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Artemis

Written by: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,690 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller - a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Bringing to life Weir's brash, whip-smart protagonist is actress Rosario Dawson (Marvel's The Defenders, Sin City, Death Proof). With the breathless immediacy of one realizing they're one cracked helmet visor away from oblivion, Dawson deftly captures Jazz's first-person perspective – all while delivering sarcastic Weir-ian one-liners and cracking wise in the face of death. And with a cast of diverse characters from all walks of life calling Artemis home, Dawson tonally somersaults to voice Kenyan prime ministers, Ukrainian scientists, and Saudi welders. It's a performance that transports listeners right alongside Jazz, matching her step for step on every lunar inch of her pulse-pounding journey.

©2017 Andy Weir (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"Everything you could hope for in a follow-up to The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won't be able to put down." (Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One)

"An exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride…. one of the best science fiction novels of the year." (Booklist)

"Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all – a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science." (Library Journal)

"[A] superior near-future thriller.... Weir leavens the hard SF with a healthy dose of humor." (Publishers Weekly)

"[Narrator Rosario] Dawson makes Jasmine sound like the lovable rogue she is.... Dawson makes listeners care about a diverse cast of characters with quirky mannerisms." (AudioFile)

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Not so great

I thought Andy Weir did a very good job of writing a very immature and self-centred, yet multi-dimensional character. The problem is, I had little desire, part way through, to listen to the character anymore. I stuck it out in the hopes that the story might improve on the character, or that other characters may develop, but it didn't. There were lots of neat ideas about how life might be on the moon, but not enough to really make it a successful follow up work to The Martian.
I don't know that Rosario Dawson could have done a better job narrating, given her character's annoying factor. So I do not blame her for the performance.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Not much to see here.

Well, I never really got into the characters. I certainly didn't care for them. The performance by Rosario Dawson was very good but it always seemed a little too cocky and another small thing; it sounds as though the "t"'s have been removed from her vocabulary. The story was decent but it kind of reminded me of what a Nancy Drew mystery would be like. But with the occasional F-bomb thrown in. The science fiction part was above average but it just didn't capture me. The hard science was like reciting details from a grade 11 Physics class. It was an okay, breezy read, that would make for a good summer vacation read but one of the best science fiction books of that year? It must have been a below average year.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Lo
  • 2018-01-24

Just awful

I couldn't return this book so I tried to listen to it as long as possible to get my "money's worth". But I'm finally giving up, no point in torturing myself any longer. It is full of lines like this: Female character: I'll have to blow them both at the same time. - teehee I hope no one takes that sentence out of context!" *barf* the story is bad, the characters are bad, and the accents are bad. Don't do it!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Weak characterization, but good performance

Interesting world-building, but disappointing story with exhausting middle-school humour. Rosario Dawson manages to make it bearable with a great performance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

I loved The Martian and was really looking forward to Artemis. I love Andy Wire's application of known science to his protagonist's problems. In The Martian I cared about his protagonist. In Artemis i found her self-centered and morally deficient. Full disclosure: I don't expect the lead character to be perfect but I do want them to be a positive role model. I tried to like this book but gave up a third of the way into it.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Compelling & Accurate, Save for the Main Character

This sci-fi adventure was well told and scientifically accurate, however those strengths were undercut by an unrealistic female lead, who, I would add, was written by a man and in the first person. I mean she is truly unbelievable, like what you might expect of a fantasy girl from a 12 year old sci-fi fanatic's wet dream. This might not ruin the book for everyone, but it probably should.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointingly mediocre

I was rather excited to listen to this book, following the high bar set by The Martian. Hard science fiction with a fun character and struggles with environmental-based hazards. There is plenty of the former and some of the last, but the character is where it largely fails. Jas is simply unlikable. It's revealed near the end (though easily predictable by the middle) that she isn't completely driven by greed, but even ignoring that she's a terrible human being on a number of scores. She's petty and nasty in far too many situations where it is inappropriate to be so, where it is natural to prioritise the matter at hand, rather than making snide, spiteful remarks. She is the eternal rebellious teen: wanting to be independent and respected, but too immature to really achieve that. She is independent, but she places personal respect for her ever out of reach with her behaviour.

Beyond Jas, other disappointments include over-used tropes and glaring predictability. As I said, her ultimate motivation is easily seen halfway through, even if it isn't revealed until the end. Every difficult situation she faces is obvious a mile away, which is not always due to her actions, but because they're exactly the kind of thing a reader might expect -- especially the final hurdle in the "save the world" action near the end. It's something seen so often that it's become a joke, but I'm laughing with scorn instead of humour, so I don't even care about her sacrifice.

