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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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    Dustin California 09-09-17
    Dustin California 09-09-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent"

    Awesome book to read and listen to. I have read the book and listened and both are highly enjoyable.

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    Arlene Hanson Plattsburgh, NY USA 09-08-17
    Arlene Hanson Plattsburgh, NY USA 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Badass!"

    I love this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Watney is my kind of hero.

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    Nicole Del Sesto 09-06-17 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader, listener, couch potato

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    "Stranded on a planet ... branded a fool ... "

    While this isn't a 5-star book, it was a 5-star story and I was totally entertained, so I'm giving it 5-stars.

    Good for Weir! I love these success stories of self-published authors who make it big. The writing was a bit rough at times, and yes, way too much science detail, but in spite of that it was a fun, fast-paced, funny adventure.

    "I'm the first person to be alone on an entire planet."

    Indeed.

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    Shawn 09-06-17
    Shawn 09-06-17
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    "My favorite audio book so far"

    I've never seen the movie, but I decided to read the book. It is great

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    S. Copley Tulsa, OK, USA 09-05-17
    S. Copley Tulsa, OK, USA 09-05-17 Listener Since 2010
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    "Thrilling"

    I absolutely loved this story. The friends who recommend it were spot on. I found myself scanning HD images of the Martian surface as Watney began his long trek. highly recommended. Side note: I used 50% of the reading time to dig a form base for new concrete sidewalks at my house.

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    S A. 09-05-17
    S A. 09-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Absolutely wonderful.
    The narration perfectly fits the characters.
    The book itself, wow.
    It's as though the author himself got stranded on mars just to research it.
    Wonderful.

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    Buffy Trewitt 09-04-17
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    "Outstanding book!!"

    I've read the book, watched the movie and listened to the Audible book twice. Great story of a man working out numerous seemingly impossible problems to survive on Mars until he could be rescued. Fascinating details and even humorous. Good story for someone to read if they are going through tough problems!

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    Peter F D Sickles 09-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding, Start to Finish."

    An excellent story. Engaging, thought provoking and moving. I was also pleasantly surprised by the good use of humour, which I hadn't expected. One of the best narrations I've ever experienced too.

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    Mr. T USA 09-02-17
    Mr. T USA 09-02-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Excellent"

    This is the best audio book performance I have ever heard. The science is great, the story is strong, but the reading steals the show.

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    Amazon Customer 09-02-17
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    "Just awesome"

    This audiobook it's just awesome, I'm learning English and I can't believe that I have no problem listening and understanding the narrative. Of course I missed some technical points of the book but mainly I understood the history. Great book, makes me extremely excited to continue learning.

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  • Lee
    2/21/17
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    "Love it"

    Great from start to finish, one of the best audio books I've listened to. The description of the engineers is so accurate it's funny

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ray Cooper
    UK
    2/21/17
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kieran williams
    2/21/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/20/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    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
    Lancashire
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M L STENT
    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    uk
    2/10/17
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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

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