Posted on October 15, 2016
Audiobook review: The Martian by Andy Weir
A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man’s struggle to survive.
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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.
But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
No rating for this story. I usually rate books based on my enjoyment, but I think it would be unfair to give The Martian low rating because I didn’t enjoy it.
Sci-Fi is so not my genre, I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi, especially about space. The handful of books I’ve read were romances with Sci-Fi background. And there’s not any romance in the Martian, but there’s a lot of technical and scientific descriptions. Lengthy descriptions. They bored me. In truth I was bored most of the time, and the only reason I finished the book is fantastic narration by R.C.Bray.
My thoughts about the audiobook:
R.C. Bray is a new to me narrator. He did amazing job and really brought Mark Watney to life. I highly recommend the audio format.
Another aspect of this book I enjoyed was humor. Mark Watney was such an optimistic, funny and likeable guy. I loved his jokes. I wouldn’t mind to have him as a friend if he was a real person.
Some readers critiqued The Martian because of Mark Watney’s unrealistic optimism. That the person can’t stay energetic, funny and never have any depressing thought. I guess they are right, but I don’t mind Marks personality at all. But if you want a gritty survival story about man who struggles to stay alive, probably The Martian is not a book for you. Mark definitely tries to stay alive, but he does it with such humor and optimism.
All in all The Martian was not a book for me, but I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it.
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