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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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    B. Wright 11-20-15
    B. Wright 11-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Simply fantastic"

    Favorite book of the year. Well done R C Brady you did a great job delivering a fantastic adventure. I laughed, cried, reflected and in the end cheered.

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    Amazon Customer Haslet, TX United States 11-20-15
    Amazon Customer Haslet, TX United States 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed listening to this book."

    The book is wtitten like a diary. Which you would think would be a boring read. But the aurthor makes the story interesting, believable and at times funny. The narrator was good.

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    Jimmy J Baker 11-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "can't stop listening"

    it's a very good book well written listen to it 4 times already definite must have

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    Kaleighgriff 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific story about human nature!"

    Loved, loved, loved this books. What a fantastic story! Mark is everyone that has struggled and felt saved by human compassion. It was well read, brilliantly written and a joy to listen to.

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    Susan M. Lindh Elizabeth, CO 11-19-15
    Susan M. Lindh Elizabeth, CO 11-19-15 Member Since 2016

    Sue Lindh "Colorado Country Estates"

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    "Book and narrator perfect match!!!"
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, Entertaining, Imaginative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney of course! An upbeat and positive character with quick wit!


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

    Absolutely captured the sarcastic tones, the incredulous moments, and able to switch from character to character really well!


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    Oscar Juhlin 11-19-15
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    "Fantastic story, abrupt ending"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    I probably will in a few years just to feel the fear of Marks survival problems and to laugh at his clumsy misstakes and mishaps.


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

    When the airlock explodes and he gets launched.


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

    When he finally got contact with earth again.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book that i would recommend to anyone interested in space and survival.

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    Lona Lincoln 11-19-15
    Lona Lincoln 11-19-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Gripping and believable"
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The protagonist reacted realistically to his setbacks and successes. He was resourceful, analytical and dogged.


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

    His first contact with another human.


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

    He played the different characters very well. His articulation of the Indian, the Asian and the mouthy PR director brought them to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. In fact, I listened to it all the way through three times in one week.


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    Steve 11-18-15
    Steve 11-18-15
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    ""Listen" to This Movie!"

    The Martian was the best book I've listened to in a long time, and I consider it even better listening to it after having seen the movie. It was like watching a very superb extended edition of the movie with the "Special Effects" scenes being generated in the minds of all the Listeners. At the time of this writing the movie was rated as 8.2 out of 10. This audio is a definite 10 on that scale. The nerdy cynicism throughout the book was hysterical at times and had me begging for more. I turned down going to see the latest James Bond movie in IMAX in order to finish The Martian audio book. Great plot, great NASA techno sci-fi, great drama, and tremendous humor make this a must listen.

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    Stacey berg 11-18-15
    Stacey berg 11-18-15
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    "The reader was entertaining"

    Pretty technical but the humor keep me interested. Can't wait to see the movie.

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    Sean 11-18-15
    Sean 11-18-15
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    Great story and great performance! I will be looking for more by the writer and the reader as well.

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  • Daniele Di Carlo
    10/16/15
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    "Amazing book"

    From when I started to listen this book to the end I was fascinated to the voice of the reader! Beautiful book (I hope that hollywood haven't changed the story to much!) and amazing Bray!

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  • Daniel
    10/15/15
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    "Deserves All Of The Plaudits It Receives"

    I chose this book as a safe option for my first experience of Audible, I saw the reviews and thought that, at the very least, a book which everyone seems to love must be somewhat enjoyable.

    Both the story and the narration surpassed my expectations though. Mark Watney is an immediately likeable character, the full-on science is broken by some genuinely funny jokes and R C Bray delivers an awesome performance throughout.

    Can't wait to see how it translates to the big screen.

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  • Tony Unsworth
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    "Glad it was recommended to me..."

    A bit too much maths but a good book, very well narrated. I'd recommend it.

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  • Bella
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    10/15/15
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    This is by far the best book I have read in years! There is a lot of detail, which at times can be mind-boggling, but all the information is made so interesting that you enjoy each piece.
    Every page keeps you enthralled and I didn't want to come to the end. Fantastic reading right to the end. Saw the film which I was pleased to see complimented the book so very well and kept to the story as Andy wrote it.


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  • Stevie_chambers
    10/14/15
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    "Awesomesauce"

    Laughed and loved it, right voice and fun listen, thank god no sound effects! Now to see the film!

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  • MR
    10/14/15
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    "Simply brilliant!"

    One of the best books I've listened to or read. The narrators performance compliments a thrilling and sometimes, hilarious story all in a believable and feasible storyline.Now I can't wait to see the movie. Highly recommended! I look forward to more Andy Weir.

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  • James
    10/13/15
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    "brilliant start to finnish"

    loved it, grate story line , I found parts funny, exciting and could not stop listening.

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  • Ninecatz
    10/13/15
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    "Amazing"

    The must read/listen book of the year...don't miss it ! Narration spot on, storyline riveting and characters believable. I'm only sorry I've finished it. as anything else is going to be lame in comparison. Try a sample if you aren't sure...I did and I was hooked!

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  • Alexandra
    10/12/15
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    "Brilliant. "

    I have a meeting at the crack of dawn and it's just after 0015 and I just finished listening. go figure. loved it.

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  • JJR
    10/12/15
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    "Funny!"

    I don't really enjoy reading, but I enjoyed this. Even looked forward to it everyday on my lunch break.

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