This book should've been awful and dull. It's full of hard science and a guy alone on Mars. But I couldn't drag myself away from it. It's funny and engrossing and fascinating and thrilling. I took long lunch breaks because I didn't want to stop listening. I was nearly cheering out loud at certain points.
Can't wait for the movie!
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I loved this audible recording. I listened to it twice (I've never done that before) and bought the hard copy for my family. I've recommended it to 20 people in person. Totally out of my genre, too!
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
If it weren't for Watneys F bombs, this would be a good family book..the excitement of the story builds slowly as Watney Macguyver's his way to survival after being left for dead in an emergency.
As the daughter of an aerospace engineer I wish my dad could have listened to this story..the science is excellent and the problem solving Watney and the JPL folk go thru to rescue him.
One of the best audio books I've heard on Audible. I seldom rate any book 5stars..it takes a pretty good novel for me to award 5 stars This well narrated story rates 10 stars IMHO
The Martian will make you long for the days of the Space Program. I felt like that little girl sitting crossed legged on the room rug watching rockets blast off in 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and finally, 4th grade when the moon landing took place as I listened along. I cheered for his successes, marveled at his ingenuity and found myself being a bit wistful for a good ol' Shuttle mission. This is a feel good book if there ever was one. And the reality of the Apollo mission made it seem believable – that this could happen, we could be this great again and even share in the greatness with other nations. Wow. Loved the narration. I highly recommend. I wish there were 1/2 stars - I reserve five stars for a certain kind of read - but this is really worth a credit!
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
A rare foray into fiction for me, and one I didn’t at all regret. In the not-too-distant future, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded alone on Mars when his fellow astronauts abandon him, believing that he had died in a Martian hurricane.
Our hero Mark is a pretty resourceful character, and he keeps on thinking of new ways to survive, cooking up ingenious solutions when repeatedly confronted by seemingly hopeless setbacks and tribulations. He manages to find a way to communicate with NASA, who then spend a sum of money that would have comfortably wiped out global poverty in trying to save this one man. But it seems like the right thing to do, in this space version of Saving Private Ryan.
Is the book just a teensy-weensy bit farfetched? Well, maybe, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable and an absolute page-turner from start to finish. Give it a go.
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
This was one of the best sci-fi books I've read in a long time.
The story contains a lot of technical jargon but is written in a way that you can grasp the concepts and is entertaining as well.
While Mark Watney is stranded on Mars, he uses his wits and the few items he has to over come disaster after disaster to survive. This story was suspenseful but there were times I would laugh out loud at something Watney would say or do.
Look forward to watching the movie when it is released on November 25, 2015.
Wow - just finished The Martian! I feel like I've been to Mars. Out of the hundreds of audio books I have listened to, this is absolutely in my Top 10. Even Top 5. The whole book just resonated with me. Every day I could not wait to see what new calamity and solution our hero would come up with. But it was done so realistically that it could have been non-fiction. And Andy Weir gave the main character such a snarky sense of humor that it was laugh-out-loud funny in many places.
I think this book will be especially wonderful if you are interested in science and engineering, but I don't think it is mandatory. As others have stated, just being able to enjoy MacGyver is probably good enough (though this is far, far higher quality that anything MacGyver ever did).
I expect I will be listening to it again very soon!
The reader did an excellent job. I felt the intonations and emotions of the characters were expertly conveyed.
Mark Watney. This book is written almost exclusively from Mark's perspective. You can't help but root for his success throughout the entire book.
Mark Watney again. It's easy to believe R. C. Bray /is/ Mark Watney.
Yes. I found myself making time to listen to it while doing other things.
This book was recommended on the Writing Excuses podcast and also on Scam School. I usually don't pay much attention to recommendations, but I had a spare credit and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This book has become one of my favorites. It's easily in my top 20 of all time, or the top 3 of books published in the last few years.
I just follow the signs!
Excellent ! Had a blast listening to this. This is one of the most entertaining read I have ever had. Bravo! - Happy listner..:)
An engaging story of survival. I have mixed emotions about the narrator - sometimes I got a little fed up with his clinical, matter of fact narration, but then I reminded myself we were talking about a scientist and the stereotypical voice should be a voice of a man who was clinical and matter of fact. So I moved on. Although I haven't a clue about whether an Earthling could have pulled off what he did, the Author certainly made it believable and I really enjoyed the entire story. Well worth a credit.