This book is full of facts, figures, and lots and lot of technical jargon. I'm sure it's a good book, but I couldn't finish it. I rented the movie. There were funny parts, but I felt like I was reading a slightly humorous text book...
Good story but it was a little boring listening to all the descriptions of what equipment did what etc.. I haven't seen the movie yet but I imagine that being able to see what the character was doing instead of just hearing it will make for a more exciting reaction to this book. Although, the last few chapters really held my attention as I wondered what was going to happen in the end.
I thought the narrator did a good job. His voice added some personality to the character.
Pretty good story line. don't think I'd ever be able to actually read the book. It sounds like a technical manual about how to survive on mars. Narrator does some good accents but otherwise sounds similar to a teenager being forced to read aloud to the class.
It has a fair bit of cursing so if you listen to books with children this is probably not a good one for them to listen to. Granted it is always when the shit has hit the fan and you can't blame Mark for it. Overall a great story and one I wish were true rather then fiction.
one of the most entertaining books ever. made me feel as if I was right with him. since I have read it I have had 29 of my friends read it as well. both my children have read it and my wife. we also watched the movie 5 times. thanks again.
54-year-old community college IT instructor. Over 500 titles in "My Library."
I saw the movie first. Thought it was very good. I was ready for the book to be anticlimatic. Not so! There were enough differences between movie and book to make both entertaining.
There is a lot (but not too much, I think) of fascinating science and engineering used for problem solving (survival) in the book. The personalities of the characters (especially Mark Watney) really shine through. I had a lot of "laugh out loud" moments during the main character's log entries. The writing and narration are really excellent!
If you liked the movie, then I highly recommend you listen to the book. If you have not experienced either, then watching the movie to determine whether or not to listen to the book should prove to be a good process.
I would likely shoot myself reading this and give up due to all the numbers and math rattled off. But, this was a great performance by the reader and a good story. Greta timing of humor kept me intrigued the whole time and talking about this with all my friends!
Loved!! enjoyed narration, great voices, such characters!! Watney perfect. Kids, 10 and 14, enjoyed as well, probably in part because of well presented humor with profanity thrown in. Enough to be funny, not so much to be offensive.