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
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
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.
Best narrator in a long time. The accents weren't perfect but I loved the emotion he put in the Martian's voice.
When he reaches the MAE
Love how he figures things out. Definitely an engineer.
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.
The characters were dorky cool and easily relatable.
Perfect accents...I mean perfect every time. It FELT like the book was being acted out by different people.
I would leave that to the author. .I could not do it justice.
I listen to audio books at work....This one had me laughing out loud in surprise more than once.
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.
Not sure I've ever heard or read another book like this. It seems rather unique.
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.
Nothing I can think of. He was great.
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.
absolutely freaking awesome
Mark. He made me feel like I was right there with Mark the whole time.
Spuds in Space:
MacGyver on Mars
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.
Yes, was somewhat turned off by the swearing at first, but during the book, my opinion changed. Had trouble getting out of my car.
I don't usually read what the book is about because i don't want any spoilers and was totally surprised out what happened.
Main character. I loved how he would get pissed about something and then work it out.
Entire book, except the ending, because i wasnt ready for it to end.
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.
Loved the tone of his voice, it engaged well with the story.
Hello .... where the hell is everybody? .... oh!
Edge of seat
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.
When Watney re-establishes contact with NASA
Jump to your feet and cheer climax
Listened to the book with my girlfriend who is not a science, technology fan and she got as hooked as I was.
the science used to survive obviously well researched
no other like it
left on mars
good listen worth the effort
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.
"Fantastic read, best I've heard in ages."
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.
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.
Live another Sol. Read the book, it'll make sense.
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.
"probably the best book i listened to"
this book is great from the very begging right through to the end .
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"A brilliant listen"
Great concept, largely well executed, I would be surprised (and disappointed) if Hollywood doesn't snap this up.
The dry humour of the sol logs by Mark & the performance by Bray. He read it so well.
Mark, he remained so positive during his time on Mars.
When NASA realised he was going to fetch Pathfinder to re-establish communication.
I laughed right throughout the book. Such brilliant dry humour at times making light of a serious situation. Was not expecting it.
This is the best Audible book I've downloaded to date.
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.
"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.
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