Rosario Dawson's performance was okay. She doesn't do voices with any particular accomplishment, but I felt nothing negative about her effort. I've simply heard far too many better narrators, and all of this is why I give her two stars.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Echoes of Neuromancer

This book is scientifically detailed, well researched, and beautifully narrated. There is some hissing in the audio though when the actor speaks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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1st class World Building, weak storytelling

While Andy Weir again created a very believable world the storytelling is full of Hollywood Action movie clichées that get boring fast.

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  • JB
  • 2017-12-08

Just Awful

I was someone who truly enjoyed The Martian, and didn’t balk at the idea of a science/math-filled book about space. It had a great premise too. A. HEIST. IN. SPACE. How do you mess that up? The answer is: rather easily.

This is a case where Weir said, “If it ain’t broke, try to do it again and just sorta change the names kinda?” I query whether Weir has, in fact, met an adult woman. The main character of this novel is described and acts the way a 12-year-old boy imagines a woman to be... which is just like a 12-year-old boy, but with boobs. The dialogue and repartee are forced to the point of being painful. The science is thrown in to no benefit of the story and just serves to grind the plot to a halt. Every character, and even the setting, is a stereotype - and a tired one at that.

Rosario has a nice reading voice, but her accents were rather painful and distracted the listener from the story as you try to sort out, “...is that really German?”

I had to return this book because it became such a chore to listen to.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • will
  • 2017-11-18

A ferrari with no motor

On the outside, everything about this audio book looks good. The much anticipated sophomoric novel from breakout sci-fi author Andy Weir read by Rosario Dawson is a great preface in itself. Add to it the promise of the first moon colony, some corporate espionage, a lone wolf heroine saboteur and the possibilities are endless. Then it just sits there. And all the aspects that could make it great are that much more annoying. Dawson does a fantastic job narrating. The problem is the characters have no depth, the storyline is swiss cheese and the dialogue is juvenile to an infuriating level. The protagonist delivers wannabe witty sarcasm endlessly and has hardly any likable moments. Humor falls flat at every attempt and there are many, many attempts. Very disappointing. The science is interesting but that can only go so far. If you're looking for the best sci-fi and you haven't done it yet, check out The Expanse series.

605 of 678 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 2017-11-27

The opposite of the Martian...

One of the things I really enjoyed about the Martian was a main character who dealt brilliantly with unfortunate circumstances that were caused by forces out of his control. By contrast- Jaz - the main character in Artemis- is totally responsible for one mess after another. Artemis is a story about a supposedly smart person who consistently make very stupid decisions. Jaz attempts to solve each of her problems (which she largely creates) by creating situations that are worse...and each disaster is worse than the last. She’s a liar and a thief - and while she’s very creative in her solutions she is a destructive force in her own life. Not a fan. I listened to Artemis because I enjoyed the Martian so much. If I had listened to Artemis first I doubt I would have picked anything by the same author.

346 of 390 people found this review helpful

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  • Anthony
  • 2017-11-19

A Book I Truly Wanted to Love

Andy Weir has shown once again he is a master at researching and building a truly amazing sci-fi universe. Unfortunately, his dialogue is juvenile and his story boring. Scientific details aside, the book read like a pre-teen thriller. The characters were all one dimensional and dialogue was appallingly simple. The story was boring at best and read more like a screen play than a rich, deep, and enthralling book.

I honestly wanted to love this book. There is a lot of good substance here, and I hope Andy finds the time to take everything he’s learning to write a book to truly remember. For now, it looks like all we’ll get is a book perfectly suited for a 90 minute movie.

176 of 201 people found this review helpful

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  • Megan C.
  • 2017-11-17

Entertaining; Fun Moon Adventure; Not the Martian

Based on the reviews I've seen, I would suggest listening to this BEFORE the Martian, otherwise, you might be somewhat disappointed with Artemis. If you have read the Martian, I would suggest dialing back your expectations for this one and just try to enjoy it versus comparing it to another one of Weir's books. Sure Weir is very talented - but this isn't Martian 2 - there is going to be some variations on characters, plot, etc. Not every book by an author is going to be spun gold perfection. And it is hard to follow up the success of something like the Martian.

