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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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    John Burke 12-08-15
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    "Loved the book even more than the movie"

    I saw the movie first and was very impressed. I read the book after hearing an interview on NPR with the author. This book did not disappoint in the least and in fact was even better than the movie. Great voice performance as well displaying the emotions of Mark Watney. Highly recommend even to those who are not fans of sci fi.

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    Timothy O. 12-08-15
    Timothy O. 12-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Really fun!"

    Fantastic read... Listen... this was a really fun book. I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I can't wait to see how the movie did.

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    Jason 12-08-15
    Jason 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superbly entertaining!"

    Witty, funny, and perfectly pitched for everyone, not just sci-fi geeks. Hope the movie hits the same high mark.

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    Jason Sta. Ana 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent in every regard!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this is an excellent read.


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

    Having finished the book several weeks ago, many of the main character's individual musings about random topics still come to mind and make me grin.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    R.C. Bray is one of my favorite performers in audiobooks; he did very well bringing each character to life, but he did especially well in embodying the main character throughout his trials and triumphs.


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

    I laughed throughout the book, both from the narrative itself and R.C. Bray's performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic book that I'm sure I would have enjoyed to read on my own, but R.C. Bray's performance of the narrative brought it to a whole new level. I have not seen the movie and cannot compare, but this Audible book is phenomenal.

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    Pamela Lee 12-07-15
    Pamela Lee 12-07-15
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    "WWMWD?"

    This story and the audio production of it rocked! It's a funny, smart, and entertaining story with excellent characters and non-stop action and humor. A must read and/or listen! Might have to listen to it again right now, it was that good!

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    Stewart 12-07-15
    Stewart 12-07-15
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    "Fantastic"

    This is hands down one of the best books I've read. It's well written, engaging, and utterly hilarious. Just read it and thank me later.

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    Tootsie Baisi 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally a hero you can 100% root for!"

    Narrator was perfect for the sarcastic and very funny "Martian". the story was amazing and held your interest all the way untill the last word. you had absolutely no idea how it would turn out so you were on the edge of your seat the entire time. . I'm going to believe that the science was possible but I would have given it 5 stars if there had been a little less math later on in story after we had gotten the point. small issue and I would not let that stop you from listening to this exciting book . I would not consider this "science " fiction but "human" fiction that just so happens to take place on Mars. loved it!

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    Rebecca 12-07-15
    Rebecca 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank God..."

    Finally, some actual science fiction with a fantastic main character who is just a regular guy (brilliant, but no silly supernatural powers) who prevails in an extraordinary situation in ways that continually surprised me. I have a degree in Chemistry (although I work as a lawyer - don't judge), and thought Mark's comments on that subject were adorable (it totally is a messy you-know-what). Loved it. Haven't bothered with the movie yet, because it can't be any better than the book, and I have a hard time separating Matt Damon from his politics, but maybe when it comes out on ITunes. Highly recommended. Now if only I could convince my nerdy husband to read some "fiction" for a change.

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    Gus 12-07-15
    Gus 12-07-15

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    "One of the best Sci fi audiobooks out there!"

    The narrator kills it! And the book is plain captivating. Now can't wait to see the movie.

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    T. Passwater Florida 12-07-15
    T. Passwater Florida 12-07-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Listen"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The underlying theme to persevere even when it appears that all the odds are stacked against you.


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

    none


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Almost


    Any additional comments?

    I do wish the ending had been as in depth as the rest of the book. To me it ended too quickly, but maybe that's just because I enjoyed the books so much, that I wanted to read more.

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  • jack
    1/25/16
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    "Amazing listen"

    Was a very mixed emotion book had its ups and it's downs overall it was an amazing listen couldn't be more pleased with it

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  • Sarah Procter
    1/24/16
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    "Gripping all the way through!"

    Loved this, can't wait to see the film. Very well narrated and a great ending.

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  • PhilipVince
    1/24/16
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    "Exciting, imaginative gripping"

    Loved the atmosphere, irony intended. Felt I was with him, wonderfully read. Technically interesting too.

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  • Ross
    1/23/16
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    "Hilarious, Gripping and Human."

    The martian is at its core a fantastic look at humanity, the characters are likable all round (except Mitch...) and the story of survival is well rounded with interesting asides and witty commentary.

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  • dwain dibley
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    1/23/16
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    "Fantastic audiobook"

    Brilliant audiobook kept the whole family interested as we drove on holiday ! Initially quite techy language but persevere as well worth it ,better than film .

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  • ShawGoodwin
    1/23/16
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    "Simply the best"
    What did you like most about The Martian?

    Simply the best book I have listened to in many years! A successful combination of suspense and humour.


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  • Spaniad
    1/22/16
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    "What a book!"

    Absolutely loved it. R c bray did a great job performing the story. I could not leave it alone. The action is mind blowing from the beginning. Although there are some technical parts if this book complete understanding is not necessary. As I don't want to spoil the end for anyone checking my review I won't go into detail but the ending could have been extended slightly. Anyone who listens will know what i mean but it has not changed my 5 star review. Excellent job.

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  • Cylindric
    1/22/16
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    "Well read, and perfectly suited to the format"

    The Martian was wonderfully read by Bray, and the "captain's log" format of the book suits the audio-book format perfectly. On the few times that a different character speaks in the book, Bray applies enough of an accent to be distinguishing without being jarring or comical. Can't recommend it enough.

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  • simon
    1/22/16
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    "awesome"

    scientific yet funny, gives you a full behind the scenes of the movie. very sassy. will recommend to others

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  • esme
    1/22/16
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    "My first venture into the world of audiobooks.."

    This was simply outstanding, I fully recommend this to anyone wanting to try out audiobooks.

    The narrator was fantastic and really developed the characters well..I'm just sad it's over. Bravo!!!!!

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