The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C Bray
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Podium Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 10 hours, 54 minutes
Read by: R.C. Bray
I read and wrote about the print edition of this book back in January. I loved the book pretty much everyone I know who read it thought it was as good as I did. When I heard that Matt Damon was playing Mark Watney in the movie version I was skeptical but after seeing a couple of trailers for the movie I have to agree that it was a good casting choice.
I had heard from several reliable sources that the audio format of the book was wonderful. I decided that I wanted to listen to the audio edition before we go see the movie.
That was an excellent choice. I think I enjoyed the book even more the second time around and the primary reason for that is that the audio edition is simply excellent.
I will admit that part of the reason I enjoyed listening to this as a reread is that since I already know the story there was a lot less holding my breath this time around. The first time through the print edition I spent a lot of time reading as fast as I could to find out what happened next. This time, with the audio I was a lot more comfortable just letting the story happen.
R.C. Bray does a masterful job of narrating this book. His first person voice as Mark Watney is perfect. It fits right with the way I created Mark’s voice in my head as I read the book. In the parts of the book that are not in Mark’s voice, Bray is called upon to portray a wide variety of characters, voices, and accents. He makes the whole experience of the story even more wonderful than the first time through in print.
If you haven’t read this book, please consider the audio format. If you’ve already read the book in print I strongly encourage you to give the audio format a try.
It’s just a thrill ride and a whole lot of fun.
Rating 4.5/5 for the book
Rating 5/5 for the narration