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Otherlife Nightmares

The Selfless Hero Trilogy
Written by: William D. Arand
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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Runner and company have safely left the city ahead of the siege. Completing their class promotions with barely any time to spare.

Unfortunately Runner hasn't discovered the password he needs to begin the logoff process to save the 400,000 or so crewmates left alive in this game where dying truly means death.

The game continues to shift and change with each day and as a byproduct of Runner's actions.

Not only do the rules change, but those he's with have changed. No longer simple programs, they have reached actual sentience.

Pressing himself ever onwards to learn more about the world he finds himself surprised at every turn.

On top of navigating the ever changing game, the outside world has contacted him directly. Now he has to begin to navigate the situation as a gamer, IT support, and an officer.

Of course this would all be a lot easier if he hadn't gotten captured within a few hours of leaving Crivel.

Fate seems to be stacking the deck against him as quickly as she can this time around.

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

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  • Brian L. Manley
  • 2016-09-04

Great follow up to book one

So many times, book two of a series is a bit of a let down. And 95% of the time book two will leave u hanging without wrapping anything up. Not This Book! It wrapped up a few details and somehow found the perfect balance between fulfillment and wanting more. I can't wait to read the third and I think last of this series.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-01-19

Disappointing sequel

First book was ok, this one begins a slide towards the crappy soft core porno that is book 3. There’s still some plot and interest in book 2, but it isn’t worth listening to especially when book 3 is so bad. Give it a miss and find a better series.

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  • Rose
  • 2016-10-26

Too much wish fulfillment

The selfless hero trilogy? This guy is far from selfless. Without spoiling the story, let's just say he screws over hundreds of thousands to protect what he cares about. That is like the definition of selfish. Maybe the title is meant to be ironic, but I don't think so. Besides that, too much endless flirting and lovey dovey talk. It honestly gets nauseating. The whole thing starts to read like bad fan fiction. The performances are great, which the only glowing praise I can offer this franchise

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  • Donnie Marks
  • 2016-10-11

Otherlife Nightmares: The Selfless Hero Trilogy

As an avid reader and player of CRPG's for over forty years, I find the litrpg genre a natural extension of two of my main hobbies.I really enjoyed the first book, but the second book, not so much.I have often pondered the question of artificial consciousness (AC), also known as machine consciousness (MC), and enjoy books that address this question.I was surprised,having thought myself well read, that there is a " Harem Genre ", and what was implicit in the first book is explicit in the second.this detracted greatly from any enjoyment derived from the book.It is so off-putting, that I lowered my rating from four, to three stars. I seldom read two books of a trilogy without reading the third, but the unwanted harem tropes make it a close call.

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  • MetalWingedWolf
  • 2016-09-13

Finally!

Ahh wonderful. Another fantastic title after a very appealing first book, with furthered character development and some back stories and world building. Nicely balancing the plot threads started earlier. It's finally dawning on me how strange it is to listen to a guy voicing a whole cast and getting you to believe and recognize everyone. It gets a little stretched with the growing cast at times but there are some pretty beautiful women's voices. That's just kinda badass and interesting on it's own. Loved the character direction. Would love some notice before the next one comes out in case I don't save my credits correctly.

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  • Melisa
  • 2016-09-25

Possibly a Parody?

I can’t tell if this series is meant to be taken seriously or if it is some kind of parody à la Tom Holt. It reads like a 15yr old boy’s version of a cheesy fantasy romance novel. If you are a 15yr old boy, you will surely love it. If not, you may find it either amusing or offensive because it gets pretty ridiculous. Even more so than the first book. I found it mostly amusing but I’m not sure that was the author’s intention. The female characters are especially unbelievable. Either the author has never met a real female and has no idea how they would act and react or they are meant to be unbelievable because they are only NPCs and therefore not real. Who knows which. No amount of charisma would make this many females so stupid and I sincerely hope that no grown men would be so immature. The virtual reality part of the story line still kept me interested but since Runner can now turn off death in the game, why doesn’t he just do so? Wouldn’t that solve the biggest part of the problem immediately, giving him more time to figure out how to get everyone out? This is not explained. The saving grace here is the narrator, who is excellent. He gives these cartoonish characters a bit of life, giving each a unique voice and somehow keeping them all straight. He is quite good with both sexes, never sounding awkward. I suspect the narrator is the main reason I chose to listen the second book. I need to see what else he has done.
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  • Rojo
  • 2020-05-25

