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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 09-06-16
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    "Best Sci Fi in a long time"

    I absolutely loved this book. The narration was on point and held me to my bed for 10 hours! The book is absolutely amazing. The amount of detail the author has displayed in this imaginary scenario is mind boggling! Props to the author!

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    Harmony Gibbs 09-06-16
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    "great book with a great narrator"

    I have read this book before and loved it so much that I wanted to listen while on a road trip. I was worried I wouldn't like the narrator after having seen the film and embraced Matt Damon as the voice of the protagonist but R.C. Bray did a fantastic job l.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 09-02-16
    Jon 09-02-16
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    "Apt survival guide"

    I was able to pick this up before my trip to Venus. I found the content a little different since it's a whole different planet. The basic survival concepts worked pretty well. I was able to stave off starvation, thirst, suffocation and a great many more things thanks to this fictional mans exploits. I was also able to avoid obvious fatalities because I listened when I wasn't working all day. No airlock explosions for me, I cycle those bastards. Wonder when SNASA will find out I'm still alive?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 07-19-16 Member Since 2013

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    "I remember"They Left Me Behind, What's next?"

    Do you talk to yourself when a little stress enters into your life. Well here is the ultimate one way conversation. Do you think being left on Mars would cause you to have a running dialogue and cause you to meet your own true self?
    This book is a true master piece...it is much better than the movie, and it will show you how truly recoursful the human can be when your choices are life or death.👍

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    daniel garcia 05-02-16
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    "TOO LONG"

    The story is very technical about oxygen and co2 and hydrogen, in other words, too much gravy and no potatoes...

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    Timothy Walkertown, NC, United States 04-28-16
    Timothy Walkertown, NC, United States 04-28-16 Member Since 2002

    54-year-old community college IT instructor. Over 500 titles in "My Library."

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    "Enjoyed the movie. Loved the book!"

    I saw the movie first. Thought it was very good. I was ready for the book to be anticlimatic. Not so! There were enough differences between movie and book to make both entertaining.

    There is a lot (but not too much, I think) of fascinating science and engineering used for problem solving (survival) in the book. The personalities of the characters (especially Mark Watney) really shine through. I had a lot of "laugh out loud" moments during the main character's log entries. The writing and narration are really excellent!

    If you liked the movie, then I highly recommend you listen to the book. If you have not experienced either, then watching the movie to determine whether or not to listen to the book should prove to be a good process.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-08-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-08-16 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Really Enjoyed It"

    I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing the movie. I couldn't help but put myself in this guy's position, not from a technical stand point because I would not have known what to do about that, but from the isolation. To think there is such a distance between you and earth and having to imagine the futility of being rescued is overwhelming. It would take a special person to survive, if this were to happen in reality.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent listen"

    I enjoyed this yarn mightily. It has high adventure, humor, science, science fiction, suspense, terror, plot twists and some of the finest story-telling one could ask for. It's so well written, it's one of those stories you must occasionally detach from in order to come back to the real world for a few moments before you return to Mars. It is simultaneously one of those stories that is so well written that you'll resent ANY interruption.

    This is one I expect to read or listen to at least a couple of times just to catch all the fascinating details. Well worth the credit and definitely well worth the time!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 01-25-16
    erobbins33 01-25-16 Member Since 2015

    I love audiobooks!!!

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    "So good!"

    After hearing so much about this book, I finally decided to listen. This is a fantastic story! The snarky characters are so much fun, so that even in the direst circumstances, you can find a chuckle.

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    Nancy R 01-20-16
    Nancy R 01-20-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent read."

    Simply no complaints. Well written. Well read. Even the technical bits were entertaining. Wasn't expecting it to be so funny.

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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.

    45 of 47 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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    8/30/14
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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
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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.

    6 of 6 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.

    24 of 28 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.

    40 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
    UK
    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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