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 Maritan is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)
Listening to all the books I don't have time to actually read
I loved the nerdy humor infused throughout the drama.
When the crew was told Watney was alive through a corrupt jpeg
You really get to experience Mars as Watney experiences it, along with his dark humor to keep his morale up.
Bray struggled with female voices and it was jarring.
Well, the Martian not only is a great story, but became kind of famous becuase of the movie. It's got a great plot, interesting characters and I can tell the level of research that the author must have done. I can see how naturally the facts are introduced. What I liked the most is the fact that it is not futuristic at all, on the contrary, it could easily be happening right now!
I would recommend this book to those who like chemistry, physics, and simply enjoy math. The book is not recommended for romantics or people who is looking for a very human point of view. This book has the human component, but it is most interesting because of the way the main character is able to survive from the technology and knowledge point of view, not necessarily for the struggle as a human being.
I haven't listened him before. This perfomance is good, except for the part in which the book had letters that were spelled, and the reader spelled them too, which is hard to understand when it is an audiobook. Long phrases were difficult to follow. However, the rest of the performance was great, he would change voices slightly with each of the characters taking into account the place they are from, (e.g. Russian astronaut). Easy to understand and overall enjoyable.
I don't think so. Simply too technical for me. Sometimes I would simply get lost with all the maths and chemistry references.
Good book to be compared to the movie, I think there are several interesting points to talk about.
Okay I have recommended this book to multiple people and they have all loved it. I have listened to it myself twice and will probably listen to it several more. I have read the book multiple times and seen the movie several as well.
This book takes you to a realistic future where we are able to do Mars missions with humans and return. The science behind it is fairly well research, yes there are some things that are off, but not to a level that it destroys the story. The characters are real, and humorous. You can feel the camaraderie that is needed among a crew for such a mission. You can feel the desperation of someone trying to survive being left behind. You can feel the fear of NASA as they try to find a way to get there astronaut back. You understand that when push comes to shove the human race does have compassion. Most of all for me it awakened a stronger love of space and desire to get off this planet, to see us land on Mars and beyond.
This is a book, movie that could reawaken a love for space exploration and maybe get us back on track.
The narrator does a fantastic job portraying the varying emotions everyone involved as this tragedy unfolds. the voices are distinctive, you never question who is speaking. The humorous statements come across as funny without falling flat, the aggravation at failures, the hope. It all comes through in the voice of this narrator.
I wish the author had given the reader more credit for the obvious, instead of hundreds of "he saids", and too many "remember"s when reiterating something previously referenced. Also, explaining that CO2 is carbon dioxide, and other oversimplification gave this book the feel that it was written for 5th graders. That said, I still enjoyed the story.
Just a really great listen! Engaging! Funny!!! Great characters and an epic story! Don't miss out!
"Funny 'not so little green man' defies the odds!"
An exciting, story about one mans battle to survive after being stranded all alone in the red planet. For someone in his predicament, Mark keeps putting a smile on my face as I to the entertaining and engaging storytelling. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
If you haven't got it then don't wait another sol.... Get it today!
"A fantastic listen with a great core message."
absolutely brilliant, listened non-stop and never lost interest. Great humour, excitement and plot twists with a great core message about perseverance, progress and humanity.
Good book, wasn't sure about the voice to start with but it grew on me. Well written, believably technical but not to get in the way of the story. Good read.
This book was great I loved the story R. .c. Ray did a good job
"Gripping, Inspiring - Book of the Year!!!"
I can't tell you how obsessed I've been about Mark Watney's survival, marvelled at his ingenuity, humour and awe inspired by his focus and determination . This will be the best story you ever heard this year!!!
Good Solid Narration
Excellent performance. Well read and good voices
Not really but its pace is good and the story compelling
I will look at other books narrated by R.C Bray
"Dont watch the film first"
Good story yes loads of technical stuff but stick with it all makes sense and you easily get rapped up with Mark's progress. Hope the film lives up to the book now
"Absolutely out of this world"
loved every bit of it. The film was also brilliant but the book is on another level.
"Slow to get going, an OK story, a bit predictable"
The narration was quite well performed. I just found the story a bit boring. Spoiler Alert.
An engineer with a dry sense of humour, stuck on Mars, pro-actively and reactively solves problems to survive. A bit on the support cast, racing against time and conditions to save him.
Not really. One of the reasons that I bought the audiobook was that it had good reviews/feedback. I'm an engineer so the book should appeal to me. I just found it a bit too predictable. Sorry.
They matched well. I just found the story slow to get going, a bit monotonous and a bit predictable. Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Problem solving to survive in a harsh environment. The main character of Mark Watney gives life to the story. He is a resilient, intelligent engineer/botanist, with a dry sense of humour. The character makes the story bearable.
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