I really liked the narrator, and will buy other stuff narrated by them. The Story is very good (except I didn't care for the ending -- it was too short). My big gripe is production quality. There are varying audio levels all throughout the book. Like they just didn't try to match audio (annoying but not the end of the world), but the biggest thing for me is that when the narrator stopped and started again, he would re-read the last sentence - so the audio engineer could splice the pieces together. Unfortunately, they did no splicing, so there is this annoying repeat of the last sentence when the narrator starts a new segment. This Coupled wt the audio issues, are a key reason I gave it 2 stars. This is one of the poorest books audio wise that I have bought. I listen to this on an mp3 player (quality level 4) with headphones, so the quality issues are very apparent.
This is a great listen for fans of military science fiction novels. The narrator (who I beleive also does the voice for most of the Ender's Game series of novels) makes listening to the story even more enjoyable.
Dave Weber introduces Prince Roger a spoiled pretty-boy with an attitude and waist-length blonde hair. Rog is a lazy, eccentric fop who leads a life of privilege and excess. When he is assigned a diplomatic mission Rog does everything within his power to wriggle out of it, however his Mother (the empress) remains firm.
Rog is forced to mature quickly when a failed assassination attempt leaves him stranded on a primitive world with even stranger natives.
I listened to the unabridged audio edition of March upcountry. It was a great book filled with excitement and adventure. I felt prince Rog was a breath of fresh air in a world of testosterone-infused bodybuilder-type action heros. I liked the marines too, particularly Ponner, and Julian.
This is the first in the series. Audible also has the last in the series "We Few" But the middle two are missing.
Usually when great sci-fi authors collaborate, things fall apart because of clashes in styles. John Ringo and David Weber play off each other perfectly in this excellent audiobook. My only complaints are that it went too fast, and that the next 2 in the series aren't on Audible (yet).
I had never heard or read these authors before, but now I'm hooked! Great story line, decent character development (not Enders Game!)and over all a great summer adventure story! I listen to audible content on my iPod at work, and this one had me hooked in the car to work, at work and on the drive home, only to finish it up the following day. I can't wait for the other books in this series come come to audible!
Avoid this book if you have an IQ even slightly above room temperature. Adolescent dialogue, ridiculous caricatures as central characters, childish plot, flawed details, utterly lacking in any merit. I can only wonder at the high ratings of other reviewers. Best suited to people whose normal literary diet is restricted to comic books. The narration is over the top and irritating. This is unsalvageable trash, destined for the two dollar bargain bin at a gas station near you. Total waste of a download credit. Is it possible to give a minus rating?
tl/dr: Firm SF as told by a military genius after being fired from Disney for being too OCD.
Weber tends toward feel-good, protagonist centric plots, heavily seasoned with detail- this is no exception. This isn't hard SF exactly, but there are none of the technological eye-rollers found in most character-heavy SF. Moreover, the precision and accuracy of his tactical combat narratives are as compelling as they are verbose; I replayed a number of engagement scenes for the same reason I watched 'The Usual Suspects' more than once. 34th century weaponry on a 19th century alien planet as told by a friendly narrator with OCD? Yes, please.
Its not often that my experience with a book differs so dramatically from others but this is one of them. I didn't listen far so judge accordingly but it was enough for me and I stopped. Besides being endlessly talk talk talk narrative I saw the beginning of the theme another had mentioned in their review - that of an effete slightly effeminate male being made "a man" by strong military discipline. Well and good but when a character (perhaps a caricature of our Fillipino neighbors) kept pronouncing his "F's" as "P's" everything was "pucking this and pucking that". Not being particularly offended nevertheless when someone became a "big pucking pag" I took notice. I understand that racism and homophobia exist in the real world and it's portrayal in "literature" is only a reflection of that reality, but this was simply gratuitous. Certainly the authors could make their point without the need to be so crass. So its my dime and so "puck" this book.
A better story line.
Only if I find that this was his first published book. I might check another book to see if he has improved.
Stefan is the only reason I choose this book I would listen to anything he performs. except this one.
I enjoy the creativity of well written science fiction. This story is mostly about military type battles. Mostly slaughtering the natives of a unknown planet. If you like gory blood and guts descriptions with images that will keep you up at night this might satisfy your desires.
There are several spots where the audio repeated about 3 to 5 seconds. I have never run into this before. Poor editing of the final copy.