellent come back!"
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    As a Spencer’s fan to be able to continue to enjoy the reading his histories is fabulous news.

    There is one thing that changed (for good): The frequency of “I said… He said” has been reduced to a minimum! This makes the reading more fluent and enjoyable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (787)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Jared says: "Cooking + Basic Chemistry/Science = Great Book"
    "Cuuld be better"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    When I started to listen the book I though it was going to be promising and actually I recommended it, After finishing the book I would prefer to recommend others on the same subject.


    Any additional comments?

    US readers are not the only listeners of this kind of books, Although there is an article regarding metric measurements all the book is about pounds, cups, degrees Fahrenheit, etc.The same is abut the regulation entities like FDA.

    There is too much repetition of basic concepts and I did not see any relation or mention to the recipes in the pdf cookbook and the subjects in the different chapters.

    Anyway I learned a few things form this books so I do not consider it a waist of credits.

    12 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2616)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1521)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Great to refresh knowledge"
    Overall

    I have a solid background on probabilities and statistics and technically I didn't learn a lot from the book but the examples, a lot of them!, are the best.

    Explain probabilities, normal distribution and variance without a graphics, whiteboard or paper to people without mathematical background is really difficult and this book with very good examples does it!

    Excellent reading for everybody.

    Carlos.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Duncan J. Watts
    • Narrated By Duncan J. Watts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Why did Facebook succeed when other social networking sites failed? Did the surge in Iraq really lead to less violence? How much can CEO’s impact the performance of their companies? And does higher pay incentivize people to work hard? If you think the answers to these questions are a matter of common sense, think again.

    Stephen says: "Thought provoking"
    "Rethinking my schemes..."
    Overall

    Very few times in my life I have read books that make you rethink or reconsider the moral schemes, social, attitude at work and how to address problems and challenges.

    Just finished reading one of those books. Until today I was one who thought that common sense is the least common of the senses. After reading now I am convinced that decisions based on common sense are wrong by default.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12131)
    Performance
    (8958)
    Story
    (8957)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1"
    Overall

    Like good potato chips, if you take the first, you cannot stop. I will not wait for my new credits to download the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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