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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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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-12-13
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "super fun book!"

    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.

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    Mathew A. Berglund CA 08-05-13 Member Since 2009

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    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.

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    C. Hartmann New York, NY 07-29-13
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 07-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fun Book to Listen to -- and informative"

    It is hard to review this book without giving it away. So here goes the slightly vague review.......This is near future, NASA-loving, science-driven fun. It is not deep or entirely unpredictable -- but it sure was a good time. Someone said MacGyver in space. True, if he had a doctorate in engineering and biology. I would guess the author thought about this for a long time before writing it.
    In many books you think: "Oh, for Pete's Sake -- that's impossible." Not here -- the author shows you the math for solving every problem -- and there are a lot of very interesting problems. And as a side-bonus, you get a real up-close and personal travel experience on Mars.
    The wry sense of humor is a little like Redshirts. Good narration too.

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    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 07-19-13
    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2003

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Nerd-Tastic!"

    I loved it! It was gripping, informative, and funny. I think it will make a great movie.

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    Kaas Ashland, WI, United States 07-19-13
    Kaas Ashland, WI, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Lives up to the hype"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the many international accents performed by the reader. It was distracting in a good way. I found myself wondering if he'd coordinated with the author on who was what nationality, or just guessed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of humor :)


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

    Well, they were all good, but I got a chuckle out of the timid Mars satellite lady. "Um...."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dipak Patel Chicago, IL 06-19-13
    Dipak Patel Chicago, IL 06-19-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Quite possibly the BEST audiobook ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narration is great! Don't think anyone else could have pulled it off so perfectly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Full of science and very engaging. Pulls you into the story.


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

    So. Much. Laughter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Forest Park, IL, USA 06-18-13
    Edward Forest Park, IL, USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Science! ...also by far the best narration ever."

    Great use of actual science as a tool for survival in a very realistic (and for that reason, realistically scary) situation.

    The writing is excellent, the characters are compelling, the math is actually part of the fun, and best of all -- the narrator absolutely NAILS it.

    This is by far the best match-up of narrator and story I have heard on Audible, ever.

    Ace all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Waterloo, IA, United States 06-04-13
    Tim Waterloo, IA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unexpected Awesomeness"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The humor in this book was unexpected, and thoroughly enjoyable. There were many times throughout this book that I would clearly laugh out loud, and probably had my co-workers thinking I had gone plumb crazy.


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

    I have never encountered another book like this. This is by far my favorite book out of more than one hundred that I have in my list.


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

    R.C. Bray's performance in this book seemed to matched up exactly in my mind with how Mark Watney should have sounded. He did an extremely good job with the humor and sarcasm in the book.


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

    My extreme reaction to this book would be shear enjoyment. I laughed so hard in different spots of this book, that I have found myself listening to it anytime I don't know what to listen next. I will even fire it up while I'm listening to another book if I find it getting long winded in spots, just to take a break.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    naughtee hobart, Australia 06-02-13
    naughtee hobart, Australia 06-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "nasa nancy boys... golden"

    what a ride! i've been going through a scifi bent of late, what a breath of recycled air this one was, gritty reality mixed with physics, gallows humour and just fun made this a trip worth taking, enjoyed every trajectory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Audie Humble, TX, United States 06-01-13
    Audie Humble, TX, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Glad I took the risk."
    Any additional comments?

    I took a risk on this book. I'm so glad I did. Great narrator. Very amusing

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    4/28/14
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    "Best book i've read in a long time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is outstanding. I've been a member of Audible for years and R. C. Bray is by far the best i've ever listened to. He makes the characters come alive, giving accents a real life feel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such vivid characters, each person comes alive and you feel real empathy for them.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    E-mail between Martinez and Watney, always makes me giggle. And any scene with happy dancing in!


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

    Laugh many many times, cry yes. Even after the amount of times i've heard this, at least two dozen, the last 2 chapters have me gripped with a lump in my throat.


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    Excellent book, so good i actually brought it in hard back. One for me, one for my husband and one for my Dad. Do not hesitate to buy this book, it is amazingly excellent.

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  • Jamie
    Stinchcombe, United Kingdom
    4/26/14
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    "Fantastic tension-filled science fiction..."
    What did you like most about The Martian?

    And not an alien in sight! Fantastic story, and a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The level of detail and characterisation were brilliant.


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  • James
    Toulouse, France
    4/24/14
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    "Simply fantastic, a must read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, it's sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery to satisfy the people who understand the science.


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

    There were many to choose from, the humour that flows through Mark Watney makes the whole experience fun and entertaining, his constant side tracking into cracking jokes even at the most serious of moments had me laughing out loud, literally, people thought I was crazy.

    Probably the moment that he realised that he had inadvertently turned his hab into a bomb, remains pretty damn prominent in my mind :). You'll have to read/listen to work out how one does that.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Probably the letters he sent to each of the members of Hermes, but honestly the whole book is fantastic


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mars 1 Man 0, a how to of surviving on mars.


    Any additional comments?

    No more disco. Seriously...

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  • Daniel
    FARNHAM, United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "Five star audible action!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I recommend it everyone who reads this. To me it was funny, tech driven and as those mythbusters might say.... Plausible (well almost).


