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The protagonist is wonderfully irreverent; The language is about what one would expect if left in a situation that was both impossible, and challenging.
A kind of modern take on Mysterious Island. Inventive, dour and humorous.
Nothing to compare
Boobies, or how I got F**ked 14 light minutes from home.
Where are the other two chapters giving us some input into the final crew interactions? There was more, I think, that got left on the cutting room floor.
Yes this little book from a no name author is actually one of the best books I've listened to in a long long time.
Some books are great because of the plot, Some because of the setting or the writing.
This book is great because of the character and the sheer amount of science that is put into it. If your tired of sci-fi glossing over the details in favor of melodrama then this book is for you.
The plot is as simple as can by, survive 500 days on mars, travel 3200 kilometers, by yourself, with no contact with earth. Accomplish this mostly with duct tape. Yes, its sound preposterous but its little different from what the crew of apollo 13 did when they built an air filter out of duct tape, plastic bags and socks.
Sound dry to you? Its not, for just one reason, the protagonist is as hilarious as he is smart. Get tired of talking about Kilowatt days? Invent your own unit of measure, the PirateNinja. Hurt your back and need to spend a few days recovering? Study maritime law and figure out that if you achieve your goal you will technically become the first space pirate.
How else do you survive almost two years alone on mars? Learn to find humor in everything, even your own imminent demise.
This is a must read. I wish I had followed my instinct and bought it when it first came out instead of waiting for the positive reviews to stream in.
The story moves fast and is believable from the readers prospective. You can actually feel the pain and suffering that one man goes through to get home
Was believable and was very good in rationalizing what would actually happen on Mars as one person tries to fight to get home, science fiction is meant to be on the edge of reality but this story captivates you and makes you realize that this may really happne
They were all good and well narrated by Bray, Just go listen to the book and you will be in a trance wanting to solve problems on Mars
Yes there were many and I would not want to give anything away, a must read to enjoy. I value it by realizing that when I got home from driving my car I did not want to go inside and stop listening.
I thought the journal style of the story would be annoying in audio form, but it was not. It was strangely absorbing.
I loved the engineering and science covered in the story. I have no idea it it is accurate or true, but it certainly sounds well researched. It made science seem very cool, but not in a obvious way.
I also loved the sense of humor in this story. The protagonist is witty and sarcastic. There is a large amount of gallows humor, so be expected from a character accidentally abandoned on an entire planet, alone, with a slim chance of making it home alive.
R. C. Bray is absolutely the perfect narrator for this book. He conveys the protagonists humor and sarcasm perfectly.
Unbelievable made believable.
Too many great scenes to pick just one.
R.C.Bray brings a diversity of the characters to life that Wier has created
Bad Ass needs in space
I listened to this book in one day on a 120 mile bicycle ride and was disappointed when both were over. R.C. Bray made this story come to life. Andy Wier captures the smartass attitude of many of the real life adventurers I have as personal friends as well as the never give up spirit that drives them to overcome any odds. Get this book! You will only be disappointed when it's over
For the aspiring engineer/astronaut, this is a *very real* account of what a tragedy would be like and how a smart, rational, real-life hero might be like. My first listen was like a whirlwind, going start to finish at 3x in essentially a day. I couldn't stop. Well written. Andy Weir really did his homework. There are a few details which I'm sure were embellished for 'Hollywood', but these aside, the book is solid. Please buy and listen.
A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.
The easiest way to become an expert is to go through an event that is thought to be impossible. The book gets your attention right away and pretty much keeps it through the whole book with the humor, puzzle solving and actually being able to put yourself in the main characters position. Fun book, took me 2 days to go though it because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
If it weren't for Watneys F bombs, this would be a good family book..the excitement of the story builds slowly as Watney Macguyver's his way to survival after being left for dead in an emergency.
As the daughter of an aerospace engineer I wish my dad could have listened to this story..the science is excellent and the problem solving Watney and the JPL folk go thru to rescue him.
One of the best audio books I've heard on Audible. I seldom rate any book 5stars..it takes a pretty good novel for me to award 5 stars This well narrated story rates 10 stars IMHO
I really loved this book. Smart, funny, and well written. Plot is set in the near future, and I liked the grounding in real science and physics. It somehow made it more real. The story is gripping and I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion!
Hours of on edge of seat excitement with intermittent humor. A joy to listen to. Makes me wish for the good old days of the space race. Too bad, currently it looks like the Chinese will be the first Martian adventurers.
Only at one point was I yelling at the narrator - "Duck tape, use duck tape." But he finally thought of it.
If you want to convince someone that math is important, let them read this. The man's life depends on the math he uses to decide how to use his resources and stay alive. Fantastic!