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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 plain old "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?"
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014

Completely reperformed by R.C. Bray to match the 2014 Random House release! includes Andy Weir's newly reimagined ending!

“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

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    Badgerdude 04-16-14
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    Wow, this was a surprise. I listen to books because I commute to work roughly two hours each day. I have a rule with myself that I do not listen to books other than my commute. I have stuck to this rule until I started listening to this book. I couldn't help myself. I cheated and listened to it every chance I got. I certainly hope there is a sequel. Both the story and narration were terrific.


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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-15-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Intriguing Science and Fantasy Mix!"

    I started this book the first time and quit before the first chapter was completed, thinking that I just couldn't handle the fantastical-scientific nature of the tale. That first chapter featured a Mars-stranded astronaut reading his log entries. Seemed a bit boring.

    A few weeks later I decided to give it another try and am so glad I did. The astronaut's log was an integral element of telling the real story -- and that was what happened on earth, where scores of brilliant scientists and mathematicians worked together to foment a rescue to Mars.

    True, it is a bit of a stretch for our current day space exploration, but the idea that a man faced with sure death would use his brain to McGiver together an existence on Mars until space agencies could create a rescue plan made for a very good story. And the idea that so many people would give their intellect and time to the endeavor made for a very, very good story.

    It is a feel-good book in the end and one that I can say I really enjoyed. Good narration throughout!

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    Nancy L. Holland 04-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent read!!!"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Great story


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Very good narration.





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

    Yes,it had my attention from the beginning I felt like I was right there.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book.

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    Cammy Newtown, PA, United States 04-12-14
    Cammy Newtown, PA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Your Teenage Son's Space Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narration was spot on and the story was just so humorous.


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

    The touching ending - I was surprised to find myself a little teary eyed.


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    Tess California 04-12-14
    Tess California 04-12-14 Member Since 2012

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    My husband and I give this book our highest recommendation! Wonderful, compelling, entertaining, completely engrossing.

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    Bruce Framingham, MA, United States 04-12-14
    Bruce Framingham, MA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story, great reader"
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    What would happen if you were stranded on Mars? This is a wonderful, edge-of-your-seat story. Great narrator. You won't be disappointed.

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    Avid Reader USA 04-12-14
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    "Like a Summer Blockbuster Movie!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was obvious the author put no small amount of time into researching the science of a person being stranded on Mars. I have no doubt he took some creative license, but who cares. The science of trying to survive on an inhospitable planet like Mars is what made this story so interesting. I also thought the main character was hilariously snarky.


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

    I've never listened to this narrator before but I would definitely consider listening to his other performances based on this one alone.


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

    I don't often laugh out loud while listening to audiobooks but this one had me chuckling quite a bit. It also had me on the edge of seat on several occasions -- a rare thing for an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a great science fiction novel, emphasis on the science. All the characters were interesting and I think the story taps into how human beings often react to terrible situations. If this were to happen in real life I have no doubt you'd see the world come together to save one person stranded on a planet millions of miles away from the Earth.

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    ken Quincy, MA, United States 04-11-14
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    "Terrif story, looking forward to more from Andy We"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Martian was one of the better stories I have listened to in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a very realistic account of how an astronaut might survive if stranded. It reminded of reading The Hatchet when I was younger. Though the story starts with a journal format, I liked that it didn't stick to it and told the story through several different styles.


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    Darlene United States 04-11-14
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    "WOW! Staying Alive!"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Science meets fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is relentlessly engaging, fascinatingly accurate in technical and scientific detail, with a thoroughly likeable main character possessed of over the top smarts, witty and clever enough to keep himself and us entertained, and real enough for us to feel his distinctive, instinctive will to survive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mark surviving the Hab breach - in the detached, phone booth sized air lock lying on its side, with his EVA mask broken, one arm of his EVA glued closed because he'd pirated material from it to repair the broken mask, throwing himself repeatedly against the inside wall of the air lock trying to scoot it closer to the deflated Hab...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sol 675


    Any additional comments?

    Science Fiction is not really my genre and maybe that comes from decades working at the Cape on the real thing. Whatever, I just don't grock it. But I look at reading the way I look at food, you've got to keep trying things because your tastes change and you just never know when you'll discover something delicious. I gave this (audio) book a try based solely on reviews and I was very pleasantly surprised. This isn't Sci-Fi really, it's science and fiction and it's fascinating.

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    Nathaniel SHORT HILLS, NJ, United States 04-11-14
    Nathaniel SHORT HILLS, NJ, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Possibly the best audiobook I have read"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    Mix of hard sci-fi/engineering/humanity that I haven't seen since "The Cold Equations" and some other early sic-fi stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Remarkable narrator as well.

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