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)
Definitely one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. It made me laugh out loud several times, but it also made me cry. A sign of a good book. It was performed well.
made me feel proud to be a human wish the world was really like that .there is to much war killings and time wasted on negativity. we should focus on the stars
The book was good, but the narration by RC Bray is one of the best I have ever heard. He captures the protagonists voice superbly and his performance brings out a ton of humor.
Bray's website lists other books he's read, and after writing this review I'm going to find something else to listen to off that list.
I'll say again, this was a spectacular naration
on my second time listening to it after seeing the movie. book better but what else is new. love the story. captivating, funny and engaging. love the science of it. the narrator nails it with great tempo and delivery of the humor. just excellent.
the narrating on this book is great. the story is also great. lots of numbers involved at first but when you decide to stop concentrating on the numbers and just focus on the overall story it becomes gripping. there were a few moments where I was caught out gasping loudly or shouting out loud whilst sat on a quiet commuter train! now to move on to watching the film.
"Great Sci fi story"
Love this story if you like the film you will love the book its a Sci fi fans dream story great
"First Audio Book and I'm Hooked"
This book has both a fantastic narrator, and storyline, I'm very glad I chose it as my first audio book, I don't think I could've made a better choice.
The Martian is a science masterpiece. This must have taken an astonishing level of research. I strongly recommend this to anyone who has any interest in what life might be like on a different planet. For people who don't have that kind of scientific interest, this is still a fascinating survival thriller.
I gave this review a rather low performance score because I found that Audible crashed on me multiple times. I imagine this is a fault with Windows 10, but I do not know for certain.
I don't know if I've said it enough times, but this is an absolutely fantastic book. It is so good I might even watch the movie.
Oh god, oh god, anything but disco...
"Well - Now what am I going to do?"
Finished the book in what seemed like no time at all. Left me feeling like "What am I going to do now"? Its completed, its finished, oh no!
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical selecting the book in the first place.
And probably just like you (because you're reading this) - the reviews helped with my decision. Within minutes after starting The Martian - I was hooked and couldn't wait to start listening again every time I had to stop.
Well its obvious, it was Mark. Hes the main man.
He can make you laugh out loud several times thorough the book which is a bonus.
I definitely enjoyed R.C Bray's performance, that is for sure. He'd characters with different tones and accents that were consistent throughout the book. You'd instantly know which character he was portraying. If I watched the film I'd expect Matt Damon to talk like Mark in the book. It would be weird otherwise.
No, it took less than a week to complete though, mostly on commutes to and from work. I was totally absorbed and lost on Mars, but going to work at the same time.
Really enjoyed The Martian and would recommend it.
"amazing action and excitement."
Fantastic narrator and brilliant story. its like apollo 13 on steroids. I went looking for more by the same narrator and discovered the Fear saga.
So much better than the film.
The book is able to really elaborate on the technical details of how he survives, the methodical approach to calculating his requirements, and how to overcome the situations he gets himself it.
The narration is brilliant for every character too.
"First Audio Book purchase"
It took around a week or so to listen to my first audio book purchase and I can't recommend it enough. This particular narration was excellently done and the source material was well written
Having seen the film first I can say the book is by far more superior with more humour and more complexity in its portrayal of scientific problem solving. The book also fleshes out the supporting characters bringing a nice change in pace and narrative point of view by providing touching moments writing about their families and lives back on Earth.
"My First Audiobook"
I'm not a massive reader. I find I either don't have the time or whatever I pick up can't hold my attention for very long. But when I got a job I had to do a 90 minute commute for I thought "if I'm ever going to get into books now is the time". So I downloaded Audible as a trail to see what the fuss is about and I'm really impressed with the service. Loads of books, great recommdations and impressive audio quality, but I digress.
I chose The Martian for my first Audiobook because I heard it was informative, thrilling and most of all, funny. It was all these in spades.
My fellow commuters often glanced at me due to my constant smiling at Mark Watney's log entries. It was informative enough that I felt like I'd actually learnt quite a lot about being an astronaut and it reinvigorated my love of science.
It was a fantastic journey whose only downside (and I'm nitpicking) was that the narrator wasn't quite as charismatic in his delivery as some of the lines suggested he should have been but it didn't stop me from having a great time and it didn't detract from the immersion of it at all.
"I had doubts"
I had serious doubts about whether to buy this book or not & couldn't make up my mind for a few months, even after I eventually bought it I let it lay in my library for a few weeks before I listened to it & have to admit it was a terrible mistake.
Not the book! but putting off buying it & listening to it.
30 mins into the book I was so completely hooked I couldn't stop listening to it until it was finished, and even though it didn't finish until 2:30am & i was to get up at 6:30am for work it was so worth the headache I had the next day from lack of sleep.
R.C Bray has delivered a terrific performance yet again & has never left me disappointed & is certainly one of my top narrators.
The Martian audio book has quickly become a favourite for me & despite my early reservations about buying it I have now listened to it 3 times and ive smiled each time.
The only thing that left me disappointed with the Martian was the movie! Matt Damon did a great job but the movie just left me mentally screaming at the screen for the same kind of experience I got from the book.
Such a good listen I wish I could have given more than 5 stars.
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