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 Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)
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.
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.
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.
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.
R. C. Bray was excellent.
Narrative mode: 1st person Mark, 3rd person others.
Genre: Sci-Fi Suspense.
This is science fiction with an emphasis on the science and it often feels like you are experiencing the events as they would unfold on the evening news. Andy Weir and R. C. Bray team up in fine fashion to bring the character of astronaut Mark Watney to life in a very realistic way. Mark is an engineer, a botanist, and the junior member of the 6 person crew that forms the Ares 3 mission to Mars.
At the very start of the book Mark awakens to find that he has been left behind on Mars after the rest of the crew conducted an emergency evacuation with him presumed dead. Completely alone on the red planet, Mark must face the reality that the odds are severely stacked against him and he likely will be the first human being to die on Mars. He has a limited amount of food and water, no way to communicate his plight to NASA, and no hope of rescue as the next planned mission to Mars is years away.
However, it is not in Mark's nature to give up and he uses all of his scientific and engineering skills to slowly but surely extend his life expectancy. He dictates his decisions and progress in a series of log entries just in case anyone is ever able to recover it in the future. Some of the entries can be pretty dry and full of tedious calculations but the majority of them are witty and contain amusing observations. This very human side of Mark is what makes the book so good and you can't help but form a bond with him and root for him to find yet another solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem.
The book also presents a secondary view of events from the perspective of those back on earth. NASA does have satellites in orbit of Mars and they eventually do figure out that Watney is alive which takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. Watney’s plight becomes a global phenomenon and the biggest news story in the history of the world with NASA at the center of it.
For me this one falls at 4.5 stars overall simply because the details provided to support the science and the math can be a bit boring at times and will likely be a turnoff for certain listeners; however, I assure you that it is worth looking past that and getting to know Mark Watney - astronaut, botanist, and space pirate.
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The narration and main character make nerds and maths cool!
The beginning sets the vibe for the rest of the story and doesn't disappoint!
Without Bray's voice I could easily imagine the character as being some little maths geek who would give up the struggle for survival
I will looking for new books from this author and definitely will give any book narrated by Bray a priority
I am a layman who understood maybe 1/10 of the technical stuff in this book at best, yet I still enjoyed it. I was overwhelmingly impressed by the mechanics of the story, how each problem the protagonist faced on mars got solved. initially, I thought the frequent curse words detracted from the story, but it fits the character and the situation. If you're writing a journal and you think you're going to die, you're not going to say 'darn.' Aside from the story being quite outstanding, the narration is flawless.
The only one I have listened to so far.
The main character was easily my favorite because of his humor and sarcasm even in the face of grim circumstances.
R.C. Bray did am amazing job. He was expressive, sarcastic, humorous, and did accents effortlessly. There were several times he was switching between Indian, Chinese, and southern accents in one conversation. Impressive, Sir!!
I did listen to this all in one sitting. I was enthralled.
The story. Detail of mission logs. Adventure and trials the Mark has to go through.
Not sure. Pretty unique read/listen.
Not sure too much. I preferred reading this one because I could go as slow or fast as I wanted.
When he realizes he is alone
It has been a while that I was addicted to a book, looking forward to getting out of work and reading. Unfortunately the audio book wasn't as gripping. Perhaps it was because I had already read the book. Still a good listen though.
The story is a good one and for the most part I enjoyed it. I found all the technical bits spoiled the pace of the story telling.😴
Great book, the narration is spot on! It's a great feel good book with great passing, the scientific speak throughout is simple and easy to understand without feeling pandered to.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone regardless of enjoying scifi or fiction, this would be great for all ages and all tastes!
Narration was good and probably the main reason I finished it. I found myself physically cringing at some of the lines of dialogue and towards the end of the book found the main characters lines became cliché verging on annoying.
"WOW! What can I say?"
I can seriously say that that was the best book I've come across in a LONG time! It's one hell of a page turner and I just couldn't put it down until it was finished. The style is new and I loved it, the first person narration together with an excellent performance makes it particularly absorbing. I wish I could give it 6 stars!
"Mesmerising and laugh out loud"
I LOVED this so much. I just let the more complex science wash over me and enjoyed the tone, the humour and the philosophy of the resourceful main character, Mark Watney, as he struggles to survive. The narrator did an excellent job reading Mark's log entries (basically monologues) but also, later in the book, with the accents and attitudes of the other characters. I genuinely laughed out loud many times while listening to this.
"How can this be thus good. It is!"
From the moment this started I was hooked and just wanted more. It should not work, one man's ramblings, but it does and how...
Without doubt one of the top books I've come across. I don't even like science fiction but then this is not a sci-fi novel. It is the ultimate one man against the odds novel.
The humour is just genius. The narration is brilliant
Can you tell I loved this
Please try it.
"really enjoyed the book"
made me laugh out loud regularly much better than the film, which is quite good
"Narrator made it bearable"
Inventive, gripping, funny
Made mark Watney seem like a really nice funny character. I saw the film and don't believe the lead actor was charismatic enough for the part.
a friend read the book and said the character didn't come across as funny and found the long techy parts boring.
Audio book is definitely the best way to enjoy this novel.
I was gripped by the ending. while the who scenario is highly fanciful, the ending still had me hooked.
There are long sections of technological waffle as Mark Watney solves his survival problems but likeable character and good narration make it very enjoyable.
"Worst listen for a while"
I downloaded this book with high hopes due to the good reviews. I am admittedly not a big fan of sci-fi, but I love an unexpected thriller. I'm afraid I could not get past the never-ending technical detail and I found the humour corny. Steer clear if you aren't a sci-fi buff as it's incredibly boring.
this has become my favourite book to date, loved geeking out to all the calculations and the humor is brilliant
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