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 | [Andy Weir]

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.
Regular Price:$29.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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 Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (48901 )
5 star
 (37970)
4 star
 (8901)
3 star
 (1523)
2 star
 (311)
1 star
 (196)
Overall
4.7 (45130 )
5 star
 (34917)
4 star
 (8105)
3 star
 (1586)
2 star
 (330)
1 star
 (192)
Story
4.8 (45139 )
5 star
 (36977)
4 star
 (6831)
3 star
 (1037)
2 star
 (192)
1 star
 (102)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    TechDude 08-25-15
    TechDude 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Blown away before I could realize what happened"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    So many potatos


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The guy stuck on Mars of course. I mean you are literally in his brain everyday for months on end. When he would joke about things, I would laugh out loud as if I was joking about them as well. It was a really great book.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like someone from NASA was reading this book to me. The deep voice that was calm and stern really put me into the characters.


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

    Absolutely. I did need to take breaks just to let my mind soak in some of the information but I wanted to listen to this book during all of my free time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ross MUSKEGON, MI, United States 08-25-15
    Ross MUSKEGON, MI, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sci Fi at its finest!"
    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Awesome attitude from the reader, he really made the humor stand out.


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

    Bringing out the best in humanity got me chocked up a few times. Sometimes you just need a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Fast paced sci-fi (that is actually sci-fi and not fantasy). A nice quick read (or listen) that will keep you engaged and entertained all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert F Ward Miamisburg, OH 08-25-15
    Robert F Ward Miamisburg, OH 08-25-15 Listener Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could Not Stop"

    I started this book about a week ago. I just finished. I could not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anton 08-25-15
    Anton 08-25-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "one of the greatest books I've ever read. amazing"

    Amazing, touching, and funny story. Made me laugh out loud in the train at times, and almost put tears in my eyes at others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol J. Shannon 08-25-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "First book in a long time that I've listened to tw"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    It's not like any other book I've ever read/listened to


    Any additional comments?

    This book grabs you from the opening and never lets go. You feel like you are there, and that this could really happen. I took it along on a road trip and my husband liked it just as much as I did (rare). We'd climb back in the van and he'd say, "Let's get Mark off Mars." This book satisfies everything a book should. It's riveting, believable, engaging, and funny. Anyone would like it. If the technical stuff gets to long-winded, just zone out, but one of the reviews was by a former astronaut, and he said it was very credible. I'm looking at everything in my house differently now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alex Pugh 08-25-15
    Alex Pugh 08-25-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing book and performance!"

    Very well written book with a great narrator that captures the roller coaster of emotions that is the Martian.!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aitor Calero Madrid, Spain 08-25-15
    Aitor Calero Madrid, Spain 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Increíble historia de ciencia ficción?"

    La historia es tremenda, cuando acabas el libro parece que la historia ha pasado en realidad.
    La narración, espectacular. Con acentos de varios países, emociones, como una película.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol 08-25-15
    Carol 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story marred only by too much rough language"

    I loved this story and the reader did a brilliant job. The only thing I hated was all the profanity and coarse language. Impossible for me to then enjoy this book with my nerdy space loving teens. It could have been just as great a story without all that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Strobe 08-25-15
    Strobe 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "awesome!!"

    Ended somewhat abruptly, but total nail biter through the entire thing. great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Santiago Espinosa Uribe 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well worth it"

    I have a feeling this story would make for a movie like any other, but it's an awesome book. We'll worry about the actual movie later.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • 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.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    25 of 27 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.

    9 of 10 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.

    16 of 18 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.

    19 of 21 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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    6/27/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    10 of 11 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.

    16 of 18 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
  • 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.

    4 of 4 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.