Book 2 of 3 picks up well with different feel

(Note: this book is part 2 of a 3 book series, which for some reason is not put together as a series on Audible. Just search for "Otherlife" and you should find the other books)

Book 2 takes place immediately after the events of book 1, with the crew having left the city ahead of the siege. Runner still hasn't discovered the password he needs to save the remaining crewmates left in the game. If you remember from book 1, crewmates are truly dying when killed in the game and this is taking a toll on Runner. Runner also continues to shift and change the game world each day by making more and more "NPCs" realize their reality is a game. Not only is Runner's actions giving sentience to npc's, but also the counties he takes action in. Runner has also been contacted by the outside world. Now runner has to deal with in-game events and his contact to the outside world via an A.I as a middle man, a middle man that is trying to help the crew from the outside while also helping study humans.

This book 2 is more of the same from the first book with more of a focus on the backgrounds of Runner's harem, with less adventure and Runner leading an army. There are more female characters joining in the story, but none that join the 4 main ladies in Runner's harem. Something I was looking forward to was the characters gaining class promotions, but the event is just glossed over and Runner doesn't even get one, which makes sense considering his "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" build. Some of my favorite parts of this book were getting to know some of the ladies backgrounds and Runner having to deal with obstacles due to them. Another is Runner starting to encounter the gods of this virtual world, which makes for some interesting situations particularly with "Minxy"

Runner really struggles with his loyalty in this book as he has decided in book 1 that the npc's of the game are just as real as any of the players he is trying to save. It doesn't help that a large majority of the players are trying to kill him now as well since he has been framed for the reason all the players are in the game in the first place. Runner is being slandered to the point that they think he is playing god and twisting his every actions and relationships into something devious. The annoying part of this is Runners lack of communication with the other players concerning the allegations, Instead of making his case he decides that he should send 1 message to a single person and then shut off or ignore any communications from players, which makes him look very guilty and unwilling to be part of the community he is trying to save. His decision on this makes up about 2/3 of Runner's major problems, which is pretty silly considering he is essentially making his situation go from bad to worse. This issue is what makes this book my least favorite of the 3 books. If it weren't for the character progression in Runner's harem and a very surprising ending, I would likely not have liked the story as much.

Jeff Hays does an amazing job portraying all the characters, and he does an amazing job with female voices to the point I forget I'm listening to a man narrate in a mostly female cast of characters. However, as many female characters as there are I wonder why a female voice actor was not selected to narrate this book. Even with that thought I still think Hays did a great job here, as usual.

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  • Decon Rev22
  • 2020-05-02

great follow-up to book 1

this book has definitely become one of my favorites. I find that it is a great follow-up from book 1. definitely a lot of fun. voice actor does an excellent job and if it's very well edited by the audio group that produced is it. this is a basic you had fun story. though it seems as if it's one of your run-of-the-mill single guy with a bunch of beautiful women deciding all who's going to be in a harem it has its own surprises. the characters get a little bit more fleshed-out and there's actually a story here. I was very surprised.

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  • Tory Wilson
  • 2020-02-23

Fantastic continuation

Fantastic continuation to the first book with the tension rising and the world slowly becoming more alive. As well as another great performance by Jeff Hayes Honestly this book is better than the first one as most of the characters have established who they are and what their roles are, we do get some new characters but mostly it's all plot advancement at this point. I highly recommend this one as well. Be prepared for some emotional manipulation by the author.

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  • Tracy
  • 2020-01-04

Still good

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