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!
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..:)
I like these kinds of stories that offer suspense, a bit of mystery and quick-witted dialogue. It's written as a series of log entries and I was worried that it might be stilted and boring. Then you realize that when you are writing with the expectation that no one will ever read it (especially when you're still alive) you have the freedom to write exactly what you want with all the social commentary you choose. Don't misunderstand me, this isn't a book filled with social commentary of the political kind. The deepest commentary in the log has to do with why anyone would choose to bring only DISCO music on a journey to Mars.
This is a story where things go wrong and our hero ... well, does heroic things. Unbelievable, sure, but not so totally outside the realm of possibility that you get hung up on it.
Bottom line, this book is fun. If a book can cause me to laugh out loud spontaneously in the midst of a quiet Dr. waiting room, then it's a book that I will endorse with 5 stars. This one did that repeatedly.
Get it just for the fun of it.
If Andy Weir has gotten any of the technical details wrong in any major way, you'd almost need to be a rocket engineer to spot them. I say almost, because I spotted a couple of minor ones that don't really impact the story any.
This is an adventure story about survival in some of the most inhospitable conditions imaginable, with the focus of an engineer and the pacing of an experienced author.
You would think that given the technical detail and accuracy that has gone into this story that it would be slow and tedious to read, but Mr. Weir has done a brilliant job of weaving the explanations into the story without bogging down in them.
R.C. Bray does a very good job with narration, acting just enough and using enough variation in the voices and accents to keep things easy to understand and identify. Mr. Bray does make one or two little annoying mistakes when reading words that those of us in the computer industry use (e.g. for "ASCII" he pronounces "A" "S" "C" "2" instead of saying ass-key) but these small errors are entirely forgivable given the skill with which the rest of his work is delivered.
The great writing and the awesome narration combine to make this an extremely enjoyable listen.
This book made me laugh out loud numerous times. Andy Weir instilled a very droll sense of humor in our intrepid astronaut.
I'm not a rocket scientist so I'm not sure of the science but it sounds good to the layman.
I wanted to listen to this non-stop but I also didn't want it to end.
I have a new favorite author and a new favorite narrator.
I listen to a lot of audio books and this is the most enjoyable listen I've heard in some time. The story is great but the performance by Andy Weir is worthy of an Audi!
No, I rarely read the same book twice. Dont get me wrong, It was brilliant.
Heating bathwater with a radioactive isotope.
I laughed quite a few times.
A brilliant book, hard science sci fi like this is hard to come by.
I'm an avid audiobook "reader", sometimes going through up to 8 books a month (lots & lots of driving and no TV!). I believe I picked this one up on sale and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable audio experiences I've had in some time. It took a few minutes to acclimate to the writing style of alternating between action (mainly academic) and science-speak. Noting some of the reviewer comments I was also very nervous about the narration style. While I can understand reviewers who were a bit negative - there have been several narrators who have cost me highly rated books - I have to say I was captivated by the dry inflection that Mr Bray used to portray the wit and and humor of an extremely smart and not-old man. I'm up for a second go!