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
"The Maritan is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
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.
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.
I was really surprised to see a previous review that seemed to suggest the narrator didn't portray the comedy very well. I couldn't disagree more! The narration was full of 'life' and 'character' - especially on all the sarcastic humor. It was just bang on by my estimate.If you've already read the Kindle edition, then you obviously know all the jokes that are coming. But this is not a 'dry' read by any stretch of the imagination.
I gave the story aspect just 4 stars because it did drag slightly in the middle, and the ending was somewhat abrupt.
But the drag through the middle past pretty quickly. And really, neither of these issues detracted from the experience for me.
This is a really cool story! Sort of a blend of the movies Cast Away and Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks would make a great Watney!). But for reviews on the story you'd be best to check out Amazon - there are a lot!
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
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
"From this, he took a lesson: value the original, fragile, and rough. That's the art." Holland Carter on the art of Henri Mattisse
I'll try being as resourceful as our hero, Mars astronaut Mark Watney, by limiting this review to 100 words:
An intense, sometimes fascinating story of an astronaut stuck on Mars, his survival after his crew thought he was killed in a storm, NASA's discovery he's still alive and the crew's thrilling attempt to rescue him despite adverse conditions. The scientific jargon at times made it seem like experiencing an old black and white Japanese lizard monster flick. Not being scientifically-inclined, I've assumed I'll enjoy the movie more.
The story is great but it is definitely weighed down by the tiresome narration. Even still it is so well written and interesting it is truly a fascinating and great listen.
Not really. Unless you are an engineer or a chemist you will probably lose interest quickly. Listening to it when it is just Watney on Mars is like listening to a physics textbook being read to you. The drama loses itself in the minutia of the science. It is REALLY BORING. Imagine "Castaway" with a ton of chemistry mixed in. The movie is more impactful and waaaay more interesting.
Whenever the story goes back to Earth and you listen to the characters from NASA interacting with each other it gets interesting.
He is terrible. Just terrible. He mixes up characters and accents. And some of his accents seem rather racist.
This book is fun, exciting, optimistic, and amusing. It's no Great Gatsby, but highly entertaining. I wish I knew just 1/4 of what Mark Whatney knows about ANYTHING. The guy is a chemist/botanist/engineer/geologist/electrician/handyman/communications expert, and more. My English Professor said it best: "It's MacGruber on Mars!"
Wow - just finished The Martian! I feel like I've been to Mars. Out of the hundreds of audio books I have listened to, this is absolutely in my Top 10. Even Top 5. The whole book just resonated with me. Every day I could not wait to see what new calamity and solution our hero would come up with. But it was done so realistically that it could have been non-fiction. And Andy Weir gave the main character such a snarky sense of humor that it was laugh-out-loud funny in many places.
I think this book will be especially wonderful if you are interested in science and engineering, but I don't think it is mandatory. As others have stated, just being able to enjoy MacGyver is probably good enough (though this is far, far higher quality that anything MacGyver ever did).
I expect I will be listening to it again very soon!
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"Excellent, very entertaining"
Yes, it was only most of the time in the car and in the house.
It's not a typical action type sci fi. It focuses more on individual survival and his thought processes. He's description of everything is extremely detailed and might not suit everyone but I loved it.
Great story, good narration, off to see how the film is now, I hope it is as good as this.
this book was a pleasure from start to finish. I've laughed, and I've cried. great read!
what a breath of fresh air - an amazing story of human resilliance - Andy Weir should be congratulated on his research, although, I would doubt that a human would be able to survive such contentions - however, who knows what amazing abilities of survival a human would be able to contend with. A great, great story and brilliantly narrated. Buy it, enjoy it.
I love this book and I love this production. Could not be better - just perfect in every aspect!
"brilliant hard sci Fi"
bray does a great job of bringing the wit of wattney to life. great tale but you may need to bring your calculator.
"an absolute must"
brilliant story, excellently read. didn't want to arrive at my destination so I could listen.
I'm not into Sci fi but this ain't really Sci fi cos its almost real, everything that happened could happen. Really enjoyed it. One bloke stuck on a planet sounds boring but it wasn't, also a tad educational
Literally no time for real book, work, kid, dog, wife etc. Reading book would took ages, with audiobook finished in week.
Waaay better than movie.
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