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The Martian | [Andy Weir]

The Martian

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?"
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Publisher's Summary

Completely reperformed by R.C. Bray to match the 2014 Random House release! includes Andy Weir's newly reimagined ending!

“One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten.” -Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy

“A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island. -Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and whiteknuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." -Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver trappedon Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13.” -Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One

“Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter.” -Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer

“The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen.” -Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country

"Strong, resilent, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down." -Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception and The Columbus Affair

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 plainold "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?"

  • 2015 Audies Double Nominee in Science Fiction and in Solo Narration: Male
  • 2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist - Outstanding Audiobook Narration: Science Fiction

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    Vincent 04-25-13
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    "The best book I have ever read."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    To prevent spoilers I'll be vague: it when he found a way to communicate with earth.


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

    Yes! It was mostly the humor and excitement that kept me listening non stop.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 04-20-13
    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 04-20-13
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    "Great third time listening"

    I would suggest this book to anyone the writer did a fantastic job and I found it very interesting

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy 04-16-13
    Brandy 04-16-13
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    "Humerous and action packed Martian Rescue"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Hilariously Riveting Resuce


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Mark Watney's continuing sense of humor in the face of the many adversities he faced while on Mars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when he exclaims that duct tape should be worshipped.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When his entire Hermes crew decided unanimously and without any hesitation to go back and rescue him therby endangering their lives in doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Lemitar, NM, United States 04-14-13
    Dylan Lemitar, NM, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No bs trip to Mars"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    None


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The protagonist would say ...... duh! a human voice.
    Does anyone else hate this format? I've stopped reading reviews since this format.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The best space book I've ever read. Being a scientist, both geologist, botanist and adept at engineering this book felt truly authentic. I almost feel like I've been to Mars and been a part of the solutions that saved the protagonist. If your looking for aliens or faster than light spacecraft your not going to find it here. Just fascinating minutia and irreverent, hilarious sarcasm. The narrator really pulled off the humor with style and did a great job with the different accents, it's hard to believe it was just one guy.
    Wow it's been a long trip I think I'll go outside without my spacesuit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Fox Island, WA, United States 04-10-13
    Stephen Fox Island, WA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow! I mean.. well.. just Wow."
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    Very entertaining. Not at all expected. You MUST listen to this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    Space Pirates! Poop Potatoes! What more can you ask for!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 04-07-13
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "A must read adventure tale."

    This is one of those books that grabs you from page 1, and never lets go. VERY engaging characters and peppered with my favorite foul mouthed sarcastic form of humor. The narration is spot on.... and I dearly hope that the term "pirate ninjas" becomes a standard unit of measure for space exploration. Lol. I can't wait to see more from this author on audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-02-15
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

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    "Red Rover Red Rover"

    I almost gave up on this too soon. There's quite a bit of survival journaling at the beginning, so much so that I was afraid that was all I was going to get. So I stopped reading but I was intrigued because everyone else was so wild about the book became. So I picked up again, and lo and behold the next chapter was what I've been waiting for. I'm no scientist, so I don't know if the science is right, but it sounds right. I can picture this made into a fun movie. Recommend for other science geeks out there. I enjoyed this book that taught me more than just that Mars is red and has rovers on it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 03-19-14
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 03-19-14 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "OMG !!!! WOW!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    EVERYTHING!! I told my son he had to read this. He bought it, and couldn't put it down. It's well written, and the narration is perfect!


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I sure will now.


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

    I tried but at 3AM, I still had 2 1/2 hours to go and had to go to bed. As soon as I woke up, the headphones were back on my head!


    Any additional comments?

    There is one heck of a story line, the math and science are spot on, and the narrator does a fantastic job. Even if you didn't like math or science in school, (I didn't.) it is worth reading. I don't want to spoil this book for anyone. All I can say is I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    naughtee 06-02-13
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    "nasa nancy boys... golden"

    what a ride! i've been going through a scifi bent of late, what a breath of recycled air this one was, gritty reality mixed with physics, gallows humour and just fun made this a trip worth taking, enjoyed every trajectory.

