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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

Critic Reviews

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

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starts slow, but worth it.

narrator was fantastic. he did a great job with each character's voice. at first I thought it was only going to be Mark Watney the whole book but then the other characters were introduced and it started to get great.

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better than the movie

R.C. Bray expertly translated the text into the loveable a** h*** of Mark. Wonderful story that I could hardly pause! 10/10 would recommend!

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awesome audiobook!

It's much better than movie! awesome lector, it was a pleasure for ears and imagination, hear this story!

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One star for Story due to nasty language.

Great story. Haven't seen the movie. But the nasty language was NOT necessary to get the story across.

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Good story and performance

I enjoyed the story and the performance. Rich on shorter style and technical style of language. While much of the content certainly appeals to me as an engineer, it may be borderline much for me for fiction reading. The story is engaging though, and raises interesting aspects of man going to March and the many choices and challenges that comes with it.

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good book

I liked all the science details, but it did make the story slow at times. Narrator was good. It would have been great if Matt Damon narrated though.

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Made me cry

Something about the whole world uniting in effort to save one scientist. Also, all the awesome science!

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Amazing Detail and Realism!

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Technically, it may be the best fiction audiobook I've listened to. Character development was excellent, and the storyline - while incredible - is plausible. I will look for more from this author, although I'm sure developing stories with this level of detail must be an incredible effort.

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters' resourcefulness is astounding, well thought through, and - at least to me - seemed absolutely plausible! Survival can become ugly but the character is portrayed as maintaining sanity and humor, even during panic attacks.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably when he was finally rescued and his faceplate was opened. It was a realistic detail that I won't spoil for you.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes to both! Part of the story just made me ache from empathy.

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Curses upon curses !

Great story with plenty of humor, but I am not a fan of the cursing.

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Engineered Entertainment

I read it first, then listened to it with family. Reading was better, but the audiobook is a wonderful group experience because laughing together is always a great way to bond and you can always stop and talk about the science or try to predict what might happen next. There's so much packed into this book. It's not profound or progressive, but it's pretty spectacular.

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  • Ray Cooper
  • 02-21-17

One of the best on Audible

I watched the film last year and absolutely loved it, not realising it was based on a book. I can honestly say I've enjoyed the audiobook even more! Also, easily the best narrated book on Audible. Someone get RC Bray some more books to read for us!

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  • kieran williams
  • 02-21-17

Fantastic

Listened to the entire thing start to finish in 2 days.

Absolutely fantastic.

And for those that struggle to overcome the terrible accents, these ones are tolerable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-17

Gripping

This is a fantasticbook that's filled with action and suspense. Brilliantly narrated by R. C. Bray. would highly recommend this to anyone. hope the film lives up to the book.

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  • Rob
  • 02-19-17

Just perfect

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

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  • Mr
  • 02-14-17

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.

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  • Ivan Pennell
  • 02-14-17

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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  • M L STENT
  • 02-10-17

Brilliant

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

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  • chris wasey
  • 02-10-17

great book

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

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  • Jules
  • 02-10-17

Loved it!

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

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  • Ch3nz
  • 02-09-17

Earth or bust!!!

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

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  • kenneth
  • 11-03-16

loved it scenario well thought out looking forward

well thought out presented the problems in a believable fashion and the solutions plausible could be used as a survival manual if ever one gets stuck on Mars.
Pity that he used a Martian storm to set the plot as a500kph wind on Mars would only be a gentle breeze

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-21-16

Inspirational, moved me to tears a few times, & great narration by RC Bray

Overall the story is fantastic and as an audiobook book it works very well.

The performance by RC Bray-loved it- his voice distinctions throughout the story were consistent, his performance enthusiastic and enjoyable to listen to.

The story by Andy Weir has detail scientific data, it pulls on your heart strings & has a sense of humour which I loved!! Many funny bits that were just hilarious and there are many jokes that are not included in the movie.

Well worth buying.

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  • Kristian
  • 10-08-16

Great Science Fiction

Great mix of science fact and humour. Highly recommended it for those want a clever read

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  • Katie
  • 10-06-16

Loved the movie, loved the book

What did you like most about The Martian?

The humour of the main character. Hilarious

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

I wouldn't say this bit "moved" me, but it certainly sticks in my mind - where NASA is all stressing and stuff, and they wonder what the main character is thinking up there on Mars all on his own.... and it cuts to his "log entry" and he is thinking about Aquaman.... very funny!!

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  • alan
  • 09-26-16

very funny loads of detail. better than the movie.

this is a good read the narrator does a wonderfully job. the book can't help but be very funny at times. the amount of detail they go into really let's you feel for the potato eating pirate

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  • Rory
  • 09-15-16

Amazing story, wanted it to go on and on...

Refreshing to have a sci-fi book that doesn't rely on bloody aliens...

Well read too, though some of the accents were grating at times...

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  • Greg
  • 09-15-16

Superb

So well written and performed! And so funny. Had me laughing out loud on my train

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  • Corey
  • 09-12-16

I love it!

I loved reading this. I liked how each chapter was a log entry. 10/10 recommend.

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  • Ben Wishaw
  • 09-06-16

I keep going back to this story

I love this story. It is the Mars version of Apollo 13. R.C Bray does a fantastic job of all of the voices and gets the dry wit of the novel across perfectly. If you like science fiction or even just science this is an absolute must.

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  • Andrew Smith
  • 09-04-16

Highly recommended

Absolutely brilliant story and great performance by the narrator. Enjoyed it more than the movie (which was also very good).