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The Martian Audiobook

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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
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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 Maritan is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)

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    OldRetiredGuy 04-04-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Impressive human story"

    A great blend of story and narration. Mr. Weir writes a novel tale not only of an individuals' will and ingenuity in fighting for survival in an un-serviveable situation, but in a larger sense a novel about our willingness to reach out to help an individual or group when they need us.

    He develops the secondary characters in a believable manner and manages to inject a good deal of humor into a dire situation.

    I will put this one on a short list to listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melrailey Georgia, United States 04-01-14
    melrailey Georgia, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Best Sci-fi Book In a While"

    Wow! What a surprise! I was hooked on the first chapter. I fell for Mark Watney and couldn't imagine him not making it home. I loved his ingenuity in coming up with solutions to problems. But most of all, I loved the humor and sarcasm. This book abounded with it and that made it totally entertaining and evened out the seriousness of the situation perfectly. The narrator was perfect for this book. I could easily see myself listening to this book more than once. I have definitely been recommending it to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Cook Eagle Point, Oregon, United States 02-03-14
    Warren Cook Eagle Point, Oregon, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2016

    I don't need no stink in' badges

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    "I feel that there was another chapter or two left"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The protagonist is wonderfully irreverent; The language is about what one would expect if left in a situation that was both impossible, and challenging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A kind of modern take on Mysterious Island. Inventive, dour and humorous.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nothing to compare


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

    Boobies, or how I got F**ked 14 light minutes from home.


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the other two chapters giving us some input into the final crew interactions? There was more, I think, that got left on the cutting room floor.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 12-20-13
    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 12-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic! The best plausible hard sf in years!"

    If Andy Weir has gotten any of the technical details wrong in any major way, you'd almost need to be a rocket engineer to spot them. I say almost, because I spotted a couple of minor ones that don't really impact the story any.

    This is an adventure story about survival in some of the most inhospitable conditions imaginable, with the focus of an engineer and the pacing of an experienced author.

    You would think that given the technical detail and accuracy that has gone into this story that it would be slow and tedious to read, but Mr. Weir has done a brilliant job of weaving the explanations into the story without bogging down in them.

    R.C. Bray does a very good job with narration, acting just enough and using enough variation in the voices and accents to keep things easy to understand and identify. Mr. Bray does make one or two little annoying mistakes when reading words that those of us in the computer industry use (e.g. for "ASCII" he pronounces "A" "S" "C" "2" instead of saying ass-key) but these small errors are entirely forgivable given the skill with which the rest of his work is delivered.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 10-15-13
    Kimberly 10-15-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Those Martian Boobies!!"

    I REALLY loved this book! The technical elements in this book were very well thought out and researched; some reviewers felt there was almost too much technical 'speak'. I felt all the things he did to survive was very much part of the story - extremely creative.

    I highly recommend this book. I work in the space industry though I am not an engineer; I work and have worked among them for so long I can tell you the characters are very realistic and can attribute some real names to some (most?). I have recommended this book to several people who would actually know about training for missions and how to survive aero-accidents. I am very much looking forward to hearing their evaluation of this book. Some are audio listeners, some are choosing to wait until the hard copy comes out (sigh!) in February.

    The story is about how an astronaut was accidently left injured on Mars, how he planned to survived for as long as he could, how it was discovered he was alive, and what happened on earth and in space to make survival a possibility. The personalities involved are very much part of the story, and what lent a considerable amount of credibility to the plot.

    Andy Weir does not have a web page but you can look him up on Facebook if you can believe that! He has the UK and USA book covers on the site (excellent). I am anxiously awaiting his next novel, I believe we will be hearing more from him in the future. (Boobies and all!!)

    It is worth the credit! Recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dragonfly San Diego, CA USA 07-29-13
    Dragonfly San Diego, CA USA 07-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the few books I will listen to again"

    The great writing and the awesome narration combine to make this an extremely enjoyable listen.
    This book made me laugh out loud numerous times. Andy Weir instilled a very droll sense of humor in our intrepid astronaut.
    I'm not a rocket scientist so I'm not sure of the science but it sounds good to the layman.
    I wanted to listen to this non-stop but I also didn't want it to end.
    I have a new favorite author and a new favorite narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 07-19-13
    Paul 07-19-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Nerd-Tastic!"

    I loved it! It was gripping, informative, and funny. I think it will make a great movie.

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    Phil TUCSON, AZ, United States 07-13-13
    Phil TUCSON, AZ, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding!"

    I listen to a lot of audio books and this is the most enjoyable listen I've heard in some time. The story is great but the performance by Andy Weir is worthy of an Audi!

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    Steven Perth, Australia 04-20-13
    Steven Perth, Australia 04-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    No, I rarely read the same book twice. Dont get me wrong, It was brilliant.


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

    Heating bathwater with a radioactive isotope.


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

    I laughed quite a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant book, hard science sci fi like this is hard to come by.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    36 of 38 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.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
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    8/30/14
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    "Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed."

    This story is just fabulous. The hero is one of the most engaging characters I have read for a long time. He is stranded alone in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable and yet you could still believe he is capable of pulling this off. This is from a mixture of determination, brilliance and an amazing sense of humour. There is masses of technical information but this didn't put me off. Instead it served to illustrate the hostility and utter strangeness of Mars. I also got a real sense of the fact that it is actually rather a long distance from Earth and probably not that easy to colonise. Perhaps we should take better care of our own planet instead.

    I loved this book and the narrator was perfect. I understand a film is being made and I will go and see it but I do think this audible version will be a hard act to follow.

    7 of 7 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.

    21 of 23 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.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
    UK
    6/14/13
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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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • andrea
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
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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.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
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    "Fantastic."
    Any additional comments?

    What a fantastic book. As some other reviewers have mentioned it is quite technical throughout, but this doesn't detract from the story, it's very easy to follow. I couldn't stop listening. The narration is brilliant and the characters are engaging and likeable, none more so than the stranded Mark Whatney who is absolutely hilarious. The last 40-50 minutes of the story are so tense and compelling you might have to put your life on hold until it's finished. An utter gem of a story, wonderfully performed....Brilliant.

    4 of 4 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.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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