Audio Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted September 13, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 8 Comments

Audio Review: The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir
Narrator: R. C. Bray
Published by Podium Publishing on 03-22-13
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Source: Purchased
Audio | Goodreads

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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The Martian came highly recommend by The Bookaholic Cat and many other bloggers (Carmel at Rabid Reads and Melanie at Hotlistens). I’ve not really read sci-fi before so I kept putting it off. But after I saw the movie trailer I knew I had to finally listen to it. You were right ladies!

I can safely say that I don’t think I would have enjoyed The Martian as much if I had read it. R.C. Bray really brought out the humor that Andy Weir wrote helping me (a non-science nerd) get around some of the boring science terms. Since I did see the movie trailer before listening, I’m picturing Matt Damon as Mark Watney but with R.C. Bray’s voice. LOL

Mark Watney is a great character! I would risk a trip to Mars to save him. I’ve never rooted for a character so hard as I have for Mark. I felt like I was listening to a story about a real person instead of a fictional character. Andy Weir’s writing was on point with the changing of POVs telling the story, I think it’s what kept The Martian from being too dry and boring for this non-sci-fi reader.

I’m already looking forward to trying something from Weir’s backlist, especially since Bray narrates some of his other books.


Fun Quotes:
Yes, of course, duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.


I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!


JPL: What we can see of your planned cut looks good. We’re assuming the other side is identical. You’re cleared to start drilling.

Watney: That’s what she said.

JPL: Seriously, Mark? Seriously?


They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.

In your face, Neil Armstrong!


You know what? “Kilowatt-hour per sol” is a pain in the ass to say. I’m gonna invent a new scientific unit name. One kilowatt-hour per sol is… it can be anything… um… I suck at this… I’ll call it a “pirate-ninja”.

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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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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8 responses to “Audio Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

  1. I looked this up, trying to figure out how I missed it and discovered the original cover of the astronaut surrounded by orange swirling dust. I didn’t even stop to read the blurb, just kept going. Heck, I didn’t even know there was a movie in the works. This does look/sound really good. I’m going to add it to my TBR pile. Thanks for a great review. 🙂

  2. All the credit goes to Marcela. I never would’ve read it if she hadn’t pushed it so hard. I’m so glad she did. I loved it so much. I’m so excited to see the movie, I think Matt Damon will be the perfect Mark Watney. I really hope that they have some of those great lines in the movie. It will be a complete fail if they don’t.

  3. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I’ve had this on my plan to listen to the last couple of months! Now I’ve got to get this done before the movie is released. Glad to see your five stars.

  4. Yes! Yes! Yes! Or should I say… Finally and Yes! Yes! Yes!?
    I’m so glad you trusted us and (finally) listen to this audiobook… I love that you loved it. It makes my bookworm/nerd heart happy. 🙂