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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

Critic Reviews

  • Winner: 2015 Audie Award for Science Fiction
" The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." ( AudioFile)

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And the best narrator of the year award goes to...

R.C.Bray is absolutely talented! Listen to him, and you'll find yourself immersed in the story.

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Awesome

Absolutely fantastic story. great narration. one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. must read.

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  • S.R.
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • 04-12-18

A classic

What did you love best about The Martian?

You know a good book is a joy. I just finished listening to Andy Weir's The Martian. I'd already read the book before it was a big deal because Andy is an indie made good, so an inspiration to a lot of us. But I thought I'd give the Audible a listen since my son asked me to buy the book last year, so I added on the Audible.

It's just such a great story and, just like the first reading, I felt I was on Mars with Watney. Narration is perfect once you get Matt Damon's film character's voice out of your head. This book surely will be a classic.

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Excellent survival space Odyssey

amazing listen and gripping story. a survival story in space, with a bit of botiney.

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Spectacular!

What anamazing book, I felt I was there with Watney the whole time...maybe because I have to drive a lot for work, so I felt like I was stuck in the rover . Well told story, voice acting was very enjoyable, definitely one of my favourite books.

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amazing

Amazingly funny, highly recommend to anyone who is a MacGuyver at heart! I liked the movie but this was better.

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oh my god

This book is a great beeping read. It made me laugh out loud more times than I can remember

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Great read! Amazing author!

I enjoyed listening to this book so much! The storyline kept me drawn in (even though I've seen the movie and know what happens) and the author is so animated. He really brought Mark's character to life!

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Fascinating!! Riveting!

Loved the scientific background and how smart our hero is. Riveting when he is in the fight for his life with only his wits to help him survive. Absolute enjoyable read.

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Damn good book

I've listened to this twice. The narrator is spectacular to the point that I've purchased other books based solely on the fact that he narrated them.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 10-09-15

Brilliant

I enjoyed reading this in hardcopy some time ago, so downloaded this version, the narration enhanced the book, bringing out the humour and the difficulties our hero encountered.

Beautifully narrated - and a brilliant book - certainly one to re-read!

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  • DARTH BANE
  • 10-03-15

The Martian is,..An Epic Space Adventure !!!!!!!

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

Jawdropingly Epic Adventure

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

Endurance,....Just because of the sheer will to LIVE & sheer ingenuity needed to survive in hostile terrain !!! Whether here ,.......OR on another planet !!!

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

An atmospheric voice,...you really get a sense of the ups & downs of Marks trials & tribulations he faces & endures,....& ultimately overcomes !!! He also does the various charachters with decent changes in voice, that enables you envision the other people/characters speaking etc !!!

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

Left For Dead On Another Planet ?!!?,......Do You Fight To Survive,.....Or DIE !!!

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An Amazingly well crafted Space Adventure !!!! You quite literally live the ups & downs,...the trials & tribulations with Mark !!! & Ultimately you experience Marks journey with him, from being left for dead,.........Too ????? Well,...You`ll Just Have To Read / Listen To The book Yourself !!!!!!

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  • Mahmood
  • 09-02-15

Attractive

Nice story with attractive performance. I did not expect that in the beginning but the writer and the narrator made it so interesting.
Even if I could not the technical details the story will keep you in the line.

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  • Mark
  • 07-14-15

I kept me interested nearly to the end

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middling to two thirds

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

the accents brought the people alive

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it has a lot of technical stuff, I really enjoyed that when I got used to it. I started to want it to hurry along in the last 90 minutes or so. great narration

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  • Jenny
  • 06-23-15

I wouldn't normally pick this up

But the rave reviews convinced me. I loved this book and I'm not at all geeky about space. The story was great, the humour superb and it was really emotionally engaging. Highly recommended.

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  • Mr
  • 06-09-15

Forget the Movie. Read this.

The movie omits sooo much. R C Bray's performance is brilliant, as always. He is the voice of Mark Watney.

