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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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    Colin S McNair 11-15-15
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    "Better than the movie"

    perhaps my favorite audio book yet, the narrator was excellent throughout and the story kept moving.

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    BNR San Diego, CA 11-15-15
    BNR San Diego, CA 11-15-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm yo' huckleberry. And that's just my game!

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    "Just amazing!"

    Having seen the movie I had to get this book. The story of a man left behind where no one can help him. Determination and human ingenuity meets comedy night on Mars! If you get this book you will get do much fun in space that you will wish this was a series!

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    Mary Barlow 11-15-15
    Mary Barlow 11-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story! Loved the narrator!"

    I was leery to read a book about Mars, no thanks!
    This book was immediately captivating! This was a great book. I loved how it was written and enjoyed the narrator!

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    Steven 11-15-15
    Steven 11-15-15
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    "First Rate Problem Solving"

    Without question, the entire book testifies to the power of problem solving. A first-rate read filled with unexpected, albeit plausible, twists/problems at every turn. Throughout the novel my stress levels and blood pressure continually went into the red. Any cardiologist monitoring the reader, if he or she was worth his or her salt, would have hit the kill switch and stopped this great read as the story reached its climactic gut-wrenching conclusion. Wow! I'm out of breath. Now it's time to go to the movie.

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    Amazon Customer Traveling 11-15-15
    Amazon Customer Traveling 11-15-15 Member Since 2010

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    "almost late for work, couldn't stop listening"

    drama, but more comedy. so McGiver. poor guy was so unlucky, at least he was brilliant.
    sucked me in, I couldn't listen every day- I invested energy. What the world needs now- someone to survive against all odds. someone to unite around.

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    Laurana 11-14-15
    Laurana 11-14-15
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    "great book!"

    The story is great! Just the right mix of excitement, humor and science. The narrator doesn't do "voices" but does do accents and I had no trouble distinguishing between characters.

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    Alesssandro Canepa Rome, Italy 11-14-15
    Alesssandro Canepa Rome, Italy 11-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great and better than the film"

    If you like scifi this book is a must. Full of scientifically valid assumptions on the systems and technology necessary to survive on Mars it can also be viewed as very well written guide on problem solving.
    I liked every minute of it. Great performance also.

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    Gavin 11-14-15
    Gavin 11-14-15
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    "LOVED IT"

    One of the most entertaining, enthralling and interesting "reads" I've experienced. EXCELLENT! Well read. Made it all seem very real.

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    Paul0585 11-14-15
    Paul0585 11-14-15
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    "Fantastic"

    OMG! What a story! Interesting from start to finish. I totally loved every moment, it's so captivating.

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    M.Lee Fox 11-14-15
    M.Lee Fox 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Edge of my seat and screaming at my phone"

    I am not joking when I say this story had me so invested, wound up, and excited that I was literally screaming at my phone while listening to certain events all throughout the story. I am in love with Mark Watney and am ecstatic they made this into a movie. I imagined Matt Damon as Mark Watney the entire time, before I even knew he was actually playing him for real. Best book I can remember in a while!

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  • Skinfull
    12/1/15
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    "Brilliant accessible heart wrenching story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    I didnt read the print version so cannot compare, but found this version to be very emotional and relatable.


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

    Comparative to Moon and the shining where we focus on one main player and view the situation through a single POV.


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

    Really enjoyed that he poured emotion into the piece, frustration, anger, elation and loneliness. So tangible that it made the character come alive.


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

    Yes. I walked further than I usually do to keep the story going to find a good place to stop at.


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance, very well written with science that was easily understandable despite the depth.

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  • Jen Wills
    12/1/15
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    "Great book and very well read"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed. Exciting. Gripping.


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

    The best character is the main character. R. C. Bray puts such characterisation into his reading. You feel what he is feeling, you know what he is thinking and you really get to know him. What is incredible is that even though some of the words are a bit techy you can understand what the author is going on about because of the performance.


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

    Yes definitely. A number of times I sat in my car for 5 extra minutes to hear the next instalment. I even had to ask a friend whether he made it as the suspense was too great for me!


    Any additional comments?

    Would thoroughly recommend this book. I hope the film is as good.

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  • Paul
    12/1/15
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    "A book that makes you care"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Yes and I actually can't wait to listen again. I don't think I've cared about a protagonists well being this much since I read the Harry Potter Series. I also can't think of a book that made me laugh so much, I have gotten some very strange looks in the street when I'm walking to work with the biggest grin on my face.


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

    Weirdly enough Harry Potter, although in theme these two could not get any further apart, the feeling you get for the main character and the hope you have that they will make it through!


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

    I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoyed his narration but after finishing this I immediately looked for and read another 4 books narrated by R.C.Bray and hope to find more that he's worked on.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What's the worst that can happen!?


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, cannot recommend this book enough to all my friends!

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  • Matt Carter
    Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom
    11/30/15
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    "Good story"

    At the start of this book you will be very aware of the in-depth technical descriptions of what is going on. If you can push through that you find a thrilling and cleverly thought through story that had me gripped right to the end.
    This is intelligent science fiction and whilst I love all the laser guns and robots, The Martian carries the realism of what could really happen in the near future. I am just old enough to remember Apollo 13, the event not just the film, and this story evokes the same emotions.

    Great story.

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  • G MCCOLGAN
    London
    11/30/15
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    "Fantastic"

    This is the best audiobook I've listened to.

    from the start, the story is gripping with the narrator doing very well to bring the listener into the experience.

    even the slower parts of the book built the tension well and kept the listener wanting more.

    great book and great narration

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  • scott
    11/28/15
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    "Superb!"

    I had heard great things and I was skeptical but this was a fantastic listen. One of the best I've ever listened to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Cardiff
    11/28/15
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    "Hilarious and gripping"

    Just brilliant. Quirky humour mixed with palpable tension. Makes me want to start all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Herman
    11/27/15
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    "Fantastic"

    I highly recommend it. Mark is a very tenacious character , never gives up. Cant wait for the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Parry
    The Burn
    11/25/15
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    "Brilliance"

    Loved this book! The performance is great, RC Bray gets over feelings of tension, elation and massive sarcasm perfectly.

    It's the best advert for someone to start a career in engineering that I've ever heard, and I work in an engineering lab! awesome stuff

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jørgen
    11/25/15
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    "Fantastic"

    The narration was flawless, the story was captivating and I loved every second of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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