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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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    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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    David 11-05-15
    David 11-05-15
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    "This story is made for a movie...not a book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Whenever the story goes back to Earth and you listen to the characters from NASA interacting with each other it gets interesting.


    What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

    He is terrible. Just terrible. He mixes up characters and accents. And some of his accents seem rather racist.


    Do you think The Martian needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-25-15
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is great. I can see why they made a movie."

    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.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    R. C. Bray was excellent.

    Narrative mode: 1st person Mark, 3rd person others.
    Genre: Sci-Fi Suspense.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 09-09-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 09-09-15 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Science that grabs you from the start!"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 05-26-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 05-26-14 Member Since 2016

    The world's fastest fatman specialising in reviewing new and or unreviewed zombie titles see more at audiblereviews dot org

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    "Nerds Rule!"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The narration and main character make nerds and maths cool!


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

    The beginning sets the vibe for the rest of the story and doesn't disappoint!


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Without Bray's voice I could easily imagine the character as being some little maths geek who would give up the struggle for survival


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

    Martian Man


    Any additional comments?

    I will looking for new books from this author and definitely will give any book narrated by Bray a priority

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Parola138 Czech Republic 03-24-14
    Parola138 Czech Republic 03-24-14 Listener Since 2005

    We bite

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    "Amazing skill, amazing narration"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Dallas 03-23-13
    Chuck Dallas 03-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The only one I have listened to so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was easily my favorite because of his humor and sarcasm even in the face of grim circumstances.


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

    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!!


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

    I did listen to this all in one sitting. I was enthralled.


    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Tampa, FL 02-20-17
    Brian Tampa, FL 02-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good listen, but book better"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The story. Detail of mission logs. Adventure and trials the Mark has to go through.


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

    Not sure. Pretty unique read/listen.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure too much. I preferred reading this one because I could go as slow or fast as I wanted.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he realizes he is alone


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • diva bubble
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    2/1/17
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    "Interesting book"

    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.😴

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  • Becky
    1/31/17
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    "Love it!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AndyMeps
    1/29/17
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    "Overrated"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Baker
    1/29/17
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Karen Van Zon
    Fife, Scotland
    1/28/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GavinOutlook
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    1/27/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titch
    UK
    1/24/17
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    "really enjoyed the book"

    made me laugh out loud regularly much better than the film, which is quite good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D. Thompson
    leeds
    1/24/17
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    "Narrator made it bearable"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Inventive, gripping, funny


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

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was gripped by the ending. while the who scenario is highly fanciful, the ending still had me hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    There are long sections of technological waffle as Mark Watney solves his survival problems but likeable character and good narration make it very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    1/21/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Tyler
    1/18/17
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    "exceptionally good"

    this has become my favourite book to date, loved geeking out to all the calculations and the humor is brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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