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
"The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." (AudioFile)
This is an incredibly immersive book... the story is unique and scientifically accurate for the most part and the characters are original but true to reality. Ameazing book!
I have read this book multiple times and have watched the movie as well, and I belive that they are both great in their own places. The book is different from the movie but I still thoroughly enjoy both.7
This would have gotten five stars from me if there hadn't been so much profanity. I listened to the audiobook while on a very long car trip, and the strong language really detracted from the overall story and was highly unnecessary. Other than that, what an excellent tale of survival! There are perfectly time comedic moments, harrowing escapes, and an end that will make you fist pump to some classic BeeGee's music.
Wow! I can't imagine the research hours that went into writing the novel, the scientific details are fantastic. Imaginative and well written storyline had me the whole time, I was loath to finish the story and leave the characters behind. R.C. Bray's narration was spot on and had me laughing out loud quite often.
Great narrator, lots of humor, well written and so engaging! Having a little bit of science and engineering background helped when it got a little technical but by no means is needed. Finished it within a week!
Loved it, many funny bits the narrator is great, clever story and it is gripping from the begining.
"Almost as good as the movie :-/"
Normally books are better than movies, but the film had more character development. The performance of this was given the material. Disappointing.
"I can and have listened over and over"
I bought the book because I loved the movie. I bought the audio book because I loved the book. And I have now listened to this so many times I could recite it word for word... and I still love it.
I am pretty fussy about narrators and RC Bray makes Watney a living, breathing, wisecracking personality. I hear his voice if I actually read the book now.
I can't praise this enough.
"An excellent, well-told story"
I loved this book.
I like the style - it's positive, heroic, creative and educational. Sure, there's some poor science in bits, but I wouldn't have noticed if someone hadn't pointed it out!
The performance is great - engaging and charming.
I loved the movie, which I saw first - and I think they complement each other well.
This book is brilliant. RC Bray's performance absolutely makes it - don't watch the film, listen to this fantastic audiobook
"For anyone looking up"
OK, its a book for nerds. If you enjoyed the film you will be riveted. Enough science for plausibility, enough drama to get you hooked. Well read and engaging narration by Mr Bray. Loved it.
"Out of this world!"
What a fantastic audio book this is. I have listened to it 3 times now and would happily start again straight away. Brilliantly read and a remarkable story. I love this.
"Brilliant writing. Brilliant narration."
The heading says it all. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Download now!
"Immersive and interesting"
Great characters, great story and scientific. Three of my favorite things. Would definitely recommend. Thanks for writing an awesome book.
"Better than the film, if that's possible!"
This book was superbly narrated, a constant reminder that the astronaut was just an unlucky guy who lucked out in the end thanks to his engineering ingenuity. The detail in his attempts to extricate himself from dire consequences was fascinating, even toreaders and the fairer sex. A bit of swearing but then he's a guy in some pretty desperate situations – I'd probably swear too.
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