No, the characters were dull and lifeless, the story was equivalent to a book on the great American B&B's with an author getting so caught up in the sheets thread count they forget to tell you how comfortable the mattresses were.
The book didn't turn me away from the genre but the genre should think about turning the next book Mr. Brown writes down.
For some reason it seemed like there was voice over work done in areas and it ruined the flow. Mid chapter his voice would change and it felt like you could hear, *insert drink diet _______ here* waiting for check to clear.
The first book I ask for and talked about so much I received two hard back copies for Christmas and read the book in a sitting- sometimes writers don't know when to stop milking the same cow.
Weir is such a good writer. The amount of technical verbiage is unbelievable. It is flawless. The first person accounting of the main character really grabbed me and kept me entertained without one minute of lag. The ending was profound. I truly believe that this book is the perfect book to "listen" to.
This book has a main character that is telling the story and he is captivating. I guess the most important thing I can say about the main character is that I will miss him. The book is so jam packed that I am terrified that I will give something away by going into any detail. I rarely find myself in bed at six am finishing the last two hours of an audible book...actually this was a first. I felt like I was on my couch listening to a first hand accounting of the main characters journey and I was on the edge of my seat.
R.C. Bray is remarkable. This book was so captivating that I found myself laughing, among other emotional outburst, out loud- and then having to explain myself to bystanders. So well written and so well narrated is all I can say. What a ride. i am a new fan of Bray and have already looked up other books that he narrated so that I can enjoy more of his narrating.
Huston we have a problem.
According to Wikipedia Andy Weir wrote this book and published it as a free serial on his website and after a growing number of readers requested it to be made available on Kindle was sold via Kindle for $.99 cents. The Martian then jumped to a Kindle best seller and was only then picked up and published by Crown Publishing Group. I think it always says a lot when a book is driven by readers and after listening to this book I understand the journey. Weir has a short story available, The Egg.
Alana Kerr adds so much to the book with her beautiful accent. Although at times I felt a bit lost by her command of the verbiage, very much alien to me, it added to the feeling of being taken to a new place; a foreign place.
In the first chapters of the book it moves very fast and I felt I should have a dictionary and perhaps take a few notes - the next thing I know I am no longer a mere voyeur but I
have been captured and I am no longer listening I am in the throws of flux.
Kerr gives you the dialect that makes the words alive rather than flat. I have a wonderful imagination but her voice is so perfect for this book I'm glad I heard it first.
I was not brought to tears by this book nor did I ache from laughter. I was able to lose myself, my world vanished completely, and I ended it sitting in my car feeling like I had just returned from a vacation.
This is not young adult literature. Don't stress over the first few chapters. Enjoy them.
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