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The Martian by Andy Weir, What a book!


Submitted by: Juan P Rodriguez

So, I just finished the audiobook The Martian by Andy Weir. What a book! It took me about two weeks to go through it and I´ve got to say, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I would argue that it has been one of the best thrillers and quasi technical stories I´ve read in a long time.

By the way, I just learned they are releasing a movie too. The main character they have chosen for the movie is Matt Damon which I like as an actor but would definitely not have been my first choice to play the role of Mark Watney, the astronaut which after a six  day mission was left for dead in Mars. I don´t quite see Matt Damon being as funny as Mark Watney was in the book. Nevertheless, I´m looking forward to the movie too.

If you´re looking for a great read that is exceptionally well written with a hint of technical details, this is your book.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5

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Publisher’s Summary

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?”

  • 2015 Audies Double Nominee in Science Fiction and in Solo Narration: Male
  • 2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist – Outstanding Audiobook Narration: Science Fiction


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