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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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    Daniel Grant 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The No Spoiler Review"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-02-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "An Outer-Space Survival Story"

    Captivating and Entertaining....a blend of tense action and science. I don't like many of the movies that are released these days, but after listening to this, I am eager to see the movie.

    This is a heartwarming "outer-space" survival story. For me, this was a true "couldn't stop listening" story. Against all odds, the main character works his engineering and his "macgyver-ish" skills in dramatic and creative ways to survive one tension-garnering scenario after another. Although you know the outcome of the story is positive, the journey from beginning to end is well worth the ride because what you don't know is the "how" which is the entertaining and joy of the listen.

    The narrator, Bray, is great. His performance skills and voice range is top notch.
    Well worth the credit and time. Highly recommend.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eivind 01-21-15
    Eivind 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James 12-29-14
    James 12-29-14 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "Could you Survive? Sci-fi that grasps you."
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    It felt like you were right there.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    WJ Kerrville, TX, United States 12-09-14
    WJ Kerrville, TX, United States 12-09-14
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    "Close to a perfect sic-fi novel"

    By the time humans finally do set foot on Mars, The Martian should be considered a sci-fi classic. The fiction is interesting, and the science behind the plot lines seems solid.

    I hesitated to purchase The Martian because I was concerned about reading/listening to a lengthy series of journal entries. Much of the novel IS written as a series of log posts, but Andy Weir has used ingenious plot devices to ensure that is not a problem. The novel remains interesting throughout. In fact, I almost hated for it to end; the last part of the book felt rushed and, I felt, could have been filled out more fully. This is a thoroughly entertaining novel.

    The narration was adequate. R.C. Bray's accents were good. However, the use of an 'effeminate' voice for one of the female characters was unfortunate and caused me to deduct one star in my rating.

    Oh, and duct tape!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 12-09-14
    Cindy 12-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Starts a little slow but a fascinating story."

    This was an excellent listen. It started out a little slow, as it was an individual making a log entry rather than multiple individuals interacting or chasing each other but don't give up it will be worth your time. Over the course of the story as you get to know Mark Watney and how his mind works you really develop an intense need to see him survive. A Mechanical Engineer and Botanist he is extremely resourceful and endures tremendous hardships and setbacks by thinking way outside of the box.

    The science is interesting, the suspense builds, the narration is spot on. I had tears in my eyes once or twice.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-28-14
    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Reminded me of Apollo 13"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wilson 05-20-14

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    "WOW!"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Yes. I consumed this book in less than three days. That is a personal record.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 05-18-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 05-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesomely Good."

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 04-09-14
    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "Astonished!!"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Brilliant"

    A highly amusing and enjoyable story that had me from the moment it started. Must listen to

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  • chris wasey
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    "great book"

    Great narrator, engaging story. I laughed out loud at least 20 times, and nearly cried about half a dozen

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  • Jules
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    "Loved it!"

    Couldn't put it down! It was so convincing that I found myself wondering if it was real!

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  • Ch3nz
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    "Earth or bust!!!"

    Really well narrated, with good plot line. Keeps you gripped. Probably listed again in a few months

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  • Jonathan
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    "Just Fantastic"

    A must listen for anyone really good. Fantastic, wonderful listen what more can I say.

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  • Callum
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    "Best audible buy so far!"

    Awesome book, will definitely be looking forward to listening to this book again. Story is great, narration is perfect, and as with most cases, this is better than the movie.

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  • clara parker
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    "amazing book. much better then the film."

    love it. very impressive writing. kept me compleatley hooked the entire way through and would definitely recommend.

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  • Nathan
    2/3/17
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    "Awesome"

    Great book and great narration! Will forever read German characters in books with the R. C. Bray inflection.

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  • MD
    2/2/17
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    "Best Audio Book I've listened to so far"

    This is the best audio book I've listened to so far, it was hard to stop listening and I found myself missing my train stop on many an occasion it was that compelling.

    The story was great, pacing top notch and the narration excellent.

    I highly recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • diva bubble
    frinton on sea uk
    2/1/17
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    "Interesting book"

    The story is a good one and for the most part I enjoyed it. I found all the technical bits spoiled the pace of the story telling.😴

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