The Martian was one of the the run away hit books of 2013-14 and spawned 2015’s successful film, but what few know is that author Andy Weir actually sold the audiobook rights before he was able to get a publishing deal. The audiobook was narrated by R. C. Bray and won an Audie Award in 2015.

The Martian is Robinson Crusoe updated for Mars. It takes Mark Watney, biologist and mechanical engineer and strands him alone on the Red Planet through a series of mishaps and problems. The first half of the book covers his attempt to survive and then expands to see him trying to get home with NASA and Earth’s attempts to help. It’s a phenomenal read and the audio narration adds to the tension, humour and stark reality of his situation.

Product Information

Retailer: Amazon +:

Price: 1 Audible Credit, ± £6-8, Free on Audible Trial subscription

About Andy Weir (author)andy weir

“Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.”*



  • Genre: Science fiction
  • Target age range: Teens, Adults, Older adults
  • Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral tone

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1 Credit with an Audible subscription is standard for an audiobook and a good deal for a great novel. Currently the audio download is available for £9.20, down from £21.39 four months ago. This is a book packed with information, scientific explanations, yet remains emotionally engaging, which makes it a perfect candidate for repeated listening, adding value to an already excellent audiobook.


Written by: Andy Weir
Narrated by: R. C. Bray

Paperback: 384 pages
Listening Length: 10 hours and 53 minutes
Format: Unabridged audio download, also available for Kindle and Paperback.
Audiobook publisher: Podium Publishing
Book publisher: Del Rey; Film Tie-In edition (27 Aug. 2015)
Audible release date: 22 Mar. 2013
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled


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* Audible app enabled device for audio download
* Language requirement: Proficient use of English and basic understanding of scientific terms


If you like hard science and science fiction, The Martian is a great read. As someone who has read it, seen the film and listened to the audio version, the audio version is the superior and highly recommended.


The review is based on the Audible download of The Martian. Read more about Ergohacks’ eco and access used in reviews. This article was first published on 14 February 2016 and last updated on 14 November 2016.