I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
The narration, and log style report of how things go for Mark Watley keep you wanting to find out what happens next One of my best downloaded audible books this year. His MacGyver-like style of figuring things out want you to be like him, or to be stranded with him if your ever in a situation like that. Every day is a test of survival.
It felt like you were right there.
So why if he had all those potatoes, why didn't he distill vodka? Use his little plutonium canister he used making a bathtub? Overall, this story just begs for a movie to be made from it. So much more there than "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock.
You've been warned. You'll drink coffee in excess, drive around the block a few times, take the long way home; the story is that good, the performance is that good. I was literally walking around laughing at times and choked at others. Andy writes with great imagination wit, and creativity. You are there with Mark Watney, the crew, NASA and everyone else the whole ride. I hope he writes another book.
By the time humans finally do set foot on Mars, The Martian should be considered a sci-fi classic. The fiction is interesting, and the science behind the plot lines seems solid.
I hesitated to purchase The Martian because I was concerned about reading/listening to a lengthy series of journal entries. Much of the novel IS written as a series of log posts, but Andy Weir has used ingenious plot devices to ensure that is not a problem. The novel remains interesting throughout. In fact, I almost hated for it to end; the last part of the book felt rushed and, I felt, could have been filled out more fully. This is a thoroughly entertaining novel.
The narration was adequate. R.C. Bray's accents were good. However, the use of an 'effeminate' voice for one of the female characters was unfortunate and caused me to deduct one star in my rating.
Oh, and duct tape!
If you liked the Apollo 13 movie (as I did) you should love this audiobook. It is the "man against nature" theme except the nature in question is on Mars, not on Earth. Most of the book consists of diary entries (or log entries) by one man who is stranded on Mars. The entries are both funny and gripping, and I appreciated the heavy dose of "real science" as the protagonist figures out how to survive on Mars and how to help with his rescue. And the voice performance was excellent. Loved this book.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Loved it. Anyone who likes engineering, space, problem solving, and constant-action stories will like this novel. Very entertaining.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
This was a wonderful combination of hard science, science fiction and humor. Other than John Scalzi, I can’t think of any science fiction author who does as good a job with humor. Listening to this as an audio book made the humor that much more enjoyable. The performer put just the right amount of flippancy into his voice as he read the daily log entries of the protagonist, an astronaut who is just trying to get home. Some of the funny parts that made me laugh out loud included the ode to duct tape: “Yes of course duct tape works in a near vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.” Also the protagonist’s listing of all the songs on the ipod that had something to do with his situation (Life on Mars, Rocket Man , Alone Again-Naturally , and Stayin’ Alive).
But the author wasn’t all about the laughs. There were plenty of very interesting science sections, like when the protagonist described how he synthesized water, or prepared the soil to grow potatoes, or used a pack of plutonium to provide heat without irradiating himself. All these sections were clearly very well researched, but were written in a way that was very accessible and understandable. Many parts reminded me strongly of the book “Apollo: The Race to the Moon” by Charles Murray, particularly the parts describing how the team back at NASA would troubleshoot the challenges being encountered on the mission. By including the technicians back on Earth and their troubleshooting, the author avoided the mistake that many fiction novels make--focusing exclusively on the astronauts, ignoring the vital role played by the hundreds of experts at Mission Control, without whom the space flights would be impossible.
Still, I thought the author’s decision to tell most of the story from the first person perspective of Mark Watney, the stranded astronaut, was brilliant. The few chapters that moved away from Mars and told what was happening on Earth spoiled some of the magic, breaking the sense of isolation I felt when the only person’s voice was Mark Watney’s. That magic was so powerful that I actually got a bit verklempt a couple of times. If you are fascinated by real space flight and like to think about things like the logistics of what it would really take to get a man on Mars, you should definitely read this book. Best book about Mars I have read yet.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is the story about being stranded all alone in a planet, with all the isolation, emotional and existential terror that would imply. Throughout the story, you'll keep asking yourself "will he/won't he survive" and at what cost. It's an excellent story, even though I had my doubts going in. It did a great job proving it was well worth my time and credit.
This was my first book
The store was of interest, the characters feel real and the situation is something that truly seems like it could happen and was believable. It was one of those that keep me listening even after I turned the engine to the car off.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Wonderfully written, less science fiction and more science “The Martian” follows a castaway left for dead on Mars and his fight for survival as he becomes the MacGyver of Mars. The main character is great and his well timed and at times corny jokes and comments made me smile or laugh on several occasions. While there is a lot of numbers and math at points, it never carries on very long and the way it’s written and its tone easily overcomes the thought of this book being dry. This is a must for any Mars lover.
Scientific mind meets the mind of a complete idiot. All in the same package. I loved this story, though extremely far fetched, it was great to get a glimpse of what technology of space travel might be like, plus I laughed out loud.
If you want a realistic mars voyage story, this is not for you. If you can not wait to see a mars story where Seth Rogan is cast as a scientist trapped on mars for a year, then this book is for you.