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The Martian Audiobook

The Martian

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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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    Eivind 01-21-15
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    "Great book"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine Prince George, BC, Canada 01-08-15
    Madeleine Prince George, BC, Canada 01-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    ""Beam me up, Scotty""

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James 12-29-14
    James 12-29-14 Member Since 2015

    I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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    "Could you Survive? Sci-fi that grasps you."
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narration, and log style report of how things go for Mark Watley keep you wanting to find out what happens next One of my best downloaded audible books this year. His MacGyver-like style of figuring things out want you to be like him, or to be stranded with him if your ever in a situation like that. Every day is a test of survival.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    It felt like you were right there.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    So why if he had all those potatoes, why didn't he distill vodka? Use his little plutonium canister he used making a bathtub? Overall, this story just begs for a movie to be made from it. So much more there than "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-28-14
    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Reminded me of Apollo 13"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wilson 05-20-14

    Whitie

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    "WOW!"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    The Martian was by far the best fiction I have read in recent memory. This story had me engaged and on the edge of my seat the whole time so I doubt much was missed. That said, I'm sure to pull this out again in a year or two just because it was so enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Between the fact that I am not a hard science fiction fan and this is a very unique story, it would be hard to compare this adventure to any others I have read.


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

    This was my first encounter with a performance by R. C. Bray. He was excellent and will be looking forward to finding more of his work.


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

    Yes. I consumed this book in less than three days. That is a personal record.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 05-18-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 05-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesomely Good."

    I loved this audiobook, I had no idea what to expect as I hadn't heard anything about it but I have to say it is one of the best gifts I have received this year. I liked that we get Watney's perspective from his journal entries, and I love how sarcastic he is in them, I laughed just as much as I gasped. The ending is superb. I can really see this being a blockbuster movie one day. If you are unsure about this book, just listen to it, I'm sure you'll love it.

    Every time I listen to a book narrated by R.C.Bray I think it is his best work, this was no different. He does such an outstanding job, he was Watney.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 04-09-14
    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "Astonished!!"

    I listened to this book with the audio narration almost none stop, didn’t want to put it down. The narration was spot on and absolutely terrific. He nailed his performance the entire way.

    The story sucked me in, pounded on me, made me laugh and chortle and giggle, hold my breath and gasp and even tear up and cheer. I was utterly astonished that the writing grabbed me so hard and held my attention hostage. I was so sad it was over and had to blink back to reality and re-read the last chapter again. Now that was an utterly entertaining wonderful story/ride. This is definitely an author to keep an eye out for in the future.

    Who’d of thunk that a story of a castaway on Mars could be so utterly funny. And not stupid funny, hah-hah, but that smart subtle dry humor that sneaks up on you. Mark Whatney is a wonderful voice in this story that carries it off in his log entries. You’d think that style of narration would be annoying, but it was very well done. The author did an amazing job of taking dry facts and making you not only WANT to hear them but be eager to hear what next he would pull out of his hat. The side characters were real and supporting. You don’t even have to like Sci-fi to not only get this book, but love it. This is now ensconced on my favorite reads – keepers shelf. Don't be afraid, go for the Red Planet, you won't regret the trip.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K Cornwinkle 08-20-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Engineering Thriller -recommended"

    or, to some, Engineering Porn. There aren't many thrillers that use this much mostly plausible science and engineering. Like so many books, the ending, while appropriate, felt a bit rushed and less complete than the earlier shenanigans
    R.C. Bray is perfect. More than any recent audiobook I can remember, he WAS the main character, Mark Watney, stranded on Mars yet cracking wise in the most dire of straits.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 07-29-13
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 07-29-13

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

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    "A Fun Book to Listen to -- and informative"

    It is hard to review this book without giving it away. So here goes the slightly vague review.......This is near future, NASA-loving, science-driven fun. It is not deep or entirely unpredictable -- but it sure was a good time. Someone said MacGyver in space. True, if he had a doctorate in engineering and biology. I would guess the author thought about this for a long time before writing it.
    In many books you think: "Oh, for Pete's Sake -- that's impossible." Not here -- the author shows you the math for solving every problem -- and there are a lot of very interesting problems. And as a side-bonus, you get a real up-close and personal travel experience on Mars.
    The wry sense of humor is a little like Redshirts. Good narration too.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Salt Lake 06-14-13
    Amazon Customer Salt Lake 06-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "PV=nR to the mother grabbin' T!"
    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. Anyone who is a fan of physics, chemistry, or just science in general will enjoy this. My only gripe is the last chapter ends too abruptly for me but I really enjoyed the book.

    4 of 7 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.

    45 of 47 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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    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."
    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.

    6 of 6 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.

    24 of 28 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.

    40 of 46 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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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