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2015 Audie Award WINNER, Science Fiction
2015 Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration: Male
2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist, Science Fiction 

"One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten." -Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy 

"A book I just couldn't put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island." -Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth 

"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and whiteknuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." -Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool 

"The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver trappedon Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13." -Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One 

"Gripping…shapes up like Defoe's Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter." -Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer's Hammer 

"The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen." -Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country 

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 plainold "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?"

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

Critiques

  • Winner: 2015 Audie Award for Science Fiction
" The Martian is a crackling, often humorous, listen." ( AudioFile)

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Un des meilleurs romans que j'ai lu

Définitivement une des meilleurs roman à ma connaissance.
Dans mon top 3 avec Ender's Game et ....
Mon top 2 finalement

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un superbe lecteur

plus un acteur qu'un lecteur, R. C. Bray interprète formidablement le livre et nous tient en haleine même pendant les complexes calculs scientifiques du héros. Un vrai plaisir d'écoute.

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Loved it

Excellent book, great story and very good reader!!! This is a great Apollo 13 like story.

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A MUST!!

I must've read the book twice already, I've watched it twice as well so the audiobook is a great addition!
The plot is amazing, the audio performance is fantastic.

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great book

I really loved it. funny and exciting. the ending...... I don't know how I feel about it

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  • u5pj8
  • Ici, France
  • 22/01/2018

Très bonne histoire, très bien lue

Bien que connaissant le film, le livre apporte son lot de surprises. les rebondissements sont nombreux et on est tenu en haleine tout au long de l histoire.

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A great adventure

As a French I was a little scared to take on a full 19 hours audio book in English. Turns out it was a great choice.

The narrator did an admirable job to impersonate all the characters and spoken well enough for everyone to understand.

This book is a masterpiece about a lonely unlucky astronaut and we grow attached to him through his audio logs. We share his moments of happiness his humor and his unlucky moments. We also have the point of view of Earth through Nasa and later the 5 last crew members.

it's a book which will give you shiver in suspense from time to time and make you smile 5 minutes later. Very recommended.

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Big thanks to SmarterEveryDay for recommending it

Like Destin points out, more science than in the movie, also more suspenseful scenes. Could've been a 2 parts movie to my mind.

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What's all the hype about?

There are moments of suspense in this novel but that is certainly not enough to make it worthwhile reading.

This work’s shortcomings are momentous:

• the characters are stereotyped and shallow, including the castaway who seems completely asocial, having apparently left behind on Earth only unnamed parents and no lover, siblings or friends;
• the plot is eminently predictable and completely implausible, in short comic book material;
• the story is set in an non-specified future where technologies have progressed little with respect to present times;
• the writing is poor with narration skipping haphazardly back and forth from the castaway’s written log, to his audio log to an omniscient narrator;
• throughout, the text is pointlessly marked with profanity.

Overall, it appears best to invest time and money elsewhere.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 08/12/2017

Worth it even if you've seen the movie

Whenever I watch a movie before reading the book, the book is rarely enjoyable. Even if the book is better in every way, somehow my mind has already latched onto the film version. The Martian was a major exception. Even after having watched the movie many times, I loved this audiobook and am so glad I gave it a chance.

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  • Global
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 07/07/2014

LOOK BOOBIES

DAMN IT JIM, I'M A BOTANIST
Lots and lots of science. Lots and Lots of funny. MacGyver on Mars. I Love Clarke, but even he could not write this well. He would be proud. Who'd Thunk, talking about Night Soil, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and so much more could be so entertaining. Get this book for your teenagers and they will be inspired. Give it to your friends and they will be entertained.

R.C. Bray just jumped to the top of every bodies favorite narrator list.

YES, OF COURSE DUCT TAPE WORKS IN A NEAR-VACUUM. DUCT TAPE WORKS ANYWHERE! DUCT TAPE IS MAGIC AND SHOULD BE WORSHIPED!!

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  • Kathy
  • 18/10/2013

Potatoes, anyone?

I previously read this book on my Kindle and was so excited to see it was out on audio. This is one of the most enjoyable reading/listening experiences ever. It is different from the more typical science fiction. It is actually science AND fiction, combined with lots of humor and suspense. For me, it has everything !

I was initially disturbed when I heard the narrator's voice and reading style. It did not seem to fit the Mark Watney I read about and knew. However, as the book progressed, I think Bray slid comfortably into the role and did a masterful job of capturing the personality of our hero. He certainly added to the listening pleasure.

