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The best-selling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller - a heist story set on the moon.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
Bringing to life Weir's brash, whip-smart protagonist is actress Rosario Dawson (Marvel's The Defenders, Sin City, Death Proof). With the breathless immediacy of one realizing they're one cracked helmet visor away from oblivion, Dawson deftly captures Jazz's first-person perspective – all while delivering sarcastic Weir-ian one-liners and cracking wise in the face of death. And with a cast of diverse characters from all walks of life calling Artemis home, Dawson tonally somersaults to voice Kenyan prime ministers, Ukrainian scientists, and Saudi welders. It's a performance that transports listeners right alongside Jazz, matching her step for step on every lunar inch of her pulse-pounding journey.
On the outside, everything about this audio book looks good. The much anticipated sophomoric novel from breakout sci-fi author Andy Weir read by Rosario Dawson is a great preface in itself. Add to it the promise of the first moon colony, some corporate espionage, a lone wolf heroine saboteur and the possibilities are endless. Then it just sits there. And all the aspects that could make it great are that much more annoying. Dawson does a fantastic job narrating. The problem is the characters have no depth, the storyline is swiss cheese and the dialogue is juvenile to an infuriating level. The protagonist delivers wannabe witty sarcasm endlessly and has hardly any likable moments. Humor falls flat at every attempt and there are many, many attempts. Very disappointing. The science is interesting but that can only go so far. If you're looking for the best sci-fi and you haven't done it yet, check out The Expanse series.
159 of 177 people found this review helpful
Based on the reviews I've seen, I would suggest listening to this BEFORE the Martian, otherwise, you might be somewhat disappointed with Artemis. If you have read the Martian, I would suggest dialing back your expectations for this one and just try to enjoy it versus comparing it to another one of Weir's books. Sure Weir is very talented - but this isn't Martian 2 - there is going to be some variations on characters, plot, etc. Not every book by an author is going to be spun gold perfection. And it is hard to follow up the success of something like the Martian.
For one, you are not going to be nearly as sympathetic to our protagonist, Jazz, as she is not a stranded scientist struggling to survive until help arrives. Jazz is an under-achieving smuggler hustling her wares within a tiny community of 'loonies' (don't call them that they hate it) colonizing the moon in a cluster of acclimatized spheres [Artemis]. She's lived there nearly her entire life, has a few interesting social connections, and is laboring in near-poverty in hopes of paying off a debt/righting a wrong that has her and her father on the outs.
There is a lot of science, moon, and some space travel stuff to geek out about - much of it sounds rather plausible. But I didn't nitpick, I just tried my best to enjoy the book.
Some bark about the idea of the producers hiring a famous voice to narrate the book when there are plenty of extremely talented voice-actors who could have done a 'better' job. Sure, I agree there are plenty of very talented people who could have read this - they could have treated it like an audio drama and hired a full-cast. Regardless, I think Dawson captured Jazz's brash, rude personality rather well. The other characters, at times, did blur a little, but her overall performance was listen-worthy.
I enjoyed this book. I hope you do too.
46 of 51 people found this review helpful
The Martian was a book while reading you thought this will make a great movie some day, Artemis on the other hand feels like it was written for todays movie audiences as a forethought.
With a great concept, Weir falls short with his heroine, he shows us plenty at how technically astute he is but not so at writing from a woman's perspective, which made the protagonists development weak, leaving less empathy for her actions. The overly ambitious plot has too many holes in it to make Artemis more than just ordinary and to me it had a chance to redeem itself but Weir opted for more of a hollywood ending.
Rosario Dawson has a wide range and delivers a solid performance but the stereotypical accents of some of the characters does not seem accurate for people living in the most diverse city ever.
Artemis just tries too hard not to be The Martian and ends up becoming more like Die Hard on the Moon .
64 of 72 people found this review helpful
Difficult not to compare to The Martian.
The characters were bland at best. Anytime a man writes from a woman’s POV it’s never quite right. I liked where it took place and how that might look in the future. Narrator was too affected. I’ll still read his next book. Sorry to be a downer but this was not great.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I bought this book based on the enjoyable time I had reading Weir's earlier book, The Martian. Artemis brought pretty much none of the imagination-sparking circumstances that were the underpinnings of The Martian. The book drags, the characters are poorly developed and not very interesting. The young protaganist, a petty and then not-so-petty criminal, repelled more than enticed me to plod through this book. And the thought provoking idea of a city in space, on the moon, is hardly explored at all. The whole book is just not all that interesting. Dawson's narration is OK, but definitely nothing special; there are many other narrators at Audible who could have done a better job.
