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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
This is a great book, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It does contain a lot of technical details but that just made it even more fascinating to me.
I found myself at times really believing the story and becoming involved in the plot. Recommended.
Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?
Jodi Taylor writes well, and in this short story she gives some insight into the beginnings of it all. It was read well and I very much enjoyed it.
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John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.
What made the experience of listening to Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 the most enjoyable?
The casting is superb, the stories are suitably silly and the performances are wonderful
What did you like best about this story?
Enjoyable, good fun and easy listening
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Any additional comments?
Fo any fans of BBC radio comedy, tis is a real treat.
The Russians are looking for a few good men, and they're doing most of their looking within the British University system. It's a ploy which has served them well in the past, but now there's a difference. As Dr David Audley discovers very quickly, the aim of the Soviets is not simply to recruit, but to lay the groundwork for destruction. From the dim, comfortable reading rooms of Oxford to the bleak moors stretching away from Hadrian's Wall, Audley searches for the Russian wolf in don's clothing.
What did you like most about Colonel Butler's Wolf?
I am relatively new to Anthony Price and the David Audley series - they are excellent examples of spy drama, set in the second world war and post war years. This book is written from Colonel Butlers viewpoint, and I find this a terrific way of fleshing the characters out and seeing other perspectives. A very good narrator and a great story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Despite liking most characters as you get to know them more, I am fascinated by the testy, clever and secretive David Audley.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Final scenes in Scotland
Any additional comments?
If you like Le Carre, you will love Anthony Price.