Soundbite Sunday: The Martian

May 24, 2015 Audiobook, Fiction, Science Fiction 26

Soundbite Sunday: The MartianTitle: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Source: Blogging for Books, Bought
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: The narrator, the story, the humor – everything was fantastic!

If someone had to be stranded on Mars, Mark Watney was a great choice. Only someone with his mad botany and engineering skills could possibly stay alive, with no way to communicate with Earth and too few supplies to wait on a rescue mission. And only someone with his phenomenal sense of humor could survive the solitude without going insane. These two traits also made him a wonderful protagonist to read about. Being stranded on Mars could make for a depressing, hopeless story. Instead, I spent the whole book laughing or on the edge of my seat rooting for Mark to survive each new challenge.

Me being me, I have to comment on the science in this book, which I thought was very well done. The general principles seemed sound and I think you could learn some interesting basic science by reading this book. I’m not sure all the ways Mark applies the science could work and according to my aerospace engineer fiance there are a few small problems with them. Everything sounded reasonable enough that nothing bothered me though and I suspect this will be true for most readers. The biggest problem I had with the science bits was that they were a little hard to follow as an audiobook. Sometimes I just wanted to read them to make sure I understood what was going on! I would actually still recommend this as an audiobook though, especially if you don’t care too much about the details of the science. The narrator was perfect for this book. His delivery of Mark’s jokes was spot on, which was a big part of why reading this book was such a fun experience.


26 Responses to “Soundbite Sunday: The Martian”

  1. Catherine

    I just finished this last week and loved it so much but agree with you about the science bits. I can’t imagine how it would be in an audiobook because it was tough enough reading that stuff in print.

    I heard that Matt Damon is going to play Mark in the movie which I think is perfect casting. It will be nice to see a sense of humor applied to the whole trapped-in-space theme. Gravity got way too depressing and existential for me!
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  2. Becky LeJeune

    I love, love, loved this book! I thought it was super approachable even for someone like me who is most definitely NOT a science wiz. I’m dying to see the movie now, too.
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    • DoingDewey

      Even as a science person, it was a little frustrating on audio! Not too bad, but I think I would have gotten more out of it some of it had I been reading the book. The narration was really fantastic though! Definitely worth it 🙂

  3. C.J. @ebookclassics

    Oh, your blog looks beautiful! Very cool and calm. I’m hoping to read this book soon, so it would fun to read your thoughts. I’m still deliberating on whether to read it in print or get the audio book.
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  4. Nikki

    This one seems to pretty consistently get really great reviews from people who have similar tastes to me. I’m definitely going to have to pick this up eventually!
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  5. Liz @ Books I Think You Should Read

    Found your review on Carole’s site. I checked this book out of the library and then it was due, and I didn’t have time to read it yet 🙁 so hopefully at one point I will read it. I’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming movie too and it looks great!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for stopping by! I hate when I have to return a library book unread. I’m very excited for the movie and definitely recommend reading the book first. Even the trailer is a bit spoiler-y compared to the book and I think it might be more fun to read un-spoiled 🙂