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The Martian | [Andy Weir]

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 plain old "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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Publisher's Summary

Completely reperformed by R.C. Bray to match the 2014 Random House release! includes Andy Weir's newly reimagined ending!

“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?"

  • 2015 Audies Double Nominee in Science Fiction and in Solo Narration: Male
  • 2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist - Outstanding Audiobook Narration: Science Fiction

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    Daniel 07-20-14
    Daniel 07-20-14
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    "Problem-solving adventures can be better"

    This is a book in the mold of a classic wilderness survival novel - Robinson Crusoe etc -although, unusually, it is set on Mars. If you like that kind of thing this book might be to your taste, although I found it to be not an especially good example of the genre. Main character is not especially interesting, and the plot is, meh, OK. There was some nice humour, but stretched a little thin and repetitive for my taste.
    Also, if you are going to do a technologically-based adventure story, there should be better tech-review. My inner nit picker was unable to refrain from gritting my teeth when things move "exponentially" when they could have more accurately been described "parabolically" and "elliptically", and some really sloppy circuit design in the power-drill scene. Probably more minor errors like that that I didn't notice, and they wouldn't normally bother me, but in a book where the entire premise is technological survivalism, it grated on me. Anyway... Does what it says on the can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-07-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "LOOK BOOBIES"

    DAMN IT JIM, I'M A BOTANIST
    Lots and lots of science. Lots and Lots of funny. MacGyver on Mars. I Love Clarke, but even he could not write this well. He would be proud. Who'd Thunk, talking about Night Soil, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and so much more could be so entertaining. Get this book for your teenagers and they will be inspired. Give it to your friends and they will be entertained.

    R.C. Bray just jumped to the top of every bodies favorite narrator list.

    YES, OF COURSE DUCT TAPE WORKS IN A NEAR-VACUUM. DUCT TAPE WORKS ANYWHERE! DUCT TAPE IS MAGIC AND SHOULD BE WORSHIPED!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-04-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "MacGyver comes to mars"

    Wonderfully written, less science fiction and more science “The Martian” follows a castaway left for dead on Mars and his fight for survival as he becomes the MacGyver of Mars. The main character is great and his well timed and at times corny jokes and comments made me smile or laugh on several occasions. While there is a lot of numbers and math at points, it never carries on very long and the way it’s written and its tone easily overcomes the thought of this book being dry. This is a must for any Mars lover.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    melanie United States 06-24-14
    melanie United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Doh! Trapped on Mars!"

    Scientific mind meets the mind of a complete idiot. All in the same package. I loved this story, though extremely far fetched, it was great to get a glimpse of what technology of space travel might be like, plus I laughed out loud.

    If you want a realistic mars voyage story, this is not for you. If you can not wait to see a mars story where Seth Rogan is cast as a scientist trapped on mars for a year, then this book is for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannine 06-02-14
    Jeannine 06-02-14
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    "Great science and great pluck"

    I found this fast moving, science-rich novel very inspiring. The intrepid hero uses his knowledge, skills, but mostly his indomitable will to handle his rather sticky situation. His sense of humor, which narrator Bray portrays so effectively, becomes another important asset that I found is easy to relate to. I particularly enjoyed experiencing the steps of his practical and creative problem solving.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    averageconsumer 05-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant Crowd-Pleaser"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Oh yes. The narrator is ideal for this excellent piece of very clever and finely polished fluff. There are good reasons why so many different types of minds relish Andy Weir's story-telling gifts. For instance. It is easier to write a highbrow critic's darling of a novel (I mean the sort that relatively few will ever read) than it is to write The Martian- which nearly everyone enjoys unreservedly. I don't know why it is so. But every year a number of not-very-pleasant "masterpieces" are published for the literati, and but very few highly enjoyable and engagingly intelligent tales for the rest of us. I think the secret is that Andy Weir never overreaches, but quite firmly restrains a considerable creative power. Outwardly, The Martian is "just" a great summer movie of a story. I mean that in the best possible way, since superior popcorn is difficult to come by. Yet somehow the writing is also better than that too. It is unique without being too eccentric for its own good, and deeper than it looks while never weighted down. Every level of story-telling has its masterpieces, from Homer to Dickens to comic books. The Martian is a genius-level example of pure fun.


