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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

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014

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?"

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    D. A. Lewis 07-18-14
    D. A. Lewis 07-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    Yes MacGyver in space - no more be said.

    I like 1st person narrative but sometimes during the telling of the story I get a type of claustrophobic feeling within the story. Weir solved that problem for me by having the book be only about 80% first person narrative.

    My only quibble with this book was I wish the book was longer. There could have at least been a couple more chapters told after the book ends. It doesn't end on a cliff hanger but there were a couple major story threads that needed resolution.

    Also kudos to the reader (RC Bray)r. He read it like he was the astronaut, not just some reader. If they make a movie out of this book, I hope the actor has the same type of voice as Bray

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Esther 07-18-14
    Esther 07-18-14
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    "A fun read!"

    I love the premise of the book: one person left alone on Mars. It sounds really interesting.

    It is an interesting and enjoyable read. Even though it's a story about surviving, the author's humor makes the book less heavy and more entertaining. The technical part of the book does get a bit lengthy at times. It has lots of technical terms and a lot of time is spent on describing how things work. Some readers may like this actually.

    Now to the narrator. I personally don't think Bray is the right person for this book. He sounds like a middle age man. His voice is animated so that's good. However, he only manages to do a couple of different voices. It is okay when only Watney talking but I couldn't tell who is who when there are various characters talking at the same time. Women sounds just like men. Everyone sounds aggravated and angry all the time. He also only manages to do the Indian accent well. All other accents sound pretty much the same.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Greenfield 07-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best narrator in a long time. The accents weren't perfect but I loved the emotion he put in the Martian's voice.
    Very suspenseful!


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

    When he reaches the MAE


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Stranded


    Any additional comments?

    Love how he figures things out. Definitely an engineer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 07-17-14
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 07-17-14
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    "WHAT A WILD RIDE"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I thought the techno babble would drag the book down and cause someone like me to lose interest. On the contrary I found myself on the edge of my seat often coming up with the same solutions as the characters. I literally could not stop listening to this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were dorky cool and easily relatable.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Perfect accents...I mean perfect every time. It FELT like the book was being acted out by different people.


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

    I would leave that to the author. .I could not do it justice.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audio books at work....This one had me laughing out loud in surprise more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 07-17-14
    Pamela 07-17-14
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    "A real martian!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    Mark Watney's process of problem solving, the craziness of the story line and how real it became and not having a romantic theme and still loving the book.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Not sure I've ever heard or read another book like this. It seems rather unique.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    My first reaction was OMG, is this entire book about formulas, math and chemistry. What have I gotten into? Then it went on to include the earth contingent and I knew it would be good. I do think it was fun and important to include so many details of how he figured things out. I feel I actually learned some chemistry and botany I had no idea of before. An unexpected bonus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing I can think of. He was great.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a different book for me to choose and I'm glad I did. It was fun to mix up my typical style of reading with a less romantic and yet suspenseful, without a crime involved, story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mb Virginia 07-16-14
    mb Virginia 07-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "WOW, just WOW"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    absolutely freaking awesome


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Mark. He made me feel like I was right there with Mark the whole time.


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

    Spuds in Space:
    MacGyver on Mars


    Any additional comments?

    Just a HUGE thank you to Andy for writing this amazing book and R.C for narrating. Together you created a truly wonderful listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave bodo 07-16-14
    Dave bodo 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprised how good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, was somewhat turned off by the swearing at first, but during the book, my opinion changed. Had trouble getting out of my car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't usually read what the book is about because i don't want any spoilers and was totally surprised out what happened.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Main character. I loved how he would get pissed about something and then work it out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Entire book, except the ending, because i wasnt ready for it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Wamberal, Australia 07-16-14
    Gary Wamberal, Australia 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating from start to finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is excellent as is the narration. If you like a story backed up by sensible science and lots of if then this book is for you. The story is believable.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Loved the tone of his voice, it engaged well with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Hello .... where the hell is everybody? .... oh!

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    Dr Cyril M. Gostich 07-16-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Edge of seat


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Combination of Tom Clancy's technology coupled with a Nelson DeMille's smart ass hero with a dash of Mary Roach's curiosity thrown in.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Watney re-establishes contact with NASA


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Jump to your feet and cheer climax


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to the book with my girlfriend who is not a science, technology fan and she got as hooked as I was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-16-14
    Michael 07-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed this when i didn't think I would"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    the science used to survive obviously well researched


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    no other like it


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    the martian


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

    left on mars


    Any additional comments?

    good listen worth the effort

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Redland, United Kingdom
    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.

    9 of 9 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.

    9 of 9 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.

    17 of 18 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • P. Godsmark
    UK
    5/3/13
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    "A brilliant listen"

    Great concept, largely well executed, I would be surprised (and disappointed) if Hollywood doesn't snap this up.

    5 of 5 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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • P. J. Williams
    UK
    9/18/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    7/28/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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