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The Martian Audiobook
The Martian
Written by: 
Andy Weir
Narrated by: 
R. C. Bray
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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    Laura Sinclair-Harry Naperville, IL USA 07-29-16
    Laura Sinclair-Harry Naperville, IL USA 07-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "ITS SO FUNNY"

    the author managed to make an incredibly captivating hilarious story that you still take seriously despite the humour

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    toad6386 07-28-16
    toad6386 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    A friend highly recommended this audio book, and I still had my doubts... Witty, suspenseful and just plain fun, I now also highly recommend!

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    Lisa Cone 07-28-16
    Lisa Cone 07-28-16
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    "Waaayyyy better than the movie version"

    The detail and math in this story kept me fascinated throughout; it actually sounded plausible to me (not a scientist, nor an engineer, nor a mathematician). The tale is loaded with the perfect amount of ironic, self-deprecating humor by R.C. Bray, the ideal narrator for it. We root for our hero all the way, because he's just so great!

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    TheOC Cyclist 07-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "a very well written story."

    The Martian kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat the entire time. brilliant.

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    H. Bard 07-27-16
    H. Bard 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read the Book then watch the movie! Awesome"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is bombastic (or is it?) but there was so much science & engineering explained (even for a lay person) that it felt like it could really happen. This really helped suspend my disbelief so I could get into the story & trust that all the science stuff would work-- and I think it largely checks out as the author was rumored to have done a lot of research for the writing.


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

    Excellent narration, some of the best. Once you know about the movie & that Matt Damon is cast as lead-- you imagine him as you listen to the book, and it totally works!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed that the story didn't have a love interest or some family thing back home. I feel like that is so common in these types of movies (or all movies for that matter). It's refreshing to have a story that can stand on it's own without leaning on the emotions of love. Fantastic story & fantastic movie. Treat yourself to both! The movie leaves out a few things that aren't crucial to the story but are still fun story lines.

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    Martha B. Schubbe 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious and addicting!!"

    I'd seen the movie and my husband recommended the book. It's hilarious!! Well worth it!!!

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    Kurt 07-27-16
    Kurt 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining on the whole"

    Was very entertaining but got a little boring along the way. Overall enjoyable and intriguing

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    Abel 07-26-16
    Abel 07-26-16
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    "best book of the year"

    this was my favorite book of the year because it wove an extremely interesting storyline with incredibly accurate facts making a science fictional masterpiece. I found that I learned a lot about science and outer space aswell as being absorbed in the storyline.

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    NMB 07-26-16
    NMB 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    Fantastic story told with humor and wit! Couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it!

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    M. Layton 07-26-16
    M. Layton 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Protagonist's Humor Relieves Angst"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    I loved most of all the humor of the protagonist. If he weren't funny and didn't look at the funny side of his situation, he would never have survived, and the book would be much too scary.


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

    All of the scenes with the potatoes: preparing to grow them, growing them, realizing he's the first Mars colonist, losing a great deal of his crop due to his own human error, ketchup!


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

    The humor shines through.


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

    Yes, it most definitely was, and I believe it took me only two days to finish as it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it!

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  • richard
    6/29/16
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    "better than film"

    after watching film gave book a try, thoroughly enjoyed but don't go back to film u will notice the massive plot holes and inaccuracies

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  • jake john
    6/27/16
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    "Funny, can't put it down journey"

    Having a bad day? Well just start listening to this it will make you believe that good things can still happen we are still a good spices

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  • Mr
    6/26/16
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    "So much yes!"

    It was great, couldn't wait for my commute.

    It's scientific, witty, clever and really gripping. Not too geeky but just enough to interest my science brain.

    Great job!

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  • Marquise of Caribas
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    6/26/16
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    "Really gripping well read"

    I enjoyed this even though I saw the film. The storyline is gripping and the narrator genial in the face of adversity.

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  • auntyswoo
    6/24/16
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    "Little Green Men"

    I wasn't sure at the beginning, the idea of it mainly being told in the first person through me. But I was hooked.

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  • Vladimir M.
    6/24/16
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    "Amazing!"

    Great book, very captivating, interesting and scientific! Read extremely well, even with accents for different characters! Extremely impressed!

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  • Darryn M Parker
    6/21/16
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    "Good listen"

    This was a good listen especially after seeing the Hollywood movie, the voice of the reader fit the voice I expected of the character perfectly which in turn made for a more enjoyable listen.

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  • R
    6/20/16
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    "brilliantly narrated - science is easy listening"

    I wasn't sure this would be for me - I thought it would be really mainstream 'box office hit" and full of over- the - top action.. I also thought the science would be boring.

    Not so. it was really enjoyable and the narrator brought the whole thing to life. I was gripped and even though I didn't completely follow the science, the descriptions were an essential part of the atmosphere of the story.

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  • EVA
    WRAY NR LANCASTER, United Kingdom
    6/18/16
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    "Ok"

    Wasn't quite what l was expecting. Ok but won't bother to go and see film

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  • Mat
    6/11/16
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    "Amazing story, the best performance"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've heard, Bray's reading of this is simply fantastic. You'll love every moment as he reads all the characters with different accents meaning keeping up is a breeze.


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

    I can't wait to try more of Brays performances


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

    At moments this book will make you smile, cry, laugh and love. It's a great first story from Andy Weir


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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