51 of 60 people found this review helpful
Andy Weir has shown once again he is a master at researching and building a truly amazing sci-fi universe. Unfortunately, his dialogue is juvenile and his story boring. Scientific details aside, the book read like a pre-teen thriller. The characters were all one dimensional and dialogue was appallingly simple. The story was boring at best and read more like a screen play than a rich, deep, and enthralling book.
I honestly wanted to love this book. There is a lot of good substance here, and I hope Andy finds the time to take everything he’s learning to write a book to truly remember. For now, it looks like all we’ll get is a book perfectly suited for a 90 minute movie.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
I really wanted to like this book, especially as it featured a WOC as the lead in a hard sci-fi drama, but I just couldn't get past the terrible dialogue and shallow, at times cringe-worthy stereotypical characters.
I also loved the idea of a heist on the moon, but I don't think Weir lived up to the hype the second time around. The action was interesting, but I wasn't invested in what happened because the characters were so badly written.
The narration was bad. It's hard to get so many different accents right and to make such juvenile dialogue sound interesting, but there are many talented audiobook narrators who are more than capable of handling that task.
43 of 51 people found this review helpful
Expected more from the author after something as epic as the Martian. Unlikable character who makes bad decisions doesn't make for the best adventure. I also felt that the big picture was missing.
34 of 41 people found this review helpful
One of the things I really enjoyed about the Martian was a main character who dealt brilliantly with unfortunate circumstances that were caused by forces out of his control. By contrast- Jaz - the main character in Artemis- is totally responsible for one mess after another. Artemis is a story about a supposedly smart person who consistently make very stupid decisions. Jaz attempts to solve each of her problems (which she largely creates) by creating situations that are worse...and each disaster is worse than the last. She’s a liar and a thief - and while she’s very creative in her solutions she is a destructive force in her own life. Not a fan. I listened to Artemis because I enjoyed the Martian so much. If I had listened to Artemis first I doubt I would have picked anything by the same author.
25 of 30 people found this review helpful
A story developed in a moon base, in the middle 2070s, without any mention to robots or AI??? With convenience store cashiers? Welding guilds??? Seriously??? A brasilian cartel named O Palácio? A mob scientist from Manaus???
Look, I’m brasilian and it’s all the dumbest thing I’ve ever read! Total lack or research about Brazil. Lame plot, old, sterotyped characters: The Barman, The Cop, The Nerd, The Strict Father, The Evil Assassin... Contrabandists, oh, please...
I’m returning this book. I wish I could get my listening hours back!
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
Written from a female perspective but is tone deaf in the details; reads more like a male fantasy of the way that a woman thinks and there are some really cringey bits. So...she is a hot, genius, welding, space engineer, smuggler, sci-fi tv geek, who can turn her hand to literally anything and has a smokin’ body: it just got really annoying to read someone’s teenage fantasy of a cool woman rather than a nuanced, developed character.
I loved his first book but this one just drove me crazy and the plot was rather dull, because an arsehole (sorry: anti hero) attempting to commit a crime is not as gripping as someone trying to save their own life by escaping from an impossible situation.
The narration was good - Dawson gave the character as much credibility as she could.
35 of 43 people found this review helpful
Liked the Martian so downloaded
Brilliant ! Not so much science fiction as science fact - great story rooted in reality in an unreal but possible Space city. You don't need to like science fiction to love this - Rosario Dawson is brilliant too - gutted it has finished !
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great narrator. Plot has some flaws for me. Moon society poorly developed, impact of no kids only mentioned in passing! Others have said the main character isn't a convincing female, I'm not sure that is the biggest problem, who knows what a girl who grew up there would turn out like. no one can live there with kids under 12. You have to leave if you are pregnant. Interesting ideas about economics, not convinced the size of the 'city' of Artemis works. It's the size of a big school (2000). Also I'm not a chemist but chloroform plays a part in the plot. Even in low gravity, wouldn't it be more concentrated in the lower levels? He makes a lot of the gravity in other sections, like how slowly dust settles, but it does eventually settle.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
As The Martian Mark Watney was a real star of a character, his struggles and internal monologues really brought his whole situation to light. He was one of the elite, in the space program and with multiple degrees to his name. Jazz is the same in that she also indulges her narrative in the same low humour but she's progressed a lot less and through rather more dubious routes. If you buy into her you'll likely buy into the story.
