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A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Martian.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian - while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate this audio edition, some changes to the original text have been made with the approval of author Andy Weir.

©2021 Andy Weir (P)2021 Audible Studios

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very bad audio

very disappointed that audio skips first words of many sentences. Love the author and narrator but can't even listen. Returning the book

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Best audiobook experience I've ever had

I cannot say enough. Epic in scale, thought provoking, incredibly cathartic. True to science and story. Just perfect. My great fear is that this review is so positive that it does not seem genuine.

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Amazing!
Refreshing and humble. I really really enjoyed this story from beginning to end.
10/10! Wish I could go into this story blind again, it was that good.

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so entertaining

I finished this book in two days, it was so engaging and fun, I would definitely recommend

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Amazing !!

I listened to the sample and then ended up binge listening to this book in a couple days just amazing . I laughed I cried I absolutely loved it! If you love science and space Please read ! Thank you for this gem Andy weir.

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Great narration by porter perfect story by wier

Loved it. As usual like Artemis and the Martian it was an amazing story start to finish.
I was worried about the narrator as I've not tried him before but he was fantastic and really got the emotion and character just right

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Beautiful

A very touching story, it had me riveted from the first chapter. I can't wait to share this one with my older kids; I think its definitely a good addition to any science fiction collection.

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remarkable feat of imagination

I just finished listening to it for the second time back to back. This is a nerdy, engineering and science loving author writing for the same type of reader, so it definitely won't be for everyone, but if you love those things, pretty sure you'll love this book.

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Outstanding!

I love the formula, it comes together to make a perfect sci-fi. I am a bit of a space nerd so I understand most of the science concepts discussed but I do appreciate that he takes the time to explain the concepts to those who don't. It makes hard sci-fi available to everyone.

The story is amazing and I love speculative concepts such as this, also some that are relevant to today (venus and phosphene gas rings a bell). The plot kept me glued throughout.

Narration was easy to love because I listened to the bobiverse. Great choice for narration and felt right for this story. I also liked the inclusion of additional sound effects to add character to other parts of the story.

Overall, I loved this even more than the martian and hope to see more stories like this.

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  • Leif
  • 2021-05-04

Pure Science Fiction

I grew up reading Asimov in the golden age of SF. I am writing this because there were no reviews for this brand new book. I am mowing my lawn listening to it and feel compelled to encourage people who love the science in SF to give this book a chance. I enjoyed both versions of the Martian (film and book). Don’t let paucity of reviews scare you this has been, so far, a compelling book.

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  • Davidgonzalezsr
  • 2021-05-04

Fist My Bump!

I enjoyed both The Martian and Artemis so I pre-ordered this one and started it immediately. It did not disappoint. Andy Weir is one of my favorite authors and Ray Porter is one of my favorite narrators so this combination is a win-win. The narration is superb and the writing is great. I recommend this book. Don't over think it. This is worth the price of admission.

Disclaimer: My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to or will listen to multiple times.

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  • William J. Miller
  • 2021-05-05

I love Andy Weir and Ray Porter

Andy Weir is at his absolute best when he’s spouting off insane scientific technobabble with a main character that feels simply like a smarter version of the rest of us. Maybe not even smarter, maybe simply more knowledgeable. Space and the science related to it are his happy place and we’re all the better for it. Ray Porter has so much ability to not only narrate a story but make us feel as if we’re the ones experiencing it. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of listening to the entire Bobiverse line of audiobooks then finish this and immediately go to them. Perfect narrator for a perfect setting. I haven’t quite finished the book yet, so no spoilers or definitive reviews of the story but I absolutely love where it’s going and can’t wait to hear the rest. Keep the hits coming Mr. Weir.

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-05-05

Sorry Johansson, here there is no disco

On the other hand, similarities with The Martian include a lone man in space science-ing the sh!t out of life- threatening circumstances. Weir’s trademark blend of science and humor occasionally had me hearing astronaut Mark Watney instead of MC Ryland Grace, even with the different, phenomenal narrator that is Ray Porter. But, don’t pass on this book thinking it’s just a Martian variation. This story is spectacularly fresh, full-credit worthy, and dare I say better than The Martian! This is Bill Nye the Science Guy as the hero in Armageddon, with (mostly) real science delivered in an entertaining manner only possible from Andy Weir. Oh, and we may not get disco, but we do get a little Beatles, and the greatness of Rocky. That’s all you get- anything more would spoil this outstanding story.

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  • David
  • 2021-05-05

Absolutely Great... way better than Artemis

Awesome story telling. Great build up of the characters and universe. Can't compare to The Martian as that was novel/unique, but this absolutely crushes Artemis. Reminds me of a cross between Old Man's War and the Three Body Problem (but slightly less cerebral than the latter).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-05

Cant stop listening

This is only the second book I have read from this author (I don't know if there are more) but I remember loving the first one I read (The Martian) and decided to check this new book out.
I just started a few hours ago with the hopes of listening a little and going to sleep. It is now 2:30am and I am wide awake hanging on every word!

Great story!
Great Narration!
Definitely reccomend!

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  • Joseph
  • 2021-05-05

A fantastic return to form

In this new title Andy Weir is coming back home to what made the martian such a breakout hit. One smart guy, in an impossible, incredibly hostile situation that has to "science" it out. And while it maintains that same DNA there's enough different here in context and objective that the problems our protagonist deals with remain novel and engaging.

There's not much I can say negative about it. The only thing maybe is that this book is structured in present day/flashback style and while the present day story is always highly engaging and interesting the flashbacks can drag a bit to the point where anytime the story cuts to the past you get a little upset.

Other than that, just a really fantastic and fun story.

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  • MDP
  • 2021-05-05

Andy does it again. Great book.

All of his books are great. Wish I'd known about the audio book versions before I read the hardbacks though.

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  • Phuoc Nguyen
  • 2021-05-06

Good, but not at Martian level

While the Martian is quite scientifically correct, this story is more about fantasy than science. And as a fantasy sci-fi, it does not really stand out as the story is not really novel nor innovative.

If you haven't read a lot of sci-fi, this book could be a good pick. If you have, the story could be a bit boring

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  • Roswatheist
  • 2021-05-05

Highest Order of Geekgasm Medal

Let me start off by saying that I strongly enjoyed The Martian and Artemis (please, please don't let the negative comments of others dissuade you from reading Artemis). Until yesterday, American Gods was my unrivaled favorite; as of finishing Project Hail Mary, it is now tied for my very favorite. I will not provide spoilers, but if you enjoy good science fiction (Scalzi, Taylor, Adams) and understand that what makes good science fiction is good science, get Project Hail Mary.

As for Ray Porter, I fell in love with his narration of We Are Legion (We Are Bob) and its sequels. His enthusiastic, geeky, humorous, witty, and sarcastic tones are an absolute delight to my ears. No other narrator could have done as well or better.

I don't regret preordering both the audiobook and a signed copy of Project Hail Mary in the slightest. To the contrary, I am elated and am looking forward to listening to this audiobook many, many times.

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