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)
I have been listening to audiobooks since they were called "books on tape". I can't count how many I have heard. The Martian now tops the list of one of my favorites of all times. The story and narration are top notch. It was one of the rare books where I actually didn't just listen in the car but had to finish it sitting at home just to see what happens in the end.
I can't recommend highly enough. Well done!
the story was pretty good, but I have to say... if it wasn't narrated I never would have read it, the amount of science and math/space talk made me sleepy and also made it hard to follow sometimes. overall the story was good just didn't suck me in really deeply.
It's unfair of me to suggest changing the text, as it is clear the author has done his homework, and is very knowledgeable about the technical aspects. To lend the story reality, I comprehend the need for the detail. It bored me at times, since I didn't have a clue what he is referring to. I'm not the author's intended audience.
Less technical jargon, but that would have taken away from the credibility for true scientific minds.
There's a male chauvinism in the book that doesn't ring true to the caliber of people in the realm being described. And I hope that it isn't so glaring "in the future" as the author portrays!
The reader seemed to portray the main protagonist as too rough around the edges for someone as brilliant and accomplished as he must be to be an astronaut.
His voice lacked in vocal inflection, too flat to my ear. Some of the characters' voices weren't distinct enough from one another, making it hard to discern who is speaking. Sometimes it just wasn't clear whether we were on earth or on Mars.
Discontinue listening and "send it back".
My young adult children reported that the movie, based on the book, is fantastic.
The book closely follows the movie, but with much more detail. the story is so real it is hard to believe it is all in the authors imagination. I'll never again look at the red planet the same way. Hurrah for potatoes and ingenuity.
Loved the way the "Martian" used science to conquer each challenge. Truly an inspiration for today's young scientists.
Good pacing. clear speaking tone.
This was he first audiobook I've ever listened to and I am blown away at how amazing this story was. I found myself laughing, yelling, and worrying all the while. Highly recommended!
I almost always have an audio book going.
Enjoyed this story even more than some of many of the end of times survivalist type books I seem to find myself searching for and devouring (stupid pun). Here we have the ultimate survivalist. So people starve to death on earth.... huh.....
"better than movie"
Only reason not 5star performance cause after movie is because I can't not see Wantey as Matt Damon
"Never though science could make a facinating story"
A truly engrossing story - enjoyed the play of science and people which were weaved together skillfully. Had thought it may be claustrophobic but not at all - some foul language but all appropriate for the way it was told as a series of personal diary entries
No but it certainly made an 8 hour return trip pass very quickly even though I was driving on my own. I found myself wanting it to continue after it had finished, sad it was over.
This book was recommended by my sister and it didn't disappoint. I was hooked from start to end- I listen to my books on my journeys to and from work and some mornings I ended up sat in the car park listening to this story as it was so gripping. The narration was great too - the main character was really brought to life in a very humorous way. Would encourage anyone to give it a go !
"an amazing journey for your journey."
In the real world I was stuck on the #7 bus to Cambridge, in my ears it was Sol 245, time to harvest potatoes.
this book is to be used for many small journeys or one big one. it is an amazing adventure
fantastic, loved every moment. Great audio book, made me feel like I was watching a movie.
"enjoyed it more than the film"
enjoyed it apart from the he said bits
... better than the film in my opinion
A wonderful book with fantastic narration and performance from all the cast. Super interesting and often times humorous, highly recommend to anyone
"Excellent APT (Audible Page Turner)"
Yes, to absorb more of the science (and humour).
An American accent.
It's a work of fiction, so, no.
Great story with 'correct' science. Some scenes a bit far-fetched but real life is often stranger and has more coincidences than fiction.
"My favourite - Its insightful and entertaining"
loved this story, I was hooked from the start and am now quite sad its finished.
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