This might be a better read than a listen. It was a fascinating idea, but just wasn't all that good in the end.
This ranks up with Larry Nivens at his best.
Mark is the predominant character, as he is the one telling the story and he is the one stranded. I love the little bit we get to see of the character Martinez (sp?), he's funny as hell!
A real voice to the characters and the stress they are under, particularly obvious during the launch from Mars to save Mark.
I'm at hour 5 1/2 in this 6 hour long book and find that I have to agree with many of the reviewers - this book starts very interestingly, but then bogs down in repetitive, tedious detail. A book half this length could have made the point that this author seems to be making. I think the best thing he did was create a very unusual story and unique character; my only complaint was the length of time the story droned on. It definitely would make a better read, so that you could skim the middle section.
This is pretty funny, but you should know that it really is just a list of humorous observations, each preceded with "NEW RULE:" A whole book of these 30 second pronouncements gets a little old, however, there are a few gems in the list.
I bought this thinking I was getting a fictional comedy. It was fictional, but not funny at all.
As a space fan, I loved this book. I gave it a 4 only because of the use of "special effects" music, which is unnecessary and the continual referral to JFK's famouse speech "I believe we should commit ourselves, before this decade is out, to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."
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