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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

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014

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?"

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    Ezekiel Wilmington, DE, USA 04-29-13
    Ezekiel Wilmington, DE, USA 04-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it."

    Definitely different from a typical sci-fi book. Loads of very funny dialogue with plenty of technical jargon for the science lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent 04-25-13
    Vincent 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The best book I have ever read."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    To prevent spoilers I'll be vague: it when he found a way to communicate with earth.


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

    Yes! It was mostly the humor and excitement that kept me listening non stop.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 04-20-13
    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 04-20-13
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    "McGuyver on Mars - I enjoyed it !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    Unexpected twists for someone who loves science and solving dilemmas


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

    Hab breach


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

    He did an excellent job of portraying all characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Different times throughout


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a good story and science fact - this is an 8 / 10
    It is not science fantasy as much as a great story with fun science facts- It was a more of a fun

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy 04-16-13
    Brandy 04-16-13
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    "Humerous and action packed Martian Rescue"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Hilariously Riveting Resuce


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Mark Watney's continuing sense of humor in the face of the many adversities he faced while on Mars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when he exclaims that duct tape should be worshipped.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When his entire Hermes crew decided unanimously and without any hesitation to go back and rescue him therby endangering their lives in doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Lemitar, NM, United States 04-14-13
    Dylan Lemitar, NM, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No bs trip to Mars"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five.


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

    None


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

    The protagonist would say ...... duh! a human voice.
    Does anyone else hate this format? I've stopped reading reviews since this format.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The best space book I've ever read. Being a scientist, both geologist, botanist and adept at engineering this book felt truly authentic. I almost feel like I've been to Mars and been a part of the solutions that saved the protagonist. If your looking for aliens or faster than light spacecraft your not going to find it here. Just fascinating minutia and irreverent, hilarious sarcasm. The narrator really pulled off the humor with style and did a great job with the different accents, it's hard to believe it was just one guy.
    Wow it's been a long trip I think I'll go outside without my spacesuit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Seattle, WA, USA 04-14-13
    David Seattle, WA, USA 04-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A return to hard science fiction"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Terrifically real characters


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

    Robinson Crusoe, because it is about one resourceful individual surviving alone


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

    His characterization of Mark Watney was terrific- capturing the sense of humor, focus, and purposeful action of the stranded engineer/astronaut. He was also great with the engineer characters back at JPL. His tone and rhythm ring true to the engineers I work with.


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

    Laugh! And I couldnt stop listening. One of the best audio books I have heard in a long time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Fox Island, WA, United States 04-10-13
    Stephen Fox Island, WA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wow! I mean.. well.. just Wow."
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    Very entertaining. Not at all expected. You MUST listen to this book.


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

    Space Pirates! Poop Potatoes! What more can you ask for!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 04-07-13
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "A must read adventure tale."

    This is one of those books that grabs you from page 1, and never lets go. VERY engaging characters and peppered with my favorite foul mouthed sarcastic form of humor. The narration is spot on.... and I dearly hope that the term "pirate ninjas" becomes a standard unit of measure for space exploration. Lol. I can't wait to see more from this author on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christin LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 04-03-13
    christin LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Totally & unexpectedly enthralling!"

    I'm an avid audiobook "reader", sometimes going through up to 8 books a month (lots & lots of driving and no TV!). I believe I picked this one up on sale and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable audio experiences I've had in some time. It took a few minutes to acclimate to the writing style of alternating between action (mainly academic) and science-speak. Noting some of the reviewer comments I was also very nervous about the narration style. While I can understand reviewers who were a bit negative - there have been several narrators who have cost me highly rated books - I have to say I was captivated by the dry inflection that Mr Bray used to portray the wit and and humor of an extremely smart and not-old man. I'm up for a second go!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    TheWhistler 03-26-13
    TheWhistler 03-26-13
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    "Well Done!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    No.


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

    Many instances. In the actual book mostly the humour. In the audiobook mainly the story.


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

    Mark "The Martian" Watney.


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

    Life Found on Mars!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 7 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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Redland, United Kingdom
    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.

    9 of 9 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.

    9 of 9 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.

    17 of 18 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • P. Godsmark
    UK
    5/3/13
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    "A brilliant listen"

    Great concept, largely well executed, I would be surprised (and disappointed) if Hollywood doesn't snap this up.

    5 of 5 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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • P. J. Williams
    UK
    9/18/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's a modern take on a golden age sci-fi staple - "the stranded spaceman" but the contemporary referencing and modern pace is so well done it feels fresh and well conceived.

    Its not often I have a book I think I have to "spread the word" about but this is an exception, Audible's return guarantee means you won't lose anything by giving this a go but personally it grabbed me within the first 5 minutes and my only disappointment was how short it felt; I would have happily had an extra couple of hours of this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    7/28/13
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    "21st Century Robinson Crusoe"

    Very enjoyable listen, all positives, good story, narration & characters. Very believable plot that didn't seem so far from science now that it would be what I normally think of as science fiction, more a space adventure story. As others have suggested there are a reasonable amount of facts & figures throughout the story, if you just accept them as correct and don't feel the need to puzzle over whether they are or not, they don't get in the way of the story and add to the realistic feeling. Definitely an author I am going to look to for further reading in future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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