Absolutely listen to this book. The narration adds so much to the story that you would miss if you were just turning pages. His words and tone of voice helped you feel his frustrations, fears, hopes and more.
I am recommending this book to anyone who enjoys Sci-fi. Best book of that genre I have read in years.
I can't wait to see how this translates to a movie in November of 2015. But regardless, this is definitely a 5 star book. There aren't many books that I would listen to more than once but this is one for sure.
Amazing narration of a great story!
If I can summerize it in two words they would definitely be - duct tape.
You want me to take out both ear buds?
I've been having bad luck with books lately and am soooo glad I came across this one. I love the authors writing style. He is perfectly sarcastic at just the right time. He takes the whole survival thing to a new level by placing this poor shmuck on Mars and expanding on all the trials he must go through just to get outside. The narrator also performs very well and delivers the lines perfectly.
This is a great book and well worth the credit.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
What a fun book! I've recently read a series of incredibly well-written literary novels concerned with math, science, and astronauts that led me to The Martian, the story of American astronaut Mark Watley stranded alone on Mars and his attempts to survive. Initially, I was a little turned off by the log-book format and Mark Watley's adolescent comments ( Yay oxygen! Pirate-ninja!?) but after a short while it really felt like The Martian was the right book at the right time for me. The book has been described as “MacGyver on Mars”, and that it is. It's full of science, logic, struggles to survive against all odds, an astronaut with incredible resourcefulness and the best can-do attitude in the universe, along with thrills, danger, and even humor. There is plenty of math here also, and there were times that I began to skim through what felt like lists of equations and ASCII, but the math is nothing more difficult than multiplication and division. If you're looking for evocative prose, a beautiful, complex story, character development, and introspection, I'm afraid you won't find it in this book, and you may have to suspend a bit of disbelief to enjoy the story, but you will find a compelling adventure. For me, this is a solid 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because I'm not usually a science fiction reader, but I still thoroughly enjoyed The Martian.
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!
one real guy
it speaks to my imagination, it tickles my could be
it makes me want to read it
and leaves me feelin free
all of them
he lives in the word, a excellent story teller
hope they make another one
cause I would read it too
I sit around the place these days
with nothin much else to even do
I often read them right through
some are a bit short
but pack in lots of stuff
Me, I like the longer ones
I find them entertaining stuff
Like Robinson Caruso in space. Well written, brilliantly conceived and great narration. In total a lot of fun and a fast listen.
This was a fantastic story, balanced with drama and humor, and an amazing tale of human ingenuity. The narrator was absolutely perfect—possibly the best narration I've ever heard. It was a perfect pairing of story and presentation. This may be my new favorite book!