This book contains lots of technical jargon and hard science, yet it was put into simple enough terms so that I could easily follow the gist of what was going on. I would think this story would appeal not only to sci-fi loving engineers but to anyone who enjoys contemporary, realistic science-based fiction which, unfortunately, can be difficult to find during this period of zombie and vampire mania. And did I mention the humor?

Very highly recommended!

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 21/06/2013

Macgyver on Mars

Andy Weir's The Martian is a pure gem of a listen. Mark Watney, an astronaut who is part of an early Mars mission has been left for dead as his crew-mates were forced to abort their mission. Mark however has survived that initial catastrophe and is forced to go "Robinson Crusoe" to survive on a world intent on his demise. Eventually, NASA figures out that Watney is still kicking, but there is little they can do to assist. Watney battles the odds and works his way through one creative solution after another to survive and escape his potential fate as the first human casualty on Mars.

The time frame is the near future with little or no "new" science. The tale can become a bit "geeky" with explanations and calculations, but that is a major appeal of the story. Weir succeeds in crafting a believable series of events that create dramatic tension that ebbs and flows from start to finish. Watney is never out of the woods (or craters), but every new situations just comes out of nowhere. All along, Watney's composure and humor makes for an endearing character as he relates his experiences in a diary fashion. The supporting cast of Earth-side NASA personnel and Watney's Mars crew-mates are realistically portrayed with banter that comes off as genuine.

The narration is simply outstanding with an excellent range of voices and a tone that matches the tension inherent throughout the story. This will be a quick listen as the writing stye and delivery make for a can't put down quality.

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  • Thomas
  • 10/06/2013

One of my freakin' favorites!

I've listened to this audiobook several times. There is so much going in this story, I can turn it on at any point, and just listen for hours.

Left for dead when his crew is forced to suddenly abort the mission, astronaut Mark Watley pits his formidable intelligence against everything the red planet throws at him.

Plenty of hard science for those like me who regularly read science fiction, but really, it doesn't matter if you're not used to reading science fiction. The characters usually explain what's happening.

The audiobook contains quite a lot of humor, and the narrator handles it beautifully. Very well done!

I have over 450 books in my Audible library, and this book is one of my top 10 reads of all time.

But if you don't like profanity, please don't buy the book, you wouldn't enjoy it.

So freakin' listen to it already!!!

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  • AudioAddict
  • 24/09/2014

Potty-mouthed astronaut with an attitude. Love it!

STORY (sci-fi) - As the summary suggests, Mark Watney has been abandoned by his crew and left on the surface of Mars. Unbeknownst to them, he is only injured and very much still alive. Mark, who had been the mission's botanist, must now try to survive alone on Mars till help arrives...if it does. What follows is a fast-paced, fascinating tale of survival. He must deal with finding shelter, food, water and breathable air, among other things. He must try to establish communications with NASA and survive sand storms, etc.

Mark is one of my favorite characters EVER. He's brave and smart, even kinda geeky. He works tirelessly and doesn't give up on his situation, and then there's his sense of humor! He's always making fun of his colleagues, himself or his situation, and he's not afraid of saying exactly how he feels. The opening line of the book, when he discovers he's been left behind alone on Mars, is: "I am so f**ked!" I enjoyed his unabashed irreverence but the language flows freely in this book, so it may not be for everyone.

The story is never dull. You will hear how he modifies everything from its original purpose to one fit for survival. (He's quite an inventor). You will hear the various plans that NASA scientists formulate for his rescue and you will hear why they fall by the wayside or fail. Finally (and without giving too much away) you will hear how Mark attempts a treacherous excursion across the planet to attempt a rendezvous with those on a mission to save his life. Great suspense!

PERFORMANCE - He was so perfect for this job! His delivery of Mark's sarcasm and humor was spot on. He also did a great job with various foreign accents possessed by NASA employees and fellow astronauts.

OVERALL - No sex (duh, he's alone on Mars), and no violence. Quite a bit of F-bombs, as mentioned above. I would recommend this book for everyone except children, for obvious reasons. I don't give five stars out freely, but this book is special.

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  • Ryan
  • 08/06/2013

21st century castaway adventure... with SCIENCE!

