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?"
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"The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)
It’s different because the bad guys are the environment and the universe - not other humans. The hero Mark is an astronaut stranded on Mars.
What it is NOT:
It’s not depressing.
It’s not “woe is me all these bad things are happening to me. I’m afraid. I’m a victim.”
What it IS:
When a problem happens, Mark immediately goes into thinking, planning, and engineering mode, and takes action to fix it. His solutions are almost MacGiverish but not really, they are high science (whatever that is - I made that up). When he needs oxygen, he figures out how to get O2 molecules to hook up with some hydrogen molecules from somewhere else. Some of his solutions were too technical for me. But I was fine with that. The bottom line is it’s not a helpless victim feel. It’s a can do attitude. It’s suspenseful. There’s hope and anticipation. The ending is exciting and happy.
Other characters (on earth and on the spaceship Hermes) also made a good story. I liked the positive feel of different people/interests coming together to help.
R. C. Bray was excellent.
Narrative mode: 1st person Mark, 3rd person others.
Genre: Sci-Fi Suspense.
This is science fiction with an emphasis on the science and it often feels like you are experiencing the events as they would unfold on the evening news. Andy Weir and R. C. Bray team up in fine fashion to bring the character of astronaut Mark Watney to life in a very realistic way. Mark is an engineer, a botanist, and the junior member of the 6 person crew that forms the Ares 3 mission to Mars.
At the very start of the book Mark awakens to find that he has been left behind on Mars after the rest of the crew conducted an emergency evacuation with him presumed dead. Completely alone on the red planet, Mark must face the reality that the odds are severely stacked against him and he likely will be the first human being to die on Mars. He has a limited amount of food and water, no way to communicate his plight to NASA, and no hope of rescue as the next planned mission to Mars is years away.
However, it is not in Mark's nature to give up and he uses all of his scientific and engineering skills to slowly but surely extend his life expectancy. He dictates his decisions and progress in a series of log entries just in case anyone is ever able to recover it in the future. Some of the entries can be pretty dry and full of tedious calculations but the majority of them are witty and contain amusing observations. This very human side of Mark is what makes the book so good and you can't help but form a bond with him and root for him to find yet another solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem.
The book also presents a secondary view of events from the perspective of those back on earth. NASA does have satellites in orbit of Mars and they eventually do figure out that Watney is alive which takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. Watney’s plight becomes a global phenomenon and the biggest news story in the history of the world with NASA at the center of it.
For me this one falls at 4.5 stars overall simply because the details provided to support the science and the math can be a bit boring at times and will likely be a turnoff for certain listeners; however, I assure you that it is worth looking past that and getting to know Mark Watney - astronaut, botanist, and space pirate.
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The narration and main character make nerds and maths cool!
The beginning sets the vibe for the rest of the story and doesn't disappoint!
Without Bray's voice I could easily imagine the character as being some little maths geek who would give up the struggle for survival
I will looking for new books from this author and definitely will give any book narrated by Bray a priority
I am a layman who understood maybe 1/10 of the technical stuff in this book at best, yet I still enjoyed it. I was overwhelmingly impressed by the mechanics of the story, how each problem the protagonist faced on mars got solved. initially, I thought the frequent curse words detracted from the story, but it fits the character and the situation. If you're writing a journal and you think you're going to die, you're not going to say 'darn.' Aside from the story being quite outstanding, the narration is flawless.
You've been warned. You'll drink coffee in excess, drive around the block a few times, take the long way home; the story is that good, the performance is that good. I was literally walking around laughing at times and choked at others. Andy writes with great imagination wit, and creativity. You are there with Mark Watney, the crew, NASA and everyone else the whole ride. I hope he writes another book.
Many instances. In the actual book mostly the humour. In the audiobook mainly the story.
Mark "The Martian" Watney.
Life Found on Mars!
I gave five stars for the story and four for the narration. The voice is right for the main character, but humour played a good part in the book and the narrator very often seems to just talk over some of the best lines. I can remember some laugh out loud moments when reading the book, but there are none in the audiobook.
You want me to take out both ear buds?
I've been having bad luck with books lately and am soooo glad I came across this one. I love the authors writing style. He is perfectly sarcastic at just the right time. He takes the whole survival thing to a new level by placing this poor shmuck on Mars and expanding on all the trials he must go through just to get outside. The narrator also performs very well and delivers the lines perfectly.
This is a great book and well worth the credit.
The only one I have listened to so far.
The main character was easily my favorite because of his humor and sarcasm even in the face of grim circumstances.
R.C. Bray did am amazing job. He was expressive, sarcastic, humorous, and did accents effortlessly. There were several times he was switching between Indian, Chinese, and southern accents in one conversation. Impressive, Sir!!
I did listen to this all in one sitting. I was enthralled.
I loved the movie, which I saw before reading this book. The book is excellent. Watney faces more challenges and solves more problems, and all with a delicious wry humour. I prefer this ending. Above all, brains over brawn. Awesome.
It took a bit for me to get used to the narrator; Bray's voice seemed flat at first. However, that disappeared and I enjoyed his portrayal of other characters, particularly Venkat Kapur.
R. C. Bray's narration of The Martian far exceeds any expectation I had or may have had before purchasing. I was so captivated, I had to sit in my driveway for an extra thirty minutes all because I couldn't bring myself to interrupting the masterfully executed reading of a masterfully written book.
Completely and utterly astounding.
"An entertaining story - definitely worth a listen"
I loved the wit and humour of the main character! Very entertaining reading/listening. This book had me chuckling out loud, on the edge of my seat and almost shedding a tear.
The main character does talk in a lot of detail about physics, botany and general space stuff - this may well lure in the geek reader and hopefully won't put off the non-geeks, as you can get the full story even if not quite understanding how Mark calculated how many potatoes he can grow in a make-do tent on Mars.
I actually found his daily routine quite inspiring in the end, along with the last 'signing out' message.
"Best Science Fiction Podcast Ever!"
Loved it. Story was amazing. Narrator was amazing. I am sad it has ended. I literally felt like I have been to Mars.
Probably the best book I've listened to...
Author and narrator do an incredible job of bringing quite an abstract subject into a believable reality.
Only negative was that I watched the film first so I knew how it ended, without that I'd have been even more gripped.
This was really well read, the story was really good, the only negative is the fact the word "said" was over used "he said"
"Story showing every grey cloud has a silver lining"
A great story, showing the positivity of hope despite all obstacles.The narration kept the narrative moving at the right pace, building the tension but allowing the perfect breaks with some cracking humour. Whilst some of the technical information lost me, it was enough detail to understand at the level I wanted, but did not spoil the story when it drifted over my head!Having not seen the film, I do wonder how they can give this story the credit and equal this narration!
Well thought out with a solid writing style but all falls apart towards the end. Like when you were a kid and rushed your homework to get it finished so you could go out and play.
"Way better than the film and the film is good!"
Awesome, really enjoyed this. You can lose yourself in the calculations, getting an overall
Impression of the magnitude of the task without getting bogged down. Great narration and the humour of the main character is excellent which is not so apparent in the film. Get this one!
I don't normally comment on these but felt the desire to share my enjoyment of this book. Story was great and the narrative, well, it was out of this world - pun intended.
"Best bloody book there is!!"
From the way it began to the way it ended it had me hooked on it throughout and I would do it again if I wanted to, it showed the determination of the human mind and the cooperativeness of it
Technically brilliant and had me laughing out loud, excellent. Really enjoyable, will listen to it again :)
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