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)
The Martian is a hard science fiction thrill ride. Hard science fiction is fiction fully grounded in contemporary science - no light sabers or magic ray guns. Mr. Weir constructs a contemporary world that could exist today if mankind devoted the resources for manned missions to Mars. I would rank "The Martian" as one of the best books I've read in the past two years. It is an outstanding piece of fiction all around.
The story focuses on the life and death struggles of Mark Watney, a botanist engineer astronaut. The character is believable with a likable sense of humor. Much of the story unfolds as journal entries Mark records as he chronicles his struggles surviving alone on Mars.
I love books that educate as well as entertain. If this book couldn't spur a passion in learning and understanding science in a person, nothing could. However, don't be intimidated by the science, Mr. Weir's Mark Watney explains scientific concepts in a simple and relate-able way with plenty of humor. Mark Watney is an enjoyable mash up of Indiana Jones, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and MacGyver. You can't help learning from him as you root for him.
I understand this book is being turned into a movie, and the tag line could easily be "Yeah Science!" I suspect the movie could do for modern scientific concepts what "Jurassic Park" did for concepts like Chaos Theory and De-Extinction.
I have no doubts that this book will eventually pierce the collective subconscious of 21st century pop culture. Mark Watney is the hero humanity needs and deserves right now. He is the underdog everyman whose heroic deeds may be limited to survival, but more importantly, he gifts the world with the truth that scientific advancement is a goal worthy of all humanity.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I am not a sci-fi guy, but I wouldn't consider this a sci-fi book as I thought it would be by the title... I was recommended this book by a friend who has time to read =0) and assured me that it was more of a story with suspense.
I have to say that I was very impressed by the thought that went into this book. It was smart - But not so smart that this Pool Guy couldn't follow.
The narration was very good.... I felt very connected to the characters by the way this story was delivered. I was very intrigued throughout the book, and was waiting to see how it would all end.... Not giving it away.
I did laugh a bit during this book and I think that anyone on any level could enjoy this book. Maybe some super brain might have a hard time, as he would be tempted to dispute formulas and procedures - But I am luckily not a super brain - I think ;-)
When working and listening to some books - There are so many characters floating in and out - I have a hard time concentrating on work or the book. This book was easy to listen to in that respect..
It's a wonderful book, with an amazing mixture of space, McGyver and Robinson Crusoe written in a cool way, the way it would actually be told. It's so realistic that I picture it could happen in a not so distant future.
Reminiscent of 'Star Trek'. A lot of suspense and fun. The narrator was a bit over the top at some points but overall well done. His style did suit the character. A great listen.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
The narration, and log style report of how things go for Mark Watley keep you wanting to find out what happens next One of my best downloaded audible books this year. His MacGyver-like style of figuring things out want you to be like him, or to be stranded with him if your ever in a situation like that. Every day is a test of survival.
It felt like you were right there.
So why if he had all those potatoes, why didn't he distill vodka? Use his little plutonium canister he used making a bathtub? Overall, this story just begs for a movie to be made from it. So much more there than "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock.
If you liked the Apollo 13 movie (as I did) you should love this audiobook. It is the "man against nature" theme except the nature in question is on Mars, not on Earth. Most of the book consists of diary entries (or log entries) by one man who is stranded on Mars. The entries are both funny and gripping, and I appreciated the heavy dose of "real science" as the protagonist figures out how to survive on Mars and how to help with his rescue. And the voice performance was excellent. Loved this book.
The Martian was by far the best fiction I have read in recent memory. This story had me engaged and on the edge of my seat the whole time so I doubt much was missed. That said, I'm sure to pull this out again in a year or two just because it was so enjoyable.
Between the fact that I am not a hard science fiction fan and this is a very unique story, it would be hard to compare this adventure to any others I have read.
This was my first encounter with a performance by R. C. Bray. He was excellent and will be looking forward to finding more of his work.