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    Mel USA 03-03-14
    Mel USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Stranded on Mars...ba dum ching"

    Weir hasn't invented anything new with his trip into the final frontier: after a series of catastrophic events, astronaut becomes stranded in space, must strategize how to survive, and ultimately return to Earth. It's a dependable existing premise, set in a macrocosm we know very little about, that allows us to nourish and engage our imaginations -- feed our inner space geek. The premise has been around even before Sputnik and Apollo battled it out in the race to space. Some will read this and draw old parallels to Robinson Crusoe on Mars, and that resourceful banana-paste-sucking monkey that found the sausage-like water plants that sustained Commander Kit; some will remember castaway Tom Hanks and his ball-Friday, Wilson; and some will make a more current comparison, a breathy Sandra Bullock dodging space debris, bouncing off stranded space vehicles like a ball in a pinball machine. The book as an experience is large and entertaining because of the subject. The premise works again, here, without leaving you feeling like you've been on this mission before, in large part because of the sense of wide-eyed wonder and heart Weir imparts to the subject.

    Andy Weir, a self confessed "life-long big-time space nerd," as well as software engineer with an impressive working knowledge of botany, chemistry, and mechanics, self-published The Martian in 2012. There is a kind of personal passion evident by that accomplishment and you can 't help but sense the connection, especially as you get to know the every-man kind of astronaut Mark Watney.

    Watney is a wise-cracking astronaut/botanist/ engineer with an asset no other astronaut exhibited during training ... when the space sh__ hit the fan, he kept cool, calm, and had the best one-liners. He's the guy you most want to have a beer with, then be stranded in space with. Weir has given him the smarts and swagger you'll recognize in author Jonathon Mayberry's Joe Ledger character. That rakish, self-deprecating attitude, and the fact that he "is the best botanist in the world...definitely on Mars," fills Watney's log entries (used as the narrative) as he fights to survive alone on Mars. The information is impressive, and convincing, with a balance of facts that makes this seem plausible (and that shows you how much I know about the sciences).

    The elements that make this an entertaining and fun read also have a polar impact; Watney's quips, in the face of Murphy's Law is space, can trivialize the situation. I'd have liked to see the switch to ground control's actions expand on the gravity of the situation, but Weir took what is probably the more accurate approach...he took the earth-bound coverage away from NASA and turned it over to the reality TV obsessed media, where the world checks in daily to Keep Up With Watney.

    [Being just minutes before the Academy Awards, I couldn't help but think how the hit-movie Gravity would read on the page compared to The Martian, and this might give a perspective to the visual among us. The Martian might be the better story, with a broader plot that successfully creates the desolation of being stranded in space and keeps it tethered to two additional minute by minute plots. In book form, Gravity would be more Sputnik than Apollo.] Four stars is enthusiastic in my view; the banter gets a little locker room and trite, the technology wearing, but it's the kind of good fun entertainment you don't get often in books. And how often do we come away thinking "Science is cool?" A good listen for March -- the month of Mars, or any time.

    "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," Stephen Hawking, giving us some food for thought.

    39 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    "Incredibly technical, don't let that put you off"

    Wow - a really great novel. I found it very difficult at first and almost gave up due to some of the very technical details that are a major part of the story. However, these details soon formed the important backdrop to the delivery of the novel. I probably only understood 10% or so as I'm not an engineer or scientist - but it didn't matter at all. I was caught up in the tense, almost impossible situation that the main character found himself in. I was gripped within a few chapters, especially when other characters were introduced, and ended up spending my Saturday afternoon in the grip of this ultimate survival tale.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    5/28/13
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    "Great 'read'"

    This is how audiobooks should be done. The performance was spot-on. I've abandoned so many books of late because of annoying performances, but Bray nails this one. Between him and the book, I really enjoyed this. Not sure if it was the content or the delivery or a combination that truly did it for me, no matter which, they were well suited.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Rog
    Cumbria, United Kingdom
    5/13/14
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    "Possibly the best SF audio book I have listened to"

    Andy Weir, you are a genius, a comedian, a scientist, and a master of suspense, all in one single volume!
    What a great book!

    First off, to cover one or two other comments, yes, there is quite a bit of technical detail in this that you might think will put you off. Trust me, it doesn't. Weir is gentle with to the reader, giving information a NASA scientist would be happy with but at a level that my mother in law (not blessed in grey matter) could digest. Having said that, you don't feel patronised and you certainly get caught up in a gripping struggle for survival and will find yourself going on longer walks or just sitting in the car to hear the end of the next chapter.

