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
I found this fast moving, science-rich novel very inspiring. The intrepid hero uses his knowledge, skills, but mostly his indomitable will to handle his rather sticky situation. His sense of humor, which narrator Bray portrays so effectively, becomes another important asset that I found is easy to relate to. I particularly enjoyed experiencing the steps of his practical and creative problem solving.
This is hands down 5 star book.
This is an amazing book. Book captures the attention of the reader from the start and it does not let go till the end.
It is a survival story of an astronaut (Mark) who is accidentally abandoned at Mars. It starts it seems hopeless that as a reader I didn't see any hope for a person to survive any long period of time on Mars. But, as book progresses, Mark breaks down his needs and resources that would keep him alive. Book is written/narrated in such a fashion that I felt that I was with Mark on the desolate planet.
Author did a great job of describing the technical / environmental challenges Mark faced, and then the explanation of how these challenges were solved by Mark with his technical knowledge along with his ingenuity and courage. I really enjoyed how Mark figured out the storm’s direction: ) (trying not to give away too much)
Sense of humor is great as well. Mark’s comments about 70’s music to DND’s magic spell are outright funny to hilarious
More than anything, book describes what makes us human. Mark sets an inspirational example of human will to live and not giving up against tremendous odds. There is plenty of narrative about how humanity came together to help him get off the planet. What stand out is that being stranded on Mars was that Mark was not afraid of death, but rather dying alone.
I was cheering for Mark throughout the book, and I highly recommend this to seasoned listeners to new sci fi readers. Narration is tremendous as well.
the world's fastest fat man
The narration and main character make nerds and maths cool!
The beginning sets the vibe for the rest of the story and doesn't disappoint!
Without Bray's voice I could easily imagine the character as being some little maths geek who would give up the struggle for survival
I will looking for new books from this author and definitely will give any book narrated by Bray a priority
Oh yes. The narrator is ideal for this excellent piece of very clever and finely polished fluff. There are good reasons why so many different types of minds relish Andy Weir's story-telling gifts. For instance. It is easier to write a highbrow critic's darling of a novel (I mean the sort that relatively few will ever read) than it is to write The Martian- which nearly everyone enjoys unreservedly. I don't know why it is so. But every year a number of not-very-pleasant "masterpieces" are published for the literati, and but very few highly enjoyable and engagingly intelligent tales for the rest of us. I think the secret is that Andy Weir never overreaches, but quite firmly restrains a considerable creative power. Outwardly, The Martian is "just" a great summer movie of a story. I mean that in the best possible way, since superior popcorn is difficult to come by. Yet somehow the writing is also better than that too. It is unique without being too eccentric for its own good, and deeper than it looks while never weighted down. Every level of story-telling has its masterpieces, from Homer to Dickens to comic books. The Martian is a genius-level example of pure fun.
I can't answer that question. I found this book to be seamless and spinning out from beginning to end with a smile.
No, but I will keep a lookout. To my mind, he is perfect and positively disappears. It can never get any better than that.
Books are the subtlest theaters of the mind, and I never like the way my favorites are presented in film. But I do understand the need to eat, so I wish good writers all the best in survival.
Andy Weir's very short story "The Egg" is a very different and to my way of thinking equally interesting side of his creativity. Last time I looked it was still available to read for free. If that time has come and gone, then just keep an eye out for it.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
Admittedly, The Martian was on and off my Wish List so many times!! I'd hear great things about it, then read the premise and think "not for me". It crossed my radar again recently, and I happened to see almost 4000 reviews with an average of 4+ stars--I took a chance.
And I loved it!! The story was great, original, and very well written. And the narration was perfect. I am truly not a science person, and the physics and chemistry were still going over my head a bit, but that aspect of the story was written well enough that I totally got the gist of what was going on, even if I couldn't pass a test on it by the end :)
I am very glad I chose to listen to this book. It could have been boring and scientific, but was in fact entertaining and fun. I highly recommend to all--
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.
