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March Upcountry Audiobook

March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

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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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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 07-08-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "My Favorite Series by Weber!"

    My headline is saying a lot because Weber obviously includes the Honor Harrington series, but the combination of this series plot as the books progress with Stefan Rudnicki narrating it takes the championship belt in his world & even in many Sci-Fi books. There are def. more in-depth & complex books both metaphysical & poetic, BUT this series which I could easily classify as young adolescent that can cross into the adult series if u really listen to how Weber uses the tech level of the humans to conquer the problems that are placed before them.

    The book is basically about a snot-nosed prince who is not only a bastard child but also 3rd in line of succession in his royal family & his mother not only doesn't trust him they have a serious communication problem. After an assassination attempt on him he ends up on a low tech planet filled with all sorts of things that find humans yummy... he slowly realizes what it means to be a soldier, a leader, a ruler through a surrogate 'father' of sorts who is also his commanding officer... Weber as always is not afraid to kill off many people in unique & graphic ways, but in the end 'peace thru excessive firepower' is just one of the rules they take from 'The Art of War' as they have to walk across an entire planet while things at home in his kingdom change drastically when he is gone & assumed dead...

    There is suppose to be a couple other books after 'We Few' but I have not heard anything about it yet, but I am looking forward to it. The book is just a great, easy read, with the ability to expand ur ideas about how technology effects a civilization & if the tech levels are relatively close in regards to how milestones effect said civilization, for example, attacking in hoards, attacking in formations & discipline, the introduction of armor, the introduction of gunpowder, etc...

    Like I said, these 4 books may not be the most in-depth, complex, futuristic look into how society changes but a great book about fighting for the fellow brother/sister next to u in arms & how humans come to run the majority of the universe in the future. HIGHLY recommend this series if u want a great sci-fi book u will prob read really quickly

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    Lindalovesbooks 07-04-13

    I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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    "Funny and fun to read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't change a thing about this book. I love the transformation of the snotty, bratty princeling into a decent person. And I love the way Stefan Rudnicki reads - hell I could listen to him read the phonebook and it would be great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of March Upcountry?

    Cant think offhand of one special moment in this book but it was all just fun. In the best tradition of space opera


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    The top soldier! he is brilliant


    Did March Upcountry inspire you to do anything?

    Buy more in the series


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    Amazon Customer Mesa, AZ, United States 06-04-13
    Amazon Customer Mesa, AZ, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "two of favorite authors together"
    Where does March Upcountry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good story very well written by two awesome writers, what more need I say. Just lots of action and excitement


    What was one of the most memorable moments of March Upcountry?

    All of it


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Not sure too many tood ones


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    SharkHunterSFO Las Vegas, Nevada 03-08-13
    SharkHunterSFO Las Vegas, Nevada 03-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "standard stare"
    Would you listen to March Upcountry again? Why?

    yes, good adventure story line


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Portena , just the best Puck'ng character


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good solid narrating


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

    yes


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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!

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    Michael San Francisco, CA, USA 09-17-12
    Michael San Francisco, CA, USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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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.


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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 2015
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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.

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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
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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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