In Short: During a mission on Mars, astronaut Mark is separated from his team and presumed dead. In fact he is left all alone on the planet and does everything in his power to survive.
Why I Listened: I’ve heard so much praise recently for The Martian and I thought it would be something that Scott would enjoy listening to while on our roadtrip.
Thoughts in General: So I just discovered that this post (minus this “thoughts in general” section) has been sitting in my drafts since June. What do I remember about this book since we listened to it in June?
- Wow Weir must either know a lot about science or he must have done a crapload of research! Scott and I were both thoroughly impressed.
- Thankfully the entire book was not about Mark alone on Mars for 300 pages…as it seemed at the beginning. I loved Mark’s sarcastic and biting humor but learning about growing plants on Mars quickly became boring. Note: he is alone on Mars…but there are other people on earth who are also involved in the storyline.
- I fell asleep for a good chunk of the book. It wasn’t the book’s fault–we had been driving all day, it was almost midnight, and I was tired. Sadly when I started listening again after an hour or so lapse I didn’t feel I was missing much.
- There were several laugh out loud moments.
- We followed up our listen to The Martian with a listen of Redshirts by John Scalzi. That was a fun listen, too, minus the over use of “said” in the book. He said, she said, they said, I said, everyone said. 10 million times in conversation.
Bottom Line: I can’t say that I loved this book as much as everyone else did but it was a lot of fun and Scott and I both enjoyed it. It was a quick listen and I suspect that it would be an ever quicker read. Timid of science fiction books? This is a great one for getting your toes wet.
A Note on the Audio: The narration by R. C. Bray was absolutely fantastic. My only regret in listening rather than reading this book is missing all of the printed exclamation points–which I didn’t realize existed until I saw an Instagrammed photo of the book. Fans of Wil Wheaton’s narrations will surely enjoy Bray’s narration. Some of the details did get a little boggy but I quickly learned what I needed to really know and what I could let wash over me. I definitely recommend going the audio route with The Martian.
Have you read The Martian? Or listened to it?