The Martian by Andy Weir

May 20th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 97 Comments

20th May
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Published by: Poduium Publishing
Narrator: R.C. Bray
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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?"

2015 FAV Audiobook EPIC FED-THE-NERD outofthisworld

OMG! The Martian by Andy Weir narrated by R. C. Bray was epic. From the first chapter to the nail-biting conclusion I was completely spellbound. Weir and Bray had me laughing aloud, and holding my breath.

Five reasons that you seriously MUST add The Martian to your audio collection

  • Andy Weir takes a seriously scary situation and allows the reader to become completely enamored by the protagonist and utterly fascinated by his experience and those of his teammates and those of personnel at NASA. The story, characters, and narration were simply brilliant creating that book high I chase.
  • Told from the perspective of Mark Watney the Martian grabs the reader. Watney is an astronaut for NASA. He and a crew were collecting samples on MARS when a dust storm causes them to do an emergency evacuation. During the process, Watney is injured and presumed dead. His captain in an effort to save the rest of the crew leaves his body on MARS. Only Watney is not dead and the tale that unfolds is incredible. As the story progresses we get narratives from key NASA members, media and Watney’s crew further drawing us into the suspense. Will Watney be saved or will he die alone on MARS?
  • Weir is a masterful writer from his descriptions of MARS, the equipment involved and character depth I was in awe. Watney is a biologist, but the man is a freakin’ MacGyver in his ability to be quick thinking and work with the limited equipment and food available to him. Weir brought him to life, elevated him to hero and yet kept him humorous and humble.
  • R.C. Bray narrates and he reminds me a little of MacLeod Andrews, he added such depth to the characters through tone and pitch. I loved his interpretation of Watney and the humor was spot on. I laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my face. We meet a large cast, despite the fact that most of the novel is with Watney Bray gave them all unique voices as he expressed their fears and excitement.
  • Martian was riveting and while I do not intend to board a ship to MARS anytime soon, Bray’s story has increased my interest. Despite all of the technical jargon, he allowed the story to flow and in my opinion, even none science fiction readers will enjoy this. The Martian is the type of book I would feel comfortable buying for everyone on Christmas list. I have no doubt it will be among my top ten audio listens for 2015.

Buy it. I don’t care If you read or listen as I did..but don’t miss out on The Martian.

About Andy Weir

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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97 Responses to “The Martian by Andy Weir”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too, I giggled. This was just made for audio

  1. Lorna

    I have gone back and forth with this one. I did download the sample from Amazon and it was interesting, but it didn’t grab me immediately. Maybe it would be more interesting if I listened instead? I don’t know. I know everyone loves it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Meredith

    This review had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat! I’m not a big science person, but my interest in space and NASA has increased over the years. I think it would be extraordinary to some day go up into space. However, when that becomes a reality I don’t see myself being the first to jump in line for a ride.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      lol, nope I will watch and follow from down here..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun, intense and totally cool. I have always been fascinated by space exploration.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Pat. I love when my experience is over the top 🙂

  3. Melanie Simmons

    I so loved this too. I’m so glad that BookaholicCat found it and insisted that I listen to it. I never would’ve picked this up on my own. The narrator is perfect and really pulls me into the story. I can’t wait to revisit. I’m making DH listen on our summer roadtrip. Great review.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo this would be perfect for a family vacation road trip listen!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It actually translated well Sarah and I never felt like it was too heavy or overdone.

  4. Grace

    I have been going back and forth on this one but you may have sold me. I also just got my audible credit today so it was good timing : )

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a fun one, and suspenseful as well Mary. I really felt like i was on Mars with Mark

  5. Jaina

    Just finished this one this morning – The Martian is a great read. Found it to be a really easy read, very entertaining and funny. Mark’s a fantastic protagonist to follow.

    (PS – you’ve written Mark Whitney instead of Watney in your post…!)

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is a good book for stepping out of your comfort zone Ali

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is perfect on audio and honestly I couldn’t stop listening

  6. Sarah

    I have heard so much buzz about The Martian. I really want to read it one day! I’m even more interested in the humor because really when I think about sci-fi and accidentally stranded in space scenarios… where does humor enter into that?! I so need to find out. 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Mark Watney he is hilarious in an impossibly scary scenario.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So excited for the movie and heck yes to being in the Audies two years running.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think the audio translated better because I couldn’t get enough

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right…I thought I would like it and loved it hard

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is a genre bender Stormi..and not heavy in jargon.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries I will have something different to tickle your fancy tomorrow..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No familiar with it, but loved this one all the same

  7. Ramona

    I have to read this! I didn’t know about it, but wow! What a story, right? I can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂 Thank you for recommending it, Kimba!

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  8. Kathryn

    I loved this one too on audiobook, I see a lot of readers putting it on their “not to read” lists and I would have too except I needed a science fiction book set in space. So happy I listened to this one and will be lining up to see the movie. Hope they do a great job with it.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Don’t you think this would cross over easily and non-science fiction fans would enjoy it? I kind of felt it had enough humor and suspense without over your head jargon.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Cool Sophia, I will be anxious to see if the book gives off the same high the audio did.

  9. Keionda

    I’m adding this to Goodreads!:) I’m usually nervous to step out of my romance genre but you have convinced me to give this one a try.:)

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      To me this is a good one to step out of your comfort zone with

  10. Faye

    I read this not too long ago and LOOOOOVED it! It was such a unique sci-fi with an amazing narrator that really made me laugh. It was a bit too technical sometimes, and I sometimes skipped the mumbo-jumbo, but the overall plot and everything was good. I’m just glad he got home safely in the end!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think the mumbo jumbo worked better on audio then, but omg so happy to hear the book gave you the same high!

  11. Cyn

    I’ve been wanting to read this just because of the cover, haha. Glad to hear this was pretty epic! I’v actually started listening to more audiobooks now (since I walk to and from work), so I’m happy to see the narration on this is amazing. Might need to pick this up soon! Thanks for the great review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun and the narration really made it for me

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah Mars..and Mark was so cool and hilarious.

  12. Lark

    This has been on my TBR list since Christmas. I haven’t heard a single bad thing about the book, but your review makes me want to read it right now. But darn it all, there’s a waiting list at the library!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, enjoy it when you come up on the list at the library. It is such a good read/listen

  13. Christina T

    I have had this book checked out from the library for a few months now and still haven’t picked it up! I’m glad to find out that you loved it. Maybe I should put my name on the holds list for the audio version so I can listen to it on the long commute to work instead.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I did Michelle, it just rocked on audio and the movie is going to be awesome

  14. Kimberlybuggie

    Kimba! I’m so glad you loved this book too! I loved the audiobook so much, I think the reader was so perfect for it. I laughed out loud in the car all the way to work. It was so well done. I can’t wait for the film to come out, though I’m a bit curious how they’re going to do it. I really loved the audiobook so much but a lot of it is in Mark’s diaries and in his head so it’ll be interesting to see how they change it for film. 🙂

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  15. Jennifer

    After so many of my blogging buddies raving about this book on audio I grabbed it myself. It will be my next listen.