This book is a lot of fun. Weir seems to have done a ridiculous amount of research into how a manned NASA Mars mission would probably work, and turns this knowledge into a suspenseful adventure with a likable protagonist and a healthy dose of humor. The story begins, in classic castaway fashion, from the journal entries of an astronaut named Mark Watney, who’s stranded on Mars after an emergency forces the rest of his fellow astronauts, who think him dead, to abort the mission and depart.

Now alone with his expedition’s equipment, including rovers, space suits, a habitat, and some botany experiments (but no radio), Watney must improvise ways to stay alive and contact Earth. A lot of science and engineering geekery soon follows, but Weir does such a good job of explaining it, using Watney’s informal voice and snarky, quip-ready “engineer” humor (the opening f-bomb sets the tone), that I don’t think it will be too hard for the average reader to understand. Being an engineer myself, I could easily relate to how this guy’s mind worked, as he took apart different systems and put them to use in ways they weren’t quite meant to be used, yet did so in a careful, controlled manner. I had one of many smiles at the part where he contemplates international law and decides that one of his actions makes him a pirate. A SPACE PIRATE! Yep, engineer.

I don’t think it’s much a reveal to say that the narrative eventually expands to include people back on Earth. If you recall the movie Apollo 13, a lot of similar action follows, as NASA and other organizations put their best minds to work on the problem of how to save Watney. I won't spoil the series of mishaps, setbacks, and narrow escapes that follow as he hangs on for a rescue attempt, but suffice to say that Weir makes good use of his setting and contrives some creative but plausible solutions. The supporting characters could have been developed a little more, but their banter is entertaining. Weir is clearly a fan of NASA, but isn't above poking fun at bureaucracy, PR machines, and the various personalities that inhabit the organization.

I hope someone sees fit to make a movie, because all the right ingredients are here. There’s a crowd-pleasing survival story and a likable hero. There’s a long-shot plan and a big-screen-ready nail-biter of a climax. And it's a heckuva a lot more believable than other Mars-themed stuff that Hollywood has given us (I'm looking at you, Red Planet). But, if there’s never a film, audiobook narrator RC Bray is the next best thing, with a boyish voice that's a perfect fit for Watney, and different affectations for his various quips.

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  • Bill Moormann
  • 02/05/2013

Unexpectedly Enjoyable

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

Just plain fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

A log entry that starts "Well I killed myself today"

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

You truly believe Mark is reading you his journal from the ordeal.

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

This book caused numerous fits of laughter and never ending smiles. A great book, Out of hundreds of books in my library this is one of the best.

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  • David
  • 10/08/2015

Very enjoyable science based adventure

Normally I would not write a review for a book with so many 5 star reviews already in place, but I had never heard of this book, and I would like to point it out to anyone who reads my reviews. The story is consistently engaging both because of the man marooned on Mars situation and because the first person narrative is a wonderful blend of desperation, temporary triumphs and, above all, self deprecating humor. The book is extremely well read, the perfect voice for the central character, and there are really no places in which the momentum sags. The bonus, for people who love science and engineering, is that the the entire thing is scientifically detailed without ending up sounding like a text book or lecture. I am stingy with 5 star ratings, but this book does what it sets out to do with terrific skill and I recommend it very highly.

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  • Global
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  • Matthew
  • 15/05/2013

The Martian is a performer par excellence!

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

If my friends did listen to BOT, I would. A remarkable performance, and well worth the investment of resources, esp. your time and attention.

What did you like best about this story?

The performance of R.C.Bray is truly stellar.( pun intended)

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Man, does he! This may be the best audiobook performance I have ever heard. He OWNS Watney. I can see /hear/feel the character. An award winning performance without a shadow of a doubt.

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

Watney certainly made me laugh, out loud, for real, a number of times. He also teaches a wonderful lesson in the perservance of the human spirit against uncalculable odds, and does it with amazing humour and grace.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes verbose, sometimes in need of editing, sometimes abit technical, but always WONDERFUL. This is an outstanding effort, and the narration is superb. I HIGHLY recommend it to EVERYONE.

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  • Sable
  • 30/10/2013

Not easily impressed, and loved this book

When looking for a new book, I begin by reading the less positive reviews; the less positive reviews are often written by people who aren't easily impressed. But there were no negative reviews for this on the U.S. Audible site.

I was still wary. Perhaps it hadn't been read widely enough to garner enough reviews so that some might be negative?

But, after having listened to "The Martian", I'm happy to report that all of the glowing praise is indeed justified.

