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The Martian Audiobook

The Martian

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)

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    Brother Time 02-11-16 Member Since 2009
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    "better than the movie!"

    Great book! Loved it! The science side of the story was well explained and the action was fun. Good narration as well.

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    Evert Ball 02-10-16
    Evert Ball 02-10-16
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    "Solid read"

    Very fun book to listen to, as well as an impressive understanding of science from the author.

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    Sam 02-10-16
    Sam 02-10-16

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    "Great book!"

    I loved this book. There was lots of problem solving and excitement. It seemed realistic. The one issue I had was the amount of foul language. I felt that it was added needlessly.

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    Edgar Johnson 02-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Will be a classic"

    After a third reading of The Martian, I am ready to say that it will go down in the pantheon of science fiction books.

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    Christian 02-10-16
    Christian 02-10-16
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    "Amazing. Simply amazing."

    Gripping all the way to the end. Loved every minute. Narrator killed it, author killed it, everybody killed it.

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    Chemstudent94 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen"

    Loved it. Very science heavy but that made me like it more. would listen again.

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    Mato Sappa Fennville, Michigan USA 02-10-16
    Mato Sappa Fennville, Michigan USA 02-10-16
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    "best ever narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    I felt I was deep in Mark Watney's head and right on Mars with him. All due to R.C, Bray's wonderful narration. I had nearly given up on audible books as I found most narrators' inflections irritating and distracting. R.C.'s narration changed my mind as it embellished the book rather than detracted. He reads with just the right emotion without overdoing it like so many narrators. So I've renewed my audible subscription and now search for my next audible books via R.C. Bray! He does not disappoint and hopefully I'll find yet another great narrator in the future...


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

    R.C. Bray has a great voice and reads like he really understands the author.


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

    I loved the humor and laughed aloud but also felt the fear and panic of being marooned.


    Any additional comments?

    keep reading for us Mr. Bray.

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    Reads while toiling 02-10-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Blockbuster realist sci fi"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    It's a well conceived story backed by plenty of research. The character develops a likeable voice and the plot progresses agreeably, if predictably. The final lines are gratuitous, which is a pity.


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    David Boul 02-10-16
    David Boul 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story & performance"

    Fun story that seems to really think through disaster scenarios in space. Performance kept me involved with the story.

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    Baixinho Fishers IN 02-10-16
    Baixinho Fishers IN 02-10-16

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    "Engaging"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    it is attention grabbing. The narrator give enough nuances to his voice to make it easy to understand which character is speaking


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

    the potato farm creation


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anyone when he was talking to himself


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

    Not my style. Way too long for that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Steve V
    1/16/16
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    "If he "said" it once, "said" it a thousand times"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it adds lots of flesh to the story that the film had to change or remove for cinema excitement and restricted running time.


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem with this writer is the excessive use of one word "SAID'. This is a great story tarnished by the lazy, repetitive and unimaginative use of this one word. Aside from this small criticism this is a story I thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps in future the publishers can exercise a little editorial control and fix this childish writing style error.

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  • Kirk Wiseman
    1/16/16
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    "The Martian"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to this again even if to try and understand the maths behinds all of his actions.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, a huge battle against the odds. I listened to the book before watching the film and there is no comparison, the book wins hands down.

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  • Hayley
    1/15/16
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    "Scientifically Brilliant"

    As well as just being a very captivating story this book is funny and so, so clever. I absolutely loved the level of detail that is used as Mark Watney works out how to stay alive. I can see how people might get a bit tired with his science and calculations, but not me. For me, that was the best part of the book, along with his sarcasm, and made me love the character more. It made me think this is what we should read in school so that when kids say, ''when will I ever need to use this in life'' they will see that knowledge can save your life. Loved it!

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  • Mrs
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    "Totally gripping"

    Great story fantastically narrated. It seemed as though the challenges would never stop coming. Enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

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  • Jordan
    1/15/16
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    "great book"

    everything was great. it was the first book I have listened to on this app and I 'bingled listened' to it in 24 hours. 5* defenetly recommend this space pirate, Mars collinizing iron man space story.

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  • ricky farrow
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    1/14/16
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    "Just astounding."

    This is defiantly the most immersive, informative, funny and brilliant book I have ever read. I have rarely belly laughed at a book but this had me in stitches and shock by equal measure. Just brilliant.

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  • NB8128
    1/14/16
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    "Enthralling"

    I normally listen to books as I fall asleep. I know when I've found a good one if I'm still listening past midnight - this was one of those. The narrator gives a really entertaining performance. The main character is humorous and this was brought to life perfectly. The only criticism I have about the story is that I wish it was longer.

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  • Rolls
    1/14/16
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    "Highly recommended read"

    This book is fantastic! Well written, well spoken, has loads of interesting information and makes you feel you are there it is so detailed. Highly recommend to anyone thinking of listening to this book.

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  • Morris Coyle
    1/14/16
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    "Breathtaking"
    What did you like most about The Martian?

    This was a wonderful story, told brilliantly; a real page turner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mart Watney - his humour in the face of certain death was joyous.


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  • Ben999
    1/14/16
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    "Excellent storyline but rushed and mediocre ending"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Yes to catch up on the technicalities but need an outline map of Mars to picture route.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favourites all good pity there was only une narrator.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Making the garden


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

    No best taken in small doses to absorb detail.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book spoilt a little by the rushed ending and a smoother rounder finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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