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The Martian Audiobook

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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
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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 Maritan is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)

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    "ending disappointed me"

    such a great story with so much left unsaid. potentially so much dialogue and interesting things afterwards, all for not. hopefully there is a sequel or something to ease my curiosity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-25-15
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is great. I can see why they made a movie."

    It’s different because the bad guys are the environment and the universe - not other humans. The hero Mark is an astronaut stranded on Mars.

    What it is NOT:
    It’s not depressing.
    It’s not “woe is me all these bad things are happening to me. I’m afraid. I’m a victim.”

    What it IS:
    When a problem happens, Mark immediately goes into thinking, planning, and engineering mode, and takes action to fix it. His solutions are almost MacGiverish but not really, they are high science (whatever that is - I made that up). When he needs oxygen, he figures out how to get O2 molecules to hook up with some hydrogen molecules from somewhere else. Some of his solutions were too technical for me. But I was fine with that. The bottom line is it’s not a helpless victim feel. It’s a can do attitude. It’s suspenseful. There’s hope and anticipation. The ending is exciting and happy.

    Other characters (on earth and on the spaceship Hermes) also made a good story. I liked the positive feel of different people/interests coming together to help.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    R. C. Bray was excellent.

    Narrative mode: 1st person Mark, 3rd person others.
    Genre: Sci-Fi Suspense.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ray SPOKANE, WA, United States 09-17-15
    Ray SPOKANE, WA, United States 09-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Damn good book!!"

    When I initially got this audible book, I wasn't prepared for how good it was. Wow!! It has enough technical stuff to give you the feeling that the author really is knowledgeable in chemistry and mechanical fields. But, unlike a lot of authors, he doesn't spend a lot of time trying to dazzle you with his knowledge. Everything fits, and, I think, really puts a person in the shoes of the main character. Awesome book, and I will be buying anything this author puts out.Also, the narrator was damn good. Voice, intonation, all was perfect!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-02-15
    Michael 09-02-15
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    "Instant classic!"

    What an amazing book! Perfectly narrated! Hate to see it end. Mark Watney is such an incredible figure, yet as relatable as they come.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JDP 08-24-15
    JDP 08-24-15

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    "Realistic Sci-Fi"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure I would consider it better, but it is more convenient. R.C. Bray did a solid job bringing the character to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is really only one character that you get to know well, Mark Wattney (the problem with audio books is that you don't know how to spell character names). He is comical, sarcastic, resourceful, and thoughtful. You just know that he is a "good guy".


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

    He brings a very specific flavor to Wattney's character. He puts personality into his reading, which adds considerably to the story.


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

    No. Be patient with this book. You MUST like sci-fi, and be intrigued by ACTUAL science, or this book will not resonate with you. There are some (many) fairly technical descriptions in which Wattney is figuring out how to survive his predicament. His solutions are impressive, and reflect well on the knowledge and resourcefulness of the author, Andy Weir. Either he once worked (or does work) for NASA, or he is a Tom Clancy for science fiction. But the methodical description of the math to determine how many kilos of potatoes Wattney would need to survive until rescued can get monotonous.


    Any additional comments?

    There are parts of this book where you feel honest-to-God proud to be an American. A great book to make into a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry David New Orleans, La 07-18-15
    Henry David New Orleans, La 07-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Awesome!"

    This is not normally my genre and I don't normally leave reviews but this is a great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    phyncke Berkeley, CA United States 07-07-15
    phyncke Berkeley, CA United States 07-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Book lover!

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    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    I might. For the details and over all science of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Mark Watney!


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Made me cry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marco 06-11-15
    Marco 06-11-15 Member Since 2015

    Military vet (USMC), gamer, recent MBA grad, father of twin girls, and probably the awesome-est person in the world.

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    "Awesome"

    Good nerd humor, smart-assery, and genius narrated

    Get this now... I'll probably listen to it again soon

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jack annapolis, MD, United States 06-01-15
    jack annapolis, MD, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The Martian"

    It always amazes me how a Human can write a story like this!. The premise is a man is left behind to perish on a Martian expedition and despite a mortal wound and unbelievable adversity (No food or water and ambient temperature of -50 degrees C) he manages to survive 1 1/2 years and be rescued. Every nut, bolt, wire, urine specimen and excrement are utilized in ingenious ways to prolong survival. Applied science is applied correctly. Think Robinson Crusoe or Home Alone on Mars.
    The amazing thing is that once you accept the original premise (that the USA can send manned expeditions to Mars) every subsequent event makes perfect sense. This is an uplifting story since despite every possible catastrophe and obstacle, Life finds a way. The rescue is incredibly exciting. Think Apollo rescue. I hope that someday we can go to mars and beyond

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    Brian 05-26-15
    Brian 05-26-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A space story for the detail oriented"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    I will read it again before the movie comes out.


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

    When Mark suggested the Iron Man maneuver in the most intense chapter of the book I lost it. Mark's positive attitude and approach to problem solving was inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    The details of the problem solving were fantastic, definitely geared toward the more scientific crowd. I feel like I'm prepared to go live on Mars for a few sols.

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  • Robert
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    5/28/13
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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.

    36 of 38 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.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
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    8/30/14
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    "Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed."

    This story is just fabulous. The hero is one of the most engaging characters I have read for a long time. He is stranded alone in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable and yet you could still believe he is capable of pulling this off. This is from a mixture of determination, brilliance and an amazing sense of humour. There is masses of technical information but this didn't put me off. Instead it served to illustrate the hostility and utter strangeness of Mars. I also got a real sense of the fact that it is actually rather a long distance from Earth and probably not that easy to colonise. Perhaps we should take better care of our own planet instead.

    I loved this book and the narrator was perfect. I understand a film is being made and I will go and see it but I do think this audible version will be a hard act to follow.

    7 of 7 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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
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    "Fantastic."
    Any additional comments?

    What a fantastic book. As some other reviewers have mentioned it is quite technical throughout, but this doesn't detract from the story, it's very easy to follow. I couldn't stop listening. The narration is brilliant and the characters are engaging and likeable, none more so than the stranded Mark Whatney who is absolutely hilarious. The last 40-50 minutes of the story are so tense and compelling you might have to put your life on hold until it's finished. An utter gem of a story, wonderfully performed....Brilliant.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dr C D Gillett
    8/27/13
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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.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
    UK
    6/14/13
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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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • andrea
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
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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.

    36 of 42 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.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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