    This book is so full of surprises - and the humour is certainly one of them. In the middle of life and death decisions and cataclysms you find yourself laughing out loud, much to the disturbance of the general public around you.

    If you like a good thriller and against all odds story, this one will keep you off the pause button until it's white knuckle end.

    I'm almost jealous of you, dear unknowing reader, for the joy you have before you.
    I will certainly be returning to Mars to relive this one very soon.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
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    6/14/13
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    "Fantastic listen"

    Great sci-fi quite technical which I love but doesn't get in the way I think.

    Really good performance from R C Bray too, the characters were great.

    Really kept me listening. Will be looking out for more from Weir.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dr C D Gillett
    8/27/13
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    "Fantastic read, best I've heard in ages."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unequivocally. The story is well conceived, fast paced and very well edited. It starts with a bang and gets right into it. There is a lot of science at first but it is of the sort that if you follow it, fantastic, if you don't, then it isn't going to detract from the plot. Just as it looks like it might get a bit samey the author mixes it up (no spoilers) and keeps things fresh.
    I was terrified that there might be a lame ending but Andy Weir did a great job there too.
    For me this will be my 'go to' book for recommendations for a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea, the character, and the nice way the author has taken what is probably classed as a sci-fi but made it all entirely plausible and reads more like a tense ?drama or 'action diary'. I love sci-fi and space operas so I was delighted.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No spoilers.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Live another Sol. Read the book, it'll make sense.


    Any additional comments?

    The only flaw is the laughable German accent the narrator tries. I can't criticise though as it amused me so much.
    If from the reviews and blurb you are even slightly tempted by this then do yourself a favour and read it.
    I'm off to eat a potato.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/1/13
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    "probably the best book i listened to"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is great from the very begging right through to the end .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney is really the only character in the book, he is very well written with great humour and whit in the face of death.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    this guy really was an execellent choice for this book, i think he nailed Mark Watney. he also sounds very much like the US comedian Rich Hall, and has his dry whit, that really suits the writing style


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is to many good parts it would be unfair to choose one. however this is one of the only book that has totally pulled me into the story and actually made my pulse raise.


    Any additional comments?

    i cant take credit for this, another reviewer i read said; "a cross between Apollo 13 and castaway, with a little space balls thrown in". sums it up to a Tee.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    5/25/14
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    "Another fun one."

    A journal (logbook), written by the chap left behind? Yes, this could have been a bore - but it so wasn't!! The sheer tenacity of the man, plus his seemingly endless capacity for humour makes this a very enjoyable listen.

    Even his repeated calculations didn't overly bore me, as they added to the anticipation (or dread). Couldn't help but root for him every step of the way.

    I have no clue as to whether the scientific aspects / space stuff is realistic or not - it didn't matter to me - it just all added to the fun.

    Excellent narration, and very well suited to the main character.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    6/27/13
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    "A five star pleasure (and one or two planets)"

    I realize I am going to repeat what others have already said here - however...

    I enjoyed this audio-book as much as any other I've listened to, and more than most.

    Initially, twenty minutes in, I was starting to wonder if the whole thing was a series of technical solutions to some challenging problems. It DOES have a lot of detailed commentary about what the protagonist is up to - but it is delivered with humor - both by the author and the narrator and has direct relevance to what is happening.

    The story soon expands into a gripping tale that had me laughing one minute and on the edge of my seat the next.

    The narration by Mr. Bray was excellent - intonation perfectly reflecting the dialogue, story and characters. Ok - perhaps the German accent was a little dodgy in places - but it was certainly good enough to consistently identify one of the characters.

    The story would make a great film - but I expect if Hollywood actually did their paws on it the project it would suffer.

    Well done Andy Weir.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • ALAN
    Ireland
    9/5/13
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The dry humour of the sol logs by Mark & the performance by Bray. He read it so well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark, he remained so positive during his time on Mars.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When NASA realised he was going to fetch Pathfinder to re-establish communication.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed right throughout the book. Such brilliant dry humour at times making light of a serious situation. Was not expecting it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best Audible book I've downloaded to date.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    weston super mare, United Kingdom
    8/1/13
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    "Compelling and brilliantly researched."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 did you like best about this story?

    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.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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