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The Martian | [Andy Weir]

The Martian

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 plain old "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?"
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014

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

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    I have to say this is one of the most fun books I have ever listened to. the narrator does a great job getting the stories humor across to the point I was laughing out loud. We'll worth a credit!

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    "I want to go to Mars now."

    Great book, lots of science and technical details but that's what I like. Wild ride it was, I hope they make this into a 10 part HBO special. do it

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    I've never been good with the maths, but it doesn't matter. Masterful storytelling. Funny as hell. A must listen. Perfectly performed as well.

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    "Never has a book made your heart beat so hard!"

    The struggles and heartache he goes through makes you appreciate just how much the things we have we completely look over. the book makes you tremble at your knees in some points and make you gasp as to how he keeps on solving his problems to live just one more day. although marked with great and subtle humor it can make you tear up on multiple occasions. one of my favorite books ever.

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    Mr Benn UK 01-22-15
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    Read it.

    No, seriously. Why are you reading this? Just read it already, you'll thank me later.

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    "Castaway on Mars!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book rocks. I usually like my space travel to go out of the Solar System, this story is like a Robison Crusoe or Castaway story seen from the perspective of that character. There is a smattering from off world too but for the most part it is the main character dealing with the enormity of surviving after being stranded on Mars. I think a lot of the other reviewers really liked the real life science that made much of this story seem plausible; I being in love with hyper drive and alternate realities tend to stay away from the hard science type Sci Fi.
    Probably why I don't own a tool belt :) But this character is so fleshed out, he is creative, dammed funny and despite a fatalism that anyone would feel preservers.. It was without question the digital equivalent of a page turner. I would highly recommend this book. And somehow I think it may make it to the wide screen.

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    J. Dragich Torrance, CA 01-22-15
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    "Yes, you should get it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did a great job with creating voices for each character, particularly the accents. At times, I forgot there was only one narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Andy Weir is a genius. The plot is riveting, with action scenes nicely paced so that the entire book moves quickly. The science is solid without dragging the story. The character is instantly likable with a quirky personality. It's amazing how Weir balanced the tension with a great sense of humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the part where Mark thinks that the hydrogen separation is going smoothly only to find out otherwise. My second favorite was Mark's opinions on 70s tv and disco.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was no specific moment that moved me. I quickly fell into sympathy with Mark and his situation. Weir created such a multi-dimensional and interesting character that you can't help but feel for him.


    Any additional comments?

    I was genuinely so caught up in the plot, I looked up the ending in an online synopsis because I couldn't read the last page since I bought the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Heinlein Reborn"

    Excellent story, well told.

    The author appears to channeling Heinlein in this story about an astronaut trapped on Mars. Lots of good, hard science to the science fiction, but liberally sprinkled with humor and adventure.

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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Thought it would be dry, but I went straight through it. Great work and brilliantly read.

    Highly recommend this for anyone!

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    "Outstanding book!"

    This book will grab your attention from the first sentence. It does get a little nerdy with science, but even if your not into the science this book will keep you very interested. Most of the story is told in the first person which humanizes the story immensely. There are plot twists right to the end. I loved this book.

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    "Incredibly technical, don't let that put you off"

    Wow - a really great novel. I found it very difficult at first and almost gave up due to some of the very technical details that are a major part of the story. However, these details soon formed the important backdrop to the delivery of the novel. I probably only understood 10% or so as I'm not an engineer or scientist - but it didn't matter at all. I was caught up in the tense, almost impossible situation that the main character found himself in. I was gripped within a few chapters, especially when other characters were introduced, and ended up spending my Saturday afternoon in the grip of this ultimate survival tale.

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    "Great 'read'"

    This is how audiobooks should be done. The performance was spot-on. I've abandoned so many books of late because of annoying performances, but Bray nails this one. Between him and the book, I really enjoyed this. Not sure if it was the content or the delivery or a combination that truly did it for me, no matter which, they were well suited.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic read, best I've heard in ages."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unequivocally. The story is well conceived, fast paced and very well edited. It starts with a bang and gets right into it. There is a lot of science at first but it is of the sort that if you follow it, fantastic, if you don't, then it isn't going to detract from the plot. Just as it looks like it might get a bit samey the author mixes it up (no spoilers) and keeps things fresh.
    I was terrified that there might be a lame ending but Andy Weir did a great job there too.
    For me this will be my 'go to' book for recommendations for a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea, the character, and the nice way the author has taken what is probably classed as a sci-fi but made it all entirely plausible and reads more like a tense ?drama or 'action diary'. I love sci-fi and space operas so I was delighted.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No spoilers.


