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)
Loved the character and his memorable lines. Science, adventure, sass and drama - perfect combo. Everyone in the family loved the book - 13 yr old daughter, 16 yr old son and my husband. We all couldn't put it down. Need more books like this.
This is an outstanding story, well written, detailed, drama, survival, dangerous journey, technology, science...on and on and on.
And like many others, the first thing I did was google "books similar to the Martian."
Loved Loved Loved this book! I literally cried driving home from work! This narrator is amaze. And even for a non-scientific brain - it was totally interesting and kept my attention! Will be blabbing to all my friends about this one for a long time!!!!
Very enjoyable story. It's a little heavy on the mental arithmetic but still good. I saw the movie first. The book is better (naturally). The performance is excellent, really first rate.
A bit to technical and not a genre I usually go for but I did truly enjoy it and tecommend to all.
Watched the movie first, but as usual, the book outperformed the cinematic interpretation by far. An interesting and exciting story told in a way that captures Mark Watney's morbid humour well.
"Better than the Film"
A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The author and by proxy narrator really bought the book to life, filled with plausible science and enough detail to underpin the take on life on Mars behind the storyline. The science presented added to the further intrigue of the story, if I hadn't already seen the film, I would have wondered right through about the outcome.
"loved it! Lost sleep to finish."
The ending felt a little abrupt though as it didn't finish with return to earth or any detail about reunion of astronauts.
"Exactly what it says on the tin!"
I was gripped from the beginning. This novel has some captivating characters that are portrayed well. Tricky concept but executed well. Funnier than you might expect too.
I was put off at first (on hearing the sample) by the enthusiastic narration, but in retrospect it was the perfect approach to this character. The book itself was gripping, and the main character charming. I found myself listening to it at every opportunity I could find, it's compulsive reading.
my fav so far. for reference my other favourite have been non fiction "sapiens" and the history of almost everything
Absolutely engrossing from beginning to end. RC Bray did a fantastic job of creating an interesting and varied cast of voices. I was constantly amazed at Andy Weir's capacity for creating real scientific and technological hurdles to be overcome, all with humour and palpable tension. Great book!
"brilliant just brilliant"
100%must get. goes amazing with the film must get a great way to pass time
It is hard to imagine a more boring book than this. Only the as usual, brilliant narration by R C Bray stops this pretentious dribble fly completely off the "tiresome" scale.
Yes, although it was very useful as a sleep aid.
He didn't he was the best part of the book, I am just surprised he would lend his name to this rubbish.
The start till the end
Why make this into a film?
I really enjoyed this book, some tricky science, but superb. Narrator was brilliant
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