The detail and math in this story kept me fascinated throughout; it actually sounded plausible to me (not a scientist, nor an engineer, nor a mathematician). The tale is loaded with the perfect amount of ironic, self-deprecating humor by R.C. Bray, the ideal narrator for it. We root for our hero all the way, because he's just so great!
The story is bombastic (or is it?) but there was so much science & engineering explained (even for a lay person) that it felt like it could really happen. This really helped suspend my disbelief so I could get into the story & trust that all the science stuff would work-- and I think it largely checks out as the author was rumored to have done a lot of research for the writing.
Excellent narration, some of the best. Once you know about the movie & that Matt Damon is cast as lead-- you imagine him as you listen to the book, and it totally works!
I enjoyed that the story didn't have a love interest or some family thing back home. I feel like that is so common in these types of movies (or all movies for that matter). It's refreshing to have a story that can stand on it's own without leaning on the emotions of love. Fantastic story & fantastic movie. Treat yourself to both! The movie leaves out a few things that aren't crucial to the story but are still fun story lines.
this was my favorite book of the year because it wove an extremely interesting storyline with incredibly accurate facts making a science fictional masterpiece. I found that I learned a lot about science and outer space aswell as being absorbed in the storyline.
I loved most of all the humor of the protagonist. If he weren't funny and didn't look at the funny side of his situation, he would never have survived, and the book would be much too scary.
All of the scenes with the potatoes: preparing to grow them, growing them, realizing he's the first Mars colonist, losing a great deal of his crop due to his own human error, ketchup!
The humor shines through.
Yes, it most definitely was, and I believe it took me only two days to finish as it was.
Listen to it!
This book is simply put, amazing! It had me hooked from the first chapter and never let up. The narrator does a wonderful job and manages to differentiate the characters. Give this book a listen, you won't regret it.
In the 300 plus audiobooks I have listened to, this one is in my top 5. Fantastic listen with witty dialogue, hair raising adventure, and one plucky botanist turned space pirate.