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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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    Hecksport 02-05-17
    Hecksport 02-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mark Watney knows Botany"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Sarcastic, Suspenseful, Intelligent


    What did you like best about this story?

    No matter what your understanding of space exploration knowledge, the crew does a good job of explaining their thoughts in a way to easily comprehend.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Very consistent and easy to differentiate between characters.


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

    Mark Watney knows botany, and also how to solve never ending problems.


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    Tyler Hanson 02-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hands down better than the movie. And the movie is"

    Hands down better than The Movie. And The Movie was phenomenal. In-depth descriptions and calculations that really grabs your attention.

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    R 02-04-17
    R 02-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "For after the movie"

    Great change of view from the movie. Wonderful lines and funny momments not captured on film. Still just as jarring and suspenseful.

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    Cameron 02-04-17
    Cameron 02-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible book"

    Normally I'm pretty stingy when it comes to book. I even gave this story for stars in kinda of a means of preserving it. This was in no means a perfect book but that's because there is no such thing. But this story does it's best to disprove that. Excellent story, interesting, and thought provoking. Educational in a way too. The narrator was excellent and easy to listen to. I highly suggest this book to anyone and everyone.

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    Caitlin Hull 02-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hilarious!"

    Even better than the movie! (the book is usually better than the movie) Mark Watny is side-splittingly funny. The situations are more realistic than the movie, which I found reassuring. Other than the level of chance involved, which is necessary for the story, I'd say it's believable. I really like the message in the end, especially.

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    Joi 02-03-17
    Joi 02-03-17
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    "Funny and scientific!"

    All in all a great book. the narrator did an excellent job. Wanted to listen to it in one sitting. It is funny but defiantly not for kids ears :).

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    Kevin Brown 02-03-17
    Kevin Brown 02-03-17
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    "Just fantastic."

    So much of this book really helps to give answers to "why did they do that" questions while watching the movie.

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    Lauren 02-03-17
    Lauren 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny and Gut-wrenching"

    The narration of this story provides a very real human feeling that makes the comedic timing of the main protagonist absolutely hilarious. The technical jargon is even easy to understand for the untrained. Overall a really good listen and story with twists that even NASA wouldn't have figured.

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    debra 02-02-17
    debra 02-02-17
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    "a true Science Thiller"

    stunning performance to a superbly written book. I hope people read this amazing piece of fiction

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    Amazon Customer 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Narrated and a Good Story"

    The story is unexpectedly riveting. A lot of technical details about liters of oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen, distances, chemical reactions, energy sources and other science facts are woven into the story to give the lone astronaut stranded on Mars something to be talking about. It works.

    Flipping from the viewpoint of the astronaut to the earthbound NASA personnel to the crew of the Mars spacecraft adds diversity to the story and keeps the listener' interest. "What are each going to do next? And how will they do it?"

    You will find yourself wanting to listen more and more to find out what happens next.

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  • Uneken Dan
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    3/9/16
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    "Riveting story."

    Heard the entire story in 3 days. Listen in bed at your peril: sleepless night!

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  • ReayFish
    3/8/16
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    "Brilliant especially if you like science"

    Loved the book and the science of his survival. Better by far than the film and really well performed.

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  • jc
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    "10/10 will listen to again"

    great! goes very well if you have seen the movie too. hopefully another book will be released!

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  • Malcolm Hodson
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    "absolutely fantastic!!"

    was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
    the reading is fab too!!

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  • J. Scott
    London, UK
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    "loved it"

    Gripping from start to finish, even the techy stuff, really feel like you've been on an epic journey by the end, immensely satisfactory.

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  • Bart Baekelandt
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    "Excellent book"

    Watched the movie first, but as usual, the book outperformed the cinematic interpretation by far. An interesting and exciting story told in a way that captures Mark Watney's morbid humour well.

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  • Jimmy Zed
    UK
    3/8/16
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    "Better than the Film"

    A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The author and by proxy narrator really bought the book to life, filled with plausible science and enough detail to underpin the take on life on Mars behind the storyline. The science presented added to the further intrigue of the story, if I hadn't already seen the film, I would have wondered right through about the outcome.

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  • Alison
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    "loved it! Lost sleep to finish."

    The ending felt a little abrupt though as it didn't finish with return to earth or any detail about reunion of astronauts.

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  • Shaun Alexander O'Shaughnessy
    3/6/16
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    "Exactly what it says on the tin!"

    I was gripped from the beginning. This novel has some captivating characters that are portrayed well. Tricky concept but executed well. Funnier than you might expect too.

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  • Odyssey1981
    Liverpool
    3/6/16
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    "Fantastic"

    I was put off at first (on hearing the sample) by the enthusiastic narration, but in retrospect it was the perfect approach to this character. The book itself was gripping, and the main character charming. I found myself listening to it at every opportunity I could find, it's compulsive reading.

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