Love anything tech related, funny, betterment or fitness.
I have not read the print version but the audio version is fantatsic. The narrator is great with great comedic delivery of certain lives. Great inflection in his voice.
All of it.. Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. You wont be able to put your earbuds down!
As Ive said before he delivered a great performance. He delivered the lines throughout the book perfect. His comedic delivery was fantastic and for a science fiction book there was plenty of comedy lines.
erm.. the fact that a man was left marooned on Mars!! That bit was moving!!
buy it!! listen to it... love it!!
I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.
I started recommending this book to people before I finished it. It is brilliant!! The science is beautiful, the writing is witty, the characters are likable. It is absolutley a keeper.
The sheer and utter cool persona of the main character. His brilliant ability to do practical science and his wit. I also loved the whole concept.
The letters to the other members of the expedition! They were so funny. It was laugh out loud stuff. I was so annoyed that my MP3 player wont allow me to rewind a bit. Never mind....I will just listen to the whole thing again...and again.
Yes. but you have to find it for yourself.
If this is a first novel then brother bring them on. I am going to be a collector. Andy Weir you are on the top of my list of authors to watch. Thank you so much for such a fantastic and well crafted story.
Bloke who took to audiobooks in order to beguile long hours on the road travelling to photography gigs across his home state. Now addicted!
'What?' you say. 'Triumph of the human spirit', 'boldly going etc. etc.' - surely this book is making a case for the exact opposite of curtailing the real-live-human space program?
Doubtlessly it is, but then how, definitively, almost surreally, pointless this whole account is. Towards the end the author - rather disingenuously, surely? - inserts the words 'if this was a movie...' into his protagonist's narrative, but that's exactly what this book is, really; one very prolonged script treatment for a summer multiplex blockbuster.
For a start, the main character is the usual glib, quip-happy smartarse, and one suspects the author had a few high-fee-commanding heavyweights in mind throughout. And then there's the plot, which struggles valiantly to achieve the new peaks of out-of-this-world implausibility required to pack them into the 'plexes.
But what's really striking is the absolute lack of either science or wonder. If you've ever suspected the whole 'putting people in space' thing was a galactically-expensive circular exercise in letting the privileged people in space primarily research what happens to, um, the privileged people in space, nothing in this book will contradict you. Sure, there's an absolute overload of engineering, but actual science? Ummm... not so much. Towards the end of the story hand-waving references are made to our hero 'collecting samples' and doing,um, 'research' - and this is about the level of detail provided! One suspects that the author suddenly realized there hadn't really been any hitherto, and, hang on, this is what all the 'boldly going' is supposed to be about, isn't it?
But it's not, really, deep down, is it? It's really about creating action blockbuster scenarios. In real life. So expensive they make summer-blockbuster outlays look like pitiful stacks of small-change by comparison. Because it's assumed that the breathless listener simply cannot figure out that this mission, as described, is a blatant failure. No, we must all fantasize that this is really some sort of semi-stumbling first step on the road to a wider galactic frontier...
What's really striking is the absolute lack of a vision of another world - Mars - in this novel. It's dusty, It's red. It has rocks. The main enemy on the protagonist's planet-crossing traverses is... boredom! We're promised a dramatic landscape that - remarkably - never materializes! Our hero is simply never moved by a sunset on another world. Incredibly, he never looks to the small blue dot of Earth and pines! Or ponders! I mean; seriously? The entire fricking Universe merely serves as a backdrop for a narcissistic, wise-cracking, tech-geek action adventure!
Don't get me wrong; it's a sufficiently entertaining ripping yarn to have gotten me through to the finish, certainly, but, please, let's never do this in reality, eh?
We have - relatively - inexpensive machines that can go to Mars and take samples. And a world full of real problems down here that could do with the rest of the money...
(Proper review-style note: the narration perfectly suits the story.)
Captivating, Top-Notch, Fluid
When the hab explodes and Mark Watney has to scramble to reorganize and survive. Really enjoyed how he always pulls through the most dire situations to his advantage.
His excellent interpretation of the story and characters. Can't imagine that had I read this myself, that I would have understood the story in the same way....the way it was intended to be understood.
Can Mars overpower Mark Watney? Or can Mark Watney overpower Mars?
I came across this book because I was on a red planet kick that started when I was watching all the red planet exploration/disaster films on netflix. After I realized there wasn't much more to offer there, I looked into books to see if I could satisfy my hunger. The Martian was exactly what I was looking for, and I can honestly say that. When I was finished, I found myself searching for a sequel to no avail obviously. This was my first audiobook and I hope I can find more that measure up. Everything about this audiobook was on point. However you end up paying for this, it is well worth the money. If you're on the fence about getting it or don't have a clue....TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH on this book. It is definitely worth it.
If you enjoy stories like "Castaway" and "Apollo 13", you'll love "The Martian". The story is told mostly through the the log book of the main character, Mark Watney. This approach keeps things moving along. Watney is presented with interesting challenges almost daily as he works to stay alive on Mars. We also get the perspective of Watney's NASA colleagues as they work to rescue him. I found the science and situations to be realistic and engaging. This is a compelling and smart adventure story that kept me looking for excuses to listen. It's my favorite book of the year.
Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!
Not usually a sci fi fan, but I loved this book! This is a book that perfectly showcases the virtues of the audiobook format. The narration was excellent! With the wrong narrator this book could have become a dour snooze fest, luckily Andy Weir makes seem like listening to the fascinating stories of your best friend.
The book is told almost exclusively through the personal mission log of astronaut Mark Watney. And lucky for us, he is one brilliant and hilarious dude! Exhibiting a very dry and occasionally gallows style humor he fights back as Mars relentlessly tries to kill him. This story also makes me remember just how brilliant, resourceful and dedicated the people of NASA all over again. Wish I could say "Mars or Bust". Makes me want to go get Curiosity!
This is one of the best. I was riveted.
Mark Watney - he was funny, real, and resourceful
The voice is what made Watney come to life. If I read the print version, the voice I would use for him (in my head) would not be as good.
I liked the part where he explained how the surface of mars was essentially 'international waters' and therefore he was the very first 'space pirate'.
I am an engineer. I believe that is why I liked this book. It was just the right amount of technical for me. It made the science very believable.
There is a possibility the audio version would be better than reading the printed version. Giving all the credit to Mr. Bray, his edgy voice and intonations added such a realistic vibe and sensibility to Mr. Watney's personality. How else to survive alone; but with intelligence and a very dry sense of humor to get you through the day?
Watney for sure, Vinket comes in second.
The magic of a good reader with the right intonations and voice changes with each character comes only once in a while with listening to many books. Bray was just right!
No. I wanted it to last the entire year. I forced myself to stretch it out. I'm a tech geek and at least when I last checked, a human being. Mixing the 2 in high pressure situations successfully is one of the secrets to survival, even on Earth. On Mars, well, the book was that good.
This book is not for everyone because of the science and technology all over it. I brag to my friends about this book because of the seemingly realistic applications that went on both on Mars and Earth. It is truly science......fiction. I'm grateful for Weir not adding little Martian bugs that come crawling out of the soil to munch on Watney or his potatoes. I was very bummed the dammed thing ended. Oh, in the Movie version whomever plays Watney, make sure his sense of humor is just as good as the book, and Bray's intensity.RJ
yes because the story is great
the treck to pathfinder
i laughed alot, mark watney had many funny remarks