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The Martian | [Andy Weir]

The Martian

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 plain old "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?"
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Publisher's Summary

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?"

  • 2015 Audies Double Nominee in Science Fiction and in Solo Narration: Male
  • 2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist - Outstanding Audiobook Narration: Science Fiction

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    Amazon Customer 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing"

    I loved it. I found myself laughing out loud, crying and waiting anxiously to stay it everyday.

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    Jose 04-09-15
    Jose 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""In your face Neil Armstrong""

    I purchased this book at the urging of Hank Green and have to say I was rooted from the first chapter to the last. I have to hand it to Andy Weir he must be a geek par excellence. The research and knowledge alone that must have gone into this book. True science presented in such a manner and with such humor as not to allow the layman's eyes to glaze over during the telling. R.C. Bray's tembre, inflection and delivery matched to perfection. A great story teller. I was on the red planet with Mark the whole time watching over his fight for survival. Thank you Andy, R.C. and Audible!

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    C. E. Whitlow Iowa 04-09-15
    C. E. Whitlow Iowa 04-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "well thought out.."

    I enjoyed the twists and turns and the humanity of the characters. If I were to complain about anything it would be the sheer number of catastrophes, I would think more would go right.. Mark Watney is a character you care about and are rooting for.

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    crslaytor 04-09-15
    crslaytor 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing book"

    I Loved it!! it's truly amazing book! highly recommended to everyone looking for half science fiction,half real world physics and a bit cosmology

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    Amazon Customer 04-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic book and a terrific performance"

    Not a fiction fan, generally speaking, but The Martian was consistently great and surprising. Weirdly, it's also one of the best books on project management you'll ever get your hands on. Kudos to R.C. Gray for an exceptional read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius 04-09-15
    Flavius 04-09-15
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    "Excellent narration and story"

    Really enjoyed the story and the narrator's skilled performance made for an exciting scene that I felt part of every sol.

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    Sam 04-09-15
    Sam 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reached me as a new Business owner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's late here, well not too late but I just finished this book. Unfortunately I've realized one credit isn't enough, I'm probably going to buy more audio books. I'm about a year and a half into beginning my own and first business. Well I'm always running into problems with no clear solution in sight, and that's what this book is, solving the unsolvable with imagination and perseverance. Great listen and made me want to work on my math skills.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the main characters attitude towards every situation and the discourse between the astronaut and Earth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILER*
    When the MAV and the was about to link up with Hermes in Mars orbit the the radio transmissions from Watney.


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

    Nearly if I had the time, but I listened to it whenever I had spare time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corby Houston, TX, United States 04-09-15
    Corby Houston, TX, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Saving Private Ryan meets Apollo 13"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    I laughed, I cried, I would have died.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whatley (I think that is how you spell it)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away anything.


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

    I did both.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it was because I just finished two books that were 24 and 28 hours long, but I listened to the whole book in 2 days; at work and at home; usually I only listen at work to make the day go by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E O Indiana 04-09-15
    E O Indiana 04-09-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Awesome"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    It was able to grab my attention and hold it the entire way through. Loved the story line.


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

    Hard to pick. There were so many well written and performed chapters...


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

    Mark Watney.


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

    Laughed and laughed and laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    I've not left many reviews. But this is review worthy. And worth reading or listening to over and again.

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    Jacob Farmer 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story "

    I felt fear, excitement, thrill, and pride throughout this book. Well worth the listen! I found my self laughing more that I thought I would as well! enjoy.
    ps there will be a movie made in late 2015 I believe and I can't wait for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • andrea
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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.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Rog
    Cumbria, United Kingdom
    5/13/14
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    "Possibly the best SF audio book I have listened to"

    Andy Weir, you are a genius, a comedian, a scientist, and a master of suspense, all in one single volume!
    What a great book!

    First off, to cover one or two other comments, yes, there is quite a bit of technical detail in this that you might think will put you off. Trust me, it doesn't. Weir is gentle with to the reader, giving information a NASA scientist would be happy with but at a level that my mother in law (not blessed in grey matter) could digest. Having said that, you don't feel patronised and you certainly get caught up in a gripping struggle for survival and will find yourself going on longer walks or just sitting in the car to hear the end of the next chapter.

    This book is so full of surprises - and the humour is certainly one of them. In the middle of life and death decisions and cataclysms you find yourself laughing out loud, much to the disturbance of the general public around you.

    If you like a good thriller and against all odds story, this one will keep you off the pause button until it's white knuckle end.

    I'm almost jealous of you, dear unknowing reader, for the joy you have before you.
    I will certainly be returning to Mars to relive this one very soon.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
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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.

    8 of 9 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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    13 of 14 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.

    11 of 12 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.

    9 of 10 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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    weston super mare, United Kingdom
    8/1/13
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    "Compelling and brilliantly researched."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to every space nerd I know (that's a lot of people). Not only is it exciting, funny and totally believable but it really puts you right with the character and his daily battle against a planet that desperately wants to kill him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story was how it managed to lurch from one crisis to another without getting tiresome. The descriptions of the daily chores of surviving on another planet with not even the bare minimum of equipment and food are far more gripping than they ought to be. At it's best it is an amazing character study of a man fighting against despair and certain death with just his wits, good luck, training, humour and optimism. The Martian is never less than utterly compelling.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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