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March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1 | [David Weber, John Ringo]

March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?
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Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

But that was before his mother, the empress, packed him off to a backwater planet and he found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, with jungles full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, and barbarian hordes of bad disposition. Fortunately, Roger had an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of the Empress' Own Regiment. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and go home.

Don't miss the rest of the action in the Prince Roger Series.

©2001 David Weber and John Ringo; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Sure to please....Superb storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-07-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Gritty, Hard-Biting Military SciFi Nail-Biter!"

    Think Rome at its height. Exploration was predominate, and so was its military. Think of a Roman military brigade, stranded on the shores of a faraway country, their boats destroyed, having to march across unknown lands, fighting unknown animals and people, fighting to find their way home. It's also the story of a boy becoming a man, and then an admired leader of these warriors.

    Now, move it hundreds of years ahead of OUR time, and the faraway country is an entire planet, rife with unknown dangers and aliens, and you can begin to grasp the scope of this tale, and it's an exceptionally good one.

    Weber is no stranger to military scifi, and he's at his prime here, employing well thought out and believable technology and strategies.

    Keep in mind that this book was so well received, that it led to additional books that carried on the story into the stars. The core story isn't new, but the telling definitely is. You'll be drawn in by solid storylines, descriptive settings and character interaction. And let's not forget what makes military scifi great - Detailed and believable warfare.

    This is good military scifi definitely worth your time and credits.

    So, grab your helmet, soldier! Fall in, and get the first in the series!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael San Francisco, CA, USA 09-17-12
    Michael San Francisco, CA, USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Full on 'canon' fun"
    Where does March Upcountry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you're looking for a straightforward military SF read, check out this series. Straightforward heroic Marine heroes marooned on a world with four armed barbarian aliens, and all the battles you could ask for. Narration is strong, suitable for the core material.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scott j carle Chesterfield, Virginia United States 07-13-12
    scott j carle Chesterfield, Virginia United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful sci-fi fantasy with a sense of humor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I grew up reading Asimov and Douglas Adams. A lot of SciFi is now derivative or just plain odd and I have a hard time finding compelling new material. This made me think somewhat of Stainless Steel Rat, I guess as it didn't take itself too seriously.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The personal growth of the characters (Prince Roger) in face of adversity was well executed.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I love some of the names in this book, but I'm glad Stefan had to pronounce them and bring them to life. Since I'm typically driving, he has a hard task in keeping me engaged over varying blocks of time and yet he manages to keep the appropriate pace and engage me. Great narration.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a while to get into this book, give it a chance as it's when they land that things start to develop. If you realize that some of the humor is tongue-in-cheek and can relax and enjoy the odd cast for their eccentricities I think you'll enjoy this. Don't be put off by the cheesy cover art either, please.

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    James orland park, IL, United States 05-18-12
    James orland park, IL, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Military Sci-Fi at its best."
    Would you listen to March Upcountry again? Why?

    I just listened to it for the 3rd time in 3 years. It is a great update of the Xeonophon story and a touch of Alexander the Great, with wonderful charactars throughout.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance with several voice changes that ring true.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Prince Rogers transformation from spoiled brat to tough as nails leader.


    Any additional comments?

    All three books in the trilogy are great reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lange 05-14-12
    K. Lange 05-14-12
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    "A Good Listen!"

    This book and the whole series is a good investment in time and money. It doesn't fit any of the standard formulas which made it all the more enjoyable. Stefan Rudnicki brings it home for us.

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    James Rockford, IL, United States 05-08-12
    James Rockford, IL, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great concept, but too much filler..."
    Any additional comments?

    This first book is, by far, the best of the series. The next two books, however, should have been shortened and combined into one, as they were a bit too monotonous for me. If not for the top notch narration, I may have given up on this series. The story picks up again in the fourth book, though - so don't give up too soon! My 'star' ratings reflect the series as a whole.

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    Cindy Nepean, Ontario, Canada 02-24-12
    Cindy Nepean, Ontario, Canada 02-24-12 Member Since 2014

    a voracious reader transformed into an obsessive listener through the magic of MP3's. A boring accountant and federal public servant by day, I fly the winds of fantasy though my audible library

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    "Love to hate the protagonist, then fall in love"
    Where does March Upcountry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have read...listened to....in the last four months.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was so enthralled by the story that i would get to work, park the car and then stay there until a logical break and I love to work so that tells you how involved I was in the story.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Strong passionate voice that makes the character flow easy to follow. I can't wait to listen to more of his performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a book that I wanted to listen to all at once, but then I wanted to savour it...Oh, the agony of it all! It is the only time that I have wanted to get stuck in traffic so I could listen to more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to the next episode of the story. It's going to be great if it is only half as good as this one.

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    Dan McGee 02-05-12
    Dan McGee 02-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The 4 book series is simply outstanding!"

    The 4 Book Series is Simply Outstanding!....

    I've listened to the series on 3 occasions and enjoyed it each time!

    Highly Recommended to anyone who enjoys action and adventure when seemingly impossible odds are in play.

    Stephen Rudnicki's narration is wonderful too!

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    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

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    "Enjoyable"

    Just a nice relaxing book. The narrator did an excellent job and the story was often amusing. If you want a deep and serious book, this is not it, but listening to it after some other terribly choices, I found it wonderful!

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    Paul 10-09-11
    Paul 10-09-11
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    "Great story ... that ends in midparagraph"

    Anyone who has read David Weber's Honor Harrington series will know what to expect: from military hardware so well imagined you can almost reach out and touch it, on the one hand, to a fully worked-out exposition of von Clausewitz's aphorism that war is a continuation of diplomacy by other means (or was it the other way around?)

    This book does not disappoint: it is (with a few expository longueurs) a rattling good yarn, that continually presses the reader's "What happens next?" button.

    My only gripe is that I took this book on holiday, and to find out what happens next, I needed Book 2, because Book 1 stopped in midparagraph, which would not have been bad, except that in my Sicilian hotel a big download was unfeasible. Readers not connectivity-challenged may regard that as a good point rather than a bad point.

    The performance is excellent, which is no mean feat with a Weber novel. A cast of dozens of speaking characters will tax the ingenuity and imagination of any reader.

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