Yes. I consumed this book in less than three days. That is a personal record.
I loved this audiobook, I had no idea what to expect as I hadn't heard anything about it but I have to say it is one of the best gifts I have received this year. I liked that we get Watney's perspective from his journal entries, and I love how sarcastic he is in them, I laughed just as much as I gasped. The ending is superb. I can really see this being a blockbuster movie one day. If you are unsure about this book, just listen to it, I'm sure you'll love it.
Every time I listen to a book narrated by R.C.Bray I think it is his best work, this was no different. He does such an outstanding job, he was Watney.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
I listened to this book with the audio narration almost none stop, didn’t want to put it down. The narration was spot on and absolutely terrific. He nailed his performance the entire way.
The story sucked me in, pounded on me, made me laugh and chortle and giggle, hold my breath and gasp and even tear up and cheer. I was utterly astonished that the writing grabbed me so hard and held my attention hostage. I was so sad it was over and had to blink back to reality and re-read the last chapter again. Now that was an utterly entertaining wonderful story/ride. This is definitely an author to keep an eye out for in the future.
Who’d of thunk that a story of a castaway on Mars could be so utterly funny. And not stupid funny, hah-hah, but that smart subtle dry humor that sneaks up on you. Mark Whatney is a wonderful voice in this story that carries it off in his log entries. You’d think that style of narration would be annoying, but it was very well done. The author did an amazing job of taking dry facts and making you not only WANT to hear them but be eager to hear what next he would pull out of his hat. The side characters were real and supporting. You don’t even have to like Sci-fi to not only get this book, but love it. This is now ensconced on my favorite reads – keepers shelf. Don't be afraid, go for the Red Planet, you won't regret the trip.
"nearly cried laughing then just cried"
Really great survival story with awesome science mixed in. You'll laugh you'll cry you'll have your heart swell at the eternal love of exploration mankind has
"An entertaining story - definitely worth a listen"
I loved the wit and humour of the main character! Very entertaining reading/listening. This book had me chuckling out loud, on the edge of my seat and almost shedding a tear.
The main character does talk in a lot of detail about physics, botany and general space stuff - this may well lure in the geek reader and hopefully won't put off the non-geeks, as you can get the full story even if not quite understanding how Mark calculated how many potatoes he can grow in a make-do tent on Mars.
I actually found his daily routine quite inspiring in the end, along with the last 'signing out' message.
"Best Science Fiction Podcast Ever!"
Loved it. Story was amazing. Narrator was amazing. I am sad it has ended. I literally felt like I have been to Mars.
Probably the best book I've listened to...
Author and narrator do an incredible job of bringing quite an abstract subject into a believable reality.
Only negative was that I watched the film first so I knew how it ended, without that I'd have been even more gripped.
This was really well read, the story was really good, the only negative is the fact the word "said" was over used "he said"
"Story showing every grey cloud has a silver lining"
A great story, showing the positivity of hope despite all obstacles.The narration kept the narrative moving at the right pace, building the tension but allowing the perfect breaks with some cracking humour. Whilst some of the technical information lost me, it was enough detail to understand at the level I wanted, but did not spoil the story when it drifted over my head!Having not seen the film, I do wonder how they can give this story the credit and equal this narration!
Well thought out with a solid writing style but all falls apart towards the end. Like when you were a kid and rushed your homework to get it finished so you could go out and play.
"Way better than the film and the film is good!"
Awesome, really enjoyed this. You can lose yourself in the calculations, getting an overall
Impression of the magnitude of the task without getting bogged down. Great narration and the humour of the main character is excellent which is not so apparent in the film. Get this one!
I don't normally comment on these but felt the desire to share my enjoyment of this book. Story was great and the narrative, well, it was out of this world - pun intended.
"Best bloody book there is!!"
From the way it began to the way it ended it had me hooked on it throughout and I would do it again if I wanted to, it showed the determination of the human mind and the cooperativeness of it
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