This is a fast-moving sci-fi crime caper that gets increasingly out of control as it goes along. It's fun, it's laden with interesting science which I won't try to validate because cleverer than me people are still debating The Martian! I do think Weir lets himself go just a bit more with this one and the final part of the adventure does stretch things a bit but not any more than many authors do.
I'm quite shocked, genuinely, to read some early critical reviews of the narration. I think Dawson is an absolute star in this. She delivers Jazz pretty much perfectly for me and the other characters are easily distinguishable. If you have doubts listen to the audio sample of course and come to your own decision but I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance and not being put off even trying!
So, maybe not quite the all-time classic that The Martian was with of course the great RC Bray but definitely a highly entertaining read if you like this style of humour. Sure, the story has some weaknesses but I still found it thoroughly entertaining.
20 of 26 people found this review helpful
I dont understand the bad reviews.
I have listened to loads of rubbish on here lately and was pleased to have a great book to listen too for a change.
Rosario does a fantastic job with the characters and I totally get the plot.
shes offered a get rich quick scheme it all goes tits up and she has to think on her feet for life or death.
well done Andy weir and well done Rosario Dawson you had me hooked from the start.
16 of 21 people found this review helpful
Was really looking forward to this as The Martian is a brilliant Book, Film and Superb Audiobook. However, the story was a little cliched and unfortunately Rosario Dawsons' reading of this was all over the place. It's still worth a listen because it is not too long and the idea of a city on the moon has some interesting aspects to it.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
I don't get why some people have been giving this only one star. Yes the main character has many failings. However the storyline is compelling and the last half of the book I could barely put down. To be honest I am now hoping for a sequel...
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
The story seemed like it had promise, but every step was predictable, nothing to make you think.
The narrator did a good job with the material, but overall I found this book very disappointing considering the hype audible gave it.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
It was ok, but The Martian casts a large shadow, it’s hard not to compare premise, realism, narration, humour, protagonist etc and find Artemis lacking.
I likely expected too much, but hoped for science fiction that didn’t lean on the tropes of distant future technology/infrastructure - no matter how well backed by scientific theory - when the authors previous work had tapped into the realisation that an amazing story can be told without too much hand waving, and leaves the audience believing the authors world is one they could live to see and be in.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed listening to this book. The author has maintained the same level of detail as he did with the Martian with another great story underpinning all the technical delights. Also really enjoyed the narration one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. And I’ve listened to a lot.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The Martian was always going to be a tough book to follow up. Artemis is well written with much of the style I loved in The Martian. The humour and technical detail are very much in the same style.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sadly a weak story and lacking respect to science.... Well read though.... A waste it could have been good
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What an awesome book. I haven't read The martian (watched the movie). I can definitely see this book being turned into a movie.
Dawson did an amazing job narrating.
fun story, good performance, great setting. the action didn't really work that well in audiobook form
Great story that kept me intrigued from start to finish. Rosario Dawson does an amazing job bringing the characters to life with unique voices/accents making it easy to tell them apart.
This is very different from Weir's first offering but still retains that signature humour and sciencey awesomeness.
Jazz is one of my new favourite anti-heroines. She's brash, unapologetic, independent and totally kick ass. She's also a minority. It is rare to see an Arab female lead, and especially not in science fiction. It was refreshing.
This is a great book and I laughed out loud more times than I can remember. Andy Weir is a solid favourite now.
an awesome exciting story!!
another amazing Andy Weir book but this time with a kick-ass female lead
I loved the Martian and have listened / read it four times. For this reason I was really excited about Artemis. Unfortunately I didn’t rate this anywhere close to the predecessor .
Performance was excellent just the plot lacked a bit
Great story by Andy Weir and awesome performance from Rosario Dawson. The only negative is that it didn't last longer!
Starting to get into the fiction side of audible, glad I listened to Artemis, may listen to it again I liked it so much!