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

    Live another Sol. Read the book, it'll make sense.


    Any additional comments?

    The only flaw is the laughable German accent the narrator tries. I can't criticise though as it amused me so much.
    If from the reviews and blurb you are even slightly tempted by this then do yourself a favour and read it.
    I'm off to eat a potato.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    8/1/13
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    "probably the best book i listened to"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is great from the very begging right through to the end .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney is really the only character in the book, he is very well written with great humour and whit in the face of death.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    this guy really was an execellent choice for this book, i think he nailed Mark Watney. he also sounds very much like the US comedian Rich Hall, and has his dry whit, that really suits the writing style


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is to many good parts it would be unfair to choose one. however this is one of the only book that has totally pulled me into the story and actually made my pulse raise.


    Any additional comments?

    i cant take credit for this, another reviewer i read said; "a cross between Apollo 13 and castaway, with a little space balls thrown in". sums it up to a Tee.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
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    "Fantastic listen"

    Great sci-fi quite technical which I love but doesn't get in the way I think.

    Really good performance from R C Bray too, the characters were great.

    Really kept me listening. Will be looking out for more from Weir.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    5/25/14
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    "Another fun one."

    A journal (logbook), written by the chap left behind? Yes, this could have been a bore - but it so wasn't!! The sheer tenacity of the man, plus his seemingly endless capacity for humour makes this a very enjoyable listen.

    Even his repeated calculations didn't overly bore me, as they added to the anticipation (or dread). Couldn't help but root for him every step of the way.

    I have no clue as to whether the scientific aspects / space stuff is realistic or not - it didn't matter to me - it just all added to the fun.

    Excellent narration, and very well suited to the main character.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rog
    Cumbria, United Kingdom
    5/13/14
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    "Possibly the best SF audio book I have listened to"

    Andy Weir, you are a genius, a comedian, a scientist, and a master of suspense, all in one single volume!
    What a great book!

    First off, to cover one or two other comments, yes, there is quite a bit of technical detail in this that you might think will put you off. Trust me, it doesn't. Weir is gentle with to the reader, giving information a NASA scientist would be happy with but at a level that my mother in law (not blessed in grey matter) could digest. Having said that, you don't feel patronised and you certainly get caught up in a gripping struggle for survival and will find yourself going on longer walks or just sitting in the car to hear the end of the next chapter.

    This book is so full of surprises - and the humour is certainly one of them. In the middle of life and death decisions and cataclysms you find yourself laughing out loud, much to the disturbance of the general public around you.

    If you like a good thriller and against all odds story, this one will keep you off the pause button until it's white knuckle end.

    I'm almost jealous of you, dear unknowing reader, for the joy you have before you.
    I will certainly be returning to Mars to relive this one very soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ALAN
    Ireland
    9/5/13
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The dry humour of the sol logs by Mark & the performance by Bray. He read it so well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark, he remained so positive during his time on Mars.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When NASA realised he was going to fetch Pathfinder to re-establish communication.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed right throughout the book. Such brilliant dry humour at times making light of a serious situation. Was not expecting it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best Audible book I've downloaded to date.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    weston super mare, United Kingdom
    8/1/13
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    "Compelling and brilliantly researched."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to every space nerd I know (that's a lot of people). Not only is it exciting, funny and totally believable but it really puts you right with the character and his daily battle against a planet that desperately wants to kill him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story was how it managed to lurch from one crisis to another without getting tiresome. The descriptions of the daily chores of surviving on another planet with not even the bare minimum of equipment and food are far more gripping than they ought to be. At it's best it is an amazing character study of a man fighting against despair and certain death with just his wits, good luck, training, humour and optimism. The Martian is never less than utterly compelling.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    6/27/13
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    "A five star pleasure (and one or two planets)"

    I realize I am going to repeat what others have already said here - however...

    I enjoyed this audio-book as much as any other I've listened to, and more than most.

    Initially, twenty minutes in, I was starting to wonder if the whole thing was a series of technical solutions to some challenging problems. It DOES have a lot of detailed commentary about what the protagonist is up to - but it is delivered with humor - both by the author and the narrator and has direct relevance to what is happening.

    The story soon expands into a gripping tale that had me laughing one minute and on the edge of my seat the next.

    The narration by Mr. Bray was excellent - intonation perfectly reflecting the dialogue, story and characters. Ok - perhaps the German accent was a little dodgy in places - but it was certainly good enough to consistently identify one of the characters.

    The story would make a great film - but I expect if Hollywood actually did their paws on it the project it would suffer.

    Well done Andy Weir.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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