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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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    06-18-17
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    "One of the best audiobooks ever produced."

    Title says it all. From the amazing narration, to the enthralling story, this is everything one could want from a fiction novel. Highly recommend!

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    Amazon Customer 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow"

    Day and night I listening intently to every word the voice actor spoke. Mark Watney, the story's main character is incredible humorous and relatable. The plot overall was fantastic and engaging throughout the entire story. And yes, it was better than the movie.

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    Nikki W. 06-18-17
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    "Very entertaining story and great narration"

    The Martian was a very entertaining story and the narration was wonderful. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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    06-17-17
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    "Amazing reader."

    Of course, better than the movie, and I thought the movie was fantastic. Surprisingly funny. Really enjoyed it.

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    Alanna B. 06-16-17
    Alanna B. 06-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story and Reader"

    This is a short book with a great story with lots of researched details about space travel, and the narrator is excellent. I highly recommend it.

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    Donna Hekman 06-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome story"

    Awesome story of the sheer will to live, and how people will pull together to save a person. Fantastic story, well told.

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    Jeeves 06-16-17
    Jeeves 06-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great driving book"

    I took a twelve hour ride and this book made it fly buy. I loved the reader and the changes in his voice really got me into it

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    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 06-16-17
    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 06-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "such language :-("

    The story had great promise and I tried my best to finish it, but I will never understand why so many writers feel the need to cuss so bad it would make a sailor blush.

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    Rachel 06-16-17
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    "Best Narration I've Heard In a Long Time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    So glad that I listened to my fiance about buying the audiobook instead of borrowing the book from the library because I could see how some people see how Mark's point of view could come off as jerkish. Mr. Bray did a good job showing the sarcasm and emotions come through for all the characters but especially Mark. He differentiated his voice enough to where I could tell he was voicing different characters, which is something I greatly appreciate from narrators.


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

    I would say one of the most memorable moments of The Martian was when the crew found that there was a secret message hidden in one of the astronaut's emails that was supposed to be from his wife.


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

    All the characters were very memorable. I'm not sure I could choose who was more memorable but there was one person who made a great impression on me. Rich Purnell was amazingly difficult with others but I loved it! He was amazing with his smarts and plan to save Mark Watney.


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

    Is one man worth the resources of two world?


    Any additional comments?

    The story was exceptional with its use of science, emotion, and suspense; I definitely would recommend the audiobook and print book.

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    Marc L. Mintz Albuquerque, NM 06-15-17
    Marc L. Mintz Albuquerque, NM 06-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "More tech detail than film"

    Enjoyed the problem solving and humor. The Hollywood version did a good job of moving things along and adding interest to the supporting characters. The book takes more concentration to understand. Overall, worth the effort.

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    2/19/17
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    "Just perfect"

    Great story, full of drama and humour. Highly recommended. I've just finished my 4th complete listen!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    2/14/17
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    "Genuinely brilliant"

    utterly gripping. somehow, I think this is even better to listen to than the book is to read. the narration is compelling, and the tension feel physically. wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan Pennell
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    2/14/17
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    "Breathtaking"

    I found this book captivating from start to finish. Being a space nerd helps. The narrator delivered a wonderful performance full of pathos and humour. I just didn't want it to end.

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    2/10/17
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    "Brilliant"

    A highly amusing and enjoyable story that had me from the moment it started. Must listen to

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  • chris wasey
    2/10/17
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    "great book"

    Great narrator, engaging story. I laughed out loud at least 20 times, and nearly cried about half a dozen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
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    "Loved it!"

    Couldn't put it down! It was so convincing that I found myself wondering if it was real!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ch3nz
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    2/9/17
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    "Earth or bust!!!"

    Really well narrated, with good plot line. Keeps you gripped. Probably listed again in a few months

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  • Jonathan
    2/5/17
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    "Just Fantastic"

    A must listen for anyone really good. Fantastic, wonderful listen what more can I say.

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  • Callum
    2/4/17
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    "Best audible buy so far!"

    Awesome book, will definitely be looking forward to listening to this book again. Story is great, narration is perfect, and as with most cases, this is better than the movie.

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  • clara parker
    2/4/17
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    "amazing book. much better then the film."

    love it. very impressive writing. kept me compleatley hooked the entire way through and would definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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