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Jul 12

Listen Up: The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 10:54 AM by Elizabeth Land

Staff Note: Listen Up is a series of posts reviewing books in their audiobook format, which provides listeners with a unique literary experience. York County Public Library has audiobooks on CD and in downloadable formats.

The Martian by Andy WeirWhen Andy Weir self-published his science fiction epic in chapter-length blog posts, he probably didn't know that it would quickly be picked up by a publisher, become a bestseller and turned into a movie starring Matt Damon. But that's exactly what happened with The Martian, and for good reason.
This space odyssey follows astronaut Mark Watney as he fights to stay alive after being marooned on Mars during a failed mission. Called by many fans the MacGuyver of space, Watney puts together some amazingly creative plans for survival from the few tools available to him. And it is Watney's humor, resourcefulness and can-do attitude that make him a character you find yourself rooting for as the tale progresses. The York County Public Library offers the book in print, downloadable eBook, and Book on CD formats.
Of the three, we would highly recommend trying the Book on CD. Weir wrote much of the novel in the form of daily logs recorded by Watney during his ordeal, which lends itself beautifully to listening. The narrator, Ray C. Bray, does an excellent job giving Watney's voice the perfect mix of gruff humor and likability. His accents for the wide array of characters are also done well, without being distracting.
Once you finish the book, you'll be sure to want to catch the film, starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney. So, visit the online catalog or call us at 757-890-5100 to reserve your copy today!