I actually listened right up until the last chapter where you find out what happens, stopped and started over so I could listen to it again before I knew the ending. I have never done that before, but I didn't want a "spoiler" for my second listen. It's completely silly, but I loved it both times through.
Without giving any spoilers, I don't think I could make a comparison.
He was able to show that the character is a smartass without making him sound like a jerk. Sometimes his foreign accents are not that good, but I didn't find it distracting from the story.
Earth or bust
I really loved this book. It has a fair amount of swearing and is not targeted at young adults, but I think young adults would love it. It has enough science to make you feel smart and enough plot to keep you interested if science isn't your thing.
I was totally engrossed in this story and have recommended it to several people already and I only finished the book yesterday. I wasn't able to find anything else by this author. If this is his first book, I will be on the lookout for the next one.
For hard sci-fi fans anywhere, this is a most enjoyable listen. It contains all the math, physics, botany and chemistry to satisfy any scientifically minded person who also loves common sense and humor as survival toosl, when faced with life threatening obstacles. The main character's resiliency and creativity make for an outstanding adventure and survival story. The narrator's incredible ability to not only nail the main character's part, but also the various accents of other astronauts, NASA officials and it's Chinese counter parts contributes greatly to Andy Weir's superb story telling ability. Yes, the dialogue includes many f-bombs, but it was in context of being stranded on a desolate planet under the most unfavorable conditions, where anything that could go wrong did. Therefore, it really did not bother me in this case. I love Sir Arthur C. Clarke's, Ben Bova's and Hugh Howie's excellence in the hard Sci-Fi genre. Any Weir fits in with this elite group of writers!
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
Andy Weirs’ “The Martian” is an exciting book that follows the daily existence of an astronaut stranded on Mars. The main character, Mark Watney, is a across the between Survivorman and Stephen Hawking. Wantney is an astronaut, botanist, and mechanical engineer. He must use all of these skills to maintain his existence on Mars while attempting to communicate with NASA back on earth. Watney is the sole character throughout the great majority of the book.
The strength of “The Martian” is Weir’s ability to describe highly complex scientific information (botany, chemistry, astronomy, and physics) in a manner that does not overwhelm or bore the reader. The Martians ‘other strength is the use of comedy and Watney’s affable personality. Although the situations in the book are desperate, the reader rarely has a sense of pessimism. Difficult situations and challenges represent opportunities to solve problems.
Although I like “The Martian”, there were sections of the book that seemed overly long. I also wish there was more of an emphasis on what was occurring on earth during Watney’s ordeal. However, casual science fiction fans should find “The Martian” exciting and enjoyable.
The scene where Mindy had to inform her boss that Mark was still alive, alone, on Mars.
Reaction? Yes. Extreme? No.
I'm not an engineer (although I did spend 8 years of my life trying to become a doctor and was in medical school for 3 semesters), but I suspect that actual engineers would love all of the sciency details that litter this book. If you're into engineering porn, especially aerospace engineering, you'll love this book. But if you like science fiction, grounded in reality, this book might be for you too.
I have already recommended to 3 people and only finished this morning.
I liked the fact that the story was true to the laws of physics; we arent expecting the aliens to show up with ray guns or magic rings or anything. It was suspenseful without being gutt wrenching; the character was upbeat and amusingly sarcastic without being the comic relief.
He did a great job being Mark and was also able to relate the parts of the story that werent written in the first person. His accents were really good, even if he didn't really need them all.
It seems so real. I could easily see the story being played out in real time in current days.
By far the best audiobook I've listened to in my 14 months as an Audible listener. Great story, humorous and an excellent narrator.
Made me laugh numerous times...
This is my first review, not very good at these things but... Loved this book, sometimes dry with the science talk but it was fun listening to how he was going to get through each problem that arose. Kept thinking, Ohoh, hows he going to get through THIS one. Just very entertaining...
I really enjoyed this book. Most of it focuses on the single astronaut accidentally left behind on Mars and all that he does to survive which sounds like it would be stressful and hopeless. However, the main character has a great sense of humor and his daily logs, while often recounting life threatening situations, is also filled with humor. There is also narration from NASA on earth and their reaction to discovering that the astronaut is still alive and the crew to which he belonged who is traveling back to earth.
There is a lot of detail about what he does to survive but it was told in such a way that I understood what was happening and wasn't bogged down by details.
I'm a sucker for sci fi but I LOVED this book. Better than Apollo 13 and that was real.
The story and the science was brilliant. The brutality of Mars and the life and death situation was palpable. The protagonist comes off as a bit of bragger, but he's actually believable. Bravo!!!