The reader did an excellent job. I felt the intonations and emotions of the characters were expertly conveyed.
Mark Watney. This book is written almost exclusively from Mark's perspective. You can't help but root for his success throughout the entire book.
Mark Watney again. It's easy to believe R. C. Bray /is/ Mark Watney.
Yes. I found myself making time to listen to it while doing other things.
This book was recommended on the Writing Excuses podcast and also on Scam School. I usually don't pay much attention to recommendations, but I had a spare credit and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This book has become one of my favorites. It's easily in my top 20 of all time, or the top 3 of books published in the last few years.
Absolutely!!! The first line of the book pulls you in and doesn't let you go.
Mark Watney, who tells his story through a series of journal entries. Mark is dealt a bad hand and he makes the best with what he has. His determination to survive while still staying grounded and often making lite of his dire situation.
Fantastic, one of the most well narrated audio books I have listened to. At first I was a little concerned with the style of writing and being able to carry a story written as a journal entry. R.C. made me laugh with his portrayal of Mark and his often hilarious comments.
Laugh out Loud and makes you sweat with Suspense
Loved the Audio Book and found it to be very enjoyable. I am usually a fantasy reader but this book has shot to the top 5 of my favorites list. It may take a few "Sol 1...." Journal entries to get use to the style of writing, but it plays an important part of the story.
Yes. The narrator was fantastic.
No other similar books that I can think of.
Distinct character voices.
Yes. It happened.
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.
"I haven't even finished this yet..."
...buts its that good!
If you have any interest in science fiction, especially the realistic kind then this is for you.
Everything about this story is compelling. I'm over half way through in less than a day. I cant stop!
"alright not amazing"
you know funny at points (Bruce Campbell style comedy) but a quite dull story really.
Enjoyed every minute of this book it flows along at a good pace and you feel for the character on Mars
Truly exceptional. Riveting throughout. I wasnt sure what to expect, but i soon realised i was in for a treat. Good level of scientific knowledge but dont let that deter you. Well worth a read.
"Fantastic Sci-Fi Thriller"
As a fan of audio books I will always favour them over the print version, mainly from a time perspective as they are great for the morning commute
Mark Whatney steals the show with his dark gallows humour in the face of serious adversity and seemingly certain death.
R.C Bray's portrayal is excellent, his performance of Mark Whatney in particular sets the tone for a pulsating roller coaster of a story.
The book beautiful portrays the total isolation felt by Mark as he battles to survive, the adversity he faces leads to nail biting tension and emphatic euphoria in equal volumes.
An excellently written nail biting Sci-Fi thriller that sets the technical tone perfectly to make it sound like a true story.
My only criticism which can be leveled at many audiobook performances is the "he said, she said, he said" although in the text these are not needed in the audio performance and can become tedious at times.
"Awesome, awesome, awesome!"
Amazing book and the reader's performance made it even more enjoyable. Great science fiction and possibly the best book I read this year. The humor was spot-on!
love this book. you feel for the main character from start to finish
there are a few moments when everything just goes wrong but he never gives up. I know I couldn't have kept as optimistic as he did
when earth finally realised he was alive and his joy at his first communication with earth
I got a lot of laughs from this book as he is very very witty and just laughs at all his trials and tribulations
i believe anyone who reads this book will love the main character and will feel every emotion he does
"On a mission"
A tremendous read: a gripping narrative progressing with plausibility at every stage. No fudged solutions to the cliff hangers here. Some reviewers didn't like the science but in my mind it adds to the feel of it. Totally obsessed while listening. Recommended whole heartedly
This is the first audible book I've listened to, and it was brilliant it has made me determined to find the time air down and read a physical copy. Weir is an excellent author, looking forward to his next full length novel. And bray is superb, his ability to voice each character without making it sound like a radio play. This is must for anyone.
A very good gripping story. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, even if your not into science fiction.
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