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)
Great story premise but the book had soooo many details, details, details of all he was doing from a technology and botanist standpoint that I had to skip through lots of parts. In the whole scheme of things, all that detail didn't matter. I think the movie was much better.
The name explains the book. The book is a an action packed, funny, and thrilling. R.C Bray makes the book come alive. I would like to thank Andy Weir for creating my all time favorite book :-)
I loved the constant sarcasm of the hero.
And his ridiculous petty outrages in the midst of unthinkable danger.
I also loved the details.
I couldn't put this down! If you feel intimidated by the sciencey stuff -- don't be! The main character is so down to earth and genuine it balances out any reservations you may have about scientific concepts being over your head. This book was SO GOOD I was making excuses to keep listening!
He was terrible
None of these
Movie was great, book was good, reader was terrible.
And I have been listening to books since the days of cassettes.
The reading voice is excellent. Lots of scientific detail if you like that. A whole section traveling through Mars that's not in the movie. Having seen the movie first, I still thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I will listen to it again some time.
Thoroughly enjoy this story and the narration. Captivating story. A lot of laugh out loud moments and equally as many oh shit... Now what's he going to do. One of the best books I've read/listened too.
The technical stuff was alittle confusing but the story had lots of suspense. Was rooting for Watley the whole time. I thought the potato farming was great . Hope I live long enough to witness man on Mars.
"better than the film "
really enjoyed it . felt like a was on Mars with him much better than the film with way more details .
thought it was great enjoyed every moment book much better than the film will read again
"Best listen, so far...."
Great, so great, I had to listen three times. So as Homer Simpson would say. Best listen, so far....
"So amazing. Couldn't stop listening👍🏽"
When I first saw the Martian on audible I thought to myself, "Eh, looks pretty bad. I accidentally touched the sample button and instantly I was hooked. It started off being amazing, carried on being amazing and ended being amazing. I am truly grateful for everyone who made this happen. I can say that-without a shadow of a doubt- this is one of the best (perhaps THE best) audiobooks I have ever listened to. I well and truly blew me away.
"good listen for the weekend"
the narrator voiced every moment so well with a brilliant attitude. 10/10 would listen again
absolutely loved this book! I watched the film first and that was great, but the book is even better! a must read/listen for anyone that enjoys a good book!
"out of this world"
loved this version, puts back the science and dry whit that the film had to cut for "Holywood"
If you're scientifically or technically inclined, I can highly recommend this audiobook. It is filled with the ways people actually solve problems (on earth): not sitting around hoping the answer will present itself but thinking hard about it, trying different possibilities and settling on the most likely one.
The narration is decent, well suited to the book. The writing is detail-heavy but extremely human in the emotion and the reactions. Distinctive characters, all believable and somehow familiar, at least to one who studied science.
"Brilliantly done . A powerful story well done"
wow this was a thoroughly unputdownable book. Gripping fascinating and completely absorbingly addictive to listen to. And an amazing insight into space travel and exploration and just how very dangerous and unpredictable it all is. Bloody good. Well done to the writer..I'm not sure I've read or heard a book like this before.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
Very entertaining, gripping storyline and surprisingly funny not to mention scientifically enlightening. Loved the happy ending and hope for mankind!
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