This book was among several recommendations I made in my prior post, but this book deserves it's own dedicated post - specifically, the audiobook version on Audible. The writing is amazing. The story is amazing. The details are amazing. And so is the narration.
The narrator is R. C. Bray. His performance was so good, I blindly purchased 2 other books he narrated (Fear the Sky, Arisen).
Check out this interview of the author Andy Weir by Adam Savage (Mythbusters, Tested). They also go into how this story was written, which is really interesting.
The book is being adapted to a movie starring Matt Damon. Out in theaters on Oct 2, 2015. I hope they don't screw it up. Here's the trailer:
Reading is like exercise - everyone knows it's good for you, but who's got the time? I've tried to create rules for myself such as reading one book a month or only buying a new book if I've read the last book I bought. Sadly to say, neither strategy has ever really worked. There's even a Japanese word for buying books and letting them pile up - Tsundoku - and I am as guilty of Tsundoku as you can get.
My solution? Audio.
I now voraciously consume books and a ton of great reading content by making it a daily habit through the power of audio. I use it on my daily commute, when I walk my dog, and before I go to bed. Not convinced? Just try a sample of any of these amazing podcasts and audiobooks listed below and I promise you won't regret it.
I use Overcast (free with paid features) and Audible ($14.95/month subscription).
Bo's Podcast Recommendations:
NPR's Planet Money: The Blue Pallet
Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) Podcast: The Micro and Macro of Mobile
Tim Ferriss Podcast: Noah Kagan
Mystery Show (Gimlet Media): Belt Buckle
99% Invisible: Octothorpe
This American Life: 129 Cars
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Wrath of the Khans 1
Reply All (Gimlet Media): The Time Traveler and the Hitman
Startup Podcast (Gimlet Media): How Not to Pitch a Billionaire
Upvoted by Reddit: A Suspicious Onlooker
Bo's Audiobook Recommendations:
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider