The narrator did a great job with creating voices for each character, particularly the accents. At times, I forgot there was only one narrator.
Andy Weir is a genius. The plot is riveting, with action scenes nicely paced so that the entire book moves quickly. The science is solid without dragging the story. The character is instantly likable with a quirky personality. It's amazing how Weir balanced the tension with a great sense of humor.
I loved the part where Mark thinks that the hydrogen separation is going smoothly only to find out otherwise. My second favorite was Mark's opinions on 70s tv and disco.
There was no specific moment that moved me. I quickly fell into sympathy with Mark and his situation. Weir created such a multi-dimensional and interesting character that you can't help but feel for him.
I was genuinely so caught up in the plot, I looked up the ending in an online synopsis because I couldn't read the last page since I bought the audio version.
Excellent story, well told.
The author appears to channeling Heinlein in this story about an astronaut trapped on Mars. Lots of good, hard science to the science fiction, but liberally sprinkled with humor and adventure.
Thought it would be dry, but I went straight through it. Great work and brilliantly read.
Highly recommend this for anyone!
This book will grab your attention from the first sentence. It does get a little nerdy with science, but even if your not into the science this book will keep you very interested. Most of the story is told in the first person which humanizes the story immensely. There are plot twists right to the end. I loved this book.
It's a wonderful book, with an amazing mixture of space, McGyver and Robinson Crusoe written in a cool way, the way it would actually be told. It's so realistic that I picture it could happen in a not so distant future.
Reminiscent of 'Star Trek'. A lot of suspense and fun. The narrator was a bit over the top at some points but overall well done. His style did suit the character. A great listen.
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!
Okay, so the movie hasn't come out yet, but still...it reads just like the movie.
If you enjoy survival fiction and/or light sic-fi this is it!
An astronaut is accidentally stranded on Mars (thought dead), but survives in the hopes of being rescued by the next Mars Mission. He currently has enough supplies for 6 people to last hopefully long enough that NASA might figure out he is still alive, or until the next Mars Mission arrives in a few years.
The "techno babble" is believable enough. I enjoyed the story without wondering if it could actually happen. (e.g.., he has seeds and soil -and of course manure, runs on solar, has an oxygen and water reclaimer, etc...)
Weir does a good job of creating difficult situations for the main character to overcome, and keeps the reader involved. The main character enlightens tense situations with humor (though funnies if you appreciate sarcasm and the occassional fart joke).
I am curious to know how Hollywood will cut this book down to 2 hours, as there is quite a lot of book to cram into a short movie. It will be an interesting comparison, and promises to leave enough variety to allow the Book and Movie to stand alone (together).