Captivating and Entertaining....a blend of tense action and science. I don't like many of the movies that are released these days, but after listening to this, I am eager to see the movie.
This is a heartwarming "outer-space" survival story. For me, this was a true "couldn't stop listening" story. Against all odds, the main character works his engineering and his "macgyver-ish" skills in dramatic and creative ways to survive one tension-garnering scenario after another. Although you know the outcome of the story is positive, the journey from beginning to end is well worth the ride because what you don't know is the "how" which is the entertaining and joy of the listen.
The narrator, Bray, is great. His performance skills and voice range is top notch.
Well worth the credit and time. Highly recommend.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I'm really late listening to The Martian. This is a novel about space travel to Mars using current technology; everything referred to in the book already exists and is being actively used. More than that is is a book about the ingenuity of Mark Watney to overcome almost impossible obstacles to make his rescue possible AND the ingenuity and determination of many others to rescue him.
The language used is realistic and appropriate but too crude for this to be a good teen novel. I'd like to see a teen version released with the crude language removed.
VERY, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I love this novel!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
DAMN IT JIM, I'M A BOTANIST
Lots and lots of science. Lots and Lots of funny. MacGyver on Mars. I Love Clarke, but even he could not write this well. He would be proud. Who'd Thunk, talking about Night Soil, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and so much more could be so entertaining. Get this book for your teenagers and they will be inspired. Give it to your friends and they will be entertained.
R.C. Bray just jumped to the top of every bodies favorite narrator list.
YES, OF COURSE DUCT TAPE WORKS IN A NEAR-VACUUM. DUCT TAPE WORKS ANYWHERE! DUCT TAPE IS MAGIC AND SHOULD BE WORSHIPED!!
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.
This is an outstanding story, well written, detailed, drama, survival, dangerous journey, technology, science...on and on and on.
And like many others, the first thing I did was google "books similar to the Martian."
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I don't read Sci-Fi or enjoy Sci-Fi movies. I have smart friends and family that love Sci-Fi, but it just has never been interesting to me. I have always thought it was because the fantasy thing bothered me. Do you realize how hard it was for many of my friends to convince me that I would love a book titled "The Martian"?
I started this audio book thinking I would give it an hour and then return it for a refund. Well, that thought lasted for the first 5 minutes into this book. WOW! I'm not kidding. This book reads like good non-fiction and contains tons of science that was absolutely fascinating. I considered taking a vacation day from work so that I could just continue listening to the book when my commute to work ended.
The story-writing and the narration are pitch perfect. The story builds and builds with Mark Watney, the McGyver of space travel, using his wits, humor and science to survive. It reminded me about how I felt after reading "Robinson Crusoe" as a child. Others have given exhaustive narratives of what to expect. I only like to give reviews about how a book makes me feel. Well, "The Martian" makes me feel GREAT! Get it with your next credit.
Kudos to Andy Weir and R. C. Bray.
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My reading horizons consist of Paranormal, Paranormal, and more Paranormal. So, when another reviewer fervently recommended this SciFi audiobook to me, I was skeptical. However, past experience has taught me not to ignore my fellow bloggers, and that served me well once again because THE MARTIAN was outstanding! This genre isn’t my forte, and Math was always my weakest subject in school, but pair them with Andy Weir’s writing & R.C. Bray’s narration, and soon you too will be endorsing this title with zeal.
This story is told via a series of log entries from Mark Watney’s POV, with intermittent JPL/NASA, Hermes, etc narratives. It was funny, dire, hopeful, scientific, and so much more. The protagonist makes good use of his mechanical engineering & botanist background which lead to a lot of technical jargon that even laymen like me could appreciate. The hero’s fight for survival was one that every human can relate to, and his ability to laugh in the face of adversity was oftentimes the difference between life & death.
You’d think that a novel that’s restricted to a habitat, a rover, and a deserted planet as locales, and one character all by his lonesome would get tedious in the long run, but if you’re Weir that’s all you need. Mark Watney made this book for me with his sarcastic sense of humour, and MacGyver-like ingenuity. His last name really should have been Murphy because anything that can go wrong, will—at the worst possible moment. From magic duct tape, to pondering the accurateness of Aquaman, to solving terminal velocity à la Iron Man; you will fall in love with Watney.
I can’t say with utmost certainty, but I’m 99.9% positive that the calculations would have bored me to tears if it weren’t for R.C. Bray’s enthusiastic performance. The protagonist celebrates victories with yays, and setbacks with boos, and those emotions came through loud and clear in Bray’s tone. Saving Mark eventually became a world-wide effort, and as a result, the narrator had to cycle through tons of accents including Hindu, German & Chinese, and he aced them all. Unless you’re a whiz, I’d recommend listening over reading to most.
THE MARTIAN was passed on to me, and now it’s my turn to do the same for you. You’re welcome.
The story starts with an impossible to survive situation which contrary to all expectations the hero of the story survives. Now here's where the really amazing part comes into play; everything in the entire story is based upon reality. Nothing is contrived. Nothing is left to good luck or contrived circumstances. The author simply utilizes the likely NASA's good planning and sheer brilliance on his own part to show how a sufficiently resourceful man could survive being marooned on Mars. This is the amazing thing to me so I'll say it again - nothing is contrived. The author makes use of an entirely plausible set of conditions and thinks up ways that the individual challenges involved in surviving the conditions of Mars are met and dealt with. Unlike any other book I've ever read that dealt with a similar plot line this one had zero, I repeat, zero, none, nada, a complete and total lack of questionable assumptions, plot twists or unexplained 'magic happens here' events to make a problem just go away. Instead, the author brilliantly first poses and then disposes of one problem after another in a fashion that is completely and totally logical and plausible. I am in awe of the sheer brilliance of the story.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
Admittedly, The Martian was on and off my Wish List so many times!! I'd hear great things about it, then read the premise and think "not for me". It crossed my radar again recently, and I happened to see almost 4000 reviews with an average of 4+ stars--I took a chance.
And I loved it!! The story was great, original, and very well written. And the narration was perfect. I am truly not a science person, and the physics and chemistry were still going over my head a bit, but that aspect of the story was written well enough that I totally got the gist of what was going on, even if I couldn't pass a test on it by the end :)
I am very glad I chose to listen to this book. It could have been boring and scientific, but was in fact entertaining and fun. I highly recommend to all--