• by Adam Rogers
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. And the molecular codes of alcoholic flavors remain a mystery pursued by scientists with high-tech laboratories and serious funding.
In Proof, Adam Rogers reveals alcohol as a miracle of science, going deep into the pleasures of making and drinking booze - and the effects of the latter. The people who make and sell alcohol may talk about history and tradition, but alcohol production is really powered by physics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and a bit of metallurgy - and our taste for those products is a melding of psychology and neurobiology.
Proof takes readers from the whisky-making mecca of the Scottish highlands to the oenology labs at UC Davis, from Kentucky bourbon country to the most sophisticated gene-sequencing labs in the world - and to more than one bar - bringing to life the motley characters and evolving science behind the latest developments in boozy technology.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great listening to all about booze

I love how this book touches all aspects of alcohol. From the making (and our discovery on how to do so) to fermentation, distillation, storage and ageing in barrels and drinking. I'm a scientist and have a background in every aspect os booze making, and still enjoyed new facts and science based content. I don't have one single reason not to recommend this book.
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- Atila

Good Content, a little rough around the edges

What made the experience of listening to Proof the most enjoyable?

There was a lot of neat content.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof?

The brewer who built a new roof over his old brewery (instead of tearing down the old roof) because he believed that the yeast that gave his beer its iconic taste was living in the rafters

Any additional comments?

I don't quite understand why this man is a narrator. I found his timbre grating, scratchy and somewhat choked. I've got a vocal injury from years ago and I found that listening to him made my whole neck tense up as I instinctively imagined what I'd have to do to make myself sound like that.

The content of the book is neat but it's somewhat over-saturated with "wink wink, nudge nudge, we're studying booze..." commentary. I get it. I got it very early on.

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- Steve "S.T.M."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.