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  • The Science of Booze
  • By: Adam Rogers
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening to all about booze

  • By Atila on 08-02-14

Great Book on an Interesting Subject

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-15

Want to better understand the history, mythology, science and cultural aspects of alcohol? This book does it in an easy to grasp and engaging way. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

Very Interesting Explanation about Materials

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Interesting, engaging and informative. Very relevant for anyone interested in the way things work and a desire to understand radical changes in technology that are unfolding today.
An easy listen - not too technical and spiced up with little anecdotes and other asides.

  • The Language of God

  • A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
  • By: Francis S. Collins
  • Narrated by: Francis S. Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For those on the fence

  • By Stephen on 10-07-06

Good read (listen)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-07

Overall this book was both interesting and informative. The topic is very relevant today given the tensions between the religeous right and other groups regarding evolution versus creation. There was, however, a bit too much 'me' (author) in the book and I felt it fell short of helping me find a rational basis for seeing God's hand in the wonders of science. Despite this, it was thought provoking and helps frame this very complex subject.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful