Audiobook: The Martian by Andy Weir (Narrated by R.C. Bray)

The Best Sci-Fi I’ve Read in a Long Time!

Wow, just wow. This is easily one of the best science fiction novels I’ve read in a long time. It’s fresh and unique with a quirky point of view.  I’ve seen some reviews that his point of view was childish, but it made me laugh really hard throughout the book (and considering how much goes wrong you needed a good laugh).  And at one point they even explain his personality evaluation and explain that he was the life of the group — always the one to make the joke and make the other astronauts feel at home and happy.

Mark Whatney is one of those characters that you will never forget.  Seriously, I’m actually going back and editing my original post from almost 2 years ago now and I haven’t forgotten how funny and quirky he really was. I read a lot of books these days and I’m not able to go back and re-read a lot of them.  The Martian will live up there with some of my favorite Crichton books for how much I loved it to start, but then, how much I loved it on a re-read.

This was definitely filled with some hard science aspects and a lot of measurements and scientific explanations that may overwhelm the average reader — but good lord was this an incredible book, even with these harder to read parts.

I simply cannot wait until the movie with Matt Damon comes out this year. If you’re looking for a book that’ll make you laugh while making you feel hopeless–this is the book for you.  I have honestly never known a character in a book that goes through more struggles than Watney.

Now that I’ve seen that movie, I wanted to point out to anyone who saw it and “kind of” liked it, READ THE BOOK.  Seriously, this book is phenomenal. And might be easily one of my favorite books of all time.

Weir was able to both build a world that was fascinatingly believable and able to capture both the mind and the heart in a tale about a man left for dead (since they thought he was dead).

I felt heartbroken, I felt lost, hopeless. I laughed a lot, and almost cried a few times.

 

five-stars

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