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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Mar. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BYMWA2O
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The Martian Audiobook – Unabridged
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He is a man who through not just his intelligence but his optimism, nerve and rye sense of humour manages to survive. I won't tell you how and what happens as you already know from watching the blockbuster movie this was made into but if you haven't seen the movie you will want to watch it after reading this.
This one really is good. The opening scenes are absolutely cracking and I was hooked straight away. The writing is clean and I was easily able to follow all the science bits.
There are thousands of positive reviews but I'll add my voice to them any way : Definitely worth giving a go!
If you object to detail, or prefer symbiotic aliens, or don't warm to Watney, then you will struggle with this book. As the majority of readers won't be astronauts, engineers, or botanists, there is a certain amount of explaining stuff to the layman. I could see how some might consider that tedious but I certainly didn't find it so.
Other reviewers have noted the frequent use of swear words. The swearing doesn't bother me but it might bother you. Contrary to what some people seem to think, profanity is common, even amongst highly trained professionals.
I too noticed the arguably unlikely lack of depression. The psychology is a moot point; most of us would struggle with such isolation but I am willing to accept the hand picked, highly motivated member of an extremely testing interplanetary mission might be different. If you want to read an actual example of one man's response to total isolation, you could do worse than "A world of my Own" by Robin Knox Johnston, a man who spent many months alone on his tiny boat during his record round the world voyage in the days of stiff upper lips.