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The Martian Audiobook

The Martian

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 05-26-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 05-26-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Nerds Rule!"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The narration and main character make nerds and maths cool!


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

    The beginning sets the vibe for the rest of the story and doesn't disappoint!


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

    Without Bray's voice I could easily imagine the character as being some little maths geek who would give up the struggle for survival


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Martian Man


    Any additional comments?

    I will looking for new books from this author and definitely will give any book narrated by Bray a priority

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-21-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Great! Makes Science & Math Interesting & Funny"

    This is a really enjoyable book. The Martian makes science and math fun and interesting, and makes it clear that math can save your life. Mark Watney is a sarcastic astronaut/botanist/engineer stranded alone on Mars who uses ingenuity, math, chemistry and physics to survive while making a lot of fun of the NASA bureaucracy. This is really science themed humorous fiction more than it is science fiction. Almost all the science is real now, not far out speculation. The narration was just about perfect, excellently dealing with a lot of challenging writing. I am not sure the writing and story really deserve 5 stars, but I enjoyed it so much I stretched these ratings a bit. This has a funny sensibility and nice writing reminiscent of The Stainless Steel Rat series.

    71 of 104 people found this review helpful
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    Kennard 12-30-15
    Kennard 12-30-15

    Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.

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    "Story kept me on edge to very end."

    This story kept me on edge for the full 10 hrs. I don't know if any of the things they did is possible, but it was enough that I got up early this AM to finish it. Some folks might not llike it's pace, but was really good listen!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 09-10-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2017

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Boobies!"

    An American astronaut is inadvertently left behind on the martian mission. Storyline is fairly predictable but the main character is funny and realistic and kept me interested. Worth the listen. If you've listened to the book my title will make sense. :)

    133 of 200 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 05-06-13 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Who Knew? So Much Science Could = So Much Fun!"

    The story is packed full of science-- biology, botany, physics, chemistry, astronomy-- you name it and it is in there. But it is not at all dull or tedious. You do not have to understand it all completely (a lot flew right over my head) to enjoy the story. Mr. Weir manages to make even rocket science a seamless, painless part of a good story. At its heart is a very simple story about survival under the most hostile and unnatural conditions imaginable. There is an astronaut stranded on Mars without enough food, water and air to last until a rescue. And rescue is extremely doubtful since everyone on earth believes him dead. On the “bright side” there are plenty of "70's sitcoms and disco music to keep him company. His struggle to survive and remain sane and the herculean efforts to save him are excellent entertainment.

    33 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-22-14
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Hilarious and Realistic Space Travel"

    The Martian is a life or death comedy of errors, that just so happens to take place on the surface of Mars. Andy Weir starts us off with a Mars expedition that suddenly takes a wrong turn and the crew has to evacuate under emergency conditions, leaving one of their own behind presumed dead. I am pretty sure that Mark Watney wished he was dead but he isn’t and no one knows that he isn't, pretty much screwed. A majority of the story is of Watney, a spacecraft engineer, finding a way to communicate to NASA that he is indeed alive and of him finding creative ways not to go completely mad in isolation. I really wish that I had not listened to my head when I decided to not listen to this audiobook, I really really enjoyed all of it and got mad at people when they had the nerve to interrupt me. Here is where Weir won me over, Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut and a spacecraft engineer and the entirety of NASA are working diligently at creating a safe way for Watney to escape the desert of Mars, but continuously make mistakes. Seriously, if it could go wrong it did at some point. Reminding us that sure Watney might be super smart and NASA might be super smart but neither of them are perfect and yes it is true that stuff does happen, even on Mars. And not only once or twice but continuously, helping me relate to everyone as people like as opposed to super geeky scientists. I kind of expected there to be alien creatures or something until I realized that the martian in question was Watney. If you are looking for a space travel science fiction story that is not way out in the future or past or whenever they typically take place, with plenty cursing (not overly done and tasteful), palm of the hand to forehead comedy of errors, with all the technical jargon you can shake a stick at, this is for you.

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    29 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 06-12-14
    Robin 06-12-14
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    "Terrific! and perfect for audio!"

    This is an excellent example of a book I would never have read without Audible and all the great reviews. I'm not really interested in science, engineering or space BUT in my opinion that's not what this book is about. It's about human beings and the human spirit.

    I would have listened to this in one sitting if I could have. I couldn't tear myself away! The narration was perfect! I saw a couple of reviews online that found the hero's journal entries to be silly. I can see that written out, they may look that way, but on audio they are exactly right. Kudos to R. C. Bray who totally was our hero Mark.

    The story is gripping and exciting, but also heartwarming. It would make a great movie. And if I were to be stranded anywhere, this is the guy I would want with me.

    Remember how I said above that I wasn't interested in space? This week while I was in the middle of the book, there was a newspaper article on Mars and I read every word! That is the power of great fiction, to expand our interests and our horizons.

