Most Sci-Fi books are lacking in an real science or problem solving scenarios. That's not the case here where the protagonist is using everything he's got to stay alive.
Perhaps Mark Watney is just a future Robinson Crusoe using technology and science to survive, but it's no less interesting when you are the only life form on the planet.
The narration was amazing! Just the right touch of sarcasm really brought the story to life. I felt as if I was hearing 'Mark Watney' as he was making his journal entries. Outstanding acting.
If only we realized everything we ever learned was going to be needed to survive long after we had taken the exam.
I can't wait for another Andy Weir novel. I read/listen to between 55-60 novels a year and I've done so for a very long time. The Martian has now moved into my top 5 list. It's that good.
I loved this audiobook, I had no idea what to expect as I hadn't heard anything about it but I have to say it is one of the best gifts I have received this year. I liked that we get Watney's perspective from his journal entries, and I love how sarcastic he is in them, I laughed just as much as I gasped. The ending is superb. I can really see this being a blockbuster movie one day. If you are unsure about this book, just listen to it, I'm sure you'll love it.
Every time I listen to a book narrated by R.C.Bray I think it is his best work, this was no different. He does such an outstanding job, he was Watney.
The story is great with lots if ups and downs, terrific sarcastic humor and perfectly portrayed by the narrator. Because I don't know enough about the particulars of science, I could suspend disbelief enough to make this believable.
Enough to find out the real reason why travel to Mars is in no way possible in the near future (20 years or more) which I won't divulge as not to create doubt for the listener.
Not a thing
The story is very believable. Everything seems to check out. I admit, some of it is a long shot, but it certainly could happen. There were times when I sat in the truck waiting on a chapter to end, even after I arrived at my destination.
Love to read and listen to books. The spoken word is magic for me.
The narration was great! It started out a little overwhelming with the abundance of science. I initially suspected someone was trying to teach me something under the guise of fiction. (Sarcasm alert!) The humor balanced it all out and made it one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever listened to.
Mark of course! He's motivated me.
There were so many but I have to say it was anything to do with his dislike of disco
It made me laugh my head off! It also motivated me.
I was amazed at the level of science in this book. As I mentioned in my title I’m not a science geek but I know some, one being my husband. He hates to read fiction for the most part but he listened to this and totally loved it. He loved it so much he told his NASA friends about it. They immediately looked it up and started purchasing it! I hope your science is as accurate as it looks Mr. Weir!
The detail in the first few chapters made me feel that Bray had Aspergers but I got into the technical swing and as the human story developed I enjoyed its complexity. None the less this book is a wet dream for anyone with Aspergers.
The main character Mark is colourful and witty but some of the side characters back on earth give it a depth that moves beyond a simple adventure story.
The humour is the clear standout and is balanced well with the drama.
Very funny in places. I listened to the last part in a long block and felt like I was one of the millions of the powerless onlookers on earth.
Absolutely the best book I have listened to in the last 12 months.
It is very visual so you know it would be an awesome film but it would never be as good as the technical detail would all be scripted out and will be a variant on Gravity.
Very entertaining. Good for science and space buffs.
Of course the main character Mark was my favorite
The narrator did a good job keeping the characters with separate voices.
A great book on many levels. Interesting subject, great characters, and very well read. I highly recommend!
Geek heaven with techno babble everywhere. The initially smart ass protagonist turned into a lovable, if dry, teddy bear. The tension level was almost unbearable. I was mentally exhausted halfway through the book and it didn't let up until the last page.
Vaguely reminiscent of Lucifer's Hammer, Silent Running and similar survival tomes.
The emotions of the characters were superb. Venkat in particular.
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..:)