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Artemis Audiobook

Artemis

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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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    Chris Wilkinson sunny stoke 16/11/2017
    Chris Wilkinson sunny stoke 16/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant listen"

    I dont understand the bad reviews.
    I have listened to loads of rubbish on here lately and was pleased to have a great book to listen too for a change.
    Rosario does a fantastic job with the characters and I totally get the plot.
    shes offered a get rich quick scheme it all goes tits up and she has to think on her feet for life or death.
    BRILLIANT.
    well done Andy weir and well done Rosario Dawson you had me hooked from the start.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Moss-Woodward London 17/11/2017
    Ben Moss-Woodward London 17/11/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "A book about living in a vacuum that doesn't suck."

    I don't get why some people have been giving this only one star. Yes the main character has many failings. However the storyline is compelling and the last half of the book I could barely put down. To be honest I am now hoping for a sequel...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Still bathing in Stormlight 15/11/2017
    Simon Still bathing in Stormlight 15/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper"

    As The Martian Mark Watney was a real star of a character, his struggles and internal monologues really brought his whole situation to light. He was one of the elite, in the space program and with multiple degrees to his name. Jazz is the same in that she also indulges her narrative in the same low humour but she's progressed a lot less and through rather more dubious routes. If you buy into her you'll likely buy into the story.

    This is a fast-moving sci-fi crime caper that gets increasingly out of control as it goes along. It's fun, it's laden with interesting science which I won't try to validate because cleverer than me people are still debating The Martian! I do think Weir lets himself go just a bit more with this one and the final part of the adventure does stretch things a bit but not any more than many authors do.

    I'm quite shocked, genuinely, to read some early critical reviews of the narration. I think Dawson is an absolute star in this. She delivers Jazz pretty much perfectly for me and the other characters are easily distinguishable. If you have doubts listen to the audio sample of course and come to your own decision but I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance and not being put off even trying!

    So, maybe not quite the all-time classic that The Martian was with of course the great RC Bray but definitely a highly entertaining read if you like this style of humour. Sure, the story has some weaknesses but I still found it thoroughly entertaining.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Shrewsbury, United Kingdom 21/11/2017
    Sam Shrewsbury, United Kingdom 21/11/2017
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    "Hmmm..."

    Written from a female perspective but is tone deaf in the details; reads more like a male fantasy of the way that a woman thinks and there are some really cringey bits. So...she is a hot, genius, welding, space engineer, smuggler, sci-fi tv geek, who can turn her hand to literally anything and has a smokin’ body: it just got really annoying to read someone’s teenage fantasy of a cool woman rather than a nuanced, developed character.
    I loved his first book but this one just drove me crazy and the plot was rather dull, because an arsehole (sorry: anti hero) attempting to commit a crime is not as gripping as someone trying to save their own life by escaping from an impossible situation.
    The narration was good - Dawson gave the character as much credibility as she could.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul London 20/11/2017
    Paul London 20/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Not as good as The Martian"

    It was ok, but The Martian casts a large shadow, it’s hard not to compare premise, realism, narration, humour, protagonist etc and find Artemis lacking.

    I likely expected too much, but hoped for science fiction that didn’t lean on the tropes of distant future technology/infrastructure - no matter how well backed by scientific theory - when the authors previous work had tapped into the realisation that an amazing story can be told without too much hand waving, and leaves the audience believing the authors world is one they could live to see and be in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Uk 19/11/2017
    Jamie Uk 19/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Predictable"

    The story seemed like it had promise, but every step was predictable, nothing to make you think.

    The narrator did a good job with the material, but overall I found this book very disappointing considering the hype audible gave it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ColinH Cambridge, England 15/11/2017
    ColinH Cambridge, England 15/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Interestiing follow up to the Martian"

    Interesting follow up to the Martian.

    This time the setting is the moon, and the main protagonist is female; but the style is familiar, and if you liked his debut novel, it seems likely you will find plenty to enjoy here also. I found it an easy listen, with a likable central character (much like The Martian) and it is well narrated.

    Not perfect (quite fact laden in places), but I would readily recommend it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 16/11/2017
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    "A Woman antihero to love"


    Jazz Bashara is a character that is not afraid to guide its audience and explain what is happening while living a very unorthodox life in low gravity but full throttle, all the main characters in the story are female and strong, the men are secondary but well described and instrumental to the story, also there is one Canadian and some one American tourist with one line but the rest of the cast is from countries not commonly mentioned in bestsellers except as cannon fodder or evil villans; very refreshing because Andy Weir humanises them and even makes them humorous.
    A good plot with a very likeable character and cast that runs like clockwork and entertains while keeping you interested in what is an alien environment.
    This book is a good read for anyone even those that don't enjoy science fiction because it is a character-driven plot and the environment is explained with ease and in what a pear to be a very natural way.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JoJoPop Northern ireland 23/11/2017
    JoJoPop Northern ireland 23/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!"