The author clearly did an enormous amount of research; the story was believable on top of being endlessly clever.

Don't allow the attention to the science details fool you, however. This book is funny, and the highly intelligent solutions the character develops to meet the many challenges he faces are delivered with a whole lot of laugh-out-loud humor.

The author also gets bonus points for writing strong, smart female characters without making a huge deal about their gender. As the story is presented, it is taken for granted that women can be strong, good characters, and without all of the tired clichés (constant crying, needing men to save them, behaving like men if they're supposed to be strong, etc.) that authors typically employ for female characters. He wrote them as real women, and it was definitely a refreshing change.

If you're looking for a smart, entertaining book, you're going to enjoy this.










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  • papercuts1
  • 26/02/2014

MacGyver meets Robinson Crusoe meets John McClane

...auf dem Mars!

So würde ich THE MARTIAN zusammenfassen, sollte ich es in zwei Sätzen tun müssen.

Als die Geschichte beginnt, ist die große Aufregung eigentlich schon wieder vorbei. Der Sandsturm, der Schuld an dem ganzen Dilemma ist, hat sich gelegt. Die 'Hermes' ist mit fünf statt sechs Astronauten auf dem Rückweg zur Erde, und man trauert um den vermeintlichen toten Astronauten Mark Watney. Mark, der aufgrund glücklicher physikalischer Zufälle noch am Leben ist, hält sich derweil nicht lange mit Wehklagen oder Schuldzuweisungen auf, sondern macht das, was er offenbar am besten kann: Probleme erkennen und sie lösen.

Die NASA sucht ihre Leute gut aus, das merkt man sofort. Mark ist nicht nur Botaniker und Ingenieur (beides unabdingbar für sein Überleben), sondern auch ein unglaubliches Stehaufmännchen. Was immer der Mars ihm auch für eine 'Scheiße hinwirft' (O-Ton Mark, nicht ich!) - er begegnet allen Unwägbarkeiten mit Pragmatismus, Erfindungsreichtum und und stoischem Nach-Vorne-Schauen.

Und Humor. Es ist unglaublich, wie viel ich gegrinst und tatsächlich laut gelacht habe beim Hören. Ob es um die furchtbare Disco-Musik von Mark's Kommandantin geht, um das 'total männliche' Tragen von Windeln oder die grünhäutige Marsgöttin, der Mark beibringen möchte, was das menschliche 'love-making' bedeutet - der Humor in THE MARTIAN ist auf den Punkt, hemdsärmelig und unglaublich sympathisch. Das hat zwischendurch natürlich auch mit comic relief zu tun, aber noch viel mehr mit der Hauptperson.

Ein Großteil der Geschichte besteht nämlich aus Mark's eignen Log-Einträgen. Also sowas wie ein Tagebuch. Denn selbst wenn er sein Abenteuer auf dem Mars nicht überleben sollte, geht er davon aus, dass die nächste Mars-Mission seine Eintragungen finden und auswerten wird. So bekommen wir nicht nur eine Menge persönlich geprägter Sprüche von Mark, sondern auch die minutiöse wissenschaftliche Aufzeichnung all seiner Aktivitäten, untermalt mit reichlich 'F'-Wörtern.

Mathematik, Physik, Chemie, Biologie und Weltraumtechnik - THE MARTIAN haut uns das um die Ohren, allerdings in der erdverbundenen und gottseidank wenig abstrakten Art von Mark Watney. Eine Menge Zahlen jongliert er bei der Berechnung von Sauerstoffmengen, Gefriertemperaturen, Bodenfläche und 'Sols' (so nennen sich die Tage auf dem Mars). Wenn man will und gut aufpasst, ist alles sauber nachvollziehbar und verständlich. Ich gehe sogar davon aus, dass das Meiste wissenschaftlich korrekt ist (weiß es aber nicht und kann das als Mathe-Hirni auch nicht überprüfen.) Durch den sympathischen Erzählton wird es auch nie wirklich langweilig. Es ist, als würde man eine Sondersendung von 'MacGyver auf dem Mars' schauen. Aber ich gebe zu, dass streckenweise Längen aufkommen und es langweilig zu werden droht.

