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Publisher's Summary

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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absolutely amazing

the narrator was great and the story was even better! a little much witch science talk but that's to be expected and the funny comments and character made up for it big time

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Awesome book!

Outstanding story and narration. Definitely a must read for anyone that enjoyed the movie and wanted more.

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Not for me

What disappointed you about The Martian?

I have always beeninterested in space and stories abourt space. I have tried listeningto thks book several time and I can'nt make it through the first chapter before I am bored.

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Witty in the midst of compounding misery.

It's hard to believe anyone would survive in such hash terrain but hey, it was entertaining to the end.

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That's the stuff dreams are made off

loved the lecture, a litle bit diferent when you see the movie,
but hearing this lecture is a lot better it lets the imagination make his own movie.

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AWESOME!

What can I say, except this is one of the finest pieces of science fiction ever written. The effort put into realism made NASA think he had a man on the inside, but he just did it himself. Makes me a little angry at the changes they made to make the movie, but it was good too.

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Was not disappointed in this book whatsoever!

I absolutely loved the movie so I went in with high expectations for this book. I'm glad to say I was not disappointed at all.

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This was possibly the most hilarious book ever!

I absolutely loved the author's voice and language. I barely recognized the narrator, his voice was totally different from Helldivers (the only other book I've hard his narrate). He perfectly captured the nerdy, good natured Watney. It was a truly magical performance of an incredible, fun, exciting book.

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great

Story never slowed, thrilling but really technical so not something you can listen to at the gym. Have to pay attention. Narrator was brilliant. Great at representing multiple characters and accents without resorting to caricature.

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really enjoyed the listen. first fiction book

first fiction book in years and turned off the TV many times in favour of this book.

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  • Gary
  • 09-20-17

Nerdgasmic.

Very enjoyable book and well read.
Metric tons of science porn with large helpings of humour.

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  • Alex Crocombe
  • 09-18-17

brilliant!

the narrator nailed the sarcastic personality of the the main character perfectly!! i found myself laughing while walking to and from work!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-17

Do NOT read if you have seen the film.

Undoubtedly a good read (listen) but if you have seen the film you are simply wasting time I found. More or less the exact same story, I should have known but figured hey film was cool so why not relive it? Books are better after all. Turns out that was a mistake.

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  • Peter Mitchell
  • 09-15-17

Excellent

Better even than the movie, very funny and well paced. I Will definitely listen again

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  • Stefan
  • 09-12-17

This is so good and what a performance.

This is one of those times where the audio book comes into its own. I simply couldn't stop listening. Ill admit this book has a lot of science and mathematics included that if i was reading i think i may have given up, but to have it as an audio book makes it easy to understand. The performance was very good and i found my self laughing aloud at times.
Its clever, funny and so,so witty. The fact its written as a journal also really lends its self to the audio format.

Highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Derek
  • 09-06-17

Better than the movie!

First of all, the narration is excellent and emotions including sarcasm come across well. If you enjoyed the film, you'll enjoy the book more, it contains even more of the detail and science that the movie couldn't go into.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-17

Hopeful!

This book was recommended to me by a colleague, as I would have never picked it out myself, but I'm so glad I listened to it!

Gripping, hopeful and funny. A great motivator that there is always a way out.

Really enjoyed the book, can't wait to see the film now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-17

Sci-Fi flyin high

Finished in two days. Well written, brilliant plot and, as always, much better than the film!

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  • Grim Tim
  • 08-31-17

A great story. Funny and moving, a little. Definitely funny.

I've seen the film but, yet again, the book is better. A great story if disaster, survival, ingenuity and sacrifice - set against a science fiction background. It works.
Imagine Robinson Crusoe but in space.
A really good story. Worth it.

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  • 08-28-17

Excellent!

Fantastic story and amazing narration - especially the different voices. Loved the occasional extra sound effects too. The story is so compelling and you get used to the technical detail very quickly. Can't wait to see the film, though I already know it won't nearly be as good as the audio book!

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  • 11-15-15

awesome. absolute thrill ride start to finish.

loved the detail to engineering and physics. and humor was great. nice finish to story. loved it.

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  • Jane-Anne.
  • 11-15-15

Great story.could not put it down

Have not seen the movie yet but.am looking forward to it Had trouble putting it down. This is my first audible book .I am very happy with it.definitely a fan.

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  • Veronica
  • 11-15-15

Not able to put it down!

It was excellent. I listened whilst washing dishes and walking the dog. I listened throughout the night and at any excuse. It was just excellent.

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  • Samantha
  • 11-15-15

Loved it

The reader really got into all the characters, it made the story even better. I kind of zoned out a few times when there was in depth mathematics but over all really enjoyed the plot and the listening experience

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  • Alyssa Bagley
  • 11-14-15

Great martians

Enjoyed the story but glazed over during the repetitive detail on some of the egineering of solutions. Gripping plot makes it more than worthwhile sitting through the dull bits.

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  • Nicky
  • 11-13-15

Loved it

I don't usually like sci-fi but this was something different to that. Quirky but really entertaining. I was amazed at how the main character was able to hold my attention as he largely narrated the whole book. I also chuckled my way thru the book which was a nice surprise . Throughly recommend this book .

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  • Maureen Hunter
  • 11-13-15

Great narration

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Whilst this started off very technical the character of Mark Wadney shone threw and. Absolutely loved the humor and one liners. Each chapter became more and more exciting. Fantastic narrator, really made it enjoyable

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  • David
  • 11-11-15

Blunt

A number of characters were crass, in my opinion, needlessly. I felt it reduced the potential depth of those characters to something better suited to a shallow high school comedy. Being written largely in journal fashion, from the protagonists point of view, I felt the story lacked eloquence.

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  • Alvaro
  • 11-10-15

great story for sci-fi loverd and engineers

great story. i really enjoy it. fantastic plot. full of details about the science to get in Mars. the main character is kind of macgiver in the space. narrator was great except some of the female voices.

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  • Karen
  • 11-08-15

Brilliantly funny

This book is funny and entertaining, if you're considering it buy it well worth it, you'll learn a bit about space travel and genuinely laugh out loud