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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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    J. LaMotte CA 07-27-15
    J. LaMotte CA 07-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing"

    One of the best books I've ever read! I loved it. Downloading other Andy weir book now

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    Jerome Mercer Island, WA, United States 07-27-15
    Jerome Mercer Island, WA, United States 07-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Like Apollo 13? Love Martian!!"

    Apollo 13 set the bar for reality space adventure. Martian passes the test with flying colors. Gripping story with compelling science and engineering. No aliens. No tractor beams. No black holes.
    Just gritty adventure that could have been lifted from NASA archives it reads so real.

    RCBray brings the characters dry and deadpan humor to life on audio. Superb reading gives a great voice to an already great novel. My 14 year old son, already a connoisseur of Audible's fantasy collection, loved it so much he burned through it in two days (days he could have spent watching TV or playing video games).

    This will be your favorite book of 2015!

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    "amazing"

    unbelievably thought provoking...made me admire the engineers and scientists who keep their eyes on the universe and dream of what could be. fiction full of scientific know how. almost thought it was a memoir!!

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    M. Koehler 07-27-15
    M. Koehler 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome adventure"

    Awesome adventure. And a science geek fest. I've listened to some great audio books, but this one is off the leash.

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    Marie 07-27-15
    Marie 07-27-15
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    awesome book
    the Martian is the best scifi novel I have ever read without a doubt

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    Mike 07-27-15
    Mike 07-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best SciFi book I ever heard"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the best fiction book I have ever read/heard the other reviews are correct I laughed out loud at points. The author really put you in the main characters head. I have always been a nonfiction guy just thought I would give this a try and I loved it. Listened to it twice before I came back for another book.


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

    So many...I think it was the time He blew off the air-lock making hydrogen. I thought He was dead then.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the beginning when He figured out he was alive and alone on the planet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Martian


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    "Best narration I've heard."

    Great story that will keep you rooting for he Martian, and he best narration I've heard yet on an audiobook. Very enjoyable.

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    KKritzky Connecticut 07-27-15
    KKritzky Connecticut 07-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "You will not be able to put his one down!"

    Wow! What a captivating book. Once in a while a book comes along that just impresses the heck out of me and this is one of them. The subject and writing appeals to the science-lover and yet the comedy aspect keeps the tone of the book completely entertaining. Well researched and fantastic writing. You can't help but route for the main character and want to find out what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. You will love it and I guarantee you will recommend it to everyone you know.

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    Sterling 07-27-15
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    I would recommend this book to anyone who has even a slight interest in space exploration, or suspense. Some of the book becomes extensively technical but the author uses well placed exposition to simplify and it flows very nicely.

    The author's ability to switch between suspense and humor is amazing and keeps the book fresh and interesting through out.

    My one and only criticism is the lack of voices. I think this was slightly intentional with the way Weir wrote the book. And it only really struck me when Amy's tone drastically changes in the waning pages. It's a tiny flaw but audible recommend I say what I liked and didn't like about the book. That was the ONE thing I disliked. The rest of it outside of that singular dialog was genius. Creative, original and gripping are the words that come most readily to mind when describing The Martian.

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    Ryan 07-27-15
    Ryan 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Breath-taking"

    I haven't read/listened to a fiction in a long long time and this book ignited the love again. The plot is very well-written. Although listening isn't the most convenient way to consume such a logical and science-filled story, it's been a pleasure to follow Mark Watney's journey in Mars.

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