The Martian Audiobook by Andy Weir (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Martian Audiobook
Andy Weir

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On April 20, 2015
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The Martian Audiobook

By: Andy Weir

Narrated by: R.C. Bray

Published by: Podium Publishing 03/22/2013

The Martian Audiobook


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10 hrs and 53 mins

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genre: Sci-Fi

The Martian

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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

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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.

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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. πŸ™‚
    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!

    • You won’t regret it. I was completely blown away by this book and the narration. I hope you enjoy as much I did.

    • It is soooooo good Felicia. You have to listen to it. You would love it. The narration is great and the story is way more interesting than I would’ve thought it would be.

  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.

    • Good call. You won’t regret it. I hadn’t heard of this book before Marcela told me about it. I’m so glad she pushed.

  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!

    • I’m not big on sci-fi either. I don’t do much beyond Star Wars in the sci-fi world, but I loved this.

  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. πŸ™‚

    • 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. πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve got this audiobook! Got it based on the description so thanks for the push. I’ll probably get to it in June and I didn’t know a movie was in the works. I’m a HUGE Matt Damon fan, too.

    • It was such a fun audio Jonetta, I think you would love it. Can’t wait to see your thoughts.

  6. Okay, okay… I’ve got it on my list to listen to!

    • It was such a great story. The characters and narration are wonderful. I hope you enjoy.

  7. 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.

    • I don’t know if I’m excited for the movie or not. I’ve been so disappointed so many times by movies that didn’t hold a candle to the book. I hope it is as good as the book.

  8. 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.

    • I’m so thankful that Marcela, Carmel and Loupe pushed me to listen to this book.

  9. Who knew? I though I’d give a shot since came so highly recommended, but what I never expected was how much I got sucked into the story.
    R.C. Bray was perfect!!
    Well done πŸ™‚

    • IKR? I never would’ve picked this up without the push. Thanks so much for that. πŸ™‚

  10. 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

    • I don’t a lot about chemistry and little on engineering, and I didn’t feel lost. I did take everything he said as fact, even though I had no idea if that is true or not.

  11. Okay so maybe I will put it on my list to try, because is also not my genre or type I would listen too. πŸ™‚

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was a complete surprise at how much I did.

  12. 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.

    • Then you must listen to this one Sophia. It was so good. I enjoyed it so much. I hope you get a chance to try it and enjoy it too.

  13. 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! πŸ™‚

    • 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.

  14. 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 πŸ˜‰ ).

    • This would be a good first audio to try if you wanted to give it a try. The narration was just soooo good. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  15. That’s funny, I can see the coms but not the review ? But I gather you loved it and I’m so glad you did, yay !!!!

    • 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.

      • Iza’s review was the reason I got the audiobook, after reading her review me and Kimba ran to But Marcela let me know how awesome it was on audio, so I moved it to the front πŸ™‚

  16. It sounds interesting, even though it’s not exactly a type of my read. That’s why I think I would rather watch this as a movie, but I’m glad you enjoyed it that much. πŸ™‚

    • I didn’t really think I would like it. I went into it with a “let’s get through this one” attitude and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the main character.

  17. This was so freakin’ awesome from the story to the narrator. I consumed this and loved every minute of it !!

    • I was the same way. I was going around my house looking for things to clean, so that I had a reason to keep listening. LOL

  18. Wonderful review, Melanie! I love a good book with a MacGyver-type character. I must read this before the movie!

    • It was so good. I just can’t say enough good things about this book. The characters are so well developed. You really care about what happens to each and every one of them. I hope you get a chance to try it soon.

  19. Everyone has read or listened to this one. WANT

    • I can’t recommend it enough. It is so good. I don’t know how good it would be to read, but the audio was perfect.

  20. Oh wow, this sounds like a must-listen! I’ll have to fit it in before the movie comes out. Glad to hear it is worth the hype πŸ™‚

    • You won’t regret it. One of my top all-time reads. I’ll probably listen again before the movie.

  21. 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!

    • 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.

  22. 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!

    • I’m really excited about this movie too. I just hope I’m not disappointed. I’ve been disappointment by books to movies so many times. Glad to hear that the science was accurate. I was wondering that when I was listening.

  23. 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 πŸ™‚

    • I’m so happy that TheBookaholicCat pushed me to listen to this book. She hounded me until I did. It was wonderful. My favorite book this year.


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