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  • Beth
  • 10-24-13

good old fasioned scifi

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

The Martian was a great book. A proper hard-core science fiction book with lots of good science and none of the emotional fluff that litters far too much other science fiction. The main character does seem to be the most unlucky guy in the world and makes the best of this bad luck and keeps the humour up. The narration was very good and clear.

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  • Helen
  • 10-02-13

Gripping, fascinating, and quite hilarious!

It plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster, delivered in such a compelling way with the mix of log entries from Watney's perspective and the narration of life back on Earth.

I was fascinated by the complex details and chemistry of Watney's fight to survive, which far from being boring and technical, made the extreme measures he takes much more believable.

But the best bit is the humour! Combined with Bray's perfect delivery, Mark Watney is the funniest man on...well, Mars. But you get my drift.

The only reason I've withheld one star is that it lacked a little depth. Ok, so we're told Watney is a funny guy, but faced with being the only man on the planet, and never seeing Earth again, perhaps a little more introspection may have made him a more rounded character. Does Mark Watney have a family back on Earth? Does he even have friends? Or parents? He never mentions his life on Earth at all, which given how often he contemplates never getting off Mars, you'd think he might. A little "Z for Zachariah", "I am Legend" contemplation might have provided some realistic depth, but I guess staring death in the face isn't so funny.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry, but satisfied, when I reached the end.

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  • P. Godsmark
  • 05-03-13

A brilliant listen

Great concept, largely well executed, I would be surprised (and disappointed) if Hollywood doesn't snap this up.

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  • Nick
  • 04-15-18

Problem-solving as work of art

I’ve never read a book quite like this before, where the narrative is driven along by a series of discrete, seemingly insurmountable challenges. In the abstract it’s got potential to be terribly formulaic, but Andy Weir has done something amazing with it, and so has RC Bray in his narration.

Mark Watney is such a great character, so convincingly brought to life by Bray, that I got utterly lost in this for hours at a time. I can also recommend it as one of the best books for long runs: it’s so engaging, and moves at such a clip, that the miles fly by.

Loved this.

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  • Paul
  • 07-14-16

Awesome story

Narrator made the story come to life - excellent!
Very enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommend!

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  • Praveen
  • 07-12-16

Gripping story and narration

The storytelling was so good that I felt like watching movie. Would love to hear more from this author and narrator.

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  • Steph
  • 07-09-16

Excellent - perfect audiobook

I would find this book very difficult to read, however as an audiobook it is awesome. The reader is amazing. I just loved it. If you are driving lots this is the perfect book to listen too. Thumbs up

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  • Matt Anderson
  • 07-09-16

One of the best audiobooks....

I just couldn't stop listening.
Awesome narration and delivery just takes this great story to the next level. Although a completely fictional story, it's extremely believable and well researched.

If you liked the movie, read the book.
If you haven't seen the movie, give it a miss and read the book.

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  • Chris
  • 07-02-16

Highly recommend

Great audio book. x20 words x20 words x20 words x20 words x20 words x20 2
words huh!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-30-16

great story

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Much more informative and interesting then the movie. although the movie showed what the imagination couldn't show.

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  • Raymond
  • 06-23-16

Great Story with Exceptional Narration

The Martian was a struggle to get through (because it is so long) but really worth it as you just want to 'Bring Watney Home'.

R.C. Bray was amazing as the narrator. He keeps your attention and pulls off the humor and drama flawlessly. Great Listen!

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  • Mitchell
  • 06-03-16

Awsome!!

I got this book based on friends telling me how good the movie was but after listening to the book vs watching the movie the book wins hands down no questions asked! you dont understand the struggle, the desperation , the hardships by watcing the movie this book makes you feel like a 'character' and draws you in with every chapter and the ready by R C brey is 10 out of 10

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  • Michelle Johnson
  • 05-29-16

Couldn't stop listening

Devastated it doesn't have a sequel... Loved this... One of the best books I've listened to

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  • Kim
  • 05-28-16

Way more than expected!!

This was a great listen. So not something I would have chosen but book club gave me this. I thought it was great. I would have liked one more chapter but I suppose my imagination can take care of that. 😊