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|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 04, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #37 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Space Operas
#2 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
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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.
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.
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.
We have this interstellar infection that eats the energy of the sun and causes it to get dimmer. We have to save the world from an imminent ice age so we scoop up some of this amazing stuff and figure out that it absorbs, and can be made to emit, incredible amounts of energy. Hey, I have an idea! Let’s use it to power a star ship to near light speed! We’ll build the ship by utilizing universal love, cooperation and sheer human ingenuity and send some suicidal humans to Tau Ceti to figure why that star isn’t getting sick, although also infected. (Well, one of them isn't suicidal but we bully him into going anyway.)
Wait!! We have a source of amazing amounts of energy and we use it to send our two-and-a-half heroes off to save the world? What about using all that incredible love, cooperation, ingenuity and boundless energy to keep the earth warm while we figure out how to kill the bug? Well, that won't fit our little trolley-car moral dilemma plot, will it? Can't use that.
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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?
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!
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.
‘It took me a long time to be established as ‘the cool’ teacher’.
‘Hey, I’m a science teacher, science teachers know stuff’.
‘The amount of times I want to slap parents for not teaching their kids the most basic things’
And on and on and on.
Other reviews talk about ‘the science’, almost intimidated by it, but all of this ‘science’ mentioned needs to be integral to building the strength of the story, not just continuous flappings about random facts and ‘math’ that Weir has researched and desperately tries to crowbar in at all costs to make the book come across as ‘smart’. Instead, why not try to develop the main character’s emotional depth a little? Because this character has almost none. There is no real contemplation or reflection over the solitude of him being in space alone in the first days of waking up from his amnesiac coma (pffff), the impact of waking up with his crew mates dead around him, the confusion of not knowing why he was there in the first place.
The Martian was story-driven. The main character was smart and tenacious, and the story was strong enough to support his witticisms and intelligence to make it plausible. You want the character to succeed. This character in Hail Mary could spiral out into space for all I cared.