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
"The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This is a really enjoyable book. The Martian makes science and math fun and interesting, and makes it clear that math can save your life. Mark Watney is a sarcastic astronaut/botanist/engineer stranded alone on Mars who uses ingenuity, math, chemistry and physics to survive while making a lot of fun of the NASA bureaucracy. This is really science themed humorous fiction more than it is science fiction. Almost all the science is real now, not far out speculation. The narration was just about perfect, excellently dealing with a lot of challenging writing. I am not sure the writing and story really deserve 5 stars, but I enjoyed it so much I stretched these ratings a bit. This has a funny sensibility and nice writing reminiscent of The Stainless Steel Rat series.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
An American astronaut is inadvertently left behind on the martian mission. Storyline is fairly predictable but the main character is funny and realistic and kept me interested. Worth the listen. If you've listened to the book my title will make sense. :)
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Can't say really, which was better. My husband and I invented 'necessary' errands and great side trips in order to finish this spectacular listen asap! Then we saw the Matt Damon film and liked it just as well. They are different experiences, so you really have to do both.
It's so refreshing to listen to a "pure" SF adventure. No exotic or ravenous monsters needed, just a story of the survival of one man (aided by thousands of scientists and other supporters) by scientifically logical means.
This is one smart adventure that sticks with you - we found ourselves asking numerous questions and anxiously looking up some of the methods described to learn more about Mars and NASA.
The human elements of the book are also top notch, with a very sympathetic central character and lots of interesting people in spaceships and on the ground all around the world trying to bring him home.
R.C. Bray is a terrific narrator. All told, can't say enough about this writer, this audio, and about the movie made from the material.
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The Martian is a life or death comedy of errors, that just so happens to take place on the surface of Mars. Andy Weir starts us off with a Mars expedition that suddenly takes a wrong turn and the crew has to evacuate under emergency conditions, leaving one of their own behind presumed dead. I am pretty sure that Mark Watney wished he was dead but he isn’t and no one knows that he isn't, pretty much screwed. A majority of the story is of Watney, a spacecraft engineer, finding a way to communicate to NASA that he is indeed alive and of him finding creative ways not to go completely mad in isolation. I really wish that I had not listened to my head when I decided to not listen to this audiobook, I really really enjoyed all of it and got mad at people when they had the nerve to interrupt me. Here is where Weir won me over, Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut and a spacecraft engineer and the entirety of NASA are working diligently at creating a safe way for Watney to escape the desert of Mars, but continuously make mistakes. Seriously, if it could go wrong it did at some point. Reminding us that sure Watney might be super smart and NASA might be super smart but neither of them are perfect and yes it is true that stuff does happen, even on Mars. And not only once or twice but continuously, helping me relate to everyone as people like as opposed to super geeky scientists. I kind of expected there to be alien creatures or something until I realized that the martian in question was Watney. If you are looking for a space travel science fiction story that is not way out in the future or past or whenever they typically take place, with plenty cursing (not overly done and tasteful), palm of the hand to forehead comedy of errors, with all the technical jargon you can shake a stick at, this is for you.
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This is an excellent example of a book I would never have read without Audible and all the great reviews. I'm not really interested in science, engineering or space BUT in my opinion that's not what this book is about. It's about human beings and the human spirit.
I would have listened to this in one sitting if I could have. I couldn't tear myself away! The narration was perfect! I saw a couple of reviews online that found the hero's journal entries to be silly. I can see that written out, they may look that way, but on audio they are exactly right. Kudos to R. C. Bray who totally was our hero Mark.
The story is gripping and exciting, but also heartwarming. It would make a great movie. And if I were to be stranded anywhere, this is the guy I would want with me.
Remember how I said above that I wasn't interested in space? This week while I was in the middle of the book, there was a newspaper article on Mars and I read every word! That is the power of great fiction, to expand our interests and our horizons.
This was a wonderful book that will make you both laugh and cry. It really gives you insight into what the life of an astronaut is really like. You will be routing for Mark Watney all the way. The narrator does an excellent job of catching the emotions and personality of every character.
I personally really enjoyed this book but could see where some might get lost in the details. This is where the narrator really excels and brings the story to life.
