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The Science of Everyday Life

Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine
Narrated by: Marty Jopson
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out?

In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.

©2015 Marty Jopson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Ketan Dave
  • 09-23-16

Just superb.....all of science without any jargon

Just Superb....all of science and none of the jargon...amazing storytelling too...with good humour ...loved it..... fantastic

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  • wamjam
  • 09-06-16

Thought provoking and excellently interesting

What does Marty Jopson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reader has a knack to breaking down complex topics to an understandable and enjoyable level. He uses his own anecdotes and explains his thoughts on the subjects at hand from his previous perspective prior to his scientific understanding.

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Having studied in chemistry and biochemistry, more of the challenging concepts in the book were more readily understandable to me. Though not a book written exclusively for the academic or graduate level reader, some of the finer points MAY be lost on a reader coming with no baseline scientific knowlede / way of thinking

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  • mark
  • 01-12-17

Dear Marty,

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Thank you for a very engaging book, I loved it, please make another. But next time, perhaps ease up on the over-emphatic enunciation and the slightly naff humour at the end of each chapter.

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  • Matt B
  • 02-15-19

Some interesting info

I listened to some interesting information on why things work like they do, however some parts didn't have a scientifically backed explanation or outcome so I'm not sure why they were added.

It's an okay listen for a car journey but I did zone out at certain parts that weren't particularly interesting. I would be unlikely to purchase another book of this kind, but I did retain some interesting facts hence the rating.

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  • D. Payne
  • 06-09-18

Disappointed!

I was expecting to have my mind regularly blown, and to acquire a plethora of amazing new facts to impress friends and family with. Instead, I got a mixture of things I already knew, along with a lot of stuff I didn't know, but wasn't particularly interested in anyway.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-10-19

Really interesting

I borrowed this from Kindle Unlimited because the fun cover caught my eye. The book is narrated by the author and is full of interesting bits of science explained in bite size pieces, the kids were fascinated (especially by the section about Jaffa Cakes which are their favourite! Everything was clearly explained and easy to understand. Will be sure to look out for other books from this author.

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  • Noemie
  • 08-07-19

Brilliant,Brilliant,Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book, I've listened to it three times and it remains interesting and engaging, due to the content, and I believe the fact the writer has also narrated it, as it's delivered beautifully and with a wickedly dry humour. I cannot recommend this highly enough, educational, brilliant and funny.

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  • RAD
  • 12-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening

I highly recommend this audiobook. It is read by the author who has a great voice, but more to the point the nuggets of science are very clearly and mostly concisely explained for keen science enthusiasts and the lesser nerds among us. The diverse variety of subjects captures the attention, answering questions you didn't even know you wanted answering. There are some items that are as yet unexplained but the various hypotheses are interesting in themselves. All-in-all excellent entertaining and informative listening.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-18

really enjoyed this audio books. very interesting

very interesting audio book. covers a good range of topics many of which I've found my self questioning in the past.

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  • Mr. Daniel J. Sharp
  • 10-13-18

Well-narrated, interesting and entertaining

By far the best-narrated book I've listened to on Audible, The Science of Everyday Life is full of those 'ah-hah' moments. There is enough detail to feel like you're actually learning something of genuine use, but Marty sticks to the science facts and the broader concept in each case. I really, really enjoyed this one. If you want something quite light and easy to go along with, I recommend this - Marty is an accomplished science communicator.

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  • Megan
  • 12-03-15

Now my head is ready to explode :)

So much interesting, entertaining information packed in, I had to spread it out a bit more than a normal book. Looking forward to reading it a second time.