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  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,571 ratings)

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The Martian

By: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
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Publisher's Summary

A brand-new production of Andy Weir’s modern sci-fi classic, narrated by the incomparable Wil Wheaton, and featuring bonus content from the writings of Mark Watney.

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 plain old "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?

Wil Wheaton, who has lent his voice to sci-fi blockbusters like Ready Player One and Redshirts, breathes new life (and plenty of sarcasm) into the iconic character of Mark Watney, making this edition a must-listen for both longtime fans of The Martian and new listeners alike.

BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes the following extras:

  • “Diary of an AssCan” - Mark Watney, new astronaut
  • “I Made It!” - A happy letter to Mom
  • “Car Trouble” - A somewhat sad letter to Mom
  • “The Earthling” - A postscript. *Available for the first time in this recording
©2011, 2014, 2019 by Andy Weir (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Lacklustre

I liked this book, I thought the movie was great - even though I had read the book and there are differences. I then listened to the RC Bray narration which was wonderful; his timing, his alternation between characters and his portrayal of Watney was -to my mind -spot on. Wil is reading this story like he’s reading to his kids - or perhaps playing one lead role and all the other characters are background colour.
It is a Robinson Crusoe story with funny moments, and a relatable protagonist and I will stick to the RC Bray version.
Sorry Wil.

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R C Bray version is much better

I am not sure why a second recording of this book was necessary: R C Bray’s narration was perfect. Bray’s characterisations were far superior to Wheaton’s and lent a greater credibility to the story as a whole.

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The Martin- read by Wil Wheaton

The Martin- read by Wil Wheaton
This is the most *BORING* adaptation of an audiobook *EVER*!

Compared to RC BRAY ‘s wonderful, emotive, character driven, exciting, and expressive narration, MR Wheaton’s attempt is pitiful.

It lacks emotion, all the characters sound exactly the same i.e. just like Wil Wheaton, and he simply doesn’t do justice to Andy Weir’s smart, funny, exciting, suspenseful, and so enjoyable novel.

Get the RC BRAY edition if you are wondering which one you should go with. You won’t be disappointed. His narration is everything this one is not!

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What a TRIP!!

A great story, well written & narrated. Amazingly educational too! Uncomplicated but interesting all the way and a very nice touch putting the outtakes in as the epilogue. Was meant to be using this as a sleeping draught but theres no way; much too enthralling for that! Thanks for another great audiobook from Audible/Author/Narrator.

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An Awesome Story Performed By A Pro

Such a great and engaging story, with laugh out loud wit. Wil Wheaton was totally in the zone. Together providing an outstanding level of entertainment. Highly recommended.

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What the heck

I grabbed a copy of this book with Wil as the narrator to see what he did with it. Being a bit of a fan of his, I thought it couldn't go too wrong. Oh how I was wrong.
To be fair, I have a copy of the original version with RC Bray who won an award for his efforts. And rightly so. To have to follow in those footsteps with characters who were given depth by Bray, would have been very daunting.
I don't think Wil should have tried. It has put me off him somewhat as he just fell so flat in this version. I can understand why it was given away for free.

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A list of things to do

I really only continued to see what would happen. Its like a list of what to do if your stuck on Mars. There's no character development or interesting scifi futurist speculation. He , and 'NASA', have the sense of humor and emotional depth of 19 year olds . Hes such an overly 'D.I .Y.' building something out of nothing guy that one is constantly reminded of 'the A-Team' or those other tv shows where they always pull it off using string and sticky tape. He has ONE emotion.. happy go lucky, The soil building i find highly dubious scientifically, within that time frame, building active soil and growing a crop of potatoes, in just a few months out of not a lot.
The author is good at calculations which was mildly interesting.
I found the readers enthusiasm annoying , it wasn't a very soothing voice to listen to late at night.
I'm bewildered at the stars it has got on Audible. Its OK... but not great. I'm glad it was free.

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Just wasn't for me.

Felt like it could be a day at work if I was a mathimitition and a lack of character development.
Wheaton isn't really my preferd narrator.

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The story is amazing. Wil Wheaton is not.

If you're familiar with the R. C. Bray version, you'd be familiar with what's an incredible reading of the novel. He really lives in the space boots of Mark Watney, nails the cast's accents and characterises the tense and exhausted pressure of the characters amazingly well.

But Wil Wheaton... It's not that he did a bad job, it's just that, well, he didn't do a good job. His voice didn't augment for the other characters, and it felt like he was just punching it out, not embodying his roles. He nailed the "Mark Watney is a nerd" part of the character, but not so much m the "I'm trapped on Mars and I'm gonna die" minor element of the story.

The Bray version looks to be taken off Audible which is a true shame. If it appears again in future, I highly recommend it.

The book is stellar though; Andy Weir, you are a god among men.

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Great story, terrible narration

Wow, what a story! I'd seen the movie, like everyone else, but still got so much from the book! the science, story and suspense was masterfully done.

I wish I could say the same of the narration. Seriously, what does everyone see in this guy? He's literally got just one accent, and it's set to 'Cocky Will Wheaton.' Thank goodness most of the story was solo - the few parts where there were multiple people in it were just a run-on of confusing speech where I couldn't pick who was talking.

Other than that though... an enjoyable story. I can see why it's rated so highly.

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