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March to the Sea

By: David Weber,John Ringo
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
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Publisher's Summary

Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.

Under the right circumstances, even the most spoiled brat can grow up fast, and it turns out that, under his petulant exterior, Prince Roger is a true MacClintock, a scion of the warrior dynasty that created the Empire of Man. Now both prince and bodyguards are determined to get each other off the planet alive. Of course, the planet has other ideas.

Don't miss the rest of the action in the Prince Roger Series.
©2001 David Weber and John Ringo (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[An] admirable continuation...The development of a Mardukan combined-arms force will fascinate sophisticated readers (the manual of arms for a four-armed, 10-foot soldier is a thing of beauty), while the overthrow of the Boman will grip straightforward action lovers in spite of the staggering body count." (Publishers Weekly)
"This fast-paced sequel to March Upcountry continues the odyssey of men and women caught in a struggle for survival and determined to maintain their courage and humor in the face of overwhelming odds. Coauthors Weber and Ringo excel in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield." (Library Journal)

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Good Ole Sci Fi

OK, so David Weber and John Ringo aren’t going to win any Pulitzer Prizes for this story and so maybe the characters were predictable and so was the story line. So who cares! This was a fun story to listen to. The story kept up a fast pace throughout the whole book. Actually through out all 3 of the books that I heard. This is truly one continuos story line from "March Up Country", "March to The Sea" right through "March to The Stars" and I feel safe to say will carry on into "We Few" (which I will be reading very soon). These books just made me want to keep going through this adventure to see what would happen next. It was basic good vs bad (not evil). Many of the ideas and scenarios developed through out the books were quite clever and unique and the integration of high tech vs pre industrialized Earth society (Though not on Earth) was well done. Though why the bow and arrow never came up is a bit puzzling. I wanted to give these books a 3 star rating but just couldn't because they were so much fun. This was just a good all around listen.

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What you'd expect. And that's a good thing.

Weber and Ringo do military SciFi about as well as anyone, and this series is no exception. This is the second in the four part series, so start with March Upcountry if you haven't read that yet. The reader is Stefan Rudnicki, whose readings should be familiar to anyone who listens to much science fiction, and he's a good reader. The story develops characters beyond where we were with Upcountry, and kills off a few more, including at least one I didn't want to lose. But other than that, a thoroughly enjoyable read and it's 19 hours long!

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Another great book in the Prince Roger series.

The narrator is great and again the story is still sucking you in. I am glad i looked into this series, it doesn't disappoint.

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book two and i am downloading three as i listen

the narrator is second to none, john ringo and david weber make for a great team. i am downloading some of webers books. before now i have not listened to any of his. cant wait for the next bood to download.

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Ringo and Weber Scots again.

Hooked. Ringo and Weber are two of the best military sci-fi authors on their. Together they are a force of nature.

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Good book, superb reader

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Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite readers for military fiction. His voice is calm and relentless (appropriate for military), showing little emotion and yet somehow conveying the character's emotions and intentions. He is very good at distinguishing the different characters.

Each of the species on Marduk has its own way of speaking. In addition, each character has his own way of speaking within that dialect. Truly amazing!

In the final book of the trilogy, there are three Terran military personnel. I can tell instantly which one is speaking. Some readers do this by having one lisp, or have a hoarse voice - Mr. Rucnicki doesn't have to resort to such cheap tricks. Highly recommended!

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VERY ENJOYABLE!

Very interesting! The prince has become a leader and is earning the respect of his men. I like the captain who make a very good mentor for the prince. Also the romance between his Sargent major is beginning to bloom and I am looking forward to the next book.! Both writer and narrator are excellent.

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2nd of a great series

Would you consider the audio edition of March to the Sea to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but the audio is great-engrossing and well performed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Portenia! Pocking wrench!

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

the great! accents and timing

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

nothing extreme sorry

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Consistently Entertaining

What did you love best about March to the Sea?

If you want to enjoy a fine tale, like good battle scenes, charming characters and imaginative settings, this is a great series. You could nitpick about the sometimes overlong narratives and the recapitulations because its a series but the rest is so much fun, why bother. Of course there is more than a subtle dose of geopolitical allegory but since I share their views I quite comfortable with the the undercurrent.

What other book might you compare March to the Sea to and why?

Characterizations and battle craft remind of other Ringo novels, a winning formula so why not.

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

Just letting him get through the names and places alone is worth it.

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Good as the first

The story continues as Roger and marines march on toward the space port. There are more epic battles to come along the way and the writing is as good it is in the first book.

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  • Roger Harris
  • 10-10-06

Another Excellent and engrossing installment

Gripping stuff. I got right into the first book in the saga of Prince Roger and this one was just as good. Maybe a tad too much 'soldiering' and 'battle craft' but terrific characters and story. I can't decide now whether to wait for the audio book of part 3: 'March to the Stars' or just go out and buy the novel.

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  • Terry
  • 09-22-10

Gripping Stuff

I'm now listening to the four books in this series again. Hi-tech SF, political intrigue and a coming of age trek for Prince Roger and his bodyguard. Put this together with superb authors and a great narrator and you have one of the best buys you could make on Audible.
I've since purchased more audiobooks and books by Weber & Ringo and have yet to be disappointed. More please.

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  • Ian
  • 09-20-20

Just keeps getting better

Pick up right after the last book and the marines just keep on battling their was across the planet.

Their way across is blocked by a little war they have to fight and win...

Great adventure

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  • martin
  • 12-16-13

TYPICAL RINGO

What did you like best about March to the Sea? What did you like least?

Its imaginative....but Ringo is obsessed with technical detail.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Ive listened to John Ringo stuff before. If you looking for deep and meaningful stories and complicated characters then look else where. In fact its almost an audiable comic. Its all swashbuckling stuff except its set in the future and on another planet, with lots of fighting enemy Aliens who are daft as planks and cant shoot straight and ofcourse die very easily :) You may find yourself drifting off a bit in places because he is obsessed with tech detail. That said its a decent romp if your in the mood for that sort of thing!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Very good!

Did March to the Sea inspire you to do anything?

Not really?

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  • George
  • 04-08-13

Good book - good series

I very much enjoyed this "Prince Roger" series and have listened to it more than once.



For fans of epic science fiction this is a good buy - although the emphasis is more on low tech than high tech.

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  • Mr Alan M Kohn
  • 08-31-21

If you can't go around go through

Rodger and his marine body guards push on for the sea but it seems the only way to achieve this is to destroy a barbarian horde.
Ringo and Weber continues to give you a fine piece of military fiction with well rounded characters and a compelling story
Stephan Rudniki performance goes from strength to strength

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  • Marg Pelenyi
  • 08-07-16

I dread the day when I finish this series

Epic final battle! Beautiful narration. Can't wait for the next episode! guys please stop killing off my favourite characters.