"21st Century Robinson Crusoe"
Very enjoyable listen, all positives, good story, narration & characters. Very believable plot that didn't seem so far from science now that it would be what I normally think of as science fiction, more a space adventure story. As others have suggested there are a reasonable amount of facts & figures throughout the story, if you just accept them as correct and don't feel the need to puzzle over whether they are or not, they don't get in the way of the story and add to the realistic feeling. Definitely an author I am going to look to for further reading in future.
I wasn't sure when I first started this book but an hour later I was hooked. Very well written with a great main character, it gets a bit technobabbly at times but that doesn't take away from a great yarn. Well done.
"Compelling and brilliantly researched."
I have already recommended this book to every space nerd I know (that's a lot of people). Not only is it exciting, funny and totally believable but it really puts you right with the character and his daily battle against a planet that desperately wants to kill him.
What I liked best about the story was how it managed to lurch from one crisis to another without getting tiresome. The descriptions of the daily chores of surviving on another planet with not even the bare minimum of equipment and food are far more gripping than they ought to be. At it's best it is an amazing character study of a man fighting against despair and certain death with just his wits, good luck, training, humour and optimism. The Martian is never less than utterly compelling.
"On the edge of my seat.."
...that's how I felt listening to this fascinating account.
I would definitely listen to this amazing story again. Unbelieveable tension mixed with a little bit of comedy and the science is baffling. It felt very real like I expected news of Watney on the TV! Absolutely compelling.
Mark Watney was of course my fave although I liked Kapoor (not sure if the spelling is correct as I haven't seen it in print). Watney just goes without saying...controlling himself, thinking things through clearly, planning and dealing with unbelieveable odds but maintains his sense of humour. Kapoor because he truly felt for Watney, he was Mark's counter part on Earth, level headed, weighing up options and obviously well respected.
He was the voice of Watney. He made it very real.
I hope there are more books on the way from Andy Weir.
I loved this book from the first to the last word. Don't read too much about it. Look at the good reviews and believe them. This is the very best kind of science fiction. No monsters. No ray guns. No baddies. Science is the main player. You get to spend time on Mars with the sort of person you would want to be stranded on Mars with: an engineer who knows his profession. Brilliantly narrated.
"Best audiobook I've listened to"
Right at the top! Its got everything I want, science, space, not too many characters and I dont want to stop listening to it
The isolation of the main character - its what I look for in a horror movie. The no hope situation he is in.
Mark, certainly as he is the main character, but also Mitch(?) the guy at NASA that no one likes but the one who forces a certain rescue mission
The moment one of the crew members coming home received an image that they could not open.
Brilliant story and great narrator
"Gripping, fascinating, and quite hilarious!"
It plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster, delivered in such a compelling way with the mix of log entries from Watney's perspective and the narration of life back on Earth.
I was fascinated by the complex details and chemistry of Watney's fight to survive, which far from being boring and technical, made the extreme measures he takes much more believable.
But the best bit is the humour! Combined with Bray's perfect delivery, Mark Watney is the funniest man on...well, Mars. But you get my drift.
The only reason I've withheld one star is that it lacked a little depth. Ok, so we're told Watney is a funny guy, but faced with being the only man on the planet, and never seeing Earth again, perhaps a little more introspection may have made him a more rounded character. Does Mark Watney have a family back on Earth? Does he even have friends? Or parents? He never mentions his life on Earth at all, which given how often he contemplates never getting off Mars, you'd think he might. A little "Z for Zachariah", "I am Legend" contemplation might have provided some realistic depth, but I guess staring death in the face isn't so funny.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry, but satisfied, when I reached the end.
This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's a modern take on a golden age sci-fi staple - "the stranded spaceman" but the contemporary referencing and modern pace is so well done it feels fresh and well conceived.
Its not often I have a book I think I have to "spread the word" about but this is an exception, Audible's return guarantee means you won't lose anything by giving this a go but personally it grabbed me within the first 5 minutes and my only disappointment was how short it felt; I would have happily had an extra couple of hours of this.
Generally I tend to go for the more action-oriented sci-fi but Mars is a hip planet so I thought I'd give this a go. So glad I did. It's heavy on the technical side but the story moves along rapidly and dialogue and realism are top notch. It reminded me a little of Joe Simpson in space. Not literally, he'd be useless up there, but a similar vibe to Simpson's 'Touching the Void' detailing his battle for survival against impossible odds far from civilisation. Gripping stuff. And the narrator deserves a mention too - an impeccable delivery.
"Tremendous 'space ship' sci fi rather than fantasy"
Just finished listening to this - and have to write a glowing report immediately. I used to adore sci fi back in the 70's (Arthur C and Isaac Asimov etc) but there's not been much to tempt me in latter years. I read all the 5 star reviews of The Martian BUT was a bit put off by the idea of lone man blog and lots of technical data. However I took the plunge last week and am I glad I did. Yes the main character of the book has managed to get left behind on Mars and yes the main part of the story is based upon his log including yes lots of technical data but we do also have the story as seen from base on earth and the ship that had left him for dead. This is very much Apollo 13 and it's grand. Not a green Martian or wizard in sight just good straightforward spaceship stuff - great story incredibly well read. Do not hesitate to download this!!!!