The Martian

By: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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A brand-new production of Andy Weir’s modern sci-fi classic, narrated by the incomparable Wil Wheaton, and featuring bonus content from the writings of Mark Watney.

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 plain old "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?

Wil Wheaton, who has lent his voice to sci-fi blockbusters like Ready Player One and Redshirts, breathes new life (and plenty of sarcasm) into the iconic character of Mark Watney, making this edition a must-listen for both longtime fans of The Martian and new listeners alike.

BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes the following extras:

  • “Diary of an AssCan” - Mark Watney, new astronaut
  • “I Made It!” - A happy letter to Mom
  • “Car Trouble” - A somewhat sad letter to Mom
  • “The Earthling” - A postscript. *Available for the first time in this recording 
©2011, 2014, 2019 by Andy Weir (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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I love Wil Wheaton but why not R. C. Bray?

Hey, Audible! You had a perfect version of this already recorded by R. C. Bray. I like Wheaton, but frankly his reading pales in comparison to Bray. And now we can't even buy that version. :(

Seriously, folks. Find a CD of Bray's reading. It is awesome.

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Sorry Wil

Sorry Wil, I’m a big fan but this ain’t it. Wil struggles to vocally differentiate characters, and his accent for Vogel is terrible. It’s a great book and I enjoyed the movie. But now I think I have to listen to the original recording to get Wil’s version out of my head

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Wrong Narrator for this book

I hate to say it but Wheaton is the wrong narrator for this book Do not misunderstand I love Wheaton as a narrator in general. His narration of ready player one was spot on. His voice in my opinion is too young for the character in this book. RC Bray's voice was much better suited. Also, I really had a hard time deciphering one character from the other. Wheaton's characters all sound pretty much the same throughout the book

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What a slap to R.C. Bray's face!

I will start by saying I tend to like Will Wheaton. I listen to RPO at least once a month, not to mention all the John Scalzi books I listen to, that he has narrated. That being said, this performance was awful. He reads the book at you, he does not perform it. To me, it is like when Alexa reads me a book (try it, ask Alexa to read an ebook you bought from Amazon.....I dare you!). The story is an AMAZING one. Andy Weir knocked this book out of the park! I can't say enough about this AS A BOOK, but I feel like the people raving about this version have never heard an audiobook before. I can't see how anyone can prefer this version, when compared to the job R.C. Bray did. If I were him I would be livid! Turns out he's a better man than I am. the truth is, this disaster of a recording came about because of money. The audio rights with Podium Publishing ended (audio rights usually last 7 years), and it turns out that Audible bought the audio rights to the book, but not the performance commissioned by Podium. So they would need to re-record it. To be fair Audible did ask Bray to record the book again, but apparently weren't willing to pay him what he is worth. So now, not only do we have a lesser product, we can't even get our hands on the original anymore. Audible really dropped the ball on this one, and all because of a couple bucks.

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Wil Wheaton phones it in

The previous narrator was much better. Why re-record this? Because they got Wil Wheaton? He doesn’t even attempt to create different voices for different characters. It’s like listening to Wil Wheaton read the book in his head. The book is better than the movie but both are better than this audio book. Very disappointing

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Horrible performance

I literally downloaded this app so I could listen to this audio of one of my favorite books. I listened to half of it but Wil Wheaton's performance is so painfully bad that I am giving up. He doesn't even try to change his voice. In the chapters with multiple characters it is a hot mess.

I found a copy with the original narrator online that I am going to steam instead. It'll be a hassle but at least it will be worth listening to.

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I'm really disappointed with this new addition

I have never listen to a Wil Wheaton before but I have heard good things and "Ready player one" has a sample that makes him sound really good. I was pretty excited to get this book because the original with R.C. Bray was phenomenal. I listen to that book proble 5 times now. I was looking for a new experience but what I got was a great book turned dull with the monotone and the lack of character voice changes. I really hope this book gets better. I'm even considering returning the $5 book so far. I hope the bonus material is worth it. Who'm I kidding. Andy Weir won't disappoint.

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Trying to be fair

I'm trying to be fair to this release, but I really want to compare it to the original recording by R.C. Bray. All I will say is that the original version gets five stars across the board. That's all of this review I will spend on comparing them, however, and the stars I've given it are for this performance alone, not compared with the other version.

Story: 5 stars. The story gets five stars, as it hasn't really changed. Hard science with an irreverent attitude. The best of both worlds. I love how much detail is given into just how Mark Watney survives, not just that he did. It was all kept relatively realistic as well. Fantastic job by Andy Weir, I loved the book.

Performance: 2 stars. It pains me to give Wil Wheaton only two stars. He is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and I usually love the voice he gives to his characters. For this book, however, it felt as though he really wasn't trying. There was almost no difference in accent, pitch, or inflection for different characters. Wil said Mindy Park's lines with the same voice he used for Venkat Kapoor, even when the two characters were having a conversation. This made it very confusing to know who was talking if you didn't already know. Also, there were no accents but whatever accent Wil Wheaton has. The Hindu Venkat Kapoor was voiced with an American accent, as was Bruce Ng. I really wish he had tried to use different accents,.

On the whole, I can only give it 3 stars. I wish it hadn't been re-recorded and am glad I own the original. (Sorry, broke my promise to not bring that up again.)

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Wil Wheaton ruins this book.

I've never read the book and decided to listen to it on my drive to work. The narration is so unpleasant to listen to, and ruins what is probably an enteraining story.

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Not as good as R.C. Bray version

Find the old version it's 10x better. The little extra at the end is fun but not worth purchasing the book all over again.

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  • C. Fletcher
  • 01-04-20

Just not as dynamic as the original release.

