I lived this book, I really liked the science that was removed from the movie. I love the pirate ninja as a unit of measure. I also forgot how funny the book is. great read/listen. Narrator does a great job. like his style and voice.
Weir's performance as Watney is an absolute joy to listen to. He delivers the perfect mix of intelligence and snark.
I was quietly glad it ended the way it did.
The airlock detachment. Perfect blend of Watney's survival skills, self-aware humor and tenacity after a tense build-up.
I generally enjoyed the book and laughed a bit. Not too heavy of a read.
Watney's story (and Weir's delivery) are brilliant, but weakened by the Earth-side interludes. Their characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, business is conducted in naively simplistic ways, and the PR director's character is incongruously hostile.
Some editing for logic would have made this an excellent read. Overall a wonderful story. The movie did it justice and actually might have improved the story... Especially the ending.