    Addictive listen, funny moments & lots of gripping moments!
    Narrator is amazing!
    Storyline was superb!
    Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Grant 23/11/2017
    Stuart Grant 23/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent! "

    This book is a great listen. The story has some fantastic twists and turns and I loved the main character. It captures the atmosphere of living on the moon (no pun intended!) and is a rollercoaster all the way through. It has a great pace and some nail biting sequences. I’m not sure what other reviews are complaining about the narrator for, I thought she was brilliant and made the main character come alive. Really well read and flawless characterisation of all the key players. If you liked the Martian, you will like this. Worth a credit for sure. Nice one Andy Weir!

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  • Adam
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    "Very good Moon caper"

    Another great novel by Andy Weir. While this one is different than The Martian, it has the same wit and sarcastic humor that made it enjoyable. The main character (and secondary characters) is/are well developed and follows in the long tradition of sympathetic space scalawags. Mr. Weir spends much less time describing the science and technology behind the plot than I was expecting, but his writing once again shows his mastery of scientific concepts and realism. I suspect that this is more of a necessity of the amount of time spent writing this novel in comparison to The Martian, which was refined over years. In any case, this is a wonderfully entertaining story. I'll be looking forward to his next release.

    Highly recommended for any fan of The Martian, classic science fiction or fast-paced capers..

    *Note, the story contains strong language. Proceed with caution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan B. Clements
    23/11/17
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    "Fantastic"

    Andy Weir wrote another amazing story. Rasario Dawson was good in Marvel superhero series. Her performance in this book shows how good she really is.

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  • Allison
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    23/11/17
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    "Excellent"

    The moderator was great- at first i didn't like the voice, but it suits Jaz and grew on me.

    Comparison to The Martian... It's unrelated. If you're only going to read one of the books, The Martian was better.

    I did not like the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mario L.
    23/11/17
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    "Very captivating and keeps you engaged "

    i loved it. i can see a great movie coming out... with all the talks of Lunar stations and habitat it sure does paint an interesting picture of what life would be there.... I liked the fact the story focussed in the humanity and reality and did not paint everything perfect, there will always be classes and drama when humans are involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tina Petersen
    23/11/17
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    "Fun and Entertaining"

    Definitely, NOT a sequel to his first book. There is also far less Science in this book - more interaction & action. Lots of swearing. But the story moves along a good place. It is distracting & entertaining which is what I look for in a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terrance Ferguson
    23/11/17
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    "Super weak first half. Fantastic end."

    If this were only the final two hours or so of the book it would be amazing. I just didnt find any of the set up compelling at all. I also feel like the tone wasn't exactly right. A lot of the environment was poorly described/explained too.

    Its hard not to compare this to The Martian. A lot of the information and science here just felt like footnotes/exposition. Where as The Martian felt like you were thinking along with Mark.

    The only part i was compelled to listen to was the final 2 hours or so. Perhaps the first parts were more descriptive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ilja
    23/11/17
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    "did not disappoint"

    well worth the purchase, if you liked the matrian than you will definitely like this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    23/11/17
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    "Excellent"

    This is such a good book! People comparing it to the Martian and saying it's not as good are in my opinion blinded by nostalgia. Don't get me wrong The Martian is my favorite audio book, I've listened to if over 10 times. It was my first audio book and at this point it's equivalent to comfort food. And I'm telling you this book is just as good, it won't ever replace the Martian but it isn't supposed to. I burned through the whole book in two days because I couldn't stop listening. If you liked the Martian you will like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EK
    23/11/17
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    "Best sci-fi story I've read all decade"

    The story kept me captivated and left me wanting more. Every twist and turn the story took was a true surprise and felt true to the story and the experience, not forced out only there to lengthen the story. The characters, even the ones who only have tiny parts in the story are well developed and it's easy to understand their motivations. Rosario Dawson's performance is excellent. She did and amazing job bringing the main character to life as well as voicing the wild and colorful secondary cast. I'm actively looking for more titles she's done. Overall fantastic, you don't want to miss out on this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kole
    23/11/17
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    "Rosario killed it!"

    This is one if the best performances I can remember hearing. This is truly the work of a longtime acting professional. Weir strikes again.

    After seeing the push that was made to promote this audiobook at the New York Comic Con, I can't wait to see the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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