Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password.
He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone.
The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely. If they die, their brains get wiped.
Now it's time for Runner to flex his skills as a power gaming min maxer and see what he can do. Because every time he levels, he might gain the memory of the password. Time to go hardcore.
©2016 William D. Arand (P)2016 William D. Arand
Definitely the best in the genre! Please fix the audio levels. The narrator's volume jumps around wildly from phrase to phrase; especially towards the beginning of the book.
Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. I just couldn't get into it and found it so boring. It's totally a personal thing though, I think because I'm not a big gamer that I didn't like it as much as other people may. I play the odd game with my kids but I'm not into the RPGs. Initially I thought this was a virtual reality type of book, which is why I picked it up but it's not.
Jeff Hays did an amazing job with this. He has so many cadences and his female voices were exceptional. This isn't the first book I've listened to by him, and it won't be my last.
I did not read the print version of the book, so I cannot accurately comment. I will say that the narrator did a very good job bringing the characters to life, which I believe the print version cannot replicate. The narrator has what I personally believe to be the most important quality in a narrator: the ability to disappear into the characters and story and bring the focus totally on the book.
The book draws you in with an amusing yet fascinating first scene: Runner up in a tree and hiding from a wolf whilst trying to get his bearings and figure out a way to dispatch the wolf with the limited skills and commands he has at his disposal.
However, my favorite moment had to be what I will simply refer to as "the betrayal". IT comes at such a late point in the book that it almost takes the reader by surprise, and there is real frustration felt as the scene plays out...the reader knows Runner's capabilities and feels his frustration in being helpless nonetheless.
The most vivid scene for me was the last one. The author does a very good job describing it in so much detail that I found myself wincing as I pictured it in my mind. From the setting to the characters involved to the actions they were taking, the whole scene was very surreal and easily pictured in my mind.
"Otherlife: Death by Memory"
This audiobook was provided to me free of charge in return for an unbiased, honest review via Audiobook Boom.
As to litRPG audiobooks; I would rank this series second only to: Ready Player One, in front of D Rus Play to Live, Magic 2.0,or Way of the shaman series.
My favorite character is probably Hannah or "Hanners" the rogue, with Kitten the barbarian a close second.
Jeff Hays is a remarkably talented narrator, and does female voices quite well. He did fantastic with all the NPC's, but again, I liked Hannah the best.
In the fast paced information age of V.R. and computers which way of storing information is more viable - DNA or C++ ? Do you know what is real? The choice is yours, or is it?-
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A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
Let me start by saying, that the author (Mr. Arand) crafts an excellent story blending science fiction, fantasy, technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and adventure in the first book of this of what I hope to be a groundbreaking trilogy. Add to this the outstanding audio narration by Jeff Hays and I could not have hoped for a more engrossing and exciting story than what I received within Otherlife Dreams”. I am surprised that I have not heard of this trilogy earlier, and to be honest I wish I had.
If you like or are interested in MMOs (Massive Multiplayer Online) games such as “World of Warcraft”, “EverQuest” or “Ultima Online” or RPGs (Role Playing games) in general, you will enjoy this book; and I’m sure the rest in the “Selfless Hero“ trilogy series. Even if you are not interested in gaming, the story is engrossing and has enough fantasy and adventure to keep everyone engaged. There are heroes, rogues, thieves, barbarians, sorceresses, and many other character types one would expect to find in both gaming and fantasy stories, but that is not all. One will find scenes including space marines, an unforgiving computer AI, and a greater story I suspect will be told over the series.
There were many time while reading/listening to this book that I laughed out loud as I too have been frustrated or experienced many of the same things the main character experienced while playing gaming. One can quickly see the inflexibility of the game system and how this often frustrates the player. The humor and whit, while not always gamer related, will be enjoyed by nearly everyone. The characters are likeable, developed, and believable. There is adventure, action, intrigue, and even some light romance all woven in to about 230 pages. Be aware that this book, like other trilogies, ends on a cliff-hanger so you will want/need to read the others to understand the whole story.
I will say that I was not a fan at first of the book’s cover art, however, after reading the book and knowing the story, this cover fits the book like a glove. If you think this is just a light or young adult (YA) story, do not be fooled, the tale told here is deep, captivating, and well worth your time.
I often leave a section at the bottom of my reviews to talk about narration for those interested in the audiobook version. However, with the amazing narration done by Jeff Hays for this book, I needed to include it higher up in my review. I cannot believe this book was narrated by a single person. I had to confirm multiple times that it was not done by a cast of 2 or more; it was done that well. Not only did Mr. Hays do an exceptional job in voicing the characters, the book almost seemed dramatized by his inclusion of lite sound effects, verbal queues, or other sound modification to differentiate the character in the game world, on the ship, internal speak, etc. If you are not one that likes their audiobooks dramatized, don’t worry as Mr. Hays uses it sparingly and it does not take away from the story in any way.
