We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Martian Audiobook

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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.8 (102291 )
5 star
 (81967)
4 star
 (16807)
3 star
 (2592)
2 star
 (557)
1 star
 (368)
Overall
4.7 (94779 )
5 star
 (75577)
4 star
 (15480)
3 star
 (2792)
2 star
 (588)
1 star
 (342)
Story
4.8 (94876 )
5 star
 (78753)
4 star
 (13562)
3 star
 (1992)
2 star
 (352)
1 star
 (217)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Highly recommended for ever Scientist and Engineer"

    And for anyone else that had to make do and avoid the crazy prices of staples out there.

    Loved it.

    Ending came up unrealistcally sudden, and was rather smarmy. I will still find time to listen to it again#

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sue nachor Albuquerque, NM 02-01-16
    sue nachor Albuquerque, NM 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "alot of fun and yet anxiety for Mark, the astronau"

    alot of fun, alot of ingenuity. the author obviously did alot of researd and had some help with some of the technical issues addressed. i would recommend it. i think I am going to have to watch the.movie to see how well it was transformed. i am not sure how they handled it since it was mostly log status reports and such, almost all from Mark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Molly 02-01-16
    Molly 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love it!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found reasons to do things that would allow me to listen to this book. I couldn't turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Better than the movie (and I liked the movie!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    scottie 02-01-16
    scottie 02-01-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredible Book"

    I absolutely loved this book. The narrator deserves five stars as well. During this book I felt as if I was on Mars with Mark. This is definitely a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Humberto 02-01-16
    Humberto 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing! This book is an instant classic!"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    The author does an amazing job ad placing you right there by Mark, facing the same struggles Mars throws at him. The detailed walk through of how he comes up with creative solutions is just as entertaining as the story itself. Great great read or listen! Movie does it no justice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The funny randonmess, the sudden chaos and the soul entries...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I wonder what is going through Mark's head right now?...


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

    Most definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    get it. listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Simon 02-01-16
    Simon 02-01-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It's just a technical diary"

    Voice acting was top notch. I really enjoyed that part, not having really pushed though an entire audiobook before.

    As for the story, nothing really happens. A man gets left on Mars and a series of events are put into place to get him back. There are some mechanical issues, but that's to be expected. He fixes them. People help. End of story.

    About halfway through, you realize that there's no personal conflict in the story. Everybody just ... is. There were a bunch of times where you could see drama start to unfold. Why didn't he tell the other crew they left a man on Mars? Could it be that there are ulterior motives? Is there something bigger here going on than meets the eye?

    Nope! Just didn't feel like telling them. The whole story is littered with things like that. Opportunities to really develop the story that were wasted.

    There's no character development. I feel like I'd like to have a beer with the main character, but Chapter 1 Mark is identical to Chapter 26 Mark. There's about two paragraphs where he kind of flips out, but I never got the feeling that Mark was worried, or stressed, or crushed by the overwhelming dread of truly being alone. "Yup. Stuck on Mars. I guess this is my life now. Let's grow some potatoes."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rusty 02-01-16
    Rusty 02-01-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Book first."

    Books are always better than the movies. They could never fit a well written story into one film.
    The movie was good, but the story this book tells is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Madelyn Davis 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "MEs kick butt"

    A friend saw the movie and said it was my type of entertainment. Plus, as a studying Mechanical Engineer, I might relate to the main character. She was dead on. The story is fairly basic. A man is stranded, he must find a way to survive. But Weir's humor, writing style, and amazing attention to detail made an ordinary plot extraordinary. Readers (or listeners) are walked through the math and calculations, given an idea of the complicated world of space travel. Mike is the sort of character that you can't help rooting for, and the secondary characters are well developed.
    It's just a spectacular book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MrKF 01-31-16
    MrKF 01-31-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Watch the Movie Instead"

    I really liked the overall story and the main character was incredibly likable. But, there was simply too much focus on endless technical details of the work he was doing. I was glad to have the 2x speed option on the Audible app.

    Unfortunately, this is just one of those rare times where the movie is better than the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C. Miller West Des Moines, Iowa 01-31-16
    C. Miller West Des Moines, Iowa 01-31-16 Member Since 2015

    xired315

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing"

    I'll admit it, some of the science confused me but it was still amazing. The narrator's range of voice was perfection. I listen while I run and I ran 20 extra miles this month just so I could hear the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Robert
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    5/28/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    36 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    5/25/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    8/30/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed."

    This story is just fabulous. The hero is one of the most engaging characters I have read for a long time. He is stranded alone in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable and yet you could still believe he is capable of pulling this off. This is from a mixture of determination, brilliance and an amazing sense of humour. There is masses of technical information but this didn't put me off. Instead it served to illustrate the hostility and utter strangeness of Mars. I also got a real sense of the fact that it is actually rather a long distance from Earth and probably not that easy to colonise. Perhaps we should take better care of our own planet instead.

    I loved this book and the narrator was perfect. I understand a film is being made and I will go and see it but I do think this audible version will be a hard act to follow.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • ALAN
    Ireland
    9/5/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic."
    Any additional comments?

    What a fantastic book. As some other reviewers have mentioned it is quite technical throughout, but this doesn't detract from the story, it's very easy to follow. I couldn't stop listening. The narration is brilliant and the characters are engaging and likeable, none more so than the stranded Mark Whatney who is absolutely hilarious. The last 40-50 minutes of the story are so tense and compelling you might have to put your life on hold until it's finished. An utter gem of a story, wonderfully performed....Brilliant.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dr C D Gillett
    8/27/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/1/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
    UK
    6/14/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic listen"

    Great sci-fi quite technical which I love but doesn't get in the way I think.

    Really good performance from R C Bray too, the characters were great.

    Really kept me listening. Will be looking out for more from Weir.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • andrea
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    weston super mare, United Kingdom
    8/1/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Compelling and brilliantly researched."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to every space nerd I know (that's a lot of people). Not only is it exciting, funny and totally believable but it really puts you right with the character and his daily battle against a planet that desperately wants to kill him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story was how it managed to lurch from one crisis to another without getting tiresome. The descriptions of the daily chores of surviving on another planet with not even the bare minimum of equipment and food are far more gripping than they ought to be. At it's best it is an amazing character study of a man fighting against despair and certain death with just his wits, good luck, training, humour and optimism. The Martian is never less than utterly compelling.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.