    18 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    D. Yu Boston, MA 07-20-13
    D. Yu Boston, MA 07-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "As an Engineer I Loved "The Martian""
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Absolutely. I was a little hesitant to begin the book, as the publishers blurb, which is really the first paragraph or so of the actual book seemed a little over the top. However, after listening for the first 10-15 minutes the story draws you in and keeps you there to the end.<br/><br/>The pacing of the story was perfect and I never felt that there were portions that were not important to advancing the plot/storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing of the story was perfect and I never felt that there were portions that were not important to advancing the plot/storyline. The technical details were plausible and not subject to technical jargon that solely functions as filler to make the story sound high-tech. At the same time the technical aspect was balanced with a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor, which provided good relief from the stress one would feel from being stuck on Mars.<br/><br/>Additionally, the plot twists did not seem forced in an effort to drum up drama. The things that went wrong were potential hazards in space exploration.


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

    A line from the book; Watney, "Disco, DISCO!?"


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

    No, I listen on the airplane most of the time or while driving.


    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 03-03-14
    Mel USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Stranded on Mars...ba dum ching"

    Weir hasn't invented anything new with his trip into the final frontier: after a series of catastrophic events, astronaut becomes stranded in space, must strategize how to survive, and ultimately return to Earth. It's a dependable existing premise, set in a macrocosm we know very little about, that allows us to nourish and engage our imaginations -- feed our inner space geek. The premise has been around even before Sputnik and Apollo battled it out in the race to space. Some will read this and draw old parallels to Robinson Crusoe on Mars, and that resourceful banana-paste-sucking monkey that found the sausage-like water plants that sustained Commander Kit; some will remember castaway Tom Hanks and his ball-Friday, Wilson; and some will make a more current comparison, a breathy Sandra Bullock dodging space debris, bouncing off stranded space vehicles like a ball in a pinball machine. The book as an experience is large and entertaining because of the subject. The premise works again, here, without leaving you feeling like you've been on this mission before, in large part because of the sense of wide-eyed wonder and heart Weir imparts to the subject.

    Andy Weir, a self confessed "life-long big-time space nerd," as well as software engineer with an impressive working knowledge of botany, chemistry, and mechanics, self-published The Martian in 2012. There is a kind of personal passion evident by that accomplishment and you can 't help but sense the connection, especially as you get to know the every-man kind of astronaut Mark Watney.

    Watney is a wise-cracking astronaut/botanist/ engineer with an asset no other astronaut exhibited during training ... when the space sh__ hit the fan, he kept cool, calm, and had the best one-liners. He's the guy you most want to have a beer with, then be stranded in space with. Weir has given him the smarts and swagger you'll recognize in author Jonathon Mayberry's Joe Ledger character. That rakish, self-deprecating attitude, and the fact that he "is the best botanist in the world...definitely on Mars," fills Watney's log entries (used as the narrative) as he fights to survive alone on Mars. The information is impressive, and convincing, with a balance of facts that makes this seem plausible (and that shows you how much I know about the sciences).

    The elements that make this an entertaining and fun read also have a polar impact; Watney's quips, in the face of Murphy's Law is space, can trivialize the situation. I'd have liked to see the switch to ground control's actions expand on the gravity of the situation, but Weir took what is probably the more accurate approach...he took the earth-bound coverage away from NASA and turned it over to the reality TV obsessed media, where the world checks in daily to Keep Up With Watney.

    [Being just minutes before the Academy Awards, I couldn't help but think how the hit-movie Gravity would read on the page compared to The Martian, and this might give a perspective to the visual among us. The Martian might be the better story, with a broader plot that successfully creates the desolation of being stranded in space and keeps it tethered to two additional minute by minute plots. In book form, Gravity would be more Sputnik than Apollo.] Four stars is enthusiastic in my view; the banter gets a little locker room and trite, the technology wearing, but it's the kind of good fun entertainment you don't get often in books. And how often do we come away thinking "Science is cool?" A good listen for March -- the month of Mars, or any time.

    "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," Stephen Hawking, giving us some food for thought.

    62 of 100 people found this review helpful
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    A. Musser Atlanta 04-06-14
    A. Musser Atlanta 04-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.

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    "This is in my top 5 list!"
    Any additional comments?

    I finished this audiobook in less than 2 days. I could think of nothing else. I am an engineer and this book tickled my brain with the science and technology while still using it<br/>to further the plot. It was one of the most compelling books I have ever listened to and I found myself sitting here just pondering it for hours after it was finished.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    "A five star pleasure (and one or two planets)"

    I realize I am going to repeat what others have already said here - however...

    I enjoyed this audio-book as much as any other I've listened to, and more than most.

    Initially, twenty minutes in, I was starting to wonder if the whole thing was a series of technical solutions to some challenging problems. It DOES have a lot of detailed commentary about what the protagonist is up to - but it is delivered with humor - both by the author and the narrator and has direct relevance to what is happening.

    The story soon expands into a gripping tale that had me laughing one minute and on the edge of my seat the next.

    The narration by Mr. Bray was excellent - intonation perfectly reflecting the dialogue, story and characters. Ok - perhaps the German accent was a little dodgy in places - but it was certainly good enough to consistently identify one of the characters.