For one, you are not going to be nearly as sympathetic to our protagonist, Jazz, as she is not a stranded scientist struggling to survive until help arrives. Jazz is an under-achieving smuggler hustling her wares within a tiny community of 'loonies' (don't call them that they hate it) colonizing the moon in a cluster of acclimatized spheres [Artemis]. She's lived there nearly her entire life, has a few interesting social connections, and is laboring in near-poverty in hopes of paying off a debt/righting a wrong that has her and her father on the outs.

There is a lot of science, moon, and some space travel stuff to geek out about - much of it sounds rather plausible. But I didn't nitpick, I just tried my best to enjoy the book.

Some bark about the idea of the producers hiring a famous voice to narrate the book when there are plenty of extremely talented voice-actors who could have done a 'better' job. Sure, I agree there are plenty of very talented people who could have read this - they could have treated it like an audio drama and hired a full-cast. Regardless, I think Dawson captured Jazz's brash, rude personality rather well. The other characters, at times, did blur a little, but her overall performance was listen-worthy.

I enjoyed this book. I hope you do too.

177 of 206 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • 2017-11-20

I was surprised at how mediocre this was

I became a huge Andy Weir fan when I read "The Martian" and later the short 6 minute story called "The Egg". I was so excited for this new Andy Weir book. The first 3 hours I hated it. It was boring, and nothing was done to bring the reader into the characters, especially the main protagonist. After that, the book picked up the pace. It's a short book, so throw out the first 3 hours and it's really short. However, it still amounted to nothing more than an average sci fi story. Had this been my first Andy Weir book, I would have never read another. The reader was good, but her inflections of the main character's voice would not have been the choice my mind would have gone to if I had read this instead of listening. Some of the time she had this so called street smart girl sounding like a dumb valley girl. I could not get into this one. Not at all.

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  • Paul Z
  • Chicago
  • 2017-11-19

Formulaic

The Martian was a book while reading you thought this will make a great movie some day, Artemis on the other hand feels like it was written for todays movie audiences as a forethought.

With a great concept, Weir falls short with his heroine, he shows us plenty at how technically astute he is but not so at writing from a woman's perspective, which made the protagonists development weak, leaving less empathy for her actions. The overly ambitious plot has too many holes in it to make Artemis more than just ordinary and to me it had a chance to redeem itself but Weir opted for more of a hollywood ending.

Rosario Dawson has a wide range and delivers a solid performance but the stereotypical accents of some of the characters does not seem accurate for people living in the most diverse city ever.

Artemis just tries too hard not to be The Martian and ends up becoming more like Die Hard on the Moon .

183 of 214 people found this review helpful

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  • Roey Benamotz
  • Georgia, USA
  • 2017-11-29

Really wanted to like this

This has all the right ingredients. Written by Andy Weir, read by Rosario Dawson - what can go wrong?
A lot apparently.
The book is bad. Weak story, awful main character and the science feels artificially placed. It’s good science but it does not drive the plot nor it is very interesting.

As for the performance - I am conflicted. Something was not working. Rosario has great voice, good accents, and the production is very well done. But the overall result is bad. I just don’t know if it’s because Rosario is missing something or just the bad story and awful main character comes to life through her voice and projecting on the performance.

I am still very hopeful and Weir’s next book. The Martian was great and I very hopeful this book is a temporary setback.

69 of 81 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • 2017-11-17

Disappointingly Juvenile

This audiobook should have come with a "Young Adult" sticker, warning those in search of grownup fare to steer clear! The introductory blurb on the audiobook gives no indication that the lead character is a kid . . . and because most of her actions are juvenile and her relationships immature and the plotting of the tale is rather plodding . . . I'm posting this as a public service announcement to warn the unsuspecting that this book is not very good. Also, Rosario Dawson does only a so-so job of narrating.

35 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Fernando Monteiro Ribeiro
  • 2017-11-26

Future of the past! (Not many spoilers)

A story developed in a moon base, in the middle 2070s, without any mention to robots or AI??? With convenience store cashiers? Welding guilds??? Seriously??? A brasilian cartel named O Palácio? A mob scientist from Manaus???

Look, I’m brasilian and it’s all the dumbest thing I’ve ever read! Total lack or research about Brazil. Lame plot, old, sterotyped characters: The Barman, The Cop, The Nerd, The Strict Father, The Evil Assassin... Contrabandists, oh, please...

I’m returning this book. I wish I could get my listening hours back!

34 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott E. Detweiler
  • Milwaukee, WI USA
  • 2017-11-17

Pretentious brat goes on welding adventure

Expected more from the author after something as epic as the Martian. Unlikable character who makes bad decisions doesn't make for the best adventure. I also felt that the big picture was missing.

68 of 83 people found this review helpful