Project Hail Mary Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Martian.
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.
Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian - while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate this audio edition, some changes to the original text have been made with the approval of author Andy Weir.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 10 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 04, 2021|
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#21 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3 in Space Operas
#3 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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"The Martian" was a great story. "Artemis" was a great story. This one is better than either of those. If you like science fiction with actual science, this is for you. If you like stories with interesting, well developed characters, this also has that. If you want excitement and a thrilling plot, here you go. If you want romance and sex, well, there you're completely out of luck. But if that was the kind of book you wanted I doubt you'd be reading this review anyway. Speaking of, why *are* you still reading this review? Go read the book!! It's way better than this.
To be frank, I believe in climate change. I believe the climate changes every three months (roughly); they're called seasons. What I don't believe in is soft science and doomsday predictions based on data that's easily manipulated by activists to say anything they want.
The second problem I have with the book so far is that it reads too much like the The Martian, but without the emotion. There's no reason to like or dislike the characters beyond the superficial aspects of their personalities. Everyone is two-dimensional. The main protagonist spends his days dodging his emotions, and every supporting character on Earth is a stereotype--without enough personality for me to care about any of them.
Maybe things will get better as I continue to read, but only if the author puts away his soapbox and get's back to story-telling.
1. The characters are individualized and (mostly) likeable. It’s really nice to have a male protagonist in a sci fi book who’s compassionate, caring, and human.
2. Plot twists and turns kept me reading in spite of some long tedious sections.
3. Alien life forms are creatively and imaginatively rendered.
4. A bit of humor here and there helped enliven the story.
1. The author is mainly concerned with engineering solutions to survival problems–one after the other after the other. Some of these are exciting, but there were just too many.
2. The plot drags on and on as one technical problem after another takes center stage. If you’ve been dealing with computer, electrical or mechanical problems in your own life, you might find the endless series of equipment disasters a bit frustrating to read about.
Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Project Hail Mary for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.
Project Hail Mary is The Martian turned up to 11. This is Weir’s best novel to date, and that is certainly saying something when the same author wrote one of the best science fiction novels (and debuts) of all-time just under a decade ago.
Liked Mark Watney? You’ll love Ryland Grace.
So, I loved The Martian. I thought it was one of the most original, well-written stories I had ever read and felt it came out of nowhere (at least, up until the movie was announced). Artemis, to me, was sort of a letdown in ways, though I ended up enjoying it more via audio thanks to the wonderful Rosario Dawson. Two completely different novels, both with witty and sarcastic protagonists, and both taking place in, well, space.
Project Hail Mary is more The Martian in terms of storyline: sole survivor/crew member who must use what is provided him in order to survive and return to Earth. But that is where the comparisons end.
Weir takes what we all loved in The Martian >Weir-ian one-liners and wise cracks in the face of impending death mixed with a massive overhaul of science that he beats you over the head senselessly with< and takes it up a notch (with a special little addition that I won’t spoil for you). Threads from the past and present culminate in a story for the ages with a race to save Earth and a protagonist you cannot help but get behind.
What I love most about Weir’s writing, aside from the humor, is the science. While a ton of it should fly over my head (nothing goes over my head… my reflexes are too fast), he explains it in such a way that it all makes sense and I now have a PHD in all things space related. I mean, science was one of my favorite subjects growing up, but I won’t say it was my best subject… because it wasn’t.
Made my inner nerd squeal with delight on many occasions.
Has everything I ever wanted in a sci-fi book, just didn't realize it until now.
Read it. That is all.
If you mixed Asimov's "The Gods Themselves" and Heinlein's "Citizen Of The Galaxy" and added in a few gallons of Clarke and Niven it would be like this. I'd write more, but I'm off to re-read the novel.
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He has to work out why he’s there, and what he has to do, from scratch. And then work miracles. Or in the words of Mark Witney in the Martian, ‘science the s*** out of it’.
Written in a similar style to the Martian, with sections alternating between Ryland-on-Earth and Ryland -in-Space, it’s hard not to picture Matt Damon as Ryland, but though they share the same love of science trivia, and self-deprecating humour, they are very different.
There’s loads of geeky science as he McGyvers his way from one situation to another. Maybe a little too much if you’re not a science nerd or sci-fi fanatic but I loved it.
I loved the quirky characters of all the ‘supporting actors’ (This is so definitely going to be a film!), especially Rocky. Oh, Rocky! Just... read it, ok?
The Martian was amazing. Artemis was awful, really, really, awful. This is somewhere in-between. It's trying really hard to be as good as The Martian but also feels like it's trying really hard to be something the author is unable to achieve on his own. It's clunky, cliché and just a little too much like it was written to get another movie deal.
Project Hail Mary succeeds everywhere the Martian did before it, with a slick-ly executed plot, great prose, genuinely good humour and of course a tremendous amount of science. As a microbiologist, I perhaps enjoyed Project Hail Mary even more, and (avoiding spoilers) absolutely loved the attention to detail in the main conceit of the story, as well as the internal logic and experimental approaches used by the main character. So refreshing to see research written in this way, and so well!
The story itself is gripping from beginning to end, and reminded me a lot of Dennis. E. Taylor's 'Bobiverse' mixed with a bit of 'Arrival' for good measure. The narrative flips between the present day on the Hail Mary, and the events that lead up to Ryland Grace waking up alone and with no memory at the beginning of the book. I can honestly say the plot surprised me so many times, and I loved the way Grace develops as a character by the end of the novel. The central friendship between two characters in the story was a joy to read, and had me tearing up by the end! I spent the last third of the book on tenterhooks as the stakes continue to escalate, and really struggled not to read the whole thing in one go.
If you enjoy hard sci-fi or liked the Martian, you will definitely love this book. Even if you think you're not interested in a science-heavy story, I think the pacing and the optimism of the writing is more than enough to make this book a wonderful, exciting read. I will certainly be reading again soon - the biggest struggle now will be waiting to see what Andy Weir writes next!
However, this book does focus a lot more on the science which for me was just perfect. The cellular biology and the flight physics were just wonderful. The description of the Astrophage and the other alien life forms was very well worked out. Detailing the alien environment and then mapping on the biology needed to exist in that environment was a master stroke.
The central action sequence needs special mention for the quality of the writing and the way in which I became totally invested in the survival of the central characters. Wonderful just wonderful. Spinning, burning, thrashing about in space is difficult to write and Weir's narrative was so well written.
Finally I would like to mention the character of Stratt! Her character had me laughing with glee every time she appeared. A wonderful creation, and her interaction with any other character in the book was just priceless. I really hope nobody ever sees her as a role model. That would be bad, very bad!
This book and 'The Martin' feel like they are the descendants of books like 'A Fall of Moondust' by Arthur C. Clarke. Where a series of complex problems arise and the characters in the book, have to use science to solve the problems. They are the Sci-Fi equivalent of classic detective novels where the readers follows the sleuth as they unravel the mystery.
Very enjoyable read.