The Martian – A Movie Review

I don’t usually write movie reviews but this movie is based on one of my favorite books “The Martian”. If you want to check my book review just click here .

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet (and you plan to) then don’t continue reading. [Spoilers] I was so excited to see the movie after reading the book and I know they can’t fit a whole book in a movie but I feel it missed some of the fun and interesting parts.

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  • There was a lot of humorous dialog not mentioned and I feel that they didn’t portray what was going on in Mark’s head as good as they could have (maybe more entry logs). Like one of my favorites: “Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped  working. 0/10.
  • Another thing that was missing was when Pathfinder didn’t work and he lost all communication with NASA.
  • The trip to Ares 4 had a lot of action and the movie depicted none, not even how he tried to avoid the storm that was coming. He just drove through peacefully.
  • I thought they could have done a better CGI job showing us how thin Mark became on Mars. They just filmed the back of some thin guy with no face. They should have checked the CGI people who worked on making Chris Evans so thin and small in Captain America: The First Avenger.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie. I liked watching how he grew the potatoes and how NASA worked on saving him. I also liked the ending, the book ends when he gets on the Hermes but the movie added what I thought was a better ending where each crew member is back on earth watching the launch of Ares 5 and Mark is teaching future astronauts.

The Martian – Movie Trailer

Finally a trailer for the movie “The Martian”! If you’ve been following my blog you would know that this book is one of my favorites and you can find my review here. The movie will be in theaters on November 25th this year. Hopefully it will live up to the expectations of the book readers.

Here’s another video they released before the trailer “The Martian – First Look Ares 3”:

Audio Books and My Favorites

I recently started listening to audio books. At first, I thought I wouldn’t like it so I never gave it a try until I got an email from Goodreads telling me about Audible a couple of months ago. So I looked it up, listened to many samples and a while later created an account.

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I’d have to admit, if you choose the right book and the right narrator, listening to books could be quite fun. So far my two favorites are “The Martian” read by R. C. Bray and “The Night Circus” read by Jim Dale.  I currently finished listening to Fool Moon – The Dresden Files read by James Marsters. I didn’t like the story itself but the narration was good. The narrator has a huge impact on the story telling. I like how they voice act the expressions made by the characters in the book, like when the character whispers, shouts, is exhausted, etc.

So it’s fun to listen to audio books especially at times when you want to relax your eyes, take a walk, or cook : ) . But I still believe that there are some books that should be read and not listened to, so I’m very selective when choosing an audio book.

What audio books do you recommend?