"21st Century Robinson Crusoe"
Very enjoyable listen, all positives, good story, narration & characters. Very believable plot that didn't seem so far from science now that it would be what I normally think of as science fiction, more a space adventure story. As others have suggested there are a reasonable amount of facts & figures throughout the story, if you just accept them as correct and don't feel the need to puzzle over whether they are or not, they don't get in the way of the story and add to the realistic feeling. Definitely an author I am going to look to for further reading in future.
I wasn't sure when I first started this book but an hour later I was hooked. Very well written with a great main character, it gets a bit technobabbly at times but that doesn't take away from a great yarn. Well done.
"Compelling and brilliantly researched."
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 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.
"Keeps you on the edge of your seat"
It's easy for a book to become over-hyped, especially when it's just been made into a 'Major Motion Picture', but for once the accolades are very well deserved. This book had me on the edge of my seat from the very start and right up to the last sentence, as stranded astronaut Mark Watney strives to survive amidst a hostile and dangerous environment.
The narration by R C Bray is superb and so engaging that you're with Watney at every turn, every challenge, every triumph.
"On the edge of my seat.."
...that's how I felt listening to this fascinating account.
I would definitely listen to this amazing story again. Unbelieveable tension mixed with a little bit of comedy and the science is baffling. It felt very real like I expected news of Watney on the TV! Absolutely compelling.
Mark Watney was of course my fave although I liked Kapoor (not sure if the spelling is correct as I haven't seen it in print). Watney just goes without saying...controlling himself, thinking things through clearly, planning and dealing with unbelieveable odds but maintains his sense of humour. Kapoor because he truly felt for Watney, he was Mark's counter part on Earth, level headed, weighing up options and obviously well respected.
He was the voice of Watney. He made it very real.
I hope there are more books on the way from Andy Weir.
I loved this book from the first to the last word. Don't read too much about it. Look at the good reviews and believe them. This is the very best kind of science fiction. No monsters. No ray guns. No baddies. Science is the main player. You get to spend time on Mars with the sort of person you would want to be stranded on Mars with: an engineer who knows his profession. Brilliantly narrated.
"Best audiobook I've listened to"
Right at the top! Its got everything I want, science, space, not too many characters and I dont want to stop listening to it
The isolation of the main character - its what I look for in a horror movie. The no hope situation he is in.
Mark, certainly as he is the main character, but also Mitch(?) the guy at NASA that no one likes but the one who forces a certain rescue mission
The moment one of the crew members coming home received an image that they could not open.
Brilliant story and great narrator
This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's a modern take on a golden age sci-fi staple - "the stranded spaceman" but the contemporary referencing and modern pace is so well done it feels fresh and well conceived.
Its not often I have a book I think I have to "spread the word" about but this is an exception, Audible's return guarantee means you won't lose anything by giving this a go but personally it grabbed me within the first 5 minutes and my only disappointment was how short it felt; I would have happily had an extra couple of hours of this.
Generally I tend to go for the more action-oriented sci-fi but Mars is a hip planet so I thought I'd give this a go. So glad I did. It's heavy on the technical side but the story moves along rapidly and dialogue and realism are top notch. It reminded me a little of Joe Simpson in space. Not literally, he'd be useless up there, but a similar vibe to Simpson's 'Touching the Void' detailing his battle for survival against impossible odds far from civilisation. Gripping stuff. And the narrator deserves a mention too - an impeccable delivery.
I'm just finished The Martian, and right now I'm more surprised that I saw it through to the end. I love sci-fi, thrillers and most supernatural books so when I saw the ratings for this I was in no doubt that I should get this one.
The details are well executed and the main character is likeable, but I found it a truly laborious tale. I get the element of danger and drama and the opening two chapters were good, the mid-section lulled until the final two chapters. Perhaps the narrator ruined it for me, or just contributed to my overall disappointment.
Friends that have seen the movie couldn't believe what I had said about the book. It could be a case of the movie is actually bring better than the book. But this is just my opinion and hey, each to their own.
I have to admit that I'm still intrigued by the 5 stars across the range of books, movie, audiobook etc so I may take a look at the movie to try and discover what I seemingly have missed.
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