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D. Yu

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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17805)
    Performance
    (16534)
    Story
    (16539)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "As an Engineer I Loved "The Martian""
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    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Absolutely. I was a little hesitant to begin the book, as the publishers blurb, which is really the first paragraph or so of the actual book seemed a little over the top. However, after listening for the first 10-15 minutes the story draws you in and keeps you there to the end.

    The pacing of the story was perfect and I never felt that there were portions that were not important to advancing the plot/storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing of the story was perfect and I never felt that there were portions that were not important to advancing the plot/storyline. The technical details were plausible and not subject to technical jargon that solely functions as filler to make the story sound high-tech. At the same time the technical aspect was balanced with a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor, which provided good relief from the stress one would feel from being stuck on Mars.

    Additionally, the plot twists did not seem forced in an effort to drum up drama. The things that went wrong were potential hazards in space exploration.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    A line from the book; Watney, "Disco, DISCO!?"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listen on the airplane most of the time or while driving.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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