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The Martian

Written by: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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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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One amazing experience

Incredible book with a really good narration. Although, it was hard to distinguish certain characters.

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Wheaton butchers a well written, hilarious novel

The story is great! The author is funny and witty. The narrator, Will Wheaton ruined it with his narration.

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Great listen

Will reccomend to all. Story is well paced and nicely detailed. Nicely narrated also.

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A fascinating trip to Mars!

A brilliant story with sound logic. The struggle seems so realistic and yet extraordinary. The narration does complete justice to the author's words. Definitely recommended!

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Amazing!

If you have watched the movie before reading the book like me, go ahead and read the book again. If you do not have time to read the physical book, go ahead and get this audio book. The narration makes you feel that you are next to Mark Watney! Amazingly written by Andy Weir.

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More thrilling than the movie

Heart chilling experience for a science lover. Andy weir's imagination is beyond expectations, loved the detailing of most ignored components in a spacecraft which is vital.

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Exceptional story telling.

The book is able to brilliantly capture the absurd, tragic, mind boggling challenges that one might face in a fictional scenario that won't be a very alien to mankind in the near future. insanely witty, funny, chaotic and charming.

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  • L. Newman
  • 11-01-20

I love Wil Wheaton but why not R. C. Bray?

Hey, Audible! You had a perfect version of this already recorded by R. C. Bray. I like Wheaton, but frankly his reading pales in comparison to Bray. And now we can't even buy that version. :(

Seriously, folks. Find a CD of Bray's reading. It is awesome.

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  • Alexander
  • 14-01-20

Sorry Wil

Sorry Wil, I’m a big fan but this ain’t it. Wil struggles to vocally differentiate characters, and his accent for Vogel is terrible. It’s a great book and I enjoyed the movie. But now I think I have to listen to the original recording to get Wil’s version out of my head

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  • Gigi
  • 19-01-20

Wrong Narrator for this book

I hate to say it but Wheaton is the wrong narrator for this book Do not misunderstand I love Wheaton as a narrator in general. His narration of ready player one was spot on. His voice in my opinion is too young for the character in this book. RC Bray's voice was much better suited. Also, I really had a hard time deciphering one character from the other. Wheaton's characters all sound pretty much the same throughout the book

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  • James Cannady
  • 17-01-20

Wil Wheaton phones it in

The previous narrator was much better. Why re-record this? Because they got Wil Wheaton? He doesn’t even attempt to create different voices for different characters. It’s like listening to Wil Wheaton read the book in his head. The book is better than the movie but both are better than this audio book. Very disappointing

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  • Chelsea
  • 23-01-20

Horrible performance

I literally downloaded this app so I could listen to this audio of one of my favorite books. I listened to half of it but Wil Wheaton's performance is so painfully bad that I am giving up. He doesn't even try to change his voice. In the chapters with multiple characters it is a hot mess.

I found a copy with the original narrator online that I am going to steam instead. It'll be a hassle but at least it will be worth listening to.

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  • Technical_User
  • 29-01-20

Wil Wheaton ruins this book.

I've never read the book and decided to listen to it on my drive to work. The narration is so unpleasant to listen to, and ruins what is probably an enteraining story.

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  • Joel Cagle
  • 07-01-20

What a slap to R.C. Bray's face!

I will start by saying I tend to like Will Wheaton. I listen to RPO at least once a month, not to mention all the John Scalzi books I listen to, that he has narrated. That being said, this performance was awful. He reads the book at you, he does not perform it. To me, it is like when Alexa reads me a book (try it, ask Alexa to read an ebook you bought from Amazon.....I dare you!). The story is an AMAZING one. Andy Weir knocked this book out of the park! I can't say enough about this AS A BOOK, but I feel like the people raving about this version have never heard an audiobook before. I can't see how anyone can prefer this version, when compared to the job R.C. Bray did. If I were him I would be livid! Turns out he's a better man than I am. the truth is, this disaster of a recording came about because of money. The audio rights with Podium Publishing ended (audio rights usually last 7 years), and it turns out that Audible bought the audio rights to the book, but not the performance commissioned by Podium. So they would need to re-record it. To be fair Audible did ask Bray to record the book again, but apparently weren't willing to pay him what he is worth. So now, not only do we have a lesser product, we can't even get our hands on the original anymore. Audible really dropped the ball on this one, and all because of a couple bucks.

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  • Eric W Hollomon
  • 18-01-20

Why a new version?

Wil is awesome but R.C. Bray’s version is sop darn good. I am not clear why a new narrator was needed.

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  • Andrew Hillyer
  • 07-01-20

I'm really disappointed with this new addition

I have never listen to a Wil Wheaton before but I have heard good things and "Ready player one" has a sample that makes him sound really good. I was pretty excited to get this book because the original with R.C. Bray was phenomenal. I listen to that book proble 5 times now. I was looking for a new experience but what I got was a great book turned dull with the monotone and the lack of character voice changes. I really hope this book gets better. I'm even considering returning the $5 book so far. I hope the bonus material is worth it. Who'm I kidding. Andy Weir won't disappoint.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-01-20

Trying to be fair

I'm trying to be fair to this release, but I really want to compare it to the original recording by R.C. Bray. All I will say is that the original version gets five stars across the board. That's all of this review I will spend on comparing them, however, and the stars I've given it are for this performance alone, not compared with the other version.

