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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,691
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,526

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Truly Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

The narrator for this book is beyond excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is technical, yet funny.

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

Of course, Mark Watney was my favorite, but I also loved Vincent Kapoor and Annie - she pulled no punches. I also loved that, for a change, a man doing a woman's voice didn't sound like a drag queen!!

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

There were a few places in the book that moved me, but I got teary eyed when Watney realized he was actually going to get to go home and when they got him out of the MAV!

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoyed every minute of this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.

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  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,426

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scalzi Locks In Another Winner

  • By Bruce Derflinger on 09-22-14

Van said, I said, she said...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-15

What would have made Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson) better?

Take out the "Van said," "I said," "she said" after every single sentence.

What could John Scalzi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I really think Locked In is a bad and confusing story.

How could the performance have been better?

No narrator could have made this better.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None, that I can think of.

Any additional comments?

In all fairness I am new to audible. I have maybe 15-20 books under my belt. I tried to listen to this book, and I just could not make myself finish it. I found myself taking off my headphones multiple times because it was either getting on my nerves or just boring. The first thing you will notice is "Van said." If you listen to this story, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

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