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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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Great Listen

Highly recommended title, Will Wheaton dose it once again with this knock out narration. this is a must listen.

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This book is amazing and Wil Wheaton just made it so much better than reading it

This book is great is exciting, realistic and fun to listen too because of Wil, and as a guy who is very into this sort of thing it checks all the boxes of a good book
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Loved it

Was excited to see this on Audible and even more excited to see Will Wheaton was narrating it! Great read, great performance! highly recommend!

Disco sucks.

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Very good

I loved the movie, that's why I got the book. the book was good and the movie was slightly better. The story is the same and the book explains things well, the movie explains things equally as well. With the way the story is told you cant get the same feel from the characters that you can get from the actors in the movie. That is the only downside, besides that it's a tremendous story.

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Exciting and Engaging

Phenomenal book! Science fiction that's realistic and smart, but still remains approachable. Wil Wheaton does a great job of narrating, his tone is perfect for the story - and especially for the main character!

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Oh wow

This production is awesome even if you’ve seen the movie and Will Wheaton makes it incredible. He is one of my fav narrator. Wow

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Even better the 2nd time!

Bravo Wil! That was a most excellent read.... And are we looking forward to the sequel? We are now!

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Great story and narration by Will Wheaton.

I will be listening to this many more times in the future. Hey audibles why does an optional text box make you fill it out. :0)

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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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  • 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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  • L. Newman
  • 2020-01-11

I love Wil Wheaton but why not R. C. Bray?

Hey, Audible! You had a perfect version of this already recorded by R. C. Bray. I like Wheaton, but frankly his reading pales in comparison to Bray. And now we can't even buy that version. :(

Seriously, folks. Find a CD of Bray's reading. It is awesome.

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  • Gigi
  • 2020-01-19

Wrong Narrator for this book

I hate to say it but Wheaton is the wrong narrator for this book Do not misunderstand I love Wheaton as a narrator in general. His narration of ready player one was spot on. His voice in my opinion is too young for the character in this book. RC Bray's voice was much better suited. Also, I really had a hard time deciphering one character from the other. Wheaton's characters all sound pretty much the same throughout the book

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • James Cannady
  • 2020-01-17

Wil Wheaton phones it in

The previous narrator was much better. Why re-record this? Because they got Wil Wheaton? He doesn’t even attempt to create different voices for different characters. It’s like listening to Wil Wheaton read the book in his head. The book is better than the movie but both are better than this audio book. Very disappointing

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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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  • 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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  • 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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