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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)

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  • plaj
  • 2017-11-28

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • AmyS
  • 2017-12-07

Great but not as great as The Martian

Awesome to see a female protagonist. Rosario Dawson was beyond excellent. A good story especially if you've been waiting for this for a while.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • John Barazzuol
  • 2017-11-22

great combination of science and story.

Great combination of science and story telling. The reader's performance was engaging and clear. Very happy with this book!

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  • Daniel Jo
  • 2017-12-12

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ashton
  • 2017-12-01

Strong story, great performance, worth it.

Couldn't stop listening. Every detail was so well described I felt like I was there. Very well writen and voice acted.

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  • Scott Mooney
  • 2017-11-27

Rosario Dawson rocks this story!

The story is great, and the performance is brilliant. Rosario Dawson creates consistent, unique, believable voices for each character, and expresses the essence of this story beautifully. I love Andy Weir's storytelling, and he does have a tendency to make all the characters think the same way- logical and brilliant. Dawson brings variety to the characters that gives them more individual personalities. It's a great creative collaboration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • raniel Jarrett
  • 2017-11-27

Great Listen

Funny, Engaging, and awesome science fiction. the best part is that it does a great job mixing real science with the fiction, just like The Martian. Rosario Dawson really gives the story some life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill Tait
  • 2017-11-20

More!

This was my first audio book in about 25 years. It was also my first book by the author. Going to get The Martian now, despite having seen the movie several times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric Cruickshank
  • 2017-11-16

Performance doesn't do the material justice

The voice performance is very conservative, with one voice for all characters, with moderate to no change in inflection. If the stellar performance in Weir's 'The Martian' is solely what brought you here, I'd give it a pass.

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  • Michael
  • 2017-12-16

Very Interesting & Entertaining

Highly recommended Sci-fi. I don't get so engrossed and interested in any book of any genre, very often.

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  • Paul Z
  • 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 .

51 of 54 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.

146 of 162 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Spencer
  • 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.

41 of 46 people found this review helpful

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  • christina
  • Camano Island, WA, United States
  • 2017-11-26

Not so much

Difficult not to compare to The Martian.
The characters were bland at best. Anytime a man writes from a woman’s POV it’s never quite right. I liked where it took place and how that might look in the future. Narrator was too affected. I’ll still read his next book. Sorry to be a downer but this was not great.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lian
  • 2017-11-21

Disappointing Sophomore Slump

I really wanted to like this book, especially as it featured a WOC as the lead in a hard sci-fi drama, but I just couldn't get past the terrible dialogue and shallow, at times cringe-worthy stereotypical characters.

I also loved the idea of a heist on the moon, but I don't think Weir lived up to the hype the second time around. The action was interesting, but I wasn't invested in what happened because the characters were so badly written.

The narration was bad. It's hard to get so many different accents right and to make such juvenile dialogue sound interesting, but there are many talented audiobook narrators who are more than capable of handling that task.

38 of 44 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.

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • 2017-11-26

Disappointing

I bought this book based on the enjoyable time I had reading Weir's earlier book, The Martian. Artemis brought pretty much none of the imagination-sparking circumstances that were the underpinnings of The Martian. The book drags, the characters are poorly developed and not very interesting. The young protaganist, a petty and then not-so-petty criminal, repelled more than enticed me to plod through this book. And the thought provoking idea of a city in space, on the moon, is hardly explored at all. The whole book is just not all that interesting. Dawson's narration is OK, but definitely nothing special; there are many other narrators at Audible who could have done a better job.

46 of 54 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.

22 of 26 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.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • jb
  • 2017-11-21

Meh

It was so so. Not great, but an ok listen on bus. I loved the Martian, could have passed on this

3 of 3 people found this review helpful