Bevor das passiert, reist Andy Weir aber immer wieder das erzählerische Steuer rum. Er hat das wirklich raus! Gerade fängt man an, eine unzufriedene Schnute zu ziehen - da eröffnet Weir plötzlich eine neue Erzählperspektive, bringt frische Figuren ins Spiel oder lässt ganz einfach Mars aufmucken und stürzt dessen tapferen Bewohner in neuerliche Todesgefahr. Perfektes Timing, und zwar das ganze Hörbuch hindurch.

Was mir ein bisschen fehlt, sind die ganz großen Gefühle und Gedanken. Mark lässt sich nicht unterkriegen, flucht zwar öfters rum oder denkt über seine Überlebenschancen nach, aber richtige Angst oder gar Verzweiflung zeigt er nie. Klar, die NASA schickt keine Hosenschisser ins Weltall. Auch im wahren Leben dürfen nur die Belastbarsten in die Rakete. Wie gesagt - John McClane im Raumanzug.

Aber ein bisschen mehr Emotionalität wünsche ich mir manchmal. Wenn man so allein ist, dann kommt man doch unweigerlich ins Grübeln. Da philosophiert man doch automatisch. Über Einsamkeit. Über das Leben und den Tod. Ich würde das jedenfalls. Mark nicht. Der redet sehr realistisch über seine Überlebenschancen und schaut sich bei Langeweile 70er-Jahre Serien auf dem Bordcomputer an.

Will man tiefere Bedeutung sehen, muss man sich an die Fragen über Verantwortung, Opferbereitschaft, Gehorsam und Schuld halten, die ganz leise zwischen den Zeilen stehen und nicht ausgewalzt werden. Wie viele Menschenleben darf man aufs Spiel setzen, um einen Einzelnen zu retten? Wieviel Geld in eine scheinbar ausweglose Rettungsaktion investieren?

Über den Verlauf der Geschichte verrate ich gar nichts. Das würde eure Neugier dämpfen und die Spannung nehmen. Auch nicht, ob Mark überlebt oder nicht. Seid allerdings gefasst, dass ihr das Hörbuch in den letzten 40 Minuten nur noch schwer aus den Ohren nehmen könnt.

Zum Sprecher:

Nicht von ungefähr wurde R.C. Bray's Lesung von THE MARTIAN gerade für einen Audie Award nominiert. Das ganze Buch strotzt einfach nur vor Glaubwürdigkeit und hört sich ganz nah am echten Leben an. Mark kommt genauso sympathisch rüber, wie der Text das suggeriert. Ein Mensch ohne Schnörkel - eine feste, kerlige Stimme, auf die man sich verlassen kann. So hört sich das an, wenn ein kluger Typ nicht nur die Nerven behält, sondern auch noch den Schalk im Nacken hat.

Die gleiche Authentizität gilt für die anderen Figuren. Ob es um die toughe Hermes-Kommandantin, den indischen NASA-Ingenieur, die aufgeregte Pressereferentin oder die mexikanischen und deutschen Crew-Kameraden geht - Bray hat sie alle im Griff, ohne dass die Akkzente jemals künstlich klingen. Das ist echtes Talent.

Alles, was Bray von sich gibt, kaufe ich ihm ab. Natürliche Bodenständigkeit - das braucht dieses Hörbuch, und bekommt sie von diesem Sprecher auch. 1 A mit Sternchen.

Fazit:

Eine Mars-Robinsonade mit viel Wissenschaft, Abenteuer, Spannung, Drama und unerwartet viel Humor. Mark Watney ist ein einsamer, aber rundum überzeugender Held, der mit seiner sympathischen Art und seinem Erfindungsreichtum alle Herzen gewinnt. Daher möchte das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch zu Ende hören und unbedingt wissen, ob Mark überlebt. Er trägt die Geschichte über weite Teile allein und bringt uns eine Menge aus dem Reich der Naturwissenschaften bei. Drohende Längen wendet Weir mit gut getimter Dramatik und wechselnden Erzählperspektiven ab. Etwas mehr Tiefgang könnte die Geschichte haben, lässt sich aber so gut und knackig weghören, dass das nicht schlimm ist.

Sehr realistische Science-Fiction mit hohem Abenteuerfaktor! Wer sich vor dem hohen wissenschaftlichen Anteil nicht scheut, wird diese Geschichte lieben. Erst recht, wenn sie von einem Sprecher vorgetragen wird, dem man jedes Wort und jede Figur glaubt. Ein erstaunlicher Erstling von Andy Weir.

Mission accomplished!



