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
The story is basically that an astronaut is left alone on the surface of Mars after an accident. The rest of his crew accidentally abandoned him after they thought he died. It was similar to that Tom Hanks movie Cast Away in many respects...but, of course, more extreme since it was on the surface of another planet.
The hero of the story had no super powers or extraordinary abilities. However, he did have highly specialized astronaut training that he fell back on time and time again. The events of the story are unlikely, but presented in a plausible way. That made it very enjoyable. The dialog didn't seem forced. The supporting characters were sketchy, but also believable.
I can see this story being made into a movie...it was written with shifting points of view and in an episodic story arc.
Overall, I enjoyed the narration, story, and production of this audiobook.
An astronaut is accidentally stranded on Mars when his colleagues wrongly believe him to be dead. It is hard to imagine any scenario where someone would feel more alone and less able to cope with his surroundings, but Mark Watney is a game and resourceful fellow and this is the story of his attempt to establish contact with Earth and survive until he can be rescued. It is interesting, funny, tragic and hopeful, all at the same time.
It is also the story of those who left him, believing him to be dead, and those back on Earth who try desperately to save him. All of the characters are interesting, all of the dialog rings true and the motives and hopes of all are presented in a way that makes this story all the more believable.
There is not much more to say here. The storyline is linear with few plot twists and there are no villains, but what could be a boring story of the attempt to stay alive takes a life of its own and is engrossing from start to finish. There is some harsh language but it has the ring of being how people would be reacting in the circumstance and thus is not gratuitous. The whole story feels real, the narration is excellent and it is hard to find a single thing to complain about.
Highly recommended if you are interested in the story of a survival attempt against all odds.I will look for more books by this author.
It's a great thing to discover science still existing in Sci-Fi. No magical 'deus ex machina' solutions here (unless you consider 'duct tape' but it's magical qualities are widely accepted). Everything is plausibly explained with real chemistry, botany and physics and even though we go from one crisis to another it all rang true. The main character is witty with his dialog - both with himself and with others which made for good entertainment. I was unexpectedly engrossed with this novel, anxious and rooting for the hero. Definitely worth your credit, fellow sci-fi enthusiasts.
Yes, if they are interested in technology, and if they have a sense of humor.
The Log entries and the sarcastic dialog. BTW, all of the dialog was very well written.
Mark Watney, hands down.
I laughed out loud many times. I also came to care about him and many of the other characters.
It's probably in the top ten, and over the years, I've probably purchased about 400 or so.
I'm not entirely sure this IS comparable to anything. I suppose, if anything, it could be the bastard child of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars and Packing For Mars by Mary Roach. Good (enough for fiction) science, a funny, interesting story, with a perfectly chosen narrator.
Not sure, but he does a fantastic job here!
If you've ever seen the movie Apollo 13, there's one scene where the engineers on Earth are sitting in a room when some people come in with cardboard boxes and dump them on the table and say "This is what they have on the spacecraft - make air scrubbers out of it." This book is essentially a longer version of that - problem solving your way off of a hostile planet. It is incredibly well done, and I've recommended it to everyone I've talked to lately.
This book was a wonderful read/listen. The characters are well written and the narrator brings them to life. The story combines all the elements of the best science fiction. The story is scientifically accurate, funny, thrilling. I found myself rooting for the main character out loud and I was happy teary eyed at the end. A terrific book that I would recommend to all but especially fans of classic science fiction.
I just really loved how this was different than other hard science fiction I've read. It's got plenty of humor and very human characters, while also seeming extremely well researched and realistic. The "Man vs Nature" plot doesn't get a lot of play anymore, and it was refreshing in this book.
I do have one complaint, and it's for the narrator. He did a really fantastic job as a really manly man, crew cut having air force kind of guy, but the character is a botanist engineer. I think the story would have worked better with a Wil Wheaton sort of narrator--a geek kind of guy.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
The only reason I didn't give it 100 out of a 100, is that no novel is perfect, but this is one of the best novels I've read/listened to in a long, long, long, long, time. The story is great, the narration is excellent. I don't know how one improves this story. I was telling some friends that it's basically Cast Away (the 2000 movie with Tom Hanks) but it takes place on Mars, and it might be better. It's really good. If you don't believe me look at the average rating of the book. That's how good it is.
the performance/accents of the narrator were perfect. the story was easy to follow, the characters were entertaining, the "martian" was hysterical and writing was clear. definitely recommend if you want a light & fun book.
