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Runner and his team managed to bring peace to Tirtius, successfully log the crew out, and have begun settling in to make a home on the isle of Vix. Fate isn't going to let them go that easily though. She clearly hasn't decided on what to do with him. Plots are in motion. Threats local, divine, and abroad scheme to exterminate Runner and the threat he represents. The possibility of what he could become. To top it all off, the server is clearly ramping up towards a full awakening. What does one do with an entire world of "living" beings who are aware?

It all comes to a head when an assassin attempts to take his life in his own home.

Now comes the true test.

What is he willing to wager to build the future he wants, both in game and out?

Or rather, who?

©2016 William D. Arand (P)2016 William D. Arand

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And the Adventure Continues

I don't think I have laughed or cried more in all the books I have listened to or read, an amazing trilogy that I have listened to multiple times from beginning to end and the narration is exquisite.

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Damn good

Fucking hell!! What a book and series!! Well done sir, well done. Masterfully written and voiced. Can't wait for the next installment

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Awesome

Emotional attachment is strong with this one. Sad to see it end. Want it to keep going.

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Otherlife Awakenings

William D Arand is one of the most talented and skilled author. And I have to say that This book is bloody brilliant. I love the characters and world in this book. And with the voice acting talents and skills of Jeff Hays. Who narration makes the characters and world come alive. If you love adventure with magic battle and beautiful intelligent and skilled women. This is a book for you .. A must to listen to and owned.

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  • Lex
  • 06-10-2016

Something different in a good way!

William D Arand finishes off his selfless hero trilogy with what I can only describe as the best book of the series. New characters and old favourites with some solid world building and character development I've found myself going back to the first book to start enjoying the trilogy again.

Jeff Hays has worked his magic on this book as well, if your not familiar with his other work I strongly recommend checking it out, he has a gift for adding a unique tone to each character, adding another dimension to an already good work there's not much more I can add to this without spoilers so I'll just finish up by saying it was worth a credit, and I hope to see the author add more onto this in the future, there's so much potential for more books and I'm more than willing to buy them

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  • Patrick
  • 15-09-2017

16 year olds wet dream.

The first book started of promising but it devolved into a teenage wet dream. I enjoyed the series but there were times where the main character interacted with his "harem" and it got a little cringy. I didn't like the fact one of the main plot points was shooed away and replaced with an easier plot. All in all it was a cool book, but be prepared for a teenage boys fantasy

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  • Philip
  • 20-11-2016

Great ending, to a fantastic series.

I would and am going to read these books again, worth the credit, and you'll fall in love with the characters.

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  • Thomas Kay
  • 05-08-2019

much better then superheroes for sale

the story of Runner is very similar and when I say very somewhere I mean the same Ark as Felix in superheroes for sale but superheroes for sale is a lot more political and the story is not as good and it makes less sense. story of Runner is excellent for what it is. I felt like this is why superheroes for sale was supposed to be then I realized this Trilogy what came first and everything clicked because the first is normally the best it's a shame that the author writes and trilogies because after this third book I would love to know what happens next with Runner. anyway the performance is great the characters are good if you like this sort of story then this thing is awesome I thought the first book of superheroes for sale was really interesting but Book 2 and 3 were so cartoony and ridiculous. this book however you get to see the ark and understand the transition of all the characters and everything makes sense I recommend if you're deciding between the two series don't bother with superheroes for sale and just read this series sorry if there's any errors this was dictated by Google dictation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2019

Facial hair lol

Why does it look like Vixen has a beard on the cover? I'm not dissing on the artwork or anything but why?

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  • B
  • 23-08-2018

Series stated interesting, got boring

Series started interesting, askingb some philosophical questions about player behavior in games. ended up being av pathetic power trip. God, emperor, overpowered player. everything just gets hand too easily to Runner, trivializes everything. And don't get me started on the polygamy. I have polyamorous friends and this is not how it works. It's way too one sided. Women who are supposed to be strong warriors in the story just end up weak and giving up their own freedom so just one guy can have several women. That's just sad for the ladies. True poly relationships should allow for just as much freedom for women as for men. This guy's power trip is disgusting, so sad he abandoned every interesting and intelligent idea he had in his first book to write a bad sex fantasy. Also, pretending that he can get all these women because he's a nice guy who accepts them by complimenting then a bit? He's just weak and clearly doesn't know how women work. which... is unfortunate since 90% of his characters are women. I'll be returning this series.

