This was a fun book with lots of interesting science/story. Lots of humor and wise cracking as well. Thought it would be good after reading reviews, but enjoyed it more and really MADE time to finish it up in a couple days. Overall, glad I listened!
The story is basically that an astronaut is left alone on the surface of Mars after an accident. The rest of his crew accidentally abandoned him after they thought he died. It was similar to that Tom Hanks movie Cast Away in many respects...but, of course, more extreme since it was on the surface of another planet.
The hero of the story had no super powers or extraordinary abilities. However, he did have highly specialized astronaut training that he fell back on time and time again. The events of the story are unlikely, but presented in a plausible way. That made it very enjoyable. The dialog didn't seem forced. The supporting characters were sketchy, but also believable.
I can see this story being made into a movie...it was written with shifting points of view and in an episodic story arc.
Overall, I enjoyed the narration, story, and production of this audiobook.
An astronaut is accidentally stranded on Mars when his colleagues wrongly believe him to be dead. It is hard to imagine any scenario where someone would feel more alone and less able to cope with his surroundings, but Mark Watney is a game and resourceful fellow and this is the story of his attempt to establish contact with Earth and survive until he can be rescued. It is interesting, funny, tragic and hopeful, all at the same time.
It is also the story of those who left him, believing him to be dead, and those back on Earth who try desperately to save him. All of the characters are interesting, all of the dialog rings true and the motives and hopes of all are presented in a way that makes this story all the more believable.
There is not much more to say here. The storyline is linear with few plot twists and there are no villains, but what could be a boring story of the attempt to stay alive takes a life of its own and is engrossing from start to finish. There is some harsh language but it has the ring of being how people would be reacting in the circumstance and thus is not gratuitous. The whole story feels real, the narration is excellent and it is hard to find a single thing to complain about.
Highly recommended if you are interested in the story of a survival attempt against all odds.I will look for more books by this author.
It's a great thing to discover science still existing in Sci-Fi. No magical 'deus ex machina' solutions here (unless you consider 'duct tape' but it's magical qualities are widely accepted). Everything is plausibly explained with real chemistry, botany and physics and even though we go from one crisis to another it all rang true. The main character is witty with his dialog - both with himself and with others which made for good entertainment. I was unexpectedly engrossed with this novel, anxious and rooting for the hero. Definitely worth your credit, fellow sci-fi enthusiasts.
Yes, if they are interested in technology, and if they have a sense of humor.
The Log entries and the sarcastic dialog. BTW, all of the dialog was very well written.
Mark Watney, hands down.
I laughed out loud many times. I also came to care about him and many of the other characters.
It's probably in the top ten, and over the years, I've probably purchased about 400 or so.
I'm not entirely sure this IS comparable to anything. I suppose, if anything, it could be the bastard child of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars and Packing For Mars by Mary Roach. Good (enough for fiction) science, a funny, interesting story, with a perfectly chosen narrator.
Not sure, but he does a fantastic job here!
If you've ever seen the movie Apollo 13, there's one scene where the engineers on Earth are sitting in a room when some people come in with cardboard boxes and dump them on the table and say "This is what they have on the spacecraft - make air scrubbers out of it." This book is essentially a longer version of that - problem solving your way off of a hostile planet. It is incredibly well done, and I've recommended it to everyone I've talked to lately.
This book was a wonderful read/listen. The characters are well written and the narrator brings them to life. The story combines all the elements of the best science fiction. The story is scientifically accurate, funny, thrilling. I found myself rooting for the main character out loud and I was happy teary eyed at the end. A terrific book that I would recommend to all but especially fans of classic science fiction.
I just really loved how this was different than other hard science fiction I've read. It's got plenty of humor and very human characters, while also seeming extremely well researched and realistic. The "Man vs Nature" plot doesn't get a lot of play anymore, and it was refreshing in this book.
I do have one complaint, and it's for the narrator. He did a really fantastic job as a really manly man, crew cut having air force kind of guy, but the character is a botanist engineer. I think the story would have worked better with a Wil Wheaton sort of narrator--a geek kind of guy.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
The only reason I didn't give it 100 out of a 100, is that no novel is perfect, but this is one of the best novels I've read/listened to in a long, long, long, long, time. The story is great, the narration is excellent. I don't know how one improves this story. I was telling some friends that it's basically Cast Away (the 2000 movie with Tom Hanks) but it takes place on Mars, and it might be better. It's really good. If you don't believe me look at the average rating of the book. That's how good it is.
the performance/accents of the narrator were perfect. the story was easy to follow, the characters were entertaining, the "martian" was hysterical and writing was clear. definitely recommend if you want a light & fun book.