    The story would make a great film - but I expect if Hollywood actually did their paws on it the project it would suffer.

    Well done Andy Weir.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    7/28/13
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    "21st Century Robinson Crusoe"

    Very enjoyable listen, all positives, good story, narration & characters. Very believable plot that didn't seem so far from science now that it would be what I normally think of as science fiction, more a space adventure story. As others have suggested there are a reasonable amount of facts & figures throughout the story, if you just accept them as correct and don't feel the need to puzzle over whether they are or not, they don't get in the way of the story and add to the realistic feeling. Definitely an author I am going to look to for further reading in future.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
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    "Goodreads 2014 choice winner for Sci Fi"

    Everyone was right about The Martian by Andy Weir. 10* on everything. This book is the Goodreads Best Science Fiction of 2014 choice awards winner (a competition actually voted for by real readers rather than a panel) and highly recommended by several people in my audio book group the last few months. It's narrated by R. C. Bray an Audie-nominated and Earphones Award-winning narrator so the whole thing is a class act from start to finish. 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. Unexpectedly funny, tense, thrilling and technical enough to make it more interesting but with enough explanation that you're unlikely to get completely lost. I think this one has universal appeal there's been some clumsy comparisons with people trying to summarise it but honestly it stands on its own merit. I do think fans of Ben Aaronovitch and Jodi Taylor should definitely give it a listen because while less fantastical and with science and astronomy replacing history, it is as humorous, intelligent, character driven, gripping and with a similarly epic plot line, as their books. I'll be listening to this again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Morgan
    Suffolk
    3/24/14
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    "On the edge of my seat.."
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    ...that's how I felt listening to this fascinating account. <br/><br/>I would definitely listen to this amazing story again. Unbelieveable tension mixed with a little bit of comedy and the science is baffling. It felt very real like I expected news of Watney on the TV! Absolutely compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney was of course my fave although I liked Kapoor (not sure if the spelling is correct as I haven't seen it in print). Watney just goes without saying...controlling himself, thinking things through clearly, planning and dealing with unbelieveable odds but maintains his sense of humour. Kapoor because he truly felt for Watney, he was Mark's counter part on Earth, level headed, weighing up options and obviously well respected.


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

    He was the voice of Watney. He made it very real.


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there are more books on the way from Andy Weir.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
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    12/22/13
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    "Mesmerising experience"

    I loved this book from the first to the last word. Don't read too much about it. Look at the good reviews and believe them. This is the very best kind of science fiction. No monsters. No ray guns. No baddies. Science is the main player. You get to spend time on Mars with the sort of person you would want to be stranded on Mars with: an engineer who knows his profession. Brilliantly narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    READING, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Best audiobook I've listened to"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top! Its got everything I want, science, space, not too many characters and I dont want to stop listening to it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The isolation of the main character - its what I look for in a horror movie. The no hope situation he is in.


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

    Mark, certainly as he is the main character, but also Mitch(?) the guy at NASA that no one likes but the one who forces a certain rescue mission


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

    The moment one of the crew members coming home received an image that they could not open.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant story and great narrator

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    weston super mare, United Kingdom
    8/1/13
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    "Compelling and brilliantly researched."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to every space nerd I know (that's a lot of people). Not only is it exciting, funny and totally believable but it really puts you right with the character and his daily battle against a planet that desperately wants to kill him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story was how it managed to lurch from one crisis to another without getting tiresome. The descriptions of the daily chores of surviving on another planet with not even the bare minimum of equipment and food are far more gripping than they ought to be. At it's best it is an amazing character study of a man fighting against despair and certain death with just his wits, good luck, training, humour and optimism. The Martian is never less than utterly compelling.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • P. J. Williams
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    9/18/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's a modern take on a golden age sci-fi staple - "the stranded spaceman" but the contemporary referencing and modern pace is so well done it feels fresh and well conceived.

    Its not often I have a book I think I have to "spread the word" about but this is an exception, Audible's return guarantee means you won't lose anything by giving this a go but personally it grabbed me within the first 5 minutes and my only disappointment was how short it felt; I would have happily had an extra couple of hours of this.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie
    Australia
    5/19/13
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    "Great Stuff"

    I wasn't sure when I first started this book but an hour later I was hooked. Very well written with a great main character, it gets a bit technobabbly at times but that doesn't take away from a great yarn. Well done.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    5/17/16
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    "Tremendous 'space ship' sci fi rather than fantasy"

    Just finished listening to this - and have to write a glowing report immediately. I used to adore sci fi back in the 70's (Arthur C and Isaac Asimov etc) but there's not been much to tempt me in latter years. I read all the 5 star reviews of The Martian BUT was a bit put off by the idea of lone man blog and lots of technical data. However I took the plunge last week and am I glad I did. Yes the main character of the book has managed to get left behind on Mars and yes the main part of the story is based upon his log including yes lots of technical data but we do also have the story as seen from base on earth and the ship that had left him for dead. This is very much Apollo 13 and it's grand. Not a green Martian or wizard in sight just good straightforward spaceship stuff - great story incredibly well read. Do not hesitate to download this!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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