Oct 222015
 
Review: The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Published by Crown Publishing Group on Feb 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out, and now that it’s in theatres, I had to read it before I saw the movie. That’s a serious requirement for any book-to-movie adaptation. I’m so happy I did, because I really loved the book, and can now put the energy into getting to the theatre.

I was impressed at how much science was in the book, without becoming overwhelming or confusing. Everything Mark did was explained well, in a believable way, and all with a sense of humour. Mark’s humour was probably my favourite part of the story. He was a bit juvenile at times, but knew how to channel his fears and despair at being abandoned on Mars into a way to keep himself entertained.

Mark’s character was very optimistic and resourceful and utterly determined to live. It was really remarkable to witness that type of strength.

I listened to the audiobook version, and highly recommend it. The narration fit the story really well. Since the story is mostly told in Mark’s first person perspective, the narration was really his voice. The tone, speed and performance greatly enhanced the story, and brought Mark’s character to life.

Overall, this was an amazing story. It’s easy to see why it was made into a movie, and I can only hope the movie can do the book justice because it really is a stand out story.

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