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  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6,104 ratings)

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The Martian

By: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
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Summary

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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Just not as dynamic as the original release.

Whilst I've thoroughly enjoyed Wil Wheaton's narrations for other titles (Redshirts, Ready Player One, Armada) I felt this story didn't quite work. It felt like Wil Wheaton reading the story, and to me didn't have the depth of performance that R. C. Bray has in his performance.

If you haven't heard the original, then this will be fantastic... Its just not quite as good as the R. C. Bray performance

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Bring back RC Bray

This book is one of my favourite however this version isn't anywhere close as good to the original. Do yourself a favour and get the RC Bray narrated version. Its immeasurably better in every way.

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Oh, dear . . .

I'm a huge fan of The Martian, in any form, but this is a "no" from me.

I have nothing against Wil W, but what's the deal? He reads it like a robot. Hard to follow when he can't even be bothered to change the pitch of his voice between characters. There's no way to differentiate. He doesn't put any humanity into a very human story. I expected so much more from a pro actor.

This was a mistake. They should tried harder negotiating with RC Bray. Does that mean this version for 7 years now?

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Wil Wheaton Ruins The Martian

The Martian is one of my all time favourite books. I’ve read it a number of times and listened even more to the old version (that RC Bray narrated which used to be available on Audible).

I’ve enjoyed other books narrated by Wil Wheaton (eg Ready Player One) so when I saw that he’d worked his magic on The Martian, I couldn’t wait to hear it.

I really wish I hadn’t bothered as Wil clearly wasn’t. He sounds bored throughout and makes little effort to voice the characters or add emotion to the story.

After a couple of hours I had to give up. It’s an incredible book ruined by lazy narrating.

Listen to the RC Bray version instead. He really brings the book to life and does a great story justice in his performance.

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Thank god they changed the performer

I always wanted to read this book but I could not stand the performer of the last version on Audible. Perfectly & brilliantly performed by Wil Wheaton really brings the characters to life. Going to buy some more books he has read.

If you loved the film you will find the book A LOT better & funnier with a more explanation that the movie left out!

Don’t hesitate you won’t regret it!

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Detailed. The story never drags.

Some reviews have said they didn't enjoy Wil Wheaton's performance but I have to disagree. Granted, I never heard the R.C. Bray version but I think Wil can portray plenty of sarcasm and sass, which really suited Watney while also performing strongly in more serious moments.

You don't need to read my review to know how great the story is, but I'll tell you anyway. The story is freaking GREAT!

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Epic book, read exceptionally well

Loved this. One of my favourite books, read brilliantly by Wil Wheaton. Watney's irony is almost tangible. Highly amusing.

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Wil Wheaton Kills the Dynamic Nature of This

I bought this version to complement my copy of the original audiobook. It doesn't complement anything: Wheaton's lazy performance insults us, the listener and the author's source material. Monotonous and lacklustre.

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Totally loved it

Such a good book. Rarely do I find one I want to keep listening to at all times. Wil Wheatons reading was great and really fit the character.
Really really loved it. Thank you.
Also smallest son loved the snippets he caught so just bought him the swearing free kids book.

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very good.

loved the book and the way it was read. as an audible book it was brilliant.

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