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One of the best narrated by one person.
When he yells, "I'm the king of Mars." It's just such a great moment.
I actually did cry at the end, when he makes it off the planet and with his crew again. You get so used to Mark and feel what he feels. It's amazing and I felt his relief when he made it onto the ship. Beautifully written
Read this book!
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in my time as an Audible member. Don't get me wrong - this is not high literature or a work of art - but it is one of the most fun listening experiences I've had with audiobooks.
The Martian is a sci-fi potboiler but with plenty of smarts and humour. Astronaut Mark Whatley is stranded on Mars after his crew, believing him to be dead, have left him behind as Nasa orders them to evacuate as a storm approaches. He is left with a damaged spacesuit, limited air, and his wits. The story is mostly told by Mark in the form of mission logs, with occasional details told from the point of view of a small group of people on Earth involved in his rescue.
Mark spends over 500 days stranded on Mars while a rescue mission is worked out and dispatched, and the poor guy has to survive many mishaps, setbacks and perhaps worst of all, has only Agatha Christie novels, 70's TV shows and disco music to keep him from going insane. Mark is a thoroughly likeable character, and the story keeps chugging along without any boring parts and I'd be surprised if someone hasn't already picked this up to make it into a movie.
The narration is excellent - the best I've heard on Audible - R C Bray nails Mark's roguish charm and wit perfectly, and for this reason this is one of those books that really might be better in audio form than print.
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!!
I don't normally listen to books in this genre but I am glad I did. This is one book I could listen to over and over and still be on the edge of my seat!!
From the very beginning I was drawn into the story. Every page was more gripping than the last. Every detail in the story from the inside of the ship to potato tea captivated my attention and made it very hard to put it down.
What a talented narrator!! No two characters sounded the same. He was able to not only change his voice to suit the different characters but actually become the character.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
This book was so much better than I expected. The story was compelling, and the characters were believable. I wish I would have become an astronaut.
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--
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.
Never read the print addition, but the audio was great!
one of my favorite moments is the joyful reaction of the marooned astronaut to the space vehicle left on Mars and another is the reaction of the scientist, Kapur, when he discovers that an astronaut was left on Mars alive.
This was the first time to hear this narrator and I thought he did a great job.
Stranded on the Red Planet
Loved the humor and tenacity of the main character.
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..:)
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I finished this audiobook in less than 2 days. I could think of nothing else. I am an engineer and this book tickled my brain with the science and technology while still using it
to further the plot. It was one of the most compelling books I have ever listened to and I found myself sitting here just pondering it for hours after it was finished.