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)
Captivating yarn of survival, instinct, intelligence and durability. Forget about plane crashes in the Rockies with running water and fire, try living on a desolate planet with no vegetation or water
What a ride! Can't recommend this one enough. FANTASTIC audio production. Don't skip this one!
This book was clearly a labor of love, and the end result was very impressive. The author's descriptions were detailed and logically/mathematically sound. The author really made me feel the stress of each new situation Mark Watney went through. Even up until the end, I was unsure how things would be resolved. The narrator was excellent. He made me feel the stresses of Watney's failures, and the jubilation of his successes. This book is a must read!
I imagine this isn't for everyone, but the people who like it, will like it a lot. Similar to other hard sci-fi, it feels really authentic, and the drama is significantly stronger than in most other books. It is an exciting book to listen to, and the R. C. Bray did an excellent job.
The best thing overall was the sense of humor exhibited by the main character. It kept the book so much lighter in the face of constant danger.
I liked the format of journal entries...it kept the suspense a little contained, but let me enjoy all of the science-y details. The descriptions are a bit involved at times, but overall they really add to the story and help to propel the plot and make an unbelievable premise rather believable.
I loved his performance. He was so perfect. His voice is incredible on its own and his acting is fantastic. This was more theatrical than many books I've listened to. He didn't merely read the book, he truly performed it. I laughed to myself several times (unusual for me). The journal format helped in the sense that he was able to read much of the story in first person. Truly enjoyable.
It did make me laugh out loud (as mentioned above). I am one of those people who really don't want to see the movie until I've read the book. This was so good, I am in no hurry to see the movie.
Strong language, but otherwise very clean and worth the listen!
"First Audio Book"
No, once you have gone through the story there would be no point.
Yes, thought he had a reasonable range of voices and his dry humour suited the main character admirably
No...ten hours???? Are you kidding?
Some sections were a little boring as they were detail rich. This, though, was kind of necessary and without those sections the book might have felt a little light.
"One of the best books I have ever "read"!"
Brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyed it and had be chuckling away to myself whilst listening. I think the way he describes the science really helps made the story feel real and the characters all feel like real people, all have their flaws and aren't perfect. Please download and listen you won't regret it!! PS. Forgot to mention the narration is fantastic. Really brings the book alive!
"A smart, entertaining and genuinely funny book."
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook. Andy Weir's creates a fantastic central character and RC Bray's narration brings him fully to life. I was surprised at how funny The Martian is without ever sacrificing it's effectiveness as a thriller, this audiobook genuinely made me laugh out loud, often.
The rewards and reviews for The Martian are richly deserved, Mark Watney will stick with me as one of my favourite literary characters, brilliant!
Hanging onto the edge of insanity/humanity whilst being through a life alone on Mars. It felt like listening to one of humanity's biggest events of all time all as a fly on the wall.
First like it im afraid. Sorry.
All of them, he played each individual personality so well it felt like being sorrounded by people I have known a lifetime.
The man that united the earth.
Well done, to the author, to the voice actor and to Mark.
brilliant funny and moving highly recommend. the reading is also perfect not my normal crime thriller but so glad I gave it a go.
This is an audible audio book that just flew by. One of the best audio books I have listened to so far.
There is really only one main character and he is a very interesting and at times laugh out loud funny narrator.
R. C. Bray seems to capture the spirit of the characters.
I would have loved to listen to this in one sitting but unfortunately I listen in the car so had to keep stopping the story.
Once you get passed all the technical descriptions at the start things just get better and more exciting. A great performance and a thoroughly enjoyable book....now for the film..
"Great story for scientists and engineers"
Great fun working out how to survive. Robinson Crusoe in space.
Only negative is when the narrator has to do a woman's voice.
"Superb book - excellently read"
This story is perfectly paced and incredibly well researched. The performance by R. C. Bray is spot-on for the story and captures the dry humour very well.
The well-delivered on-liner jokes between Watney and Houston
No but I am absolutely going to download some more of his performances now!
It genuinely made me laugh out loud several times.
This book swiftly established itself as one of my all time favourite books. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
"Stellar read !"
Read this long before the film was released and was genuinely enthralled, one of the very few audio books that I've listened to more than once. The descriptions, the Tech, the failings are all so believable, at one point I had no idea if Mark Watney was going to make it, you know, a real twist at the end. The film was good but as always, nowhere near as detailed as the book and I feel lacked some of the humour, desperation and utter loneliness the book described. My favourite purchase so far.
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