The Martian Audiobook by Andy Weir (REVIEW)

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Reviews | 49 comments

Review of: The Martian Audiobook
Andy Weir

Reviewed by:
On April 20, 2015
Last modified:April 20, 2015


The Martian Audiobook

By: Andy Weir

Narrated by: R.C. Bray

Published by: Podium Publishing 03/22/2013

The Martian Audiobook


5 hearts Rating image

10 hrs and 53 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

genre: Sci-Fi

The Martian Audiobook Sample

[soundcloud url=”″]

Completely reperformed by R.C. Bray to match the 2014 Random House release! includes Andy Weir’s newly reimagined ending!

“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

“Strong, resilent, and gutsy. It’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You’re going to need it because you won’t want to put it down.” -Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception and The Columbus Affair

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

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing


The Martian

5.0 Hearts
Melanie S.

The Martian is not a book or audiobook that I would’ve picked up on my own. I would like to thank Marcela (@BookaholicCat), Carmel (@RabidReads) and Hot Listens’s very own Loupe for hounding me until I listened to this book. I’m so glad that I did and I will highly recommend that you listen before it comes out in the theaters in November. It is starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney.

The Martian is basically about a NASA mission to Mars. There is a storm that comes through and the mission is aborted. Mark Watney, the mission’s engineer and botanist, was left behind when everyone left Mars. Everyone was convinced that he was dead after he was knocked out during the storm. When Watney wakes up and learns what happens, he has to figure out how to survive.

Watney is a very interesting character. He is like MacGyver (once again, thanks to Marcela for that reference, but once I heard it, I couldn’t get it out of my head). The way he is able to make something out of nothing, is pretty remarkable. When he makes a mistake, he has a pretty funny panic attack, but then he recovers pretty quickly and gets back to how to solve the problem.

Once NASA figures out that they’ve left a living person on Mars, things really start to pick up. It is great to see how NASA really comes together to save this one person. Red tape that disappears to help bring Watney home. Plus the really tough decisions that had to be made. They had to think about the crew on the way home, Mark Watney left alone on Mars and the public here on Earth.

I loved the science. I don’t know how much of it was truly real and would work if put to the test, but the author and narrator made me believe that everything that happened was entirely possible. There was also some math involved, and while it was pretty intense, don’t let that scare you off. I just took that he knew more than he did about it and took what he said as fact and didn’t let it bog me down.

Mark Watney was a great character. Throughout a completely impossible situation, he kept a level head the majority of the time and tried to figure out what he needed to do to survive. One of my favorite scenes is when he first gets communication (done through written cards and photos, no voice) with NASA and NASA asked him for a photo op without much more information. Watney decides to go out in his spacesuit, the camera in question was outside, he writes “Heyyy!” and does a thumbs up. The PR person at NASA was unamused. That was pretty much Watney’s sense of humor, in a nutshell.

Once again, I can’t recommend this story enough. It is not something I ever would’ve picked up if it weren’t for the ladies who highly recommended it. Now, I’m going around and recommending it everyone I see. I don’t know how it would be to read, because the narration is done so well and I really think it helped bring the story to life. Please don’t let the sci-fi genre scare you off. It is so much more than that. While this is a science fiction story, the sci-fi is mostly a mission to Mars. Outside of that, it is a story of survival.

The Martian Audiobook

5.0 Hearts
Grey earphones

What to say about R.C. Bray’s narration of The Martian. This story was narrated so well that I forgot that I was listening to a book. It was more like listening to several people tell me this story about a guy left behind on Mars.

He really brought out the humor in Watney. When Watney was panicking, I could really feel it. I started to feel for the guy so much and really felt he was going to die. When the other characters from NASA come into the story, he delivers them seamlessly. Whether he voicing men or women, he is just as passionate.

Author Endy WeirPhoto of 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.


Narrator R.C. BrayR. C. Bray is an Audie-nominated and Earphones Award-winning narrator with over 150 titles to his credit.
He lives with his gorgeous wife and two beautiful daughters in New England.



The Martian #2

Reviewed by:

ML Simmons Reviewer

  • 5
    editor rating
Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. LOL Melanie, first I know well about being hounded into reading something and then actually liking it. 🙂
    I have heard some good things about this book and wow what a great experience listening to it must be. I think I’ll have to add this to my audible wish list. Thanks!

  2. I didn’t know this is going to be a movie! And so soon. Dammit. Okay… this will be mine within the next two weeks.
    Christy recently posted…Aflame by Penelope DouglasMy Profile

  3. Sci-fi is a tricky genre for me but it’s nice to see that tou had a great time. Even though I’m not sure it’s for me I’m glad to se you had such a great time!

