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)
If Andy Weir has gotten any of the technical details wrong in any major way, you'd almost need to be a rocket engineer to spot them. I say almost, because I spotted a couple of minor ones that don't really impact the story any.
This is an adventure story about survival in some of the most inhospitable conditions imaginable, with the focus of an engineer and the pacing of an experienced author.
You would think that given the technical detail and accuracy that has gone into this story that it would be slow and tedious to read, but Mr. Weir has done a brilliant job of weaving the explanations into the story without bogging down in them.
R.C. Bray does a very good job with narration, acting just enough and using enough variation in the voices and accents to keep things easy to understand and identify. Mr. Bray does make one or two little annoying mistakes when reading words that those of us in the computer industry use (e.g. for "ASCII" he pronounces "A" "S" "C" "2" instead of saying ass-key) but these small errors are entirely forgivable given the skill with which the rest of his work is delivered.
The great writing and the awesome narration combine to make this an extremely enjoyable listen.
This book made me laugh out loud numerous times. Andy Weir instilled a very droll sense of humor in our intrepid astronaut.
I'm not a rocket scientist so I'm not sure of the science but it sounds good to the layman.
I wanted to listen to this non-stop but I also didn't want it to end.
I have a new favorite author and a new favorite narrator.
I listen to a lot of audio books and this is the most enjoyable listen I've heard in some time. The story is great but the performance by Andy Weir is worthy of an Audi!
No, I rarely read the same book twice. Dont get me wrong, It was brilliant.
Heating bathwater with a radioactive isotope.
I laughed quite a few times.
A brilliant book, hard science sci fi like this is hard to come by.
I'm an avid audiobook "reader", sometimes going through up to 8 books a month (lots & lots of driving and no TV!). I believe I picked this one up on sale and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable audio experiences I've had in some time. It took a few minutes to acclimate to the writing style of alternating between action (mainly academic) and science-speak. Noting some of the reviewer comments I was also very nervous about the narration style. While I can understand reviewers who were a bit negative - there have been several narrators who have cost me highly rated books - I have to say I was captivated by the dry inflection that Mr Bray used to portray the wit and and humor of an extremely smart and not-old man. I'm up for a second go!
I was really surprised to see a previous review that seemed to suggest the narrator didn't portray the comedy very well. I couldn't disagree more! The narration was full of 'life' and 'character' - especially on all the sarcastic humor. It was just bang on by my estimate.If you've already read the Kindle edition, then you obviously know all the jokes that are coming. But this is not a 'dry' read by any stretch of the imagination.
I gave the story aspect just 4 stars because it did drag slightly in the middle, and the ending was somewhat abrupt.
But the drag through the middle past pretty quickly. And really, neither of these issues detracted from the experience for me.
This is a really cool story! Sort of a blend of the movies Cast Away and Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks would make a great Watney!). But for reviews on the story you'd be best to check out Amazon - there are a lot!
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..
Loved every minute of it! Story is incredible and the narrator was amazing! Superb book and a must!
"Extremely funny "
I had a difficult time listening while commuting because i was laughing out of nowhere.
"THAT WAS MY S**T YO!!"
Man where do I begin! Watch da movie and dat was tight den I heard dis and I was like the complexities of living off planet are a lot more immense than I had originally thought, and it really given me dat feeling of hope for my fellow man we just here for the betterment of eachother... Would deffo listen again!!
Excellent story, well researched, narration perfect, all in all gripping to the last
absolutely loved the story and thought it was fantastically read now looking for more narrated by R Chris Bray
Loved it from start to finish. Actually writing this review after listening to it 4 times.
"Excellent! One of my top 5 books"
I have listened to many audio books across many genres & this one ranks high amongst my fav listens. Superb story, great narrating, funny, suspenseful , intelligent, gripping, clever, you feel 'there' with Watney, every step of the way.
The movies was good but the book is amazing! If you like physics/space/science or just good story, go for it! Narration is first class!
I wouldn't know how much I know little about physics. Made me look up so many fascinating phenomenons that are mentioned in book. Great stuff!
Seen the film. The book is better. Great story, very nicely read. You really feel you are there. Loved it.
"I love this book!"
what a great story, totally gripping, and very well written flows so well and yes better than the movie, that said the movie sticks to the book 95%
Read it, listen to it or both, if you don't you'll have missed out.
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