Narrator: R. C. Bray
Published by Podium Publishing on 03-22-13
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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?
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.
Watney: That’s what she said.
JPL: Seriously, Mark? Seriously?
In your face, Neil Armstrong!
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).