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
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?"
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
While we love Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, the story works even better as an audiobook. Andy Weir’s novel tells the story of stranded astronaut Mark Watney primarily through a series of mission log entries. With his gruff delivery, actor R.C. Bray sounds convincingly like a smart, smart-alecky astronaut explaining his singular circumstances as plainly as he can. Bray, as Mark, throws in a wealth of science facts like a brilliant teacher dropping interesting asides; that casual brilliance makes him an endearing hero that we’re completely invested in.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Audiobook no longer defective
I read the complaints others have made about the download being imcomplete, but decided to buy it anyway since those reviews were made about 2 yrs. ago, "they had to have fixed the issue by now" being my thought process. The issue has indeed been fixed, & the book is an incrediable listen. I just wanted to let people know the audiobook works fine now & that you should get it as it's very well done, I look forward to future books from Andy Weir, as this one was simply just great!
Well worth it!
A great survival story with wonderful character development. This story focuses on the science of the fiction with loads of excitement and surprises that keep you guessing.
The protagonist is easy to relate to as well as care about, defiantly the Joe six pack astronaut. McGuyver meets Robinson Crusoe with a touch of Capt. Jack Sparrow.
No file problems, excellent book, outstanding performance
I bought and downloaded this book directly to my iPhone in May 2014 and didn't have any of the technical problems reported by others. I hate to see the the low reviews due to technical issues because this was an amazing book.
The story itself was completely engaging. It will keep your mind racing and impressed as the main character ingeniously copes with everything Mars throws at him.
The reading performance is among the best I've ever heard. The reader/actor really brings the characters to life, especially the witty main character. There were several laugh out loud moments that probably wouldn't have been as humorous if not performed in an audiobook.
It is a bit heavy on technical info, which I loved (as an engineer). It is also heavy on curse words, so not necessarily child appropriate. I wish there was a bleeped version available for my kids to listen to.