The Martian

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 08-30-14

Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

This story is just fabulous. The hero is one of the most engaging characters I have read for a long time. He is stranded alone in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable and yet you could still believe he is capable of pulling this off. This is from a mixture of determination, brilliance and an amazing sense of humour. There is masses of technical information but this didn't put me off. Instead it served to illustrate the hostility and utter strangeness of Mars. I also got a real sense of the fact that it is actually rather a long distance from Earth and probably not that easy to colonise. Perhaps we should take better care of our own planet instead.

I loved this book and the narrator was perfect. I understand a film is being made and I will go and see it but I do think this audible version will be a hard act to follow.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Wheatley on 05-28-13

Great 'read'

This is how audiobooks should be done. The performance was spot-on. I've abandoned so many books of late because of annoying performances, but Bray nails this one. Between him and the book, I really enjoyed this. Not sure if it was the content or the delivery or a combination that truly did it for me, no matter which, they were well suited.

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48 of 51 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 05-25-14

Another fun one.

A journal (logbook), written by the chap left behind? Yes, this could have been a bore - but it so wasn't!! The sheer tenacity of the man, plus his seemingly endless capacity for humour makes this a very enjoyable listen.

Even his repeated calculations didn't overly bore me, as they added to the anticipation (or dread). Couldn't help but root for him every step of the way.

I have no clue as to whether the scientific aspects / space stuff is realistic or not - it didn't matter to me - it just all added to the fun.

Excellent narration, and very well suited to the main character.

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32 of 34 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By ALAN on 09-05-13


What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

The dry humour of the sol logs by Mark & the performance by Bray. He read it so well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark, he remained so positive during his time on Mars.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When NASA realised he was going to fetch Pathfinder to re-establish communication.

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

I laughed right throughout the book. Such brilliant dry humour at times making light of a serious situation. Was not expecting it.

Any additional comments?

This is the best Audible book I've downloaded to date.

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24 of 27 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dr C D Gillett on 08-27-13

Fantastic read, best I've heard in ages.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Unequivocally. The story is well conceived, fast paced and very well edited. It starts with a bang and gets right into it. There is a lot of science at first but it is of the sort that if you follow it, fantastic, if you don't, then it isn't going to detract from the plot. Just as it looks like it might get a bit samey the author mixes it up (no spoilers) and keeps things fresh.
I was terrified that there might be a lame ending but Andy Weir did a great job there too.
For me this will be my 'go to' book for recommendations for a while.

What did you like best about this story?

The idea, the character, and the nice way the author has taken what is probably classed as a sci-fi but made it all entirely plausible and reads more like a tense ?drama or 'action diary'. I love sci-fi and space operas so I was delighted.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No spoilers.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Live another Sol. Read the book, it'll make sense.

Any additional comments?

The only flaw is the laughable German accent the narrator tries. I can't criticise though as it amused me so much.
If from the reviews and blurb you are even slightly tempted by this then do yourself a favour and read it.
I'm off to eat a potato.

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29 of 33 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By kath on 01-30-14


Any additional comments?

What a fantastic book. As some other reviewers have mentioned it is quite technical throughout, but this doesn't detract from the story, it's very easy to follow. I couldn't stop listening. The narration is brilliant and the characters are engaging and likeable, none more so than the stranded Mark Whatney who is absolutely hilarious. The last 40-50 minutes of the story are so tense and compelling you might have to put your life on hold until it's finished. An utter gem of a story, wonderfully performed....Brilliant.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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