Story: 5 stars. The story gets five stars, as it hasn't really changed. Hard science with an irreverent attitude. The best of both worlds. I love how much detail is given into just how Mark Watney survives, not just that he did. It was all kept relatively realistic as well. Fantastic job by Andy Weir, I loved the book.

Performance: 2 stars. It pains me to give Wil Wheaton only two stars. He is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and I usually love the voice he gives to his characters. For this book, however, it felt as though he really wasn't trying. There was almost no difference in accent, pitch, or inflection for different characters. Wil said Mindy Park's lines with the same voice he used for Venkat Kapoor, even when the two characters were having a conversation. This made it very confusing to know who was talking if you didn't already know. Also, there were no accents but whatever accent Wil Wheaton has. The Hindu Venkat Kapoor was voiced with an American accent, as was Bruce Ng. I really wish he had tried to use different accents,.

On the whole, I can only give it 3 stars. I wish it hadn't been re-recorded and am glad I own the original. (Sorry, broke my promise to not bring that up again.)

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  • C. Fletcher
  • 04-01-20

Just not as dynamic as the original release.

Whilst I've thoroughly enjoyed Wil Wheaton's narrations for other titles (Redshirts, Ready Player One, Armada) I felt this story didn't quite work. It felt like Wil Wheaton reading the story, and to me didn't have the depth of performance that R. C. Bray has in his performance.

If you haven't heard the original, then this will be fantastic... Its just not quite as good as the R. C. Bray performance

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  • Brian G.
  • 12-01-20

Bring back RC Bray

This book is one of my favourite however this version isn't anywhere close as good to the original. Do yourself a favour and get the RC Bray narrated version. Its immeasurably better in every way.

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  • Terrific Terrapin
  • 03-02-20

Oh, dear . . .

I'm a huge fan of The Martian, in any form, but this is a "no" from me.

I have nothing against Wil W, but what's the deal? He reads it like a robot. Hard to follow when he can't even be bothered to change the pitch of his voice between characters. There's no way to differentiate. He doesn't put any humanity into a very human story. I expected so much more from a pro actor.

This was a mistake. They should tried harder negotiating with RC Bray. Does that mean this version for 7 years now?

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  • Its_Tom
  • 12-03-20

Detailed. The story never drags.

Some reviews have said they didn't enjoy Wil Wheaton's performance but I have to disagree. Granted, I never heard the R.C. Bray version but I think Wil can portray plenty of sarcasm and sass, which really suited Watney while also performing strongly in more serious moments.

You don't need to read my review to know how great the story is, but I'll tell you anyway. The story is freaking GREAT!

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  • René Diepstraten
  • 21-01-20

Epic book, read exceptionally well

Loved this. One of my favourite books, read brilliantly by Wil Wheaton. Watney's irony is almost tangible. Highly amusing.

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 13-03-20

very good.

loved the book and the way it was read. as an audible book it was brilliant.

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  • Sam
  • 09-03-20

Thank god they changed the performer

I always wanted to read this book but I could not stand the performer of the last version on Audible. Perfectly & brilliantly performed by Wil Wheaton really brings the characters to life. Going to buy some more books he has read.

If you loved the film you will find the book A LOT better & funnier with a more explanation that the movie left out!

Don’t hesitate you won’t regret it!

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  • CSteven88
  • 21-01-20

10/10

From the get go this story grabs you and doesn't let go. It's very funny throughout and will have you laugh out loud.

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  • Tinder
  • 20-01-20

Totally loved it

Such a good book. Rarely do I find one I want to keep listening to at all times. Wil Wheatons reading was great and really fit the character.
Really really loved it. Thank you.
Also smallest son loved the snippets he caught so just bought him the swearing free kids book.

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  • Iwan
  • 17-05-20

impossibly good

I like a lot of people I guess watched the movie before knowing it was a book first and I LOVE the movie. but this, this is so much better.

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  • H Jones
  • 05-06-20

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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  • Robert Head
  • 16-06-20

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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  • Tiffany
  • 09-06-20

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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  • Tim S.
  • 02-06-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-20

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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  • Fangman
  • 24-06-20

Yay! Aw! Yay! Aw!

I would compare this book to taking your computer to an IT specialist and he walking you through every step of the way with terminal problems (for the computer) encountered and then finding a solution, all the while relating each part of the circuit and the solutions. This repeated for most of the book became very tiresome for me. The technical detail was interesting at first but after hours of it and no sign of abatement it also became very wearisome. I commend the author for his ability to concoct one problem after another and especially for his technical knowledge ( which, as I have said, I didn’t need). I have to admit that I did push the 30second jump ahead button a few times in the audible book I was listening to.

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  • John Felan
  • 24-06-20

The ultimate definition of boring

The perfect marriage between content and narrator; both equally trite and boring. No wonder Audible gives it away for free.

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  • anon
  • 10-06-20

Wow!

Loved this book, not my usual genre but it was fantastic. The narration was perfect.

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  • Resul
  • 10-06-20

bit long

Enjoyed the book but found it a bit long. Also contained a lot of chemistry and other scientific jargon but guess that was to be expected. overall, a good read.

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