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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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    L. B. Baumgart Rockville, MD USA 10-27-15
    L. B. Baumgart Rockville, MD USA 10-27-15
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    "Geek Triumphs!"

    Great revision of "Robinson Caruso". NASA & JPL rules. Now I can go see the movie.

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    Mori 10-27-15
    Mori 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Book but lots of "F bombs""

    Loved it! Story was awesome and narrating was perfect!

    My only complaint is a big one though, that's why I'm only giving 4 stars. Author uses the F word more than 50 times I think. I hate that word and cringed every time it was used. The story was so good though, that I decided to keep reading instead of stopping like I normally would've.

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    MIKE 10-27-15
    MIKE 10-27-15
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    "Must listen"

    Great story won't be disappointed keeps you wanting more wont be able to stop listening

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    josef matos 10-27-15
    josef matos 10-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Best audio book!!!"

    Every part of this audio book was perfect. Great narration - terrific story - I did not want to stop listening.

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    jcwint 10-27-15
    jcwint 10-27-15
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    "Definitely Lives up to the hype"

    This book deserves the praise it receives. Very engaging and well paced. If you are a fan of comedy, hard sci Fi and a good story of survival, take a look.

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    Dean W. Viger 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    Take a deep look into humankind's ability to persevere trials and tribulations in this astounding, well read, novel.

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    H Roark Denver 10-27-15
    H Roark Denver 10-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "One of my top reads of all time"

    Great narration of one of the best geek centric stories of all time. a must read for any science, math, engineering teen.

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    Kevin Auburn Hills, Mi, United States 10-27-15
    Kevin Auburn Hills, Mi, United States 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fiction for Engineers!! Real Math here people! Wow"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Scientific, Realistic, Thrilling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Math...It actually checks out! From chemistry to solar panels there is no BS here. It's all very very accruate for a fiction book. For once technical people wont roll their eyes!


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

    Clearly Mark Watney.


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

    Solving the water issue using hydrocarbon reactions. Works on earth. Will work on mars. Also loved the nuclear core. All the numbers were very realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    Finally a fiction novel engineers and scientists wont roll their eyes while reading! Well, other then launching a rocket in a storm.

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    Kelly 10-26-15
    Kelly 10-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Makes you think"

    I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book really made you think about "what if" without being too scientific. Very well written!

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    Bonnielm 10-26-15
    Bonnielm 10-26-15
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    "Very well told"

    You can fix almost anything with duct tape! Lots of facts to get through, but it explains a plan to survive. Just wish he ended up at home on Earth.

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  • James World
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    10/5/15
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    "Apollo13 meets MacGyver on an interplanetary scale"

    An amazing performance of a remarkable story. The story itself is full of technical detail, but rather than bogging it down this makes the protagonist's struggle with each new challenge both believable and compelling.

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  • Elaine
    10/4/15
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    "Special, super detailed and yet compelling."

    Loved it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in science. Geekfest but so humane.

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  • Mr. David Archer
    Surrey, UK
    10/4/15
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    "brilliant"

    wanted to read this before I saw the film but never seem to have the time. narrator took a bit of getting used to but that really quickly disappeared and its a great performance. story is absolutely great I'd highly recommend!

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  • Andy
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    10/4/15
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    "Brilliant - Dont let film put you off"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. It's probably the best book I've listened to this year


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

    When he works out that survival is possible


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

    Makes the visualisation of characters easier


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  • Andrew
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    "chock full of Macgyver science and engineering"

    carefully thought through call to get into space and on to Mars. the performance makes the already amusing and amazing story unputdownable.

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  • Graeme S.
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    "awesome "

    enough said read the title.everything is awesome if your a nerd read this. trust me

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  • Adam
    10/3/15
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    "Life on Mars!"

    A compelling story full of trials, tribulations and compelling, believable characters, with a load of accurate science to boot. Brilliantly narrated by Bray, this will surely keep any thriller fan on the edge of their seat throughout.

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  • DARTH BANE
    Southampton U.K.
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    "The Martian is,..An Epic Space Adventure !!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Jawdropingly Epic Adventure


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

    Endurance,....Just because of the sheer will to LIVE & sheer ingenuity needed to survive in hostile terrain !!! Whether here ,.......OR on another planet !!!


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

    An atmospheric voice,...you really get a sense of the ups & downs of Marks trials & tribulations he faces & endures,....& ultimately overcomes !!! He also does the various charachters with decent changes in voice, that enables you envision the other people/characters speaking etc !!!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Left For Dead On Another Planet ?!!?,......Do You Fight To Survive,.....Or DIE !!!


    Any additional comments?

    An Amazingly well crafted Space Adventure !!!! You quite literally live the ups & downs,...the trials & tribulations with Mark !!! & Ultimately you experience Marks journey with him, from being left for dead,.........Too ????? Well,...You`ll Just Have To Read / Listen To The book Yourself !!!!!!

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  • Darren bailes
    10/3/15
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    "Amazing detail but poorly read."

    An incredibly detailed story that you could almost believe is real. Which very scientific the story can engage all.

    The character of Mark Watney is at times, far too upbeat to be believable however is an extremely likeable character.

    The only issue I have with this book is the performance of RC Bray whose range of voices is extremely limited and borderline stereotype.

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  • Izabela
    10/3/15
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    "gripping book"

    only comment I have is that the spelling of the comms could be read instead spelling it by one letter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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