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 was skeptical of a book with primarily one character. But, this one provided fun science, a quirky and funny character along with engaging adventure. I found excuses to continue to listen during the day. Highly recommended.
This is the kind of story that keeps you listening and Bray did an amazing job reading the story to us. I would love to see this book turned into a movie
Young women/More money
An interesting story about a stranded astronaut and the battle to return him to Earth. It won't keep you up at night reading..............
A very exciting tale of one man's effort for survival while stranded on Mars. Absolutely brilliant. Funny, cynical, and rich with space technology/science. There were some points in the book where it just simply became too much to be believed, thus the less-than-five star rating, but overall a great, fun listen.
I'm of a split mind over whether I would jump to read another book from Andy Weir. I'm certainly open to the possibility -- it's an impressive first effort and he's only likely to get better -- but while the science and premise are first-rate, the narrative execution hits several of my distraction buttons. Mark Watney strikes me more as a character who the audience is supposed to believe is awesome than one who we're supposed to believe is a professional astronaut -- he in fact shows a severe lack of professionalism even when his survival seems likely (and it does not always) and something like professionalism might matter for his career. So my disbelief gets stretched. And Weir relies on a lot of easy jokes (including an unfortunate casual rape joke toward the end) to maintain levity. What this adds up to is a book that I roll my eyes at as often as I think it's awesome.
I thought R.C. Bray was mismatched as the narrator, but did a bang-up job overall. He's too gruff and gritty for Mark Watney, and this creates a sense of dissonance until you get used to it. But he's a good reader, and I appreciate his work.
Aside from what I've already mentioned about the narration, I think the story could be improved by allowing Mark Watney to live with his emotions more. It's a well-established characteristic of his that he relies on humor to manage his emotions, but the balance is off. The moments when the conflict is driven internally are too few and far between.
There's nothing specifically remarkable about Bray's performance. It's generally just strong all around. Well-paced. Good energy. Nice intonation.
My one criticism is that Bray spoke as any character with a remotely ethnic name in accent. This grew irksome, but I think it's relatively minor.
The Martian was my first audiobook, and though I wasn't especially thrilled with the book itself, I was thrilled with the experience. I enjoyed listening, and the book gave me enough reason to keep Audible and to keep listening.
This is at the top of the list. From an audio book perspective, it had everything - a great story and a wonderful narration by Mr. Bray.
I liked all of the science and tech in the story. I've read other reviews on Amazon where people thought it was too technical - I enjoyed how Watney on his own and with NASA figured out ways to survive. He would give Magyver a run for his money.
Hard to say without giving away any spoilers.
I'm baffled by the 1-star reviews on Amazon. If I had a shelf in my Audible library for favorite books, this would be on it. I laughed out loud, came damn close to crying and just really enjoyed the story. I also can't say enough about the narration - Mr. Bray was masterful.
I loved the humor mixed in with the factual details. The book was good all the way through, from beginning to end, which just about never happens. The delivery of the narrator was perfect.
Made me laugh many times, was very funny.
I would not recommend this book for someone offended by cursing/profanity. He curses A LOT. But then again, he's a man trapped alone on Mars, so really? I think he has a good excuse. It adds to the humor and makes him feel more human.
all things awesome
Top 3 for sure, I've only listened to around 30 audiobooks so far, but the narrator nailed the character for me.
Well Marc Watney of course. You've got to love this guy's tenacity in the worst of situations.
Way too many to pick just one. This book was a roller coaster adventure.
In space, no way can hear you scream...like a little girl
This is Andy Weir's first book? Well, I wouldn't have ever guessed that. It's expertly paced, technically believable, but not overly 'nerdy'. It's easy to call a book a 'nail-biter' but there were several times in this book where I found my heart racing. I wanted to believe he would find a way to survive until his rescue but every time something went well, something else would go horribly wrong - I had no idea how things would eventually transpire, but I loved every minute of it. And the narrator - AWESOME. The best narrators tend to really 'act' out as the characters and R.C Bray knocked this one out of the park.