This is one of those books I'd really like to give 3 1/2 stars. I mostly enjoyed it but while listening, the thought occurred many times that it was a good thing that I'm really "into" the space program, because otherwise I'd probably be bored. The premise is fascinating --guy gets accidentally stranded on Mars, how can he possibly survive until they can come rescue him (IF they can rescue him at all)? But aficionados of Thrillers or Action/Adventure books are likely to be disappointed; there is no "Big Thing" to thrill or provide action. Everything is pretty much within the realm of reality --no aliens, no killer asteroids, no wild action. The thrills & action lie within the realm of the mundane; he puts in an enormous amount of work to survive, have food & oxygen sufficient to last.
So if the basic realities of the space program arent' interesting enough for you, you'll probably be rather bored. If the problems & difficulties inherent in traveling to & surviving in non-Earth & outer space environments fascinate you, you're golden.
The reader did a decent, workmanlike job; not inspired or amazing, but solidly competent.
I'm just a big kid.
'The Martian' is one of the most enjoyed science fiction books I've ever read, and I've been reading them for over 50 years!
The story is both exciting and fun. The characters are all great, especially 'The Martian'!
There's lot of real science in it. The physics is all based on real earth physics, no magic, no aliens, no FTL, no holodecks. Just fun and adventure!
The performance and production quality are outstanding.
I normally don't buy books shorter than 12 hours, but the famous magician Brian Brushwood recommended it. Brian was right!
Eleven star recommendation!!
The book was heavy on the science and at times I was having a hard time keeping up, however the story was fantastic and I couldn't stop listening. The format on how the story was told was great, and the narrator was suburb.
So everyone likes to be part of something from the very beginning, right? It's like when Grisham wrote "A Time To Kill" and you read it before he was a big name. Well this is what I expect out of Weir. This book is crazy good. When I read the premise I thought, "That's going to be hard to pull off. He's going to have a limited 'set' to deal with" meaning the guy would obviously be confined to a very small area if the book were to maintain any reasonable sense of reality. Well Weir pulled it off. This book was everything you thought "Castaway" would be but wasn't. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
With regard to the performance, Bray was the story. His interpretation, timing and delivery were spot on to the point you think that Weir wrote the book with him in mind. Bray's uncanny use of humorous delivery at the perfect time made an already enjoyable book that much more enjoyable. I actually have added other Bray books to my library because he is so talented. I hope that Bray and Weir continue to collaborate and I am looking forward to the next book!
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He had me at the first line. Superbly told, fantastically humorous and beautiful narrated. I want more books Mr.Weir!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and wouldn't let go. I couldn't stop listening.
I loved hearing all the technical astronautic information that I didn't really understand, but lent credibility to the story. I loved the main character. What a guy. I was taken by his ability to cope with being alone for such a long time in space, not knowing what his fate would be. I liked his sense of humour and his ingenuity.
I liked everything about the performance. The accents were well done on the whole.
I can't reveal that for fear of ruining the story for other readers.
This is a fabulous listen. I wasn't sure from the name or subject whether or not I would enjoy it, but it didn't disappoint.
More enjoyable than I anticipated, found myself on the edge off my seat, laughing out loud, and at times almost in tears...as an engineer that has always loved science fiction, it's like this book was written for ME...but I kept thinking, man, this would make an awesome movie.
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Just as many have noted, it combines the best of “Apollo 13” and MacGyver and filters it through a wisecracking and down-to-earth protagonist who helps translate all the technical NASA-speak into something the layman reader can understand. The harrowing story seems completely believable due to its near-future setting, the realistic voices, and the aura of NASA to authenticate all the tech. I was completely drawn in to the main character, stranded astronaut Mark Watney, whose humor and resourcefulness will win over all readers. The roughest edges of this story would have to be all the endless math computations that Weir felt compelled to include and walk us through, but even they helped raise the stakes of the drama. R. C. Bray's narration provided various distinct character voices, and masterfully matched the wit and tone of Watney.
Stumbled across this book and based on the reviews I gave it a shot. REALLY had a great time listening to this. I enjoy books that keep you engaged and this one had suspense, humor, and emotion wrapped into it. Bray as the narrator did an excellent job and brought out elements of the characters that I'm sure I wouldn't have found by just reading this book.
I wish more time was devoted to wrapping up the book with the ending but that's mainly because I didn't want the story to end. Too bad there aren't other books by Weir, I'd enjoy listening to them.
I thought the journal style of the story would be annoying in audio form, but it was not. It was strangely absorbing.
I loved the engineering and science covered in the story. I have no idea it it is accurate or true, but it certainly sounds well researched. It made science seem very cool, but not in a obvious way.
I also loved the sense of humor in this story. The protagonist is witty and sarcastic. There is a large amount of gallows humor, so be expected from a character accidentally abandoned on an entire planet, alone, with a slim chance of making it home alive.
R. C. Bray is absolutely the perfect narrator for this book. He conveys the protagonists humor and sarcasm perfectly.