I have my doubts. My taste in authors/stories are different from his/their's.
The main character was not very complex. He was kind of the McGiver of Mars, i.e. he could find a solution for nearly everything, using common everyday space materials. He was portrayed as typical American, glib, wise-cracking, extremely smart, etc. No thanks. The world may be watching, but I'm not.
Distracting, capable, tiring
It seemed like a flight to or from Mars was no longer than a cross country flight.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
I listened to this book with the audio narration almost none stop, didn’t want to put it down. The narration was spot on and absolutely terrific. He nailed his performance the entire way.
The story sucked me in, pounded on me, made me laugh and chortle and giggle, hold my breath and gasp and even tear up and cheer. I was utterly astonished that the writing grabbed me so hard and held my attention hostage. I was so sad it was over and had to blink back to reality and re-read the last chapter again. Now that was an utterly entertaining wonderful story/ride. This is definitely an author to keep an eye out for in the future.
Who’d of thunk that a story of a castaway on Mars could be so utterly funny. And not stupid funny, hah-hah, but that smart subtle dry humor that sneaks up on you. Mark Whatney is a wonderful voice in this story that carries it off in his log entries. You’d think that style of narration would be annoying, but it was very well done. The author did an amazing job of taking dry facts and making you not only WANT to hear them but be eager to hear what next he would pull out of his hat. The side characters were real and supporting. You don’t even have to like Sci-fi to not only get this book, but love it. This is now ensconced on my favorite reads – keepers shelf. Don't be afraid, go for the Red Planet, you won't regret the trip.
First, if you dont like science, don't get this book. If you don't mind scientific explanations
which are always laced with irreverent humor, this book is gold.The main character is stuck on mars by himself because his crewmates thought he was dead when they aborted the 6 month mission due to a killer sand storm. Nobody is coming back to Mars for 5 years.
What can our hero do to stay alive with no communication and food for 6 people for 6 months.With yankee inginuity and an irrepressable spirit, he has to survive disco music, 70's tv shows, NASA, and Mars. I loved it!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and wouldn't let go. I couldn't stop listening.
I loved hearing all the technical astronautic information that I didn't really understand, but lent credibility to the story. I loved the main character. What a guy. I was taken by his ability to cope with being alone for such a long time in space, not knowing what his fate would be. I liked his sense of humour and his ingenuity.
I liked everything about the performance. The accents were well done on the whole.
I can't reveal that for fear of ruining the story for other readers.
This is a fabulous listen. I wasn't sure from the name or subject whether or not I would enjoy it, but it didn't disappoint.
More enjoyable than I anticipated, found myself on the edge off my seat, laughing out loud, and at times almost in tears...as an engineer that has always loved science fiction, it's like this book was written for ME...but I kept thinking, man, this would make an awesome movie.
I am a layman who understood maybe 1/10 of the technical stuff in this book at best, yet I still enjoyed it. I was overwhelmingly impressed by the mechanics of the story, how each problem the protagonist faced on mars got solved. initially, I thought the frequent curse words detracted from the story, but it fits the character and the situation. If you're writing a journal and you think you're going to die, you're not going to say 'darn.' Aside from the story being quite outstanding, the narration is flawless.
The narration was perfect for the main character Mark Whatney.
It gets a little technical, but you don't have to be a technical person to appreciate the challenge and the logic Whatney is using trying to survive.
In attempting to leave Mars, after each setback is resolved, you're wondering, "What else can go wrong?"
Stay tuned, because you'll soon find out..
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
EVERYTHING!! I told my son he had to read this. He bought it, and couldn't put it down. It's well written, and the narration is perfect!
No but I sure will now.
I tried but at 3AM, I still had 2 1/2 hours to go and had to go to bed. As soon as I woke up, the headphones were back on my head!
There is one heck of a story line, the math and science are spot on, and the narrator does a fantastic job. Even if you didn't like math or science in school, (I didn't.) it is worth reading. I don't want to spoil this book for anyone. All I can say is I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time!
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
Just as many have noted, it combines the best of “Apollo 13” and MacGyver and filters it through a wisecracking and down-to-earth protagonist who helps translate all the technical NASA-speak into something the layman reader can understand. The harrowing story seems completely believable due to its near-future setting, the realistic voices, and the aura of NASA to authenticate all the tech. I was completely drawn in to the main character, stranded astronaut Mark Watney, whose humor and resourcefulness will win over all readers. The roughest edges of this story would have to be all the endless math computations that Weir felt compelled to include and walk us through, but even they helped raise the stakes of the drama. R. C. Bray's narration provided various distinct character voices, and masterfully matched the wit and tone of Watney.
Stumbled across this book and based on the reviews I gave it a shot. REALLY had a great time listening to this. I enjoy books that keep you engaged and this one had suspense, humor, and emotion wrapped into it. Bray as the narrator did an excellent job and brought out elements of the characters that I'm sure I wouldn't have found by just reading this book.
I wish more time was devoted to wrapping up the book with the ending but that's mainly because I didn't want the story to end. Too bad there aren't other books by Weir, I'd enjoy listening to them.