  4. Yes! Yes! Yes! I’m so glad you trusted me and listen this audiobook, something completely different from what you are used to.
    You don’t know how happy I am that you loved it… Happy! Happy! Happy! I’m starting to sounds like Sheldon Cooper… Penny! Penny! Penny! I think that is the happiness talking. 🙂
    BookaholicCat recently posted…Short Review: When We Were Animals by Joshua GaylordMy Profile

    • Thank you so much for point me to this book. I don’t know that I would’ve even watched the movie. I haven’t watched Galaxy or Interstellar. I’m just not big on sci-fi movies for the most part. I will go see this one, and probably be disappointed because it won’t be as good as the book, but that is okay. Thanks again. 🙂
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Outfoxed By Love Audiobook by Eve Langlais (REVIEW)My Profile

  5. So pleased to hear you loved the audio of this one too. It’s not my usual read either, but I was hooked in and I am really looking forward to the movie now.
    Kathryn recently posted…It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?My Profile

  6. I am most curious. I like the sound of this one and it sounds humorous as well. I love that you picked it up by recommendation and that you loved it even though it was outside your comfort zone.
    Heidi recently posted…Review: Burying Water by K.A. TuckerMy Profile

  7. This Book is everywhere!!! The science part intimidates me. I don’t like it when things get too technical, I glaze over and lose grasp of the story. However it seems like this is very relatable even for idiots like me
    Braine recently posted…A Shot of YA: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer EstepMy Profile

  8. I love these kinds of stories where survival seems impossible and the villain isn’t a person, but a situation. I’ve had this on the wish list and the good reviews just keep pouring in.
    Sophia Rose recently posted…Homefront by Jessica Scott #ReviewMy Profile

  9. I’m listening to this right now and totally loving it! It is surprisingly hilarious and the narrator is perfect. It may be my favorite audiobook of all time! 🙂

    • That’s the same thing that Marcela said. I don’t know that it is my favorite of all time, but it is pretty high up there. I don’t know that I could put just one up there, because it would depend on my mood at the time. Definitely one of my favs though. Wait to you hear the ending. So good.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Outfoxed By Love Audiobook by Eve Langlais (REVIEW)My Profile

  10. I almost picked this as my annual read-out-loud-to-DH-during-holiday-travels book this year, but instead I picked THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. It is a decision that I will regret . . . FOREVER. *snickers* I’m glad you loved it. EVERYONE seems to be loving it. I’ll definitely be reading it for myself soon (but if I did audio, I’d totally listen to it instead 😉 ).

    • You can’t see the review? That’s weird. You could try refreshing the page or clearing cookies. Sorry about that.

      Yes, I loved the book and the narration. I highly recommend even if you aren’t a big fan of Sci-Fi. I never would’ve picked this up without being pushed by Marcela (@BookaholicCat), Carmel (@RabidReads) and Loupe. Even then, I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. I loved it. I hope you get a chance to try it and enjoy it as much as I did.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Outfoxed By Love Audiobook by Eve Langlais (REVIEW)My Profile

  11. Thanks for linking up with the Fellowship of the Worms! I’ll have to poke around your site a bit more, I’m an audiobook junkie these days!
    Katie recently posted…Go Ask Alice… All of Them.My Profile

    • No problem, I’m just wanting to get the word out about this book because I loved it so much more than I thought I would. I’m hoping that more people will give it a shot, even if it is outside their genre. I hope that we can find some good recommendations for you.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…2015 Spring & Summer Upcoming Audiobook Releases GiveawayMy Profile

  12. Yey, I’m so glad you listened to this one :D. I read it physically and can say it is still a whole lot of fun that way since Mark just has such a strong voice! Also as a science grad student, I didn’t find any details that were clearly wrong, just some that would require a lot of luck, ha. I’m so curious to see what Weir does next since I wonder if he has another story like this in him. Also so pumped for the movie!
    Anya recently posted…Updates from the Lair 5/03/15My Profile

  13. Fantastic review Melanie, I was surprised by how much I loved this book too. It isn’t the kind of thing I’d normally pick up but I loved every minute of it & I’m glad you enjoyed it too 🙂


  1. Audiobook News & Reviews: 04/18-04/20 - […] Listens reviews The Martian, by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C. […]
  2. {Best Book I Ever Read} Sci-Fi - […] The Martian by Andy Weir […]

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.