I loved this audiobook, I had no idea what to expect as I hadn't heard anything about it but I have to say it is one of the best gifts I have received this year. I liked that we get Watney's perspective from his journal entries, and I love how sarcastic he is in them, I laughed just as much as I gasped. The ending is superb. I can really see this being a blockbuster movie one day. If you are unsure about this book, just listen to it, I'm sure you'll love it.
Every time I listen to a book narrated by R.C.Bray I think it is his best work, this was no different. He does such an outstanding job, he was Watney.
I just follow the signs!
Excellent ! Had a blast listening to this. This is one of the most entertaining read I have ever had. Bravo! - Happy listner..:)
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.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
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!
A great blend of story and narration. Mr. Weir writes a novel tale not only of an individuals' will and ingenuity in fighting for survival in an un-serviveable situation, but in a larger sense a novel about our willingness to reach out to help an individual or group when they need us.
He develops the secondary characters in a believable manner and manages to inject a good deal of humor into a dire situation.
I will put this one on a short list to listen to again.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I loved this book. I went to local library to get hard copy for my son who loves science and found that there was over 100 people on waiting list. One reviewer said it was similar to McGyver on Mars (TV series we loved), and it is. Besides the science part, the dialogue was great. Sure there are some swears (nothing as a parent we have never heard before), and not that I would condone swearing, but If I was in place of major character I am sure I would say the exactly the same as my Mars vehicle flipped over. As good as Hunger Games. 100% positive rating from me.
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..
An engaging story of survival. I have mixed emotions about the narrator - sometimes I got a little fed up with his clinical, matter of fact narration, but then I reminded myself we were talking about a scientist and the stereotypical voice should be a voice of a man who was clinical and matter of fact. So I moved on. Although I haven't a clue about whether an Earthling could have pulled off what he did, the Author certainly made it believable and I really enjoyed the entire story. Well worth a credit.
One of the top 10
There was only one major character ... Watney
Not one particular scene ... loved all the different scenes that focused on how to survive on Mars.
When the people at NASA realized Watney was still alive ...
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but found it totally captivating. It was so creative.