A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.
The easiest way to become an expert is to go through an event that is thought to be impossible. The book gets your attention right away and pretty much keeps it through the whole book with the humor, puzzle solving and actually being able to put yourself in the main characters position. Fun book, took me 2 days to go though it because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
Hours of on edge of seat excitement with intermittent humor. A joy to listen to. Makes me wish for the good old days of the space race. Too bad, currently it looks like the Chinese will be the first Martian adventurers.
Only at one point was I yelling at the narrator - "Duck tape, use duck tape." But he finally thought of it.
If you want to convince someone that math is important, let them read this. The man's life depends on the math he uses to decide how to use his resources and stay alive. Fantastic!
Enjoy the adventure
Best described as realistic fiction. Agree with many reviewers that the main character’s sense of humor made this a very likeable book. I particularly enjoyed his formula for dealing with bad luck. First, feel free to curse and get emotions out of the way. Second, determine how to overcome the problem. Third, get it done and move on.
I like these kinds of stories that offer suspense, a bit of mystery and quick-witted dialogue. It's written as a series of log entries and I was worried that it might be stilted and boring. Then you realize that when you are writing with the expectation that no one will ever read it (especially when you're still alive) you have the freedom to write exactly what you want with all the social commentary you choose. Don't misunderstand me, this isn't a book filled with social commentary of the political kind. The deepest commentary in the log has to do with why anyone would choose to bring only DISCO music on a journey to Mars.
This is a story where things go wrong and our hero ... well, does heroic things. Unbelievable, sure, but not so totally outside the realm of possibility that you get hung up on it.
Bottom line, this book is fun. If a book can cause me to laugh out loud spontaneously in the midst of a quiet Dr. waiting room, then it's a book that I will endorse with 5 stars. This one did that repeatedly.
Get it just for the fun of it.
The great writing and the awesome narration combine to make this an extremely enjoyable listen.
This book made me laugh out loud numerous times. Andy Weir instilled a very droll sense of humor in our intrepid astronaut.
I'm not a rocket scientist so I'm not sure of the science but it sounds good to the layman.
I wanted to listen to this non-stop but I also didn't want it to end.
I have a new favorite author and a new favorite narrator.
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
It is hard to review this book without giving it away. So here goes the slightly vague review.......This is near future, NASA-loving, science-driven fun. It is not deep or entirely unpredictable -- but it sure was a good time. Someone said MacGyver in space. True, if he had a doctorate in engineering and biology. I would guess the author thought about this for a long time before writing it.
In many books you think: "Oh, for Pete's Sake -- that's impossible." Not here -- the author shows you the math for solving every problem -- and there are a lot of very interesting problems. And as a side-bonus, you get a real up-close and personal travel experience on Mars.
The wry sense of humor is a little like Redshirts. Good narration too.
I listen to a lot of audio books and this is the most enjoyable listen I've heard in some time. The story is great but the performance by Andy Weir is worthy of an Audi!
Loved the book. Anyone who is a fan of physics, chemistry, or just science in general will enjoy this. My only gripe is the last chapter ends too abruptly for me but I really enjoyed the book.
No, I rarely read the same book twice. Dont get me wrong, It was brilliant.
Heating bathwater with a radioactive isotope.
I laughed quite a few times.
A brilliant book, hard science sci fi like this is hard to come by.
I'm an avid audiobook "reader", sometimes going through up to 8 books a month (lots & lots of driving and no TV!). I believe I picked this one up on sale and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable audio experiences I've had in some time. It took a few minutes to acclimate to the writing style of alternating between action (mainly academic) and science-speak. Noting some of the reviewer comments I was also very nervous about the narration style. While I can understand reviewers who were a bit negative - there have been several narrators who have cost me highly rated books - I have to say I was captivated by the dry inflection that Mr Bray used to portray the wit and and humor of an extremely smart and not-old man. I'm up for a second go!