this book is so technical that even a tech nerd like me got bored listening to all the numbers. the number the author should have been concentrating on is zero which is the definitive quantity of character development and depth.
One of the top 10
There was only one major character ... Watney
Not one particular scene ... loved all the different scenes that focused on how to survive on Mars.
When the people at NASA realized Watney was still alive ...
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but found it totally captivating. It was so creative.
The science fiction bar has been raised high in this tale of a struggle for survival on a hostile planet. Our hero has been left behind and assumed dead by his mission mates. Mark must overcome many obstacles and each life threatening conundrum he has to face is fascinating along with the plausible technical solution he comes up with. If you are not a fan of detailed explanations outlining the very real situations faced on a journey like this, you may feel a bit bogged down.
A fine tuned sense of humor has been mixed in with hard science as this astronaut makes wry observations while battling to endure in a harsh environment. The narrator, R. C. Bray does an excellent job in getting that comedy across.
There are three main perspectives in this epic tale. We hear from Mark with his daily trials, and I will let you discover the other two for yourself if you decide to give this book a listen.
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.
Say something about Yusef. Uh...he was a great horn player?
or, to some, Engineering Porn. There aren't many thrillers that use this much mostly plausible science and engineering. Like so many books, the ending, while appropriate, felt a bit rushed and less complete than the earlier shenanigans
R.C. Bray is perfect. More than any recent audiobook I can remember, he WAS the main character, Mark Watney, stranded on Mars yet cracking wise in the most dire of straits.
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.
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.