I had seen the movie, and wanted to read the book to compare. I liked the book because it could go into more detail than the movie, but parts of it were entirely too drawn out, and got a little too detailed at times. I recommend this book to anyone interested in space, science fiction, and believes that we will one day have people living on Mars.
The book starts out with a bang and never seems to slow down. The story really gives a good representation of the intelligence and problem solving abilities of some of our brightest minds in the world...the people of NASA. But, more than anything else this is a story about a man's cunning and problem solving abilities and his will to survive against all odds.
I saw the movie when it was out in theatres and I loved it. the book is even better! great story. kudos to the narrarator for vocalize Nguyen multiple accents...he is very talented!
I am actually Vickie, William's wife. I just use his account to buy my books!
This book was amazing in describing technology, but for me I really, eventually, got tired of all the Jury Rigging. Well read!
narration was amazing. the story is compelling. the science is awesome. the characters, the setting. all above and beyond what I expected. I want more stories like this!
Different from the original in several ways. Ending cheesy. In the original Mark Watney gets asked by a child if he's going back to Mars. Mark snaps and exclaims something like "Are you f***ing kidding me!". Very funny ending in the original that is now missing. Sad! However R. C. Bray learned to say ASCII [as-key] in this version in stead of ASCII [A-S-C-2]. Miss that!
The Martian is the first e-book I've listened to since they became available on mobile devices. The last time I listened to one it was 12 CD's I rented from a cracker barrel in 2003. I'm hooked!
Mark Whatney is a very relatable character who manages to seem both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time.
If you have any doubts about audiobooks or about The Martian rest assured it is worth the time invested!
This book was my first choice when I decided to join the Audible world,never regretted this decision.
I've listened to it more than 5 times, definitely recommended.