The Martian by Andy Weir was my first great find when it came to Audiobooks. From start to finish I enjoyed the whole production. I’ve listened to The Martian Audiobook four times now, and still find it entertaining.
If your only point of reference to The Martian story is the movie starring Matt Damon, I highly recommend picking up The Audiobook.
Just in case you crawled out from under a rock, and this post happens to be the first time you’ve heard about The Martian. Here’s my short, spoiler-free review of The Martian audiobook.
2015 Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction
I think most people know the story since it was turned into a movie. But it’s essentially a sorry about an astronaut named Marc Watney who gets stuck alone on Mars. Throughout the audiobook, Marc’s overall goal is to find a way to communicate with Earth and stay alive long enough for any potential rescue.
Although The Martian is fiction, real science is a major contributor to the story. Andy Weir managed to make science cool again. Cool, that’s sparking a whole new generation of kids who want to become astronauts. Who knows, maybe one of them will become the first person to actually walk on Mars.
Marc Watney is a great main character. He’s a smart, playful guy that I think most people can relate too. Even though he’s alone on Mars, his journal entries provide a humorous way for him to walk us through his death-defying ordeal.
Directly speaking to me through his journal made me much more invested in his character and his survival. So much in fact that I practically listened to the entire audiobook in the first day.
The supporting cast and characters at JPL and on the Hermes spaceship are all great additions to the story. Filling in all the holes that Marc couldn’t relation his rescue and the world’s reaction to him being alive. They also provided a glimpse to what smart, nerdy people from around the world can achieve when they work together to achieve a goal.
Another great takeaway from the Martian audiobook is R.C. Bray and his fantastic narration throughout the book. If I’ve learned anything about audiobooks, it’s that narration matters, and excellent narrators are hard to find.
R. C. Bray is a highly talented narrator. With a command over his voice that allows him to articulate dozens of different male or female characters convincingly. This range is critical in The Martian because the story had a diverse collection of secondary characters working to bring Marc home. Bray gave each one of them different voices with different speech patterns and nuisances. Amazing work.
Since first learning about him through The Martian. I have continued to follow his work and have purchased more than a few audiobooks simply because he was the narrator.
One of My Favorites
The Martian would be a great addition to anyone audiobook collection. With its compelling story and strong narration, you’ll fly through the book.
Where to buy The Martian Audiobook
Buy the Audible version Here
New to audiobooks?
You can listen to The Martian for free on Audible.com. All you have to do it sign up for Audible’s free 30-day trial. Once you’ve joined, you’ll get two book credits. You can use one credit to Buy The Martian and the second one on anything else. Just click on the Audible banner on the right to get started.
If you end up getting a copy or have already listened/read it, let me know what you thought about it in the comment below. Please, No spoilers, though.
The Martian Review
- Story - 10/1010/10
- Narration - 10/1010/10
The Martian is a great audio book and one to have even if you’ve already watched the movie. It fills in a lot of what the movie either omitted or glossed over due to the run time.
I usually have something to complain about when it comes to an Audiobook. But I enjoyed this one start to finish.