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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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Riveting Story!

The narrator is amazing. Makes me want to search out everything he has ever done.
Andy Weir + Ray Porter = Magic
HIGHLY recommend.

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Excellent!

Very good story! Comparable to The Martian in that it takes current technology and carries it through a plausible direction. Ray Porter is an excellent narrator, as usual.

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Absolutely Fantastic

I can’t say how much i loved this book. It was a fantastic story with amazing narration. Took me a while to listen to it because i kept stopping and making my husband listen to parts. I have read several other books that could be considered similar in plot and this one out did the others hands down! Can’t recommend it enough!!

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Brilliant

I devoured this audiobook. The story is absolutely superb. Everything you would want from a Weir novel: indepth science within an incredibly rich and engaging story. If you enjoyed The Martian and/or Artemis this story will not disappoint; if you haven't read either of those download them after you finish this.

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Great listen

Loved Andy Weirs other novels and this is no exception. Starting out, one cannot help but compare this book with others by Andy Weir, however it blossoms into a beautifully unique tale that will leave you starstruck.

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Masterpiece

This book is so detailed, scientific and emotional. I wish it never ended. There were several times I had tears and nerve wracking tense held breaths. This is a must!

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Fantastic story!

First off, I would absolutely recommend this book to any of my sci-fi inclined friends.
Maybe I'm an old fashioned millenial, or perhaps it's been awhile since I've read contemporary fiction; the cadence of Mr. Weirs writing style is frankly obtuse. Perhaps that's in vogue, but nonetheless subpar to the Great Conversation. Mr. Weir does have a penchant for existential storytelling and suspense that I thoroughly enjoy. I would not say the storytelling overcomes the obtuse writing, but it accentuates it giving it a distinct character.
And Mr. Porter is as exceptional as he is subtle. Bravo! Encore!

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  • 2021-05-28

HOLY. BEST STORY WITH THE BEST NARRATOR.

Didn’t want it to end. wish I could read it all over again right away!!!

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Immersive

I really enjoyed this book and it’s performance. Honestly I bought it without even looking at the back cover because it’s Andy Weir. The narration was good and emotional, the story was immersive and I really got into the whole thing. It almost felt like I was there.

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a return to form

love the Martian you'll love this. suffice to say this is a return to form for Andy Weir and a great book for any hard Sci-Fi fans 😀

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-07

Can we just have Ray Porter narrate EVERYTHING? even my grocery list?

Ah, what a joy this book was!
The story is as fantastic and entertaining as any of Weir's books, but what really knocks it off the park is Ray Porter's narration. He’s just the perfect (and only, in my opinion!) narrator choice for this book.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Exatomos
  • 2021-06-10

Good story and good acting. Would recommend!

Good story, full of "sciencing the sh** out of things", in the way Andy Weir has gotten us used to from his previous book. We can tell its been well researched, even if there are some inconsistencies here and there, mostly when mentioning evolution mechanisms (also math and science can be hard to follow when just heard and not read/written). Many critics can be made, for instance regarding the clichés with the Russian, but overall I enjoyed the story and the main character. Regarding the performance, Ray Porter has a soothing voice and is a good actor, giving the audio book a real plus. However I felt his rendition of some accents and female voices was a bit over top. But I feel he followed the intentions of the author very well, and that's what counts the most. Would recommend for any Sci-fi enthusiast, or actually anyone that wants to see how science can help you in case you wake up from a coma in deep space.

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  • Herbie The Rattlesnake
  • 2021-05-23

Imaginative and fun

The story is great, filled with gumdrops of science bits and suspense. I love the characters. The narrator is fantastic.