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?"
©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing
I don't want to spoil the fun by telling the storyline but the plot is so well laid out with amazingly realistic details with many humours throughout the book. I've been laughing out listening to the book while driving.
I believe I enjoyed the book so much because of his narration skills making the book more realistic whole time. A big applause to the voice!
Who is this Andy Weir? I'm definitely going to listen to his next book!!!
I knew that as a non science fiction fan, I might not appreciate The Martian, but because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I kept an open mind. That said, I found the minute details, the blow-by-blow accounts of every second, to be exceedingly, mind numbingly boring. The ending is, to me, predictable, given the ratings. The plot, although interestingly set on Mars, was extremely basic (spoiler alert!); I was disappointed that there weren't any "traditional" Martians in the story, as that was what kept me listening . I guess the people who loved this book just love everything science-related. If that applies to you, you will love this book. I'm just glad I finished it.
This book is fantastic! I figured I would like this book based on the reviews, but they were it kidding and neither am I. This is one captivating book. Highly recommended.
An absolute must-read! If you can appreciate leud comments, geeky science sh!+ and honest humor, this is the book for you!
If you want to know how to survive on Mars and enjoy a lot of math calculations, then this book is for you. The description sounds a lot more interesting and I think they will make a decent movie with Matt Damon starring but the book is disappointing. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
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