I’m not sure if this falls in the genre of Hard-Science Fiction, because I haven’t really read much of it, but i think it does. And this book is great. Its funny and clever, and very well written and extremely well thought out. RC Bray does a great job narrating and helping you get lost in the story. For someone that reads mostly fantasy and a bit of Science Fiction here and there, this was a wonderful treat.
"Easily on of the best 'reads' I have experienced"
This is a highly enjoyable book which is technically exciting and dryly funny. It plays your emotions perfectly as you follow every high and low of the Martians trials. I will certainly listed to this over and over again.
"The best audiobook I have ever listened to"
I have listened to about 100 audiobooks and this is honestly the best. The story might be in space and quite technical in nature, but please do not be put off. It is essentially Robinson Crusoe meets Gravity. It is completely absorbing, thrilling even, and very often laugh-out-loud funny.
The convoluted efforts that the hero (this review calls for good old-fashioned terms) must perform to survive are at once daunting and fascinating. A couple of times I thought: "He is toast", but the escapes are both credible and inspire you to cheer him on.
The key to transforming this book from "good" to "great" is the narrator. He 'performs' this story superbly. He nails it. You are right behind this guy within minutes of the story kicking off.
I am in real trouble trying to get some work done that has got badly behind schedule whilst I had to hear this story out. Ah well, at least I am not stranded on Mars with my oxygen and food supplies running out....
"Robinson Crusoe on Mars without Man Friday"
I don't know how plausible the story is for survival as described but it was a great read and backed up with interesting facts on the red planet and of course right up to the last minute its will he wont he make it? read or listen to it and find out.
"YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!"
Mark Watney. He seemed like a real person, not a "cardboard cut-out" hero type. A determined man, with a can-do attitude. And a good sense of humour too.
No I haven't but I will certainly look at his work. He brought The Martian to life with his talented performance.
"Good book - any Nasa fan will love it"
This is a really good book with an original story and great level of technical detail that you'll like if you're into space exploration. I was gripped from the beginning and really like the way it's written in partly diary format. My only gripe would be the unrealistic dialogue between supposedly professional astronauts and high level Nasa officials. It doesn't add to the drama nor is it funny, it's just unrealistic. But with that said, it's a great book.
"An extremely satisfying listen"
The story is well paced, handling the main character's feelings and thinking processes as he wakes up on Mars, injured, in a sandstorm, with all of his crewmates having left, thinking him dead
Mark Watney, the main character and the most fun of the astronauts, although the others are well drawn and felt real
As a non-american, the accent was right, and he did a fair job of femal charaters too
no, too long, but it was not so complex that you couldn't pick up where you left off
"Stick with it, it's an awesome ride!!"
One of the more challenging audiobooks, as the technical verse and science (which I am a fan of) does start to wash over you - but the intricate, quite frankly stunning levels of detail really brings the drama to life.
Its mixture of humour, detail and good old fashioned character development is engrossing - I devoured the book in 3 sittings.
The humour is brought to life, he brings the character Mark Watney (the astronaut) to life, and to be fair his Indian accent wasn't bad either (my other half was Indian :)
Mark Watneys outlook on life, near death and death itself was carefully considered by the author, you could actually picture yourself being in that position - although he is one brave chap in the face of adversity!
Simply put, it's a 5 star book, and the delivery is exceptional. So download it, plan for some long distance business trips and enjoy a truly original angle of space adventure!
"Can't wait for the film there MUST be one!"
Pace, humour, the protagonist Mark, optimism and engineering credence.
Getting glue on his fingers haven't all engineers done that at some time?
Breathless pace and down to earth (excuse the pun) believability.
Liked the optimism encased in engineering scepticism.
I was let to this audible book by Leo Laporte the IT guy on iPad Today podcast from Twit.tv.I needed to lay down after finishing listening to this book it's draining, but in a good way.
"Original and engrossing story."
This was my first taste of Andy Weir and I will be back for more. The story was original and full of little scientific nuggets that gave it an extra dimension and interest. I felt the ending perhaps let the book down a little, although this may have been because I did not want to story to end. Good solid narration - the voice really suited the character. Altogether a very good read.
"Science Fiction with emphasis on the science"
This works very well as an audio book. The style and structure of the novel really lend themselves to the format.
Yes - this is definitely one of the most 'realistic' science fiction books that I have read. Anyone into space travel or real life space exploration would really enjoy this book. Its obviously really well researched which as a listener I really appreciate.
Fantastic performance from the narrator (despite one or two dodgy accents!). He really got you involved with the characters and delivered the books sense of humor.
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