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  • jonathan
  • 19-10-2016

I usually don't write reviews these books are grea

if you love gaming and escapism these trilogies are for you everything you like about video games wrapped up in a great story tied up and comedy with a dash of a male gigolo

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  • Bryan J Zumwalt
  • 24-04-2017

A very unsatisfying conclusion

I liked the first two books. They weren't amazing, but enjoyable. After Nadine's death and Runner's torturing of Jacob in the second book, I had expected things to get a little more serious in the third book. Some actual conflict between people he cared about. Something other than Runner and his ever expanding harem against the game. I was disappointed.

Runner tortures Jacob in extreme fashion and when the girls find out they just say Nadine wouldn't approve, Runner agrees, and that's the end of it. Runner finds out that someone is spying on him, a perfect chance for one of the girls to betray him, but no. We don't even find out who the spy is. The author explains that after a while the people that are taken in by Runner's charisma stat will eventually be unaffected by it, but not a single person changes their feelings about him. Really? Not a single girl in his harem would prefer a man who is at least occasionally serious. Not a single girl wants a monogamous relationship, even though that is clearly the norm in the game setting.

On that note, the author seems unable to grasp the idea that a person can in fact care about someone without having sex with them. Runner's harem bulges at the seems in this book. Even as he professes to like strong women, every single girl melts to his touch. The only women who stands up to him are the Goddess he defeats and the one actual human that was his former girlfriend.

And I will end with werewolf nipple tweaks. Seriously... All I am going to say to that is bravo to Jeff Hays for being able to read through that scene without cringing.

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  • CoolHand
  • 18-11-2020

what an ending! .. must read, will read again soon

this series has been truly a great listen , Arand has done a great job of weaving a storyline and a myriad of characters here. I thought that after book 2 the series would run out of steam. Wrong. while bk1 can almost stand alone book 2 and 3 are best read together. Otherlife explores so many what-ifs and maybes that fantasy MMO video games leave, without taking himself, the subject matter of living in a construct too seriously. his selfless hero is a stunning creation and a total idiot. and has tons of fun in the process and I enjoyed every minute of Jeff Hayes narration

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-2020

great series

It isa wonderful thing to reread the start of it all. I didnt know the order or even the connection to Runner. Imagine the lightbulb that went on when I found out. lol took me Faust series and dungeon deposed series before I connected the dots . Amelia-Leah. I am reading them in the proper order this time. I hope your faithful readers will be rewarded in swingshift 3 . after the massive tease you left us. I am looking forward to Vince,Felix, Alex, Sam ,Gus and Runner in the same dialogue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2020

Great conclusion to an epic story

I listened to the first book on a whim; and I'm so glad I did. a fantastic listen with a memorable cast of characters. the story developed so naturally and got me thinking. 10/10 great book.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 22-10-2019

a nice ending to the series

this is a good story and ending for this series of books. amazingly it's not the end for the series's characters as they pop up in other books by the same author.

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  • Antony
  • 22-05-2019

Narration has steadily improved

If you read my reviews of the first two books in this series you’ll know I struggled a little with the narration at first. This has steadily improved over the trilogy to the point where I can’t really fault it at all. It’s a great series and the ending has the right mix of closure and potential for a sequel that you’d hope for.

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  • Mr C.
  • 30-01-2017

Good performance as ever, story as weak as before

The final book in the series finishes up the story.
Previous plot threads are practically written off as though they weren't there before.
The aspect of the world outside the game is barely touched upon anymore.
Very little happens for the first 2/3 of the book before the story suddenly wraps up.
The main issue with the series that I've had is that the hero is seemingly written to have no flaws. By this book he's the most powerful man in the world with beautiful women throwing themselves at him regardless of how he acts. It seems as though it was written by a teenager.
Performance is still good, with all the voice work coming across well.
Overall: wouldn't bother.

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