The narration quality of the audio version is something I would expect coming from a professional recording studio or publisher. The audio was crisp, clean, and contained no disruptive artifacts such as pops, clicks, or missed swallows. I cannot say enough for the level of excellence put into the narration of this book. I’m not sure how he does it, but Hays is able to distinguish all the different characters exceptionally. Thank you for making a great book excellent.
Let me address two items that may exclude your wanting to read this book.
The first is that one of the main character uses vulgar language in nearly every sentence, and in some sentences she could string together 3-5 vulgar words. At times nearly all the other characters also express themselves in this way. I know the author was attempting to create a character and set a personality based on this use of vulgar language, she is a thief. However, this could have been done in many other ways than to make her speak like that. For me, unnecessary use of vulgar words in a science fiction or fantasy story removes me from the setting and bring me back into the here and now as these words would not be used by people in the future or fantasy setting. They would have their own way of expressing themselves. The author could have simply done a search and replace for such words and either removed them or replaced them with not vulgar expressive words and the story would still be as good as it was. Having the amount of vulgar language, for me, would exclude it from young readers, and in many ways I think this audience would have enjoyed the book a great deal.
The second, which is not as prominent is the author’s inclusion of a rape scene, light sexual/sex discussion, and some other adult subject matter. These topics or subject matter are used sparling and not overly descriptive, but be aware that it is included in this book. It is not anything more than what one may expect from a role playing game, but if these items offend you or you were wanting to know if this book was one that a young teenager should read, I would say no.
If the above do not dissuade you from reading this book, I would say do not miss it. A wonderful story and excellent narration make this one of my favorite book of this year.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for posting an un-bias review.
I would like to start out by saying that I received this book for free for this review.
Pros: A fun and interesting take on the new genre. I will definitely be grabbing the rest of the series. Jeff Hayes does an awesome job on the narration. His distinct voices and accents are awesome for audio.
Cons: since the genre is so specific, there are obviously elements taken from other stories. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't get specific. The audio levels are a bit off in the beginning, although they seem to level out after the first 30specific or so. This being the first book i expected a bit more world building, but honestly I didn't even think about that until after finishing as the characters and their development kept me pretty engrossed.
This author can actually write good characters. The plot (stuck in a medieval era video game, Runner (the Main character) attempts to 'level up' so that he can restore his memory) is well handled and moves along nicely, but it is the characters that make this a great book.
Runner is surrounded by a pose of women (Thief, Barbarian, Magician, and Merchant) that he picks up along the way. His relationship with them is what really makes the story.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Runner wakes up in a virtual reality game and quickly learns he is not going anywhere until he can either remember his password or level up to get his memories back. He quickly begins to assemble a team to get him where he needs to be. He has a problem though. Is it OK for him to 'use' his team members in the way he used to? Are they really as expendable as they were when he was on the outside of the game??
The first book in this series is a good one. I will be on the lookout for the second book. I like Runner and his motley band of npc's. Runner might not think much of himself but I think he is a hero in the making!
Jeff Hays is a great voice talent. He tells the story and performs the different characters voices perfectly (the only one I didn't care for was Kitten's). He used sound effects and did both male and female voices nicely. He made nine and a half hours of listening flow by very quickly and it wasn't all about storyline and plot. A lot of it was him.
I received this audiobook for free from audiobook boom! in exchange for an honest review.
It took me a bit to get into this story. Yes , there is the annoying beginning of the book with the different volume levels ( I understand why it was done, I personally just found it irritating.) I have never played video games and not being familiar with the terms that are involved in video games it took me a bit to get into the "swing" of things. Once I did I the story turned out to be interesting, with a wide range of characters.
This would definitely be a great book for those who are familiar with RPG, it also seems to be geared towards the guys. That being said I don't think I will continue with the series.
This is my first Jeff Hays narrated book. Excellent job. His narration flowed smoothly and evenly. Nice voice, very easy on the ears. Fantastic job with all the different character voices, even the females. He didn't just "read" the book, he made the character's come to life.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
“Otherlife Dreams” is the first of a trilogy of books that fit into a new genre that some are calling LitRPG. Runner, our main character, is trapped in a computer role playing game along with about a half million other people. How and why they are in there is not explained. We the reader/listener start out learning to survive the situation first, because there is no reboot. If you die in the game you are dead, period. Runner’s memories are also scrambled and it seems to be no accident because we find that he is a high level IT, (information technology), employee with the game company and could possibly fix the problem. If he could just remember his password.
Jeff Hays performs the narration in “Otherlife Dreams.” He has a great voice for this story and really does a great job with all the different male and female characters.
Over all, I thought “Otherlife Dreams” was an excellent book. I personally wanted to learn more in book one than was revealed, but that doesn’t take away from the story the author chose to give us. I definitely look forward to the next installment in the trilogy
Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
"Slow start but worth it!"
Really enjoyed the book and eager to listen to the next one later on in my queue of books. Difficult to get into but worth the wait.
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