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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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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-28-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-28-11 Member Since 2012

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Marduke isn't a Dog"

    And Dogzart is a huge lizard. Prince Roger is an unlikely hero and jarheads even Basick jarheads aren't usually my favorite characters. The natives are giant 4 armed Scummies covered in slime??? Endless battles with 100,000 or more dead Scummies as the result can get pretty repetitive and the loss of some heroes we come to like is tough to take.

    It takes a heck of a book to overcome those 'shortcoming' and this is one hell of a book and series.
    Sure it drags on a bit with 3 full books from the time the characters crash land on Marduke until they take off for a flight back to Earth but 90% of this epic is very imaginative and interesting. Mr Weber loves his ancient weapons mixed with the new and his future worlds back in the Dark Ages. I listened to the entire series and enjoyed almost all of it. 4 stars.

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 04-25-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 04-25-11
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    "Good "marines" book"

    this book is all about marines....squirmishes, battles, wars...a mission and their honor and duty to fulfill it..in a far away planet.
    If you like milatary novels, this will work out well.

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    Kazren www.ohjohnny.net 04-23-11
    Kazren www.ohjohnny.net 04-23-11 Member Since 2012

    Kazren

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    "Prince Roger introduced"

    Not as dynamic and compelling as Mr. Weber's Honor Harrington series, still this first book in the Prince Roger series introduces us to a young man who lives in a very interesting galaxy. The story draws us in more as we encounter the characters who are in his orbit and the inhabitants of the planet they all find themselves on. The books ends rather abruptly.

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-25-11
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Waste of Time"

    I gave it one star because i guess you have to at least give credit for getting a book published; even a lousy book. This was a complete waste of time. the story is trite, the dialog childish, the "science" of the science-fiction drones on & on...the leaps of faith you have to take are downright silly.
    Don't bother.

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    Dave Rice Syracuse, NY USA 12-06-10
    Dave Rice Syracuse, NY USA 12-06-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable story"

    I almost didn't download this one, given some of the reviews below, but decided to give it a try anyway. I'm really glad I did. I thought the character development was quite good (remember -- this is science fiction!), and the descriptions of the advanced (and primitive) technology were excellent. The authors obviously spent the time to research the details of much of the science involved, with extrapolations that seem reasonable. The story line had plenty of twists and turns, so I didn't lose interest. The story was fast paced and intense. I already have the next one in my cart!

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    Richard 09-16-10
    Richard 09-16-10
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    "Poor Production Quaity"

    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.

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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08 Member Since 2012

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "What a ride!"

    Very seldom do I re-listen to a series of books. The Prince Rodger Series is definately one I'll look forward to listening too a third time. They are full of detail and research... The writer does his homework.

    Most science fiction is completely untied to the past with little to no research as it's all couched in fantasy. However, this writer (or writers) appears to pepper the work with retrspective science and phillosophy about weapons, weaponry, war tactics, sociology, anthropology, religion and history. This all works to bring a super advanced weaponry of the future into a realistic and tangible picture that we can all grasp... and the wars they wage... what a fantastic ride this is. If you love action and wierd alien landscapes, you'll love this entire series. The series smacks of person experience, like the writer has actually been through all this - like he graduated from West Point.

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    AIRBORNE 04-04-07
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    "Great Story!"

    If your like me and you enjoy science fiction and military stories then you will love this audiobook. Be sure to listen to them in order though!

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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 06-12-06
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 06-12-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Where are the others?"

    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.

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    David Campbell, CA, USA 05-05-06
    David Campbell, CA, USA 05-05-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Military Sci-Fi"

    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).

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