Whilst I've thoroughly enjoyed Wil Wheaton's narrations for other titles (Redshirts, Ready Player One, Armada) I felt this story didn't quite work. It felt like Wil Wheaton reading the story, and to me didn't have the depth of performance that R. C. Bray has in his performance.

If you haven't heard the original, then this will be fantastic... Its just not quite as good as the R. C. Bray performance

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  • Brian G.
  • 01-12-20

Bring back RC Bray

This book is one of my favourite however this version isn't anywhere close as good to the original. Do yourself a favour and get the RC Bray narrated version. Its immeasurably better in every way.

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  • Terrific Terrapin
  • 02-03-20

Oh, dear . . .

I'm a huge fan of The Martian, in any form, but this is a "no" from me.

I have nothing against Wil W, but what's the deal? He reads it like a robot. Hard to follow when he can't even be bothered to change the pitch of his voice between characters. There's no way to differentiate. He doesn't put any humanity into a very human story. I expected so much more from a pro actor.

This was a mistake. They should tried harder negotiating with RC Bray. Does that mean this version for 7 years now?

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 03-13-20

very good.

loved the book and the way it was read. as an audible book it was brilliant.

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  • Its_Tom
  • 03-12-20

Detailed. The story never drags.

Some reviews have said they didn't enjoy Wil Wheaton's performance but I have to disagree. Granted, I never heard the R.C. Bray version but I think Wil can portray plenty of sarcasm and sass, which really suited Watney while also performing strongly in more serious moments.

You don't need to read my review to know how great the story is, but I'll tell you anyway. The story is freaking GREAT!

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  • Sam
  • 03-09-20

Thank god they changed the performer

I always wanted to read this book but I could not stand the performer of the last version on Audible. Perfectly & brilliantly performed by Wil Wheaton really brings the characters to life. Going to buy some more books he has read.

If you loved the film you will find the book A LOT better & funnier with a more explanation that the movie left out!

Don’t hesitate you won’t regret it!

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  • CSteven88
  • 01-21-20

10/10

From the get go this story grabs you and doesn't let go. It's very funny throughout and will have you laugh out loud.

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  • René Diepstraten
  • 01-21-20

Epic book, read exceptionally well

Loved this. One of my favourite books, read brilliantly by Wil Wheaton. Watney's irony is almost tangible. Highly amusing.

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  • Tinder
  • 01-20-20

Totally loved it

Such a good book. Rarely do I find one I want to keep listening to at all times. Wil Wheatons reading was great and really fit the character.
Really really loved it. Thank you.
Also smallest son loved the snippets he caught so just bought him the swearing free kids book.

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  • simon m
  • 04-08-20

Seen the film

I really enjoy this,will Wheaton reading is fantastic.,better than the film. Listen to over 3 days.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

Amazing!

This novel is reality captivating and teaches you a lot, not just about being a fictional astronaut trapped on Mars.

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  • Kirsty
  • 04-04-20

Entertaining Sci-Fi adventure

This book is awesome. If you don't already know the story then just dive in, you won't regret it.
Mars, Space Travel and Ingenuity with plenty of humour.

Even on reread when you know how it's going ro end there's always other bits to pick up on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-20

I literally can say nothing bad about the book<br /><br /><br />

I loved it. I feel they could have helped set the tone by using music in appropriate places.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-20

Soooo good!!

I loved this. The movie was awesome but this book was amazing. The detail and thought behind the science of it. I couldn't stop listening. the narration was amazing as well. really suited his persona and voice. Such a great story.

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  • Thomas Szalay
  • 03-14-20

Better than the movie

Will Wheaton dose a fabulous job with the narration. The story has the potential to overwhelm the listener with heaps of science stuff, facts and figures and the like, however I found myself stopping what I was doing and just enjoying the story.
p.s different ending from the movie.

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  • Oliver A. R. Drummond
  • 03-09-20

Great Read

Such a lovely "reading". The author has the ability of delivering a thrilling story with lots of humor. Amazing!

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  • Mundayk
  • 03-06-20

Brilliant Story, best I've read for this genre

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the writing style for this book is brilliant, it has all the science you'd expect from a sci-fi and just enough witty humour to. The movie was a great watch and I found myself just as hooked listening to the book that inspired it, the science and research that went into this book shows dedication from the writer (although I will admit I don't know enough about science to know whether its accurate or not).

There's a number of reviews regarding the narrator not being as good as RC Bray's version, unfortunately I never heard his version so I can't compare but personally I didn't find listening to Wil's version horrible. To me it still sounded like a good monologue for Mark Watney, I can however agree with the other reviews regarding the narrator sounding "the same" throughout the book and did find myself having trouble distinguishing between characters

All in all, I think the fact that I really enjoy the story is why I can't criticize the narrator and still recommend it but it would be interesting to hear this "better version" (and if audible brought it back it might be the better option) or maybe just buy the book. Have a listen to the sample and decide whether you want to give this version a try. You won't be disappointed on the story as it is hands down the best I've read in this genre.

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  • Laurence Ranking
  • 02-19-20

Great book

I was avoiding my 15km ride today.. you know what made me do it? when I remembered I could listen to more of this book while I did it.

The protagonist is in a hopeless situation but his character is likeable and a bit of a light hearted joker. I think this balances perfectly. It's very, very well done.

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  • W*BvK
  • 01-27-20

Intelligent Adventure with a Twist of Humour.

I loved the movie, I loved the book more.
This is, without doubt, Andy Weirs best work. It's well thought out and realistic. It is interesting to note that they prooved the potato theory after the book was written.

The Martian is logical and I appreciated the science and the "Dry" sense of humour.
It's a good read and well worth listening to.

RC Bray brought his A-Game and helped make listening enjoyable.

Highly recommended