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Otherlife Awakenings

The Selfless Hero Trilogy
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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book 3 awesome

I loved this book from start to finish the Characters a awesome the narrator did a awesome job with the story great work

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • lmntool2015
  • 13-07-2019

Great listen :)

its a enjoyable book thanks and keep up the good works i look forward to it

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  • JJ
  • 19-06-2019

A Satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable romp

This review is 100% spoiler-free because spoilers are the worst.

Overall: It's great (for what it is)
Performance: I love it
Story: Pretty good

Are you looking to be challenged intellectually, tied up in suspenseful knots, or listen to a hollow smut novel?
No?
Good. Neither was I.

Otherlife Awakenings is more of the same easy, enjoyable, stress-relieving LitRPG excellence that you enjoyed in the trilogy's prior two entries.
It is weaker than the first two books, but I still really enjoyed it.
If you've gotten this far in the series, I think you will too.

Arand continues to deliver a rollicking good time.
He also still manages to keep the romantic side smut-free, if not exactly clean.
Jeff Hays narrates phenomenally as always (no surprise there).
It is not perfect--for example the plot is a little TOO light on serious challenge/conflict to the main character--
...but it definitely has me wanting to pick up the rest of Arand's work, especially considering this is one of his first.

If you're on the fence, give this one a go and I don't think you'll regret it.

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  • Ryder
  • 11-06-2019

Awakenings is a Letdown

This series got off to a good start, an okay middle but by the end was a sexist, confusing mess. (Maybe the fact that I skipped large portions of it because I found the main character's interaction with the female characters to be extremely sexist contributed to me missing some plot lines), Honestly, this last part of the trilogy seems like it was written as an adolescent male fantasy. Certainly did not appeal to an older female reader,

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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.