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The Martian Audiobook

The Martian

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Brandon Durham, NC, United States 01-17-17
    Brandon Durham, NC, United States 01-17-17 Member Since 2006
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    "One of my favorite books of all time."

    Even if you've read the book, this performance is worth listening to. The narrator has the perfect voice for snarky Mark.

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    Marcus 01-16-17
    Marcus 01-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the performance was excellent. One of the best I've listened to lately.

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    Kindle Customer 01-16-17
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    "Science and story all great."

    Can't wait to sees the movie. Narration was excellent. Many foreign accents to challenge him.

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    Amazon Customer 01-15-17
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    "ameazing book! Great performance by the reader!"

    This is an incredibly immersive book... the story is unique and scientifically accurate for the most part and the characters are original but true to reality. Ameazing book!

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    Daniel Lugo 01-15-17
    Daniel Lugo 01-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"

    I have read this book multiple times and have watched the movie as well, and I belive that they are both great in their own places. The book is different from the movie but I still thoroughly enjoy both.7

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    L. Blankenship Florida 01-15-17
    L. Blankenship Florida 01-15-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Excellent and engaging tale"

    This would have gotten five stars from me if there hadn't been so much profanity. I listened to the audiobook while on a very long car trip, and the strong language really detracted from the overall story and was highly unnecessary. Other than that, what an excellent tale of survival! There are perfectly time comedic moments, harrowing escapes, and an end that will make you fist pump to some classic BeeGee's music.

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    Rachel McKinnies Massachusetts 01-15-17
    Rachel McKinnies Massachusetts 01-15-17
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    "The Martian"

    Wow! I can't imagine the research hours that went into writing the novel, the scientific details are fantastic. Imaginative and well written storyline had me the whole time, I was loath to finish the story and leave the characters behind. R.C. Bray's narration was spot on and had me laughing out loud quite often.

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    Josh 01-11-17
    Josh 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding, even if you don't love space stuff"

    Bray is marvelous in his deadpan delivery of Mark Watney, I also appreciated the Indian accent used for the NASA manager. I don't love space and technology books as a general rule, but the story here was terrific. Weir combines the right amount of science to be convincing and interesting. Well done x 2

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    marlize 01-11-17
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    "A must listen!"

    My favorite audiobook of all time! The characters in this book are so compelling and interesting, that the movie could just not do them justice, but the audiobook was able to really bring them to life. I have heard this title all the way through six times now, and I'm sure I will hear I again.

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    casey mead 01-10-17
    casey mead 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Astounding"

    This listen was by far the greatest I have done in a numerous list of books. I had many moments of laugh out loud spurts and occasional tear jerks. A must get for anyone wanting something worthwhile for ages to come.

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    6/6/16
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    "Best book yet. Well worth the other reviews"

    I've listened to a few books now. This was my favourite by far. Going to watch the movie now and if it's half as good as the book I'm going to really enjoy it.

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  • Richard
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    6/6/16
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    "Really enjoyable listen"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Understandably Scientific


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was entertaining, there was always something going on and the author had a real sense of humour.


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

    I imagine that he really brought the humour alive.


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  • Joe Plewis
    6/6/16
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    "This book was made to be heard as a talking book"

    brilliant really gets your imagination going the narrator really put the effort into distinguishing the characters for each other.

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  • Lu
    6/5/16
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    "Excellent"

    If you're looking for a gripping story then you won't be disappointed. It's a fabulously balanced book. Sometimes problem solving goes right, sometimes it doesn't but it's difficult not to listen to just one more chapter. Best audio book yet.
    Very highly recommended.

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  • Chris Mann
    6/2/16
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    "Hard to put down"

    Fast-paced and exciting that is never too implausible given the basic plot. Excellently narrated throughout. I've not seen The Martian movie but it will have a hard time beating the novel.

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  • Clare
    6/2/16
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    "Excellent"

    Highly enjoyable story. Good narrator, captured the sense of many different people through the voice acting. Suspenseful and exciting story.

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  • CS
    5/31/16
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    "Amazing"

    Fantastic narrator, very well read. Hooked from beginning to end. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone.

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  • Christie South
    5/31/16
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    "Brilliant for running"

    Absolutely brilliant book. Listened to it while running and it made the time just disappear. Can be a bit science-y but it's all explained and never becomes too confusing. Excellently read, would definitely recommend.

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  • Nb
    5/30/16
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    "Superb"

    This is one of those where the film is great but the book is greater.

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  • S. Wilson
    MK, England
    5/30/16
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    "A must read/listen"

    Utterly compelling story that I simply couldn't put down. Not watched the film, but the writing and plot blew me away for the entire 10 hours of audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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