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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 Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)

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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 04-07-13
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "A must read adventure tale."

    This is one of those books that grabs you from page 1, and never lets go. VERY engaging characters and peppered with my favorite foul mouthed sarcastic form of humor. The narration is spot on.... and I dearly hope that the term "pirate ninjas" becomes a standard unit of measure for space exploration. Lol. I can't wait to see more from this author on audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Eberhart Chicago 02-28-15
    Scott Eberhart Chicago 02-28-15
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    "Outstanding! The best book I've read in a year!"

    This book should've been awful and dull. It's full of hard science and a guy alone on Mars. But I couldn't drag myself away from it. It's funny and engrossing and fascinating and thrilling. I took long lunch breaks because I didn't want to stop listening. I was nearly cheering out loud at certain points.

    Can't wait for the movie!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan United States 01-28-15
    Meghan United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best book of 2014"

    I loved this audible recording. I listened to it twice (I've never done that before) and bought the hard copy for my family. I've recommended it to 20 people in person. Totally out of my genre, too!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 12-12-14
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Warning - You're cant stop listening!"

    You've been warned. You'll drink coffee in excess, drive around the block a few times, take the long way home; the story is that good, the performance is that good. I was literally walking around laughing at times and choked at others. Andy writes with great imagination wit, and creativity. You are there with Mark Watney, the crew, NASA and everyone else the whole ride. I hope he writes another book.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 01-05-14

    Elle AKA PlantCrone..I'm an organic gardener, quilter, volunteer and elder who enjoys different genres from biographies to si/fi to fantasy

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    "Wonderful 5 star story..recommended"

    If it weren't for Watneys F bombs, this would be a good family book..the excitement of the story builds slowly as Watney Macguyver's his way to survival after being left for dead in an emergency.

    As the daughter of an aerospace engineer I wish my dad could have listened to this story..the science is excellent and the problem solving Watney and the JPL folk go thru to rescue him.

    One of the best audio books I've heard on Audible. I seldom rate any book 5stars..it takes a pretty good novel for me to award 5 stars This well narrated story rates 10 stars IMHO

    Buy it!

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    TheWhistler 03-26-13
    TheWhistler 03-26-13
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    "Well Done!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    Many instances. In the actual book mostly the humour. In the audiobook mainly the story.


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

    Mark "The Martian" Watney.


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

    Life Found on Mars!


    Any additional comments?

    I gave five stars for the story and four for the narration. The voice is right for the main character, but humour played a good part in the book and the narrator very often seems to just talk over some of the best lines. I can remember some laugh out loud moments when reading the book, but there are none in the audiobook.

    6 of 10 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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jcmorris 08-02-14
    jcmorris 08-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Never failed to keep my intrest"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The store was of interest, the characters feel real and the situation is something that truly seems like it could happen and was believable. It was one of those that keep me listening even after I turned the engine to the car off.


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

    no


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-04-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "MacGyver comes to mars"

    Wonderfully written, less science fiction and more science “The Martian” follows a castaway left for dead on Mars and his fight for survival as he becomes the MacGyver of Mars. The main character is great and his well timed and at times corny jokes and comments made me smile or laugh on several occasions. While there is a lot of numbers and math at points, it never carries on very long and the way it’s written and its tone easily overcomes the thought of this book being dry. This is a must for any Mars lover.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    melanie United States 06-24-14
    melanie United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Doh! Trapped on Mars!"

    Scientific mind meets the mind of a complete idiot. All in the same package. I loved this story, though extremely far fetched, it was great to get a glimpse of what technology of space travel might be like, plus I laughed out loud.

    If you want a realistic mars voyage story, this is not for you. If you can not wait to see a mars story where Seth Rogan is cast as a scientist trapped on mars for a year, then this book is for you.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    40 of 42 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.

    20 of 21 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
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
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    "Fantastic."
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    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.

    23 of 26 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.

    22 of 25 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.

    38 of 44 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
  • 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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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