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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Liquid by Mark Miodownik. 

A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one liquid make us drunk and another power a jumbo jet?

Sometimes dangerous, often delightful and always fascinating, discover the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best known scientists.

From the best-selling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of the world of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we encounter day to day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine and oil, among others, the book shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination. Just as in Stuff Matters, Miodownik's unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way, revealing why liquids flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, why things dry, how liquids can be crystals, the future of liquid self-healing roads and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

In Liquid, Miodownik unlocks the mysterious properties of the slippery, dark, explosive, delicious and poisonous liquids that airport security are rightly worried about and that we have come to rely on.

©2018 Mark Miodownik (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • 12-09-2018

Excellent book.

Very creative and informative. Well narrated and easy to follow all the way through. Highly recommended

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  • Graeme Hughes
  • 21-09-2018

Fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable... thanks Mar

If you are interested in the mechanics of life, or just simply want to learn a little, Marks approach and well presented explanations are just the right ticket. I was compelled to keep playing the book which is something I haven't suffered from for a while now.

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  • William J
  • 05-04-2019

Well crafted and presented

An informative and enjoyable listen. Nicely sequenced and well read. Intend to check out more by this author.

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  • 15-02-2021

This is a masterpiece of Materials Science

I have a background in Materials Engineering, and I would very much recommended this book. I wish I had had the author as one of my teachers in University. The chapter on inks is sublime. And the one on adhesives illuminating. The explanation of refinement of petrol and on kerosene is brilliant.

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  • 22-11-2020

Fascinating & well told.

This tale covers a lot of ground in a relatively short time. It reads more like a novel.

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  • Christel
  • 15-06-2020

Awesome audiobook "Liquid"

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very informative and easy to understand. Written in an engaging and fluid style that kept me wanting to know more. Very good reading and audiobook quality. Thank you for writing and reading this book.

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  • Veronika
  • 24-05-2020

The book I most enjoyed

I was so pleased to listen to this book. It is got so much interesting fact and history all wrapped up in humor and the story telling feels familiar to how I would think in my head but minus the outstanding knowledge of the topic. Story flows like liquid and soaks into the mind effortlessly leaving pleasing sensation.

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  • Mr. K. W. Jiminez
  • 13-10-2019

spellbinding

great narration. and beyond interesting content wrapped up in a prose easy to follow and popping up for air throughout. An easy 5 stars.

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  • Rachel
  • 07-05-2019

Wow, entertaining and enlightening

A flight from Heathrow to San Francisco is the background for telling the stories of various liquids. I’ve learnt a lot and also laughed quite a bit. If you have a butterfly brain and like to be educated but not in a straight line this is the book for you.

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  • Gary Kavanagh
  • 07-02-2019

Science of Liquids through a story of a flight

I expected a typical popular science format about Liquids., but Instead science of Liquids was wrapped up in the story of the writer on a typical transatlantic flight. I enjoyed this book and it's unique approach to telling the story. I listened to it on Audible and the narrator was very clear and managed to keep the flow (pardon the pun) going throughout the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-2019

Fascinating and delightfully presented

The simple way in which the author explains the ins and outs of some of the most fascinating liquids in our every day lives is spell binding.

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