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
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.
Reminiscent of 'Star Trek'. A lot of suspense and fun. The narrator was a bit over the top at some points but overall well done. His style did suit the character. A great listen.
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!
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.
Okay, so the movie hasn't come out yet, but still...it reads just like the movie.
If you enjoy survival fiction and/or light sic-fi this is it!
An astronaut is accidentally stranded on Mars (thought dead), but survives in the hopes of being rescued by the next Mars Mission. He currently has enough supplies for 6 people to last hopefully long enough that NASA might figure out he is still alive, or until the next Mars Mission arrives in a few years.
The "techno babble" is believable enough. I enjoyed the story without wondering if it could actually happen. (e.g.., he has seeds and soil -and of course manure, runs on solar, has an oxygen and water reclaimer, etc...)
Weir does a good job of creating difficult situations for the main character to overcome, and keeps the reader involved. The main character enlightens tense situations with humor (though funnies if you appreciate sarcasm and the occassional fart joke).
I am curious to know how Hollywood will cut this book down to 2 hours, as there is quite a lot of book to cram into a short movie. It will be an interesting comparison, and promises to leave enough variety to allow the Book and Movie to stand alone (together).
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.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is the story about being stranded all alone in a planet, with all the isolation, emotional and existential terror that would imply. Throughout the story, you'll keep asking yourself "will he/won't he survive" and at what cost. It's an excellent story, even though I had my doubts going in. It did a great job proving it was well worth my time and credit.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
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.
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.
Audiobooks are made by the narrator and that's why this one is extra good. Much better than a lot of others audiobooks I have downloaded
"Great story, amazing narration!"
The narrator was perfect for this amazing, funny story of fighting for survival on Mars.
Outstanding story and extremely well told. The tension builds through the story to an extremely satisfying finale, at a loss of what to do I. My morning commute now!
This was my first audio book and wow it was a great choice. It kept me wanting to listen to a book I may of not finished as I'm not a big reader.
This was a great choice and I'd say to anyone who likes si-fi space or just a good story, give this a listen.
I'll be looking for more book wrote or read by these guys as they did a great job.
"I've listened to this three times already..."
Just buy it and listen, I loved this, the performance is great and the style of humour of our stranded hero is actually funny. Will the movie be able to stand up to this book, we will see. 🚀
"Totally awesome best book ever"
Firstly the narrator did an amazing job. Loved it. Space ninja! Prepare your body! Amazing characters. Very funny. Feel good. Awesome. Iron Man!
"Emotional and great humour"
The amount of sarcasm was a good laugh but it didn't detract away from the seriousness of Mark Watneys' situation.
R. C. Bray put great emotion into the characters and put true feeling into the different situations Mark Watney was in.
Every high and low throughout the book moved me. There were huge amounts of surprises that took me off guard every time.
All in all it was a fantastic book. It was well written and narrated. It had a serious story line to it but was portrayed in a funny and emotional manner. A book i would absolutely recommend to everyone.
"Drama, Believability, Humour and more"
I am new to audiobooks but this goes to the top of my list so far.
R. C. Bray's narrative style makes the drama more dramatic and the humour more humourous.
This book was both thrilling, tense and humourous.
The technical detail and descriptions used throughout this book made the story seem more science fact than fiction which for me made it all the more enjoyable.
My first audio book. Made me laugh, shocked and touched. Almost cried throughout the end. Very detailed and narrator's voice for characters is awesome.
Needed awhile to understood some space terms and geeky science, but it was still good. Definitely recommend this one.
"Fantastic - Easily the best audio book I've bought"
The plot is inventive, the writing style easy to digest and the narration superb. I quickly felt a real emotional bond with the characters and openly laughed out loud (thankfully in my own in the car) and to my amazement was brought close to tears at times.
There were just so many but maybe the candid but extremely funny description of the challenges of what to do with human waste when stuck inside a spacecraft was one of them.
R. C. Bray manages to make you forget it's a single narrator and I quickly just accepted it was each individual character speaking to me. His timing, accents and emphasis were for me a perfect match to Andy Weir's brilliant storyline.
The ending but I can't expand on why because that would be a plot spoiler. Let's just say I was deliberately late for work because I couldn't stop listening with 10 minutes to go
I absolutely loved this book and want to persuade everyone I know to listen to it. I really hope that the Andy Weir / R.C. Bray combo delivers us another gem very soon.
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