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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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    Ashly 10-06-16
    Ashly 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Read!"

    This was a superb story with a really imaginative premise. It is written essentially as journal entries by the protagonist Mark Watney while he is stranded on Mars, desperately surviving on the hope he can live long enough for another team to land on the desolate planet and take him home.... 4 years after his marooned! Will it take that long? Well he be able to manufacture enough goods (like food, oxygen, and waste) to survive a day, a week, a month? The narrator kills it with a phenomenal portrayl of the funny, sarcastic and optimistic Watney. The movie ain't got shit on the novel. Do your brain a favor: Read this book.

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    Aaron L Rodberg 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the movie, LOVED THIS BOOK!"

    I absolutely love this book. I have seen the movie so many times and this was a bigger and better experience than the film. Ive listened to this book three times now. I love that I can compare it to the movie and it's like everything that the movie left out was in this book. I highly recommend this book. Best free trial I ever had.

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    Amazon Customer 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A book that goes in-depth into the science"

    I would recommend this book to any smart people that want to pretend they understand.

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    Christopher Arndt the midwest 10-05-16
    Christopher Arndt the midwest 10-05-16

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    "I love this book"

    the science and drama is great. you're sorry the book ends but it's very fulfilling.

    one problem shared with other audiobooks: dude narrator reading chick voices is unintentionally hilarious.

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    Jason 10-05-16
    Jason 10-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Do it!"

    Much better than the movie. Excellent character development. A great journey with great production. 👍

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    Phyllis E. Lute 10-05-16
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    "Best story ever written"

    Second time listening as good as the first. An extremely belivable, lovable character. Yea, high fives all around

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    Umar 10-04-16
    Umar 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rich and amazingly acted"

    Extremely impressed by this book as well as the narrator!

    If you love science in general this book is for you

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    Justin Tuley 10-04-16

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    "Gripping and Engaging Science Fiction"

    The narrator really got into the character with inflection and explanations. The writers self reflection formatting of journal log entries was really introspective and engaging because it made the central character very realistic.

    Sometimes the math got a little dense for an audio book because you would have to rewind it to ensure you followed along but the math made it more engaging and realistic that the characters life depended more on his ability to problem solve and think than it did to simply push through like a lot of other survival novels do.

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    Alex 10-04-16
    Alex 10-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book I have read!"

    By far the best book I have read and listened to. I'm on my 5th time through, 2 read, 3 via audible. A must read for any science mind.

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    Tyler Powers 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    This book is amazing, plus the guy who reads the book makes the book more compelling by the enthusiasm he has for the book. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Rick Johnson
    London, England
    4/5/16
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    "3.5/5"

    A great tale, for me somewhat spoiled by the narration and poor/lack of editing for format.

    The narration was better than average, but certainly not worthy of the rave reviews it is given. It took a long time for me to get past the drab, lifeless, American accent of the narrator. I appear to be at odds with the consensus on this point, but reviews are for one's opinions, after all.

    Some of the accents used are both questionable and inconsistent. Some of the content of the book does not lend itself well to narration either. I found it an enjoyable listen for the most part though (and have listened to it more than once).

    I recommend this production, despite my opinions noted above. It's a great book, and one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. It's just not as great as an audiobook to listen to as the book is to read.

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  • al
    4/5/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable and funny"

    I thought this book would be quite dark however I was pleasantly surprised to find it very humorous and a lot of fun. Love the writing style and drive of the story.

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  • Cooking Again
    Sunderland, England
    4/4/16
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    "Out of this world"

    stunning book, beautifully read = best audio book I've heard (!and I listen to a lot! !)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie
    4/4/16
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    "Fabulous!"

    A fantastic audio book.

    I read a lot, but this was the best audio book I have listened to.

    Incredible story writing, by Andy Weir. So gripping, yet with many comedic moments, where I helplessly laughed out loud.

    I didn't want to switch it off at bedtime! I once listened all night, until the alarm went off for work in the morning! It was definitely worth the sleep deprivation!

    Brilliantly read by R. C. Bray. I can't imagine anyone doing it better!

    Simply fabulous! I would recommend it to everyone. You would be a fool to miss it! No wonder it has made it onto the big screen.

    Great job. Thanks.

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  • KarenOC
    France
    4/1/16
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    "I've become an expert on martial equipment!"

    Very technical but captivating descriptions. Marc's feelings come over very very well, not only thanks to the text but also because the reader imitates him with passion. It's good not to have known the end and I won't tell anyone either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • luke
    saltash
    4/1/16
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    "Greatest audiobook I've ever listened too"

    I kid you not! This is the by far the best audio book I've ever listened too. It's basically Robinson Crusoe on Mars, if that doesn't sell it I don't know what will. I have listened to it at least 6 times. R c bray is my favourite narrator anyway but particularly brings the main character to life. Plus it makes me laugh like a madman in public. V sarcastic, V excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Scotland
    4/1/16
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    "Loved it"

    Fantastic story and the narrator really was excellent - he really brought the characters to life. Can't recommend it enough.

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  • Brett
    4/1/16
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    "It was alright."

    I enjoyed the book overall but thought it waffled on in places and tried to be too scientific. The regular over expansion of detail left me wishing it would just get to the point in places. The narrator was good, he gave a realistic sci-fi feel to the narrative. The author has obviously done lots of homework to ensure accuracy of detail and it was cleverly put together in the story. I also watched the film and if I'm honest enjoyed it more than the book. If you're really into science and/or astronomy I think you'll love this book.

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  • Connnor
    3/31/16
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    "Very technical but a great listen"

    Good book. Very well narrated helped to set the scene of the story. Parts of the story dragged whilst others seemed rushed. Use of technical terms made it very realistic but hard to put together. Andy Weir uses a strange sense of humour that works well.

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  • Stuart
    East Melbourne, Australia
    3/31/16
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    "Wonderful"

    Utter geek fest. Paradise for science types. Unbelievably detailed and realistic.
    No character development but hey it's not Jane Austen.
    Terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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