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)
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
I didn't read it for a while because I thought, "sci-fi realism... meh" Man was I wrong. The narrator of the story is an quirky funny man who keeps going in the face of nearly certain death. His point of view made this book amazing. Well done Andy Weir.
Additionally, R.C. Bray performs it beautifully. I was often laughing out loud on my bus listening. Full disclosure, I also cried a little. So worth the listen!!
I really enjoyed the book. It gets pretty technical...I actually like that because it makes me believe it could happen. My one beef is the language, which was pretty profane and I could have done without that. The language is mitigated a little by the fact that the guy is stranded on MARS! Great dry sense of
The Martian made my morning commute enjoyable! The book is well researched and well written. I enjoyed every character and felt they were well developed.
The narrator makes this book great. Each character is skillfully voiced and gives life to them, and giving the reader a connection not just to the protagonist, but to all of the players.
I loved this book but the most amazing part was the narrator. He did an amazing job handling all the accents in the book as well the extreme emotions all the characters faced. very well read!
The story made me think throughout my process of listening to it - I found myself trying to do problem solving by the protagonist, Mark Watney.
I'm a sucker for falling for the protagonist. That was my favorite character.
While Bray's portrayal of Watney was executed flawlessly, I thought his portrayal of Venkat was much more difficult and therefore more impressive. However, speaking of impressive, the range that R.C. Bray has for all of these characters is amazing.
Who wants to listen to 10+ hours in one sitting? It's not like I'm trapped on Mars or anything.
This is one of the best I've listened too in a long time. I walked longer, stayed in my car, and found any available time to listen to this. Hope to find another like it soon!
Tough to compare to any.
His performance was amazing - kept me hooked the whole time, like I was there...
I recommend this to everyone. I usually use Audible for history or non-fiction. This perfomrance has changed my approach to the genres I'll seek in the future.
This is a wonderful yarn, filled with thoughtful, believable details and it held me from start to finish.
I began the book, viewed the movie, and then returned to the book. It held my interest and kept me hooked to the final sentence.
Had me hooked from the beginning, well narrated, drawing me into the story. You really feel like you are listening to the mission as it unfolds. Well worth listening to.
"A fantastic story that doesn't seem far fetched."
An amazing story made all the better by an incredible narrator. the author leans heavily on real world science. I can't speak to the accuracy of the science but it sounds plausible and thus keeps the story grounded in reality.
"PURE, UNADULTERATED PERFECTION"
I loved this. the story was AMAZING. The narrator gave an excellent performance. His range of voices and accents really made each character distinct. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS. That may sound like hyperbole but it really isn't. I don't know what else to add, really. If you're considering listening to this, do it. It's worth the time.
A great story, well narrated. So good I found myself sitting in the car on the driveway for 10 mins after driving home on more than one occasion - just to keep listening.
Technical language doesn't get in the way after you tune in.
"brilliant story, ending too brief"
loved all of this, would have been five stars if the ending had included a proper reunion with the crew, was looking forward to it
Such an amazing and griping story, loved the voicing as well. Definitely a recommended listen.
"Good story, but.."
The story was really good, but every time someone spoke it was (person) said, following by (person) said. After a short time this became extremely annoying and off putting.
The narration was really good and clear, good selection of character voices.
"Who knew space math was cool?"
Excellent from start to finish. Its three stories really Mark's tale of survival, NASA's nightmare with equipment and the crew of Hermes trying to save there fellow crewman.
Read in a charming and funny way this made many gym sessions and car drives something to look forward to.
- The story is pretty interesting.
- Unlike some who may read this, I actually found the science quite interesting too.
- For a story about survival on an alien planet where you are fighting against the odds.... it just lacked drama and suspension. I never felt like he was in danger. I never felt like it might go wrong. Every time a problem arose it was solved very easily.
- The characters in the book that weren't Mark were all a cliche. The dialogue between them felt somewhat forced and cheesy in many areas.
- The narration. I have seen so many positive comments about the narration. Maybe I got a different version. But the narration was just so poorly delivered. Whilst the large chunk of narrating Mark was ok, any dialogue between other characters suffered from a robotic delivery where by lit-er-al-ly ev-er-y syll-ab-le of those con-ver-sing was brok-en for clar-it-y. And what that does is simply provide zero fluidity to conversations. I didn't believe any character and I imagine how I would read their dialogue myself. It would still be cheesy, but at least it would be like normal people talk with one another.
Add some actual danger to Mark. Or even kill him. That would be a little left field but probably more realistic.
I don't really know. But whoever it was I would just make sure they read their lines as if they were in a film instead of trying to narrate for the hard of hearing.
Yes, absolutely. I will go and see it in fact. I think adding a cinematic score, clever cinematography and quick cuts will add a lot of drama that just isn't there in the book. It wouldn't take much to turn the some of the dire situations Mark faces into really terrible 'Oh God what will happen now?!' situations in a film. I have high hopes for the film, despite my indifference to the book. A rare occasion where I may prefer the film to the book...
All I would say is that my first Audible book was Jonathan Strange, narrated by Simon Prebble. Weighing in at 32 and a half hours it's a meaty book but it never really felt overly long. Partly this was that I was engrossed by the story and partly because Prebble's narration was so brilliant. With The Martian, at around 7 hours in I was finding myself counting down the hours. A book a third of the size of Strange, and it felt harder to get through. Obviously I am in the minority and I am glad so many enjoyed this. Perhaps Strange and Prebble simply set the bar too high.
"Exciting and fun"
This was a fun story to listen to. I liked the science, though I didn't follow most of it I did understand what he was trying to say. I also liked the fact it didn't focus on the character's feast of dying or depression - this guy saw it as a challenge to survive and used all his technical knowledge to help him. I found it a bit like Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. I would recommend this book. And the narrator's voice got into the part, too.
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