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

    I can't answer that question. I found this book to be seamless and spinning out from beginning to end with a smile.


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

    No, but I will keep a lookout. To my mind, he is perfect and positively disappears. It can never get any better than that.


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

    Books are the subtlest theaters of the mind, and I never like the way my favorites are presented in film. But I do understand the need to eat, so I wish good writers all the best in survival.


    Any additional comments?

    Andy Weir's very short story "The Egg" is a very different and to my way of thinking equally interesting side of his creativity. Last time I looked it was still available to read for free. If that time has come and gone, then just keep an eye out for it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Wonderful thrill ride from start to finish"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The reader did an excellent job. I felt the intonations and emotions of the characters were expertly conveyed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney. This book is written almost exclusively from Mark's perspective. You can't help but root for his success throughout the entire book.


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

    Mark Watney again. It's easy to believe R. C. Bray /is/ Mark Watney.


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

    Yes. I found myself making time to listen to it while doing other things.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended on the Writing Excuses podcast and also on Scam School. I usually don't pay much attention to recommendations, but I had a spare credit and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This book has become one of my favorites. It's easily in my top 20 of all time, or the top 3 of books published in the last few years.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kal_El 05-20-14
    Kal_El 05-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Survivalist MacGyver meets Comedic Potato Farmer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!!! The first line of the book pulls you in and doesn't let you go.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney, who tells his story through a series of journal entries. Mark is dealt a bad hand and he makes the best with what he has. His determination to survive while still staying grounded and often making lite of his dire situation.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic, one of the most well narrated audio books I have listened to. At first I was a little concerned with the style of writing and being able to carry a story written as a journal entry. R.C. made me laugh with his portrayal of Mark and his often hilarious comments.


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

    Laugh out Loud and makes you sweat with Suspense


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the Audio Book and found it to be very enjoyable. I am usually a fantasy reader but this book has shot to the top 5 of my favorites list. It may take a few "Sol 1...." Journal entries to get use to the style of writing, but it plays an important part of the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Wong Weng Kheong 05-19-14
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    "Hard sci-fi at its best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator was fantastic.


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

    No other similar books that I can think of.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Distinct character voices.


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

    Yes. It happened.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    judy 05-19-14
    judy 05-19-14
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    "Great survival story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print addition, but the audio was great!


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

    one of my favorite moments is the joyful reaction of the marooned astronaut to the space vehicle left on Mars and another is the reaction of the scientist, Kapur, when he discovers that an astronaut was left on Mars alive.


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

    This was the first time to hear this narrator and I thought he did a great job.


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

    Stranded on the Red Planet


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the humor and tenacity of the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Gale
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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.

    9 of 10 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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    15 of 16 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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    6/27/13
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    "A five star pleasure (and one or two planets)"

    I realize I am going to repeat what others have already said here - however...

    I enjoyed this audio-book as much as any other I've listened to, and more than most.

    Initially, twenty minutes in, I was starting to wonder if the whole thing was a series of technical solutions to some challenging problems. It DOES have a lot of detailed commentary about what the protagonist is up to - but it is delivered with humor - both by the author and the narrator and has direct relevance to what is happening.

    The story soon expands into a gripping tale that had me laughing one minute and on the edge of my seat the next.

    The narration by Mr. Bray was excellent - intonation perfectly reflecting the dialogue, story and characters. Ok - perhaps the German accent was a little dodgy in places - but it was certainly good enough to consistently identify one of the characters.

    The story would make a great film - but I expect if Hollywood actually did their paws on it the project it would suffer.

    Well done Andy Weir.

    10 of 11 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.

    15 of 17 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
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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