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Five thousand years after Sun Tzu writes The Art of War, his advice is followed during the Fourth Interstellar War between the terrible Bugs and the humans, who are aided by their catlike Orion allies.

©1997 David Weber & Steve White (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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One of my favorite all time military sci-fi

What did you love best about In Death Ground?

Detailed Battles, but not to the extent where it become repetitive. A use of past tense to cover some battles is refreshing.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

He has some excellent voices for many of the characters.

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Amazing

One of my favorite books. I have read it 3 times and when I so it on Audile I had to get it. The narrator has is amazing and does a great job.

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Pretty good!

Narrator gives an excellent performance for this entertaining story with lots of characters (perhaps a few too many too many). Lots of action!

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Where did they get all those fighter pilots

Would you try another book from David Weber and Steve White and/or Marc Vietor?

I will probably, eventually, buy the next book in the series, just for completeness. However,it seemed a little melodramatic. Also, I can't get over how many fighter pilots died in explosions of plasma vapor. How could they get so many trained pilots and have them die without running out! Given that, in the story, technological advances occurred, couldn't they make some sort of AI that could fly them?

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

I loved the way Marc voiced the 'Tabbys'.

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Boring space opera

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Weber usually spins a decent yarn, yet in this book he falls through. The story is not horrible, but quite boring. In book one of the series, the opposition is well fleshed out and the story becomes interesting as a result. In this book, the opposition is just a mindless and very undetailed monster entity, making the story equally dreary. Stay clear.

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Great Book

If you could sum up In Death Ground in three words, what would they be?

The narration was great and it was a well developed story. I plan on getting all the books in the series.

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They did it again, a great second title

David Weber and Steve White have created a second installment for the Starfire series. Believable action, reactions, and consequences which even the main actors can't escape. So good I just purchased book three in the series.

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book gave me chills. incredibly well written.

incredibly well written. narration and plot develop characters and a sense of yriumph or loss when something happens. the sense of scale and impending doom is etched into the plot and its a ride. a real ride.

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Haven't disliked a Weber book yet!

I've been hooked on Weber since "In fury born". Love his mix of military science and the occasional sprinkling of fantasy.
This one doesn't have the fantasy element but as usual, was a fantastic listen!

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better than ever!

This was one of my first David Weber books nearly 20 years ago and if possible the Audible version is if anything better. The storyline itself is classic alien invasion, kicked off after a hapless Terran survey ship stumbles upon the "Bugs" in one of their teeming systems. Weber manages to communicate the horror of an alien race that views any other lifeform as merely another protein source without it sounding cheesy (which, given "aliens want to eat us" being a staple of cheeseball SF, is quite a feat). To add to that, they are an almost elemental force that thinks differently not just from Terrans but also the Orion, Gorm, and Ophiuchi allies. Their utter alienness reaches a crescendo in the final chapters as the Bugs' willingness to sustain unthinkable losses combines with a devious intellect on an awe-inspiring scale in an epic, gut wrenching trap. It still, even after all these years and re-readings, manages to give me chills with the sheer scale and calculated ruthlessness of it.

As for narration, Vietor does a phenomenal job as a narrator, managing accents and pronunciation of alien characters and words that comes across as appropriate to the characters. He seems genuinely wrapped up in and enjoying the story and his ability to give each character distinctive accents and speech makes for an all around enjoyable package

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  • CBrandt
  • 10-02-16

Very one dimentional people

I like this book for the exciting battels and surprises but comparet to other books by David Weber the people are very one dimentional in this story. Politicians are always and compleatly bad. Military people are always good and never makes mistakes unless they are missing information, and they are ALWAYS compleatly selfsacrificing. (I'm not exaggerating here)

If you can ignore this and just want some good space battels it is still a good book.