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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • C Reinhard
  • 20/09/2014

Ausgezeichnet!

Ich habe eine Schwäche für Science-Fiction, Naturwissenschaften und Englisch. Auf den ersten Blick also eine perfekte Buchwahl.
Aber würde das Buch eines einsamen Marsüberlebenden nicht doch ziemlich langatmig- oder genauer echt dröge? Und dann noch dieser Yankee- Sprecher?? Mit Englisch meine ich schließlich gepflegtes, ohrschmeichelndes, britisches Englisch....
Doch schon nach kurzer Zeit hat mich dieser Sprecher begeistert! Mit perfekter, kerniger Charakterisierung und Intonation verleiht er dem Buch Lebendigkeit, Spannung und vor allem Witz.
Humor kommt allgemein wirklich nicht zu kurz trotz der furchtbaren Situation eines völlig auf sich gestellten Überlebenden, des einsamsten Menschen, der je gelebt hat: allein auf einem ganzen Planeten! Was für eine Vorstellung!
Es ist schon toll beschrieben, wie der Astronaut Mark Watney sich nicht vom Unfassbaren überwältigen lässt, sondern seine gesamte Energie auf die zahllosen, immer neuen und überraschenden Probleme konzentriert.
Das genau macht auch einen großen Teil der Faszination aus, an was für Probleme der geneigte Leser eben NICHT gedacht hätte, und welche Lösungen Mark Watney jedesmal wieder findet, wobei alles überzeugend und durchdacht wirkt.
Eine Art Hirntraining für jeden, der auch dazu tendiert, verbissen bis spät in die Nacht am PC oder anderen elektronischen Geräten herumzufummeln mit dem einzigen Gedanken: "Das MUSS doch irgendwie gehen!!".
Ich konnte nicht anders und habe schon in der Mitte des Buches den Schluß angehört, was der Spannung aber in keinster Weise Abbruch getan hat. Wenn DAS kein Qualitätskriterium ist.
Für mich eines der besten Hörbücher seit langem!
Nur eine Warnung vorab: selbst gute Englischkenntnisse schützen nicht vor einem leichten Gefühl der Überforderung, wenn man während detaillierter naturwissenschaftlich- technischer Erklärungen eigentlich gleichzeitig konzentriert Putzen will/ wollte/ sollte.
Deswegen sieht es hier auch immer noch so aus wie vor 20 Kapiteln :[

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  • mintho
  • 15/04/2014

Moderne Robinsonade

Aufgrund unglücklicher Umstände wird ein Astronaut auf einer Mars-Mission beim fluchtartigen Verlassen des Planeten aufgrund eines Sandsturms für tot gehalten und zurück gelassen. Allerdings hat besagter Astronaut extrem viel Glück im Unglück und überlebt, alleine Auf dem Mars mit genug Proviant für maximal 500 Tage und ohne die Möglichkeit mit der Außenwelt zu kommunizieren.

So beginnt "The Martian" und es entwickelt sich schnell eine packende Geschichte in welcher der arme Astronaut abwechselnd alle Arten an Höhen und Tiefen, an Hoffnung und Verzweiflung erleben muss. Andy Weir bleibt bei seiner Erzählung dabei extrem realistisch. Alles was er schreibt scheint Plausibel zu sein...nur das Ende war dann im Sinne des Spannungsbogens vielleicht etwas übertrieben. Technisch dürfte fast alles was hier beschrieben wird im Bereich des schon heute machbaren sein, abgesehen vielleicht von der Landekapsel und eventuell dem Mutterschiff welches die Astronauten zum Mars und wieder zurück bringt. Beides ist aber so authentisch, dass es keiner großen Phantasie bedarf sich dies in naher Zukunft vorstellen zu können.

Dabei ist das Buch nicht nur realistisch und somit informativ, sondern auch schlicht packend. Jedes mal wenn ein neues Unglück hereinbricht fiebert man mit wie unser Held denn nun mit diesem Rückschlag umgeht, was er tun kann um um sein vermeintlich sicheres Ende doch noch einmal hinauszuzögern. Und trotzdem strotzt das Buch auch noch von Humor. Die Ironie mit welcher die Logbucheinträge verfasst wurden sind schlicht köstlich und dank des hervorragenden Sprechers kommt dies auch alles bestens beim Hörer an.

