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Stuff Matters Audiobook

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.
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Publisher's Summary

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.

©2014 Mark Miodownik (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Miodownik's infectious curiosity and explanatory gifts will inspire [listeners] to take a closer look at the materials around them." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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    "Surprisingly good"
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    I didn't expect a book on Materials Science to be so interesting. Especially, I was surprised by the psychology of materials -- how things sound or feel, as opposed to purely functional features.

    I'm often nervous about buying audio books on technical topics that may require illustrations on the printed page to understand. But this book comes across well in narration.

    I learned a lot and was entertained.I listened to several chapters twice, in order to reflect and let it sink in.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 10-15-14
    Peter 10-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging, fun, and educational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book did a great job of telling stories, while providing great information


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration feels like it matches the author and writing style well. I was able to really get into this book.


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    I wish there was more content. It was so good that I was disappointed when it ended.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Bird Lady 147 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Facts Made Fun! Who knew?!"

    Narration was excellent. I don't think it could have been narrated any better. The subject matter could very well have been boring and dry but instead time flies as you learn about how and why things we don't often think about came to be with the why and then the how it was done answers. All in a great interesting story lines for each thing spoken about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mario Streger São Paulo / Brazil 09-05-14
    Mario Streger São Paulo / Brazil 09-05-14
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    "I loved the way the autor exposes the subject"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amazing how the author can explain everything that’s interesting about an element. He goes down to the detail without being boring, explaining in everyday language exactly what we want to know. I loved especially the chapters about steel, glass and graphite.


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    David 02-04-15
    David 02-04-15
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    "Cool info, fun book"

    Great intro to materials science, interesting learning, entertaining stories, fun to listen to. Quirky stuff to know more now about the world around us.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 09-19-14
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "good core material"

    Interesting book about a wide range of materials, there properties and how they do what they do. A few ramblings into the authors personal life are a bit of a distraction, but tolerable.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 05-12-15
    Cheryl 05-12-15

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    "Surprisingly interesting and concise - Excellent"

    On occasion I'll buy a business book or self-help type book only to put it down after an hour due to the repetitiveness of the material and the terrible narration. This book is neither repetitive or hard to listen to. The material is really interesting and the narrator does a great job of conveying the material in a light hearted - fun manner. I've found myself saying "Hey did you know..." Graphite and glass were my favorite materials.

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    Bernie Cullen Yardley, PA USA 02-28-15
    Bernie Cullen Yardley, PA USA 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Understanding the material world"
    Where does Stuff Matters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to many great audiobooks and this is among them.


    Any additional comments?

    I would urge anyone who is studying chemistry, or anyone who wishes to develop a better understanding of the material world in which we live to listen to this book. It is amazingly straightforward and engaging, illustrating the mechanisims of our material existance. I was amazed by how little I knew about the physical world around me and the basic materials that I handle and use on a daily basis. I wish all my audiobooks were this intersting and informative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 02-12-15
    Thia 02-12-15

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    "Fascinating!"

    Great narration, not too dry, would make a good gift for a trivia fan, and I would definitely purchase another book by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 02-02-15
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "GOOD STUFF"

    The author explains the makeup and characteristics of some commonly used "stuff". Although the items are common in daily usage, few of us would know the unique qualities of this common stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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