The Martian: A Sidekick to the Andy Weir Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Can't get enough of Andy Weir's The Martian? Dive a little deeper into his world, discover hidden treasures, and hang out with Mark Watney just a little longer with this sidekick.
Note: this is an independent companion to The Martian, meant to enhance your experience of the novel. If you have not yet bought Andy Weir's novel, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial Sidekick.
Mark Watney wasn't the mission commander of Ares 3, a month-long expedition to Mars. He was just the science geek, botany guru, and mechanical engineer: the lowest guy on the totem pole and the only one who didn't make it back to the ascent vehicle when the storm hit. Left for dead on the surface of a barren planet, Watney must plumb the depths of his considerable ingenuity and resourcefulness to find a way to survive - and to let the people on Earth know he's still alive.
Praised by The Wall Street Journal as "the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years," The Martian has been on the New York Times best seller list for more than six months. It is Andy Weir's debut novel. With this sidekick, you'll:
- Learn what you might have missed on your first experience of Weir's novel
- Discover some of the book's secret gems and underlying themes
- Explore possible alternate endings and imagine ideas for a prequel
- Spend some more time with the characters you've come to know and love, delving deep into their psyches and hidden motives
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|Listening Length||50 minutes|
|Author||Allison Clare Theveny, WeLoveNovels|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 September 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 141,854 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
193 in Astronomy (Audible Books & Originals)
269 in History & Criticism of Science Fiction & Fantasy
277 in Science Fiction History & Criticism
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This "book" is actually just a blog entry by someone like you and me who's read the book and has an opinion on it, nothing more. On top of this, the author doesn't have a scientific mind, so didn't appreciate all the hard science that went into The Martian. This made it the most plausible science fiction story I've read in years and hence didn't insult my intelligence. Unfortunately, the author actually admitted that the science went over her head as she is isn't scientifically minded. That's fine as such, but in that case she's not qualified to make a full assessment of this book and it should have been given to someone else, scientifically minded, to review. This issue irked me significantly.
On top of this, it's completely independently written, without any contact with The Martian's author, Andy Weir, hence offers no new insights into the story, it being completely derivative. The claim "Dive a little deeper into his world, discover hidden treasures" is certainly not lived up to and could arguably be called out as deceptive advertising, since there were no hidden treasures to discover, only opinion and some analysis by the author. In fact it was this line that helped convince me to buy it, so I'm none too happy about having been duped by it.
Therefore, charging £2.99 (Kindle) for it is way overpriced, especially considering that the waaay longer novel that it's based on can be purchased for just £3.85 (Kindle). Had it been given away for free then this makes for a reasonable blog entry from a random person's take on a novel. If it had to be put behind a paywall, then 50p would have been a reasonable price, with around 80p tops. As it was, I had a £1 Amazon promotional rebate applied to it, so don't feel quite so hard done by, but it's still annoying to have wasted my money on it, on principle.
I could have given this one star, but upgraded it to two since it was reasonably well written and without any obvious typos. No way is it worth a three though.
Leider trifft dieser hier genau meine Meinung:“ Boring, no info, no data, no research, not even interesting comments, not worth its price.” Schenke mir den Rest des Buches.
My guess is that you already enjoyed The Martian - otherwise you would not be reading this. If that is the case you probably know why you found it enjoyable and don't need someone to analyze the experience for you...
I appreciate that, being an expression of personal views, this work does not infringe copyright. As a deliberate attempt to ride on the coat-tails of a successful copyright work, and a 'major motion picture' however... You can make up your own mind.
Anyway, it's an okay read, but it's basically a one sided conversation about The Martian. It would be much better to save the money, buy a friend a copy of the main book and talk to them about it when they have finished it.