If you're old enough to remember MacGvyer, you've probably moved on to science fiction - better yet, fiction of all genres - with better plot ideas and better character development.
If not, and you are amazed by how 91 different objects in any room can be made into a killing weapon ... or a source of food or a telescope, this book is for you.
HUGE disclaimer: I couldn't bring myself to use up valuable reading time / listening time. I checked and I got just about half done. If it gets significantly better in the second half, good. Perhaps other reviewer will address this. For me the question is always whether to spend a scarce credit on a book. Oh hum books are not what I want.
Second Disclaimer: I tried to remove my original3 star rating for the narrator and leave in blank. I couldn't figure out how to do this, so I changed it to five and then back to three.. I'm neither impressed nor unimpressed with the narrator. Listen to the snippet and decide for yourself.
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.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a fantastic read that I found hard to put down. The science was so interesting and exciting, never a dull moment. The main character was brilliant and engineered some of the most ingenious life saving devices. This book never got slow and I could not wait to see what he would come up with next. The storyline had an excellent flow and showed the strength and bravery of the human spirit. R.C. Bray did an outstanding job with the narration and I look forward to reading something else that he has done.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
Andy Weirs’ “The Martian” is an exciting book that follows the daily existence of an astronaut stranded on Mars. The main character, Mark Watney, is a across the between Survivorman and Stephen Hawking. Wantney is an astronaut, botanist, and mechanical engineer. He must use all of these skills to maintain his existence on Mars while attempting to communicate with NASA back on earth. Watney is the sole character throughout the great majority of the book.
The strength of “The Martian” is Weir’s ability to describe highly complex scientific information (botany, chemistry, astronomy, and physics) in a manner that does not overwhelm or bore the reader. The Martians ‘other strength is the use of comedy and Watney’s affable personality. Although the situations in the book are desperate, the reader rarely has a sense of pessimism. Difficult situations and challenges represent opportunities to solve problems.
Although I like “The Martian”, there were sections of the book that seemed overly long. I also wish there was more of an emphasis on what was occurring on earth during Watney’s ordeal. However, casual science fiction fans should find “The Martian” exciting and enjoyable.
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.
Enjoy the adventure
Best described as realistic fiction. Agree with many reviewers that the main character’s sense of humor made this a very likeable book. I particularly enjoyed his formula for dealing with bad luck. First, feel free to curse and get emotions out of the way. Second, determine how to overcome the problem. Third, get it done and move on.
-The narration works really well with the writing style. Its almost the perfect combination.
-The story has funny elements and is really light-hearted in many ways
-The story really seems to lack a climax and can be boring were it not for the narration
-Repetitive sequences involving technical science slow many scenes down
I like these kinds of stories that offer suspense, a bit of mystery and quick-witted dialogue. It's written as a series of log entries and I was worried that it might be stilted and boring. Then you realize that when you are writing with the expectation that no one will ever read it (especially when you're still alive) you have the freedom to write exactly what you want with all the social commentary you choose. Don't misunderstand me, this isn't a book filled with social commentary of the political kind. The deepest commentary in the log has to do with why anyone would choose to bring only DISCO music on a journey to Mars.
This is a story where things go wrong and our hero ... well, does heroic things. Unbelievable, sure, but not so totally outside the realm of possibility that you get hung up on it.
Bottom line, this book is fun. If a book can cause me to laugh out loud spontaneously in the midst of a quiet Dr. waiting room, then it's a book that I will endorse with 5 stars. This one did that repeatedly.
Get it just for the fun of it.
I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.
This book was wonderful. Exciting, funny, interesting. Kind of a slant on apocalypse fiction, which I love. Basically, a person in a situation where they must rely on themselves and build a new reality based on a completely foreign situation. Really surprisingly enthralling. I will listen to it again.
I am a Belgian Shepherd
or, to some, Engineering Porn. There aren't many thrillers that use this much mostly plausible science and engineering. Like so many books, the ending, while appropriate, felt a bit rushed and less complete than the earlier shenanigans
R.C. Bray is perfect. More than any recent audiobook I can remember, he WAS the main character, Mark Watney, stranded on Mars yet cracking wise in the most dire of straits.