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The Martian

Written by: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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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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Fantastic!

Some people might be hardline Bray fans and not like this book. I am both a hardline Wheaton AND Bray fan.

They both have different styles, and that's why I now own and love both versions. Wil does an amazing job reading some of John Scalzi's books. This is a perfect segway.

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Perfect

Loved this book so much. Wil Wheaton was of course the perfect narrator (listen to Ready Player One next if you haven’t already).

Book is a great length. The structure of mission logs and back on earth 3rd person perspective really worked.

I was so invested in this story, my brain almost lost the truth that this is fiction. You wind up rooting for Mark so much, just like the billions back on earth in the book.

Must read/listen.

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Amazing

Listened to it in 2 day. Couldn’t put it down.
Wil Wheaton is a great Narrator

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Well worth it for Wil Wheaton.

I watched the movie. I listened to interviews about the book on StarTalk Radio. I bought it on audio book when I found out Wil Wheaton read it. He kept every character distinct along with just a hint of his presence. He kept the drama dramatic, and he swore the way I would have in those precious moments. Love the details Weir put into it. Really great science fiction with expert narration.

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Wil Weaton brings this alive

Wil has taken a great story and elevated it with his spectacular performance: no one does sarcasm quite like he does.

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Wil Wheaton brings it home.

Lending an air of familiarity and relatability to a story we may already know, I found myself cheering Mark on all over again through Wil's voicework. Great listen!

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-01-02

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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  • Alexander
  • 2020-01-14

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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  • Joel Cagle
  • 2020-01-07

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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  • Todd
  • 2020-01-02

I want to like this version, I REALLY DO... but...

... did they record this in a bathroom? So, I have a bias towards recreated content, I admit it. I have purchased and repeatedly listened to the R C Bray narration of this book. I loved Wil Wheaton's version of READY PLAYER ONE and I've repeatedly listened to it as well. So, a reading of one of the best hard-fiction books in the last decade combined with a narrator that I love, what could go wrong?

Sadly, just about everything. The recording has an annoying echo(this alone kills the experience, hands down), Characterizations are flatter than the deck of the USS Nimitz, If it were not for the fact I knew in advance who was saying what, I wouldn't have known the character speaking would have changed.

This is a case of something being remade that should not have been done. No offense to the author or to Wil Wheaton, this just isn't very good.

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  • Shane Robinson
  • 2020-01-06

Not as good as R.C. Bray version

Find the old version it's 10x better. The little extra at the end is fun but not worth purchasing the book all over again.

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  • Andrew Hillyer
  • 2020-01-07

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-02

New version vs old version <br />

I really loved this story. I first bought the book and read it, then ended up buying the audiobook twice. First on a cd and then on MP3 format. The original version is read by R.C. Bray and I have to tell you he does a much better job than Wheaton.
Wheaton reading is more akin to a professor delivering a lesson. All the characters sound alike. There is hardly no difference between men or female voices. If you don't pay attention you might miss the switch in dialogue between characters because they all sound the same.
I'll finish listening to this audiobook because I bought it, but any further listening will be from the original version i have on MP3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-03

I really tried, but this version is a solid no

I have listened to the original over 50 times, I couldn't stand this one once. Wil was great in his other performances, but he was so bland overall and sometimes trying way too hard to be different than the first one. There were 3 reviews when I bought this and they were fake or just full of it, because the amazing reviews for this book were way too good. it was so agonizing to make myself listen to the first half of the book, I just quit listening to it. I will still be a supporter of Wil, this character just isn't him, which is a pretty big problem considering how the story is told in this book. if you absolutely loved the first version, you just aren't going to like this one.

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  • Francesca
  • 2020-01-03

Nope

Let me start by saying I love Weir’s book and have listened to the R C Bray recording over 30 times. Yes, really. It pains me to say that Wil Wheaten’s performance is simply terrible. He makes Mark sound like a giddy teenage boy, added to the fact that the characters all come out flat. Flat because the story is all read in the same voice with no change in character voice. If you didn’t know who was speaking ahead of tine, it would be hard to follow. This one is being returned. Even the new content isn’t worth it.

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  • Brent
  • 2020-01-06

OK, Audible, what's the deal?

As far as I'm concerned, The Martian is one of those books that didn't need to be re-recorded. If you asked me, I would have suggested Rendezvous With Rama as a more deserving candidate. Having the HAL 9000 read a book just doesn't work. That being said, Will Wheaton is capable with a pleasing voice and good speech technique. I think he is at his best at first person narration with limited characters and personalitles. He is a little weak is when he is portraying more that a couple different characters. I found this story hard to follow due to the lack of differentiation between personalities; even though I'm familiar with the book.
Also, I find it interesting that the version with R.C. Bray doens't seem to be offered anymore. I'm guessing there's some sort of falling out between Bray and Audible? They still offer other books with his performances so, who knows?
One thing Wheaton does bring to the story is Watney's nerdiness. If I remember correctly, Watney is a lifelong nerd, slightly out of shape and pretty unprepared for his ordeal. That's one thing that makes the story enjoyable. He rises to his challenge. Unlike the movie, he is not Jason Bourne.
In the future, I would not avoid a book read by Wheaton and I look forward to seeing what else he does. Will, if somehow you read this, I like ya. Would love to have a beer with you, but in terms of this story, you had some big shoes to fill.

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