This book was absolutely amazing. Since seeing the movie, "Interstellar", and becoming hooked on anything "space," I was drawn to this book. The narrator is amazing and puts the right emphasis to allow for the witty, sarcastic tones of the main character.
As for the story, I found it to be suspenseful, funny, and down-to-Earth (pun intended). I found myself cheering for all the characters and getting a feel for each one's personality.
One thing, though... I don't think I would've enjoyed this book as much in text format. The audio version allowed the millions of facts and statistics to come together more easily than my brain would allow through just reading--and I'm majoring in scientific fields!
I recommend this book highly!
Great story! The detail is amazing! All of the chemistry and problem solving Mark Whatney uses to survive are realistic and entertaining. I couldn't stop listening, the suspense really builds up
This book rocks. I usually like my space travel to go out of the Solar System, this story is like a Robison Crusoe or Castaway story seen from the perspective of that character. There is a smattering from off world too but for the most part it is the main character dealing with the enormity of surviving after being stranded on Mars. I think a lot of the other reviewers really liked the real life science that made much of this story seem plausible; I being in love with hyper drive and alternate realities tend to stay away from the hard science type Sci Fi.
Probably why I don't own a tool belt :) But this character is so fleshed out, he is creative, dammed funny and despite a fatalism that anyone would feel preservers.. It was without question the digital equivalent of a page turner. I would highly recommend this book. And somehow I think it may make it to the wide screen.
The narrator did a great job with creating voices for each character, particularly the accents. At times, I forgot there was only one narrator.
Andy Weir is a genius. The plot is riveting, with action scenes nicely paced so that the entire book moves quickly. The science is solid without dragging the story. The character is instantly likable with a quirky personality. It's amazing how Weir balanced the tension with a great sense of humor.
I loved the part where Mark thinks that the hydrogen separation is going smoothly only to find out otherwise. My second favorite was Mark's opinions on 70s tv and disco.
There was no specific moment that moved me. I quickly fell into sympathy with Mark and his situation. Weir created such a multi-dimensional and interesting character that you can't help but feel for him.
I was genuinely so caught up in the plot, I looked up the ending in an online synopsis because I couldn't read the last page since I bought the audio version.
Excellent story, well told.
The author appears to channeling Heinlein in this story about an astronaut trapped on Mars. Lots of good, hard science to the science fiction, but liberally sprinkled with humor and adventure.
Thought it would be dry, but I went straight through it. Great work and brilliantly read.
Highly recommend this for anyone!
This book will grab your attention from the first sentence. It does get a little nerdy with science, but even if your not into the science this book will keep you very interested. Most of the story is told in the first person which humanizes the story immensely. There are plot twists right to the end. I loved this book.
It's a wonderful book, with an amazing mixture of space, McGyver and Robinson Crusoe written in a cool way, the way it would actually be told. It's so realistic that I picture it could happen in a not so distant future.
Reminiscent of 'Star Trek'. A lot of suspense and fun. The narrator was a bit over the top at some points but overall well done. His style did suit the character. A great listen.