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

    If Gravity had a storyline and lost the Bollock and Loony then this would be it. (Can't think of book like it which is always a good sign no?)


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

    He was a wild card for me to begin with but before long I loved it. He really makes me laugh with a few of the characters but in a good way.


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

    Maybe if I didn't have a job.


    Any additional comments?

    Just do it and don't be shy you mother wasn't. And like her you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Bourne, United Kingdom
    4/19/14
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    "Disco never sounded so good"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    I am now listening to it for the 3rd time, and you want to know why? Because every time I hear it, it makes me realize that getting out of bed in the morning to kill the alarm clock is not only doable but trivial.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice acting if I am to be honest. This book could have been a lot gloomier, and had I read the actual printed text I would have given Mark Whatney a lot more sarcasm to his words instead of the clever whit we see. After all this guy was left for dead on Mars, with no radio, in a Hab designed to last 30 days: sarcasm is the verbal version of duct tape, and should be worshiped in the same manner.


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

    I've not, but lets face it now I have to.


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

    The parts in the blog format made me feel like I was right there with Mark on Mars: I felt included in his little exile...and have now realized that we, the reader/listener, fulfill the role of Wilson the Volleyball from the movie castaway. We are the anchor that helps Mark stay sane as he faces the very real possibility that he is going to die, alone, and millions of miles away from the nearest human being.

    I'm man enough to say that parts of the story made me cry: big manly tears of comedy, with a midge of sadness in some parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book: listen to it, and then tell the next person. And if you like this book, why not try First Landing (Robert Zurbin, founder of the Mars Direct program) and Martian Race (By...er...its not Ben Bova I'm sure of that. You know what, if you've gotten this far Google it. If you want to know why you should Google it instead of me telling you, know this: I read that book so much the pages came off.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beanie
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/19/14
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    "One of the best audiobooks on offer"
    What did you like most about The Martian?

    So immersive that I really felt like I was actually on the red planet with our stranded hero.


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

    No titles. Just situations that have included insurmountable obstacles and being stranded/marooned.


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

    His delivery of the narrative was pitch perfect throughout. So many thrills and laugh out loud moments. The quality of the writing would make it easy for many to deliver an entertainig performance but Mr Bray nailed it on every page.


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

    Absolutley - but that was never going to happen. One of those audiobooks where I would look forward to the next installment in my listening routine. In between listenings I would very much have the story in the front of my mind. A book to return to again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    Already purchased a copy for a friend's birthday. When wanting to share a good book, this is an obvious choice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    United Kingdom
    4/4/14
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    "An instant classic."

    I can't stress enough how impressed I was by this book. Initially, the title lead me to think this was going to be a rather dry (no pun intended) Sci-fi book, but I heard so many good things about it that I decided to give it a go. I'm so happy that I did, because it instantly became one of my favourite books. It's very clever, immaculately researched, surprisingly witty, and utterly thrilling. The narration by R.C. Bray is spot-on, he nails every character. This audiobook is absolutely worth spending a credit on, the story stays with you for a long time afterwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tone
    Bristol, UK
    4/3/14
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    "Best book I've downloaded!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The humour is superb, the ingenious ways Watney gets out of seemingly hopeless situations, the use of first hand 'log entries' makes you feel like you are right there with him, Bray's narration is exceptional and makes you feel really connected to the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the technical aspects too, Weir clearly knows what he is talking about and done a lot of research. I also feel like I've learnt a lot about the perils of Mars and space travel!


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

    I want something similar but can't find anything! I've listened to this 3 times now!


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

    Watney is the obvious favourite, but equally the characters based on Earth are very likeable. Bray does some amusing voices/accents which brings them all to life.


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

    This had me laughing out loud! I usually had a smile on my face (and the odd look of confusion trying to understand some of the technicalities!). Definitely felt for Mark's plight and desperately wanted him to be rescued! Some tense moments


    Any additional comments?

    If you can cope with the detailed technical descriptions you'll love it. I haven't found anything better. If you are offended by swearing it's probably not for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    CARSHALTON, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Super enjoyable & funny"
    What did you like most about The Martian?

    The detail was amazing - as if someone from NASA wrote the book - it's punctuated with humour that made me laugh out loud and tense up when it got serious. It's like MacGyver in space or rather on Mars - SUPER SUPER BOOK


    What did you like best about this story?

    Detail - humor


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

    Mark Watney - funny funny clever guy - you can't hep but root for him


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

    The fight to go on even when you barely have any hope


    Any additional comments?

    Both me and my husband loved this book - just an enjoyable listen - highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Silverdale, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Best Book I Have Ever Downloaded"

    I came across this book by accident, I have been with Audible for over 3 years, this is by far the best i have ever listened to. For me what makes a great audible experience is the Narrator, the way this book is written is perfect for audible and the Narrator absolutely nails it. I dont think i would have enjoyed reading this, probably a bit technical but it is perfect for audible, I kind of wish that the film Gravity hadnt been made, this book would have made a great showcase for the Gravity director and his 3d trickery! If you are wondering if it is for you......it will be, brilliant. My only complaint is that is was only 10 hours, i could have listed to it for another 10 and i have no idea how i am going to listen to a mediocre book now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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