Am Ende war ich enttäuscht, dass es so schnell zu ende war. Selten habe ich ein Hörbuch so schnell beendet. In jeder freien Minute musste ich einfach erfahren wie es weiter geht. Bravo, davon gerne mehr!

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  • Cornelia
  • 02/01/2015

Alleine auf dem Mars. Mit Kartoffeln.

Die Crew einer Marsmission muss wegen eines Sandsturms frühzeitig den Aufenthalt abbrechen und lässt dabei einen bei einem Unfall ums Leben gekommenen Astronauten zurück. Nur ist der gar nicht tot. Sondern ganz lebendig. Und ziemlich alleine da draußen. Sein Essen reicht für einen Monat, die nächste Mission wird in drei Jahren erwartet. Was tun?
Zum Glück ist der Held der Geschichte einfallsreich....und sympathisch. Nur so kann man es sich erklären, dass man zehn Stunden von "nun wird ihm noch ein Stock zwischen die Beine geworfen" aushält, dabei ziemlich viel über Technik, Physik, Chemie und Schrauben erfährt und die ganze Zeit nur bangt und hofft.

Wird er es überleben? Ich war mir nicht sicher, nicht bis zur letzten Minute - und das heisst keineswegs, dass er überlebt, nicht wahr? :D

Spannende, unterhaltsame, kurzweilige, gänzlich romantik-freie und stellenweise richtig witzige Handlung, brilliant vorgetragen und qualitativ hochwertig.

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  • Walter
  • 28/04/2014

Murphy Murphy on Mars

This is the story of an astronaut on Mars - and his name is Murphy Murphy. No, not really but still for this guy everything that can go wrong goes wrong. BUT he still keeps on fighting to survive and the result is one of the very best "hard" SF story ever!

Detached from all the romanticism of traditional SF - t is a very harsh environment and only functioning technology can keep man alive there. And if things go wrong? And as Murphy said, everything will - sooner or later... Well, remember Apollo 13, one has to operate on shoe-strings, or rather duct-tape...

The permanent challenges and their solution are brilliantly described from the POV of the astronaut and the NASA team who try to organize a rescue. It is all there: technical stuff, emotions and humor. A really brilliant combination.

The performance by R. C. Bray is also top notch and contributes much to the enjoyment of this book. This is the kind of audiobook one listens to more than once (though I will get a print copy nevertheless).

Now if only it was true...

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  • majusgajus
  • 25/02/2014

simply put: MASTERPIECE

I listendes to hundreds of audiobooks, but THIS HERE!
Immediately after finishing it, I was searching for R. C. Bray. This audiobook is superb and I bet it's so in part because Bray's reading it.
English is my second language, but damn, what a clear, concised and marvellous way of reading and putting character, drive and humor in the main characters. I was sucked into Mars and Watney's adventurous survival.

The story is well balanced, thrilling, perfectly paced (though it might add 2 hours more imho). However, finally a book not wasting useless space for unnecessary information or backgrounding. Perfectly written!

The main character Mark Watney is one of the best I've ever encountered. I try imagining which actor could play him but cannot come up with one; this is something new, for me at least. Great humor, great attitude. Reminds me an important lilfe-lesson! So there's even a paedagogical aspect in this story: Uncompromisable positive thinking! Thanks for that Mr. Weir

The scientific backgrounds are astounding and make - for a layman - perfect sense.

Honestly people. I could not go to bed yesterday until I had finished the book.
Took me a lot of audiobooks to say that: Perfect entertainment!

Andy Weir -I don't know who you are, but anything with your name on it will be given a try.

Why are there not more books read by Bray? Great art! Really made my week!

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  • Fabian
  • 11/07/2018

love that book

it's an lovly book with action romantic science and anything else what an good story needs

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  • Jan Röcher
  • 07/06/2018

Bombastic!

I freaking loved to listen to this! I saw the movie when it came out and generally forgot about it but this book: Wow! The characters are so lively and you can not but root for our #1 Martian. Give it a go, you will not regret it.

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  • Alex
  • 18/05/2018

Engaging story with only minor flaws

There are only few things I have my gripe with. Do dust storms on Mars really get that strong? Is it really necessary for Hermes to depart at once? Was the whole "Chinese plot" really necessary? With that being said, this is an outstanding audiobook and deserves these overwhelmingly good ratings. R.C. Bray is absolutely perfect to narrate this; without him, this would be "just" a good audiobook.