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The Martian Audiobook

The Martian

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Publisher's Summary

2015 Audie Award WINNER, Science Fiction
2015 Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration: Male
2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist, Science Fiction

"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?"

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

What the Critics Say

"The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)

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    Amazon Customer Bellmore, NY 04-01-16
    Amazon Customer Bellmore, NY 04-01-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Listened to it twice"

    And could do so again. Love the voice acting, the emotion and stress comes through very clearly and keeps the reader engaged in the already exciting story. Highly recommend.

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    rick boston,ma 04-01-16
    rick boston,ma 04-01-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Creative and smart"

    awesome fresh story. I loved the mix of real science into the story. I cannot believe all the cool things i learned about space and our ability to make travel work with the elements. The narration was very well done.

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    raul rodriguez 04-01-16
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    "absolutely Brilliant"

    Just Outstanding on so many levels. Perfect read to just distant yourself from this world.

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    Michael Beukman South Africa 03-31-16
    Michael Beukman South Africa 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good book"

    one of the best books i've listened to. cant wait to see the movie will do this weekend

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    Kimberly 03-31-16
    Kimberly 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So much fun!"

    Narrative was awesome! Story was fantastic! Would highly recommend this book to everyone I know!

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    Stacy 03-31-16
    Stacy 03-31-16 Member Since 2016

    One half of Geek Remix YouTube duo. Lover of space, stars, & time travel. Likes fantasy and sci-fi books, and learning languages.

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    "Awesome story, wonderful narration!"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible space adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney, because he's inventive, hilarious, and never gives up no matter what the odds.


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

    Not yet, but his performance in The Martian is so incredible that I've added several of his other narrations to my wish list!


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

    There were several moments in this book that made me laugh out loud! Mark Watney truly has a great sense of humor about his situation.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must-read!! I cannot recommend it enough. I haven't seen the movie so I can't compare, but I've heard from several people that the book is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 03-29-16
    Tom 03-29-16
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    "Scientific and Fun"

    Science behind this books was amazing and the occasional comedic relief was enjoyable. Also, the multiple voices of the narrator helped get me into the story and hear the characters.

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    John Barker 03-29-16
    John Barker 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really a delicious work of art."

    This was my first Audiobook. I started off with a delightful piece that was had my attention, generally speaking. Lagged at times with detailed tech babble. That is the only negative I can say. The narrator was excellent!

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mr. Bray Will You Read Me More Stories?"

    I've been a fan of R.C. Bray's since he narrated The Assassination of Jesse James, so when I saw his name credited as the narrator for a book I'd already wanted to read (as a bibliophile and cinephile, any movie that I discover was first a book must be read before I allow myself to watch it) I was positively giddy. From the outset Bray's voice brings to mind an educated mountain man or hermit; that is, someone isolated but not broken by that fact, perhaps having accepted their solitude or chosen it for themselves. It is as rough as the martian surface and fits perfectly in the role of a man left behind, stranded on a hostile planet with little hope that anyone even knows he's alive. This can't even be a perfect review because --as offput as I may have been hearing him read for the women in this tale as well-- I so dearly love anything he narrates.

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    Amazon Customer 03-28-16
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    "Phenomenal, absolutely space-tacular!"

    This was an amazing novel. I never see the movie, but I heard it was great. Both the story and narrator were great. Honestly I wish I read the book because then I could have finished it faster. Highly highly recommend.

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  • 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.

    44 of 46 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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
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    "Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed."

    This story is just fabulous. The hero is one of the most engaging characters I have read for a long time. He is stranded alone in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable and yet you could still believe he is capable of pulling this off. This is from a mixture of determination, brilliance and an amazing sense of humour. There is masses of technical information but this didn't put me off. Instead it served to illustrate the hostility and utter strangeness of Mars. I also got a real sense of the fact that it is actually rather a long distance from Earth and probably not that easy to colonise. Perhaps we should take better care of our own planet instead.

    I loved this book and the narrator was perfect. I understand a film is being made and I will go and see it but I do think this audible version will be a hard act to follow.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
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    "Fantastic."
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    What a fantastic book. As some other reviewers have mentioned it is quite technical throughout, but this doesn't detract from the story, it's very easy to follow. I couldn't stop listening. The narration is brilliant and the characters are engaging and likeable, none more so than the stranded Mark Whatney who is absolutely hilarious. The last 40-50 minutes of the story are so tense and compelling you might have to put your life on hold until it's finished. An utter gem of a story, wonderfully performed....Brilliant.

    5 of 5 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.

    23 of 27 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.

    23 of 26 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.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • andrea
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
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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.

    39 of 45 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.

    10 of 11 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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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