Audiobook Trial: The Martian

Posted June 16, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Martian Book Cover The Martian
Andy Weir
Science Fiction
Podium Publishing
October 28, 2014
Audiobook
387 pages, 10 Hours 53 Mins
Purchased

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?"

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

This Book was reviewed as a part of my personal Reading Challenge: 2015 Books to Movies .

My Impressions:

I thought the Martian was a great find. My husband and I listened to the audiobook together and we both enjoyed it.

Plot:
Guy gets stuck on Mars and has to try to survive, initially planning for 4 years till the next mission makes it to Mars. There are many times when we are hopeful along with Whatney and other times when we think he’s doomed. He’s very resourceful, and as much as people care about all the science behind how he planted his potatoes [among many other things], when I start thinking too much about it, it just takes away the fun from the story.

Characters:

I really enjoyed Whatney’s personality. I was on the fence before I read this one, wondering whether I’d like it. People said it seemed too technical, but as much as those parts flew over my head, there was still much to love about Whatney. If it weren’t for his personality I think the book would have been incredibly boring and perhaps he wouldn’t even survive a few days.

I could really feel the suspense that everyone in his world must have felt as they watched time go by and heard about his progress or the lack of progress to get back home.

I admire the guts that some of these guys had, and the lengths they went to to save this man’s life. And I get it. For most of them, it was just cruel to leave a man stranded when you knew that he was fighting for his life and you had the means to at least try to save him.

I admire his crew for what they did for him, because the truth is, it could have been any of them, and I’m sure they would have some sort of expectation or hope, if they were in Mark’s shoes.

Writing:

I think the story had the right amount of realism, to make it seem like a realistic story. Like it was something you could see happening. It was suspenseful enough to keep you guessing about what would go wrong and what wouldn’t. Because something always went wrong. That’s what happens when you use things in ways they weren’t made for.

Overall I thought it was a great read and I’m definitely waiting to see how it holds up in movie form. I’m sort of scared about the many scenes when he will be alone. Perhaps they will do a video log 🙂

About the Author:

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. [source: Author Website]

About the Narrator:

R.C. Bray has performed Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many stages in between. An accomplished producer and voiceover artist, R.C.’s voice can also be heard in countless TV and radio commercials. He lives with his gorgeous wife and two beautiful daughters in New England. [source: Dreamspace]

The Verdict:

5 Stars
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Overall: 5

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