Unexpected twists for someone who loves science and solving dilemmas
He did an excellent job of portraying all characters
Different times throughout
If you like a good story and science fact - this is an 8 / 10
It is not science fantasy as much as a great story with fun science facts- It was a more of a fun
Hilariously Riveting Resuce
I love Mark Watney's continuing sense of humor in the face of the many adversities he faced while on Mars.
The scene when he exclaims that duct tape should be worshipped.
When his entire Hermes crew decided unanimously and without any hesitation to go back and rescue him therby endangering their lives in doing so.
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.
The protagonist would say ...... duh! a human voice.
Does anyone else hate this format? I've stopped reading reviews since this format.
The best space book I've ever read. Being a scientist, both geologist, botanist and adept at engineering this book felt truly authentic. I almost feel like I've been to Mars and been a part of the solutions that saved the protagonist. If your looking for aliens or faster than light spacecraft your not going to find it here. Just fascinating minutia and irreverent, hilarious sarcasm. The narrator really pulled off the humor with style and did a great job with the different accents, it's hard to believe it was just one guy.
Wow it's been a long trip I think I'll go outside without my spacesuit.
Terrifically real characters
Robinson Crusoe, because it is about one resourceful individual surviving alone
His characterization of Mark Watney was terrific- capturing the sense of humor, focus, and purposeful action of the stranded engineer/astronaut. He was also great with the engineer characters back at JPL. His tone and rhythm ring true to the engineers I work with.
Laugh! And I couldnt stop listening. One of the best audio books I have heard in a long time.
Very entertaining. Not at all expected. You MUST listen to this book.
Space Pirates! Poop Potatoes! What more can you ask for!
Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.
This is one of those books that grabs you from page 1, and never lets go. VERY engaging characters and peppered with my favorite foul mouthed sarcastic form of humor. The narration is spot on.... and I dearly hope that the term "pirate ninjas" becomes a standard unit of measure for space exploration. Lol. I can't wait to see more from this author on audible.
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!
I was really surprised to see a previous review that seemed to suggest the narrator didn't portray the comedy very well. I couldn't disagree more! The narration was full of 'life' and 'character' - especially on all the sarcastic humor. It was just bang on by my estimate.If you've already read the Kindle edition, then you obviously know all the jokes that are coming. But this is not a 'dry' read by any stretch of the imagination.
I gave the story aspect just 4 stars because it did drag slightly in the middle, and the ending was somewhat abrupt.
But the drag through the middle past pretty quickly. And really, neither of these issues detracted from the experience for me.
This is a really cool story! Sort of a blend of the movies Cast Away and Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks would make a great Watney!). But for reviews on the story you'd be best to check out Amazon - there are a lot!
Many instances. In the actual book mostly the humour. In the audiobook mainly the story.
Mark "The Martian" Watney.
Life Found on Mars!
I gave five stars for the story and four for the narration. The voice is right for the main character, but humour played a good part in the book and the narrator very often seems to just talk over some of the best lines. I can remember some laugh out loud moments when reading the book, but there are none in the audiobook.
The is a VERY entertaining audiobook. I could not stop listening to it, Started it around 3:00 pm, fell asleep listening around 1:30 am, got up and finished it off. It has it all, good storyline, good tech, thrills, chills, and an EXCELLANT narrator, I laughed out loud, I (almost) cried. May have to listen to it again.