Play to Live

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 12,958 ratings

AlterWorld Publisher's Summary

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they're the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators. But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs. Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it - goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.

©2014 D. Rus (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • AlterWorld

    • Play to Live, Book 1
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105

    A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not for people who are expecting a 4.5 star book

    • By Liz on 06-06-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Clan

    • Play to Live, Book 2
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

    Once a seasoned gamer, Max has cheated fate, swapping his dying body for an immortal avatar in the world of sword and sorcery MMORPGs. He joins the ranks of a new race of people: perma players, forever stuck in the virtual castles and cities of AlterWorld. Now they have to obey the ever-changing rules of their new home while learning to live together in peace, love, and justice. But freedom and immortality are a poisoned chalice. Some of Max's new friends crave power; others become traitors and spies.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not really a series, just one huge book broken up.

    • By Joshua on 06-08-16
    • Play to Live, Book 2
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 10-12-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • The Duty

    • Play to Live, Book 3
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641

    The perma players' new reality gains depth and color. The virtual world has seen its first birth - and its first death. The invisible umbilical cord connecting AlterWorld to Earth grows thinner, and even the Fallen One cannot prevent the looming catastrophe. Could Max have ignored the Russian girl who'd just escaped slavery in a virtual China? Could he have turned a deaf ear to her pleas as the desperate fugitive clutched at straws on hearing her native tongue?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Oh what a beating...

    • By Jeff Dheere on 05-04-16
    • Play to Live, Book 3
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 10-12-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Inferno

    • Play to Live, Book 4
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003

    The fabric of reality is bursting at the seams. The gnolls' negotiators are knocking at the gates of the Kremlin. Ancient half-forgotten gods take on a new lease on life as AlterWorld's avatars. A spark of the Creator's almighty will is still alive in the hearts of millions of players, obeying the impulses of their faith and knowledge while reshaping the Universe to suit their unspoken needs. Initially AlterWorld came complete with infernal planes. So how about confronting a few demons?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • please more :)

    • By Blake on 11-02-15
    • Play to Live, Book 4
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 10-12-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • The Battle

    • Play to Live, Book 5
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,344

    The Russian cluster. The ground shakes as the enemy approaches. The angered gods frown as they look down from the sky. Intelligence agencies are locked in a brutal fight. Hundreds of thousands of sentient beings happily slaughter each other. This is no longer a game quest nor a petty fight between clans over some land rich in resources. This is war! A war of civilizations, religions, and all the dimensions of the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Decision time...

    • By alton Styron on 12-23-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • The War

    • Play to Live, Book 6
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

    The magic flames are raging. Blades are melting. Souls are reduced to ashes in the fury of battle. The grand finale of the war for the First Temple is upon us. The last trump cards have been played, the reserves are all exhausted, and even the gods have engaged in the plebeian fight. The universe is on the point of collapse. Broken are the chains that hold the worlds together. The icy waters of the Baltic cool the scorching sands of the Frontier.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So many holes

    • By Jonathan on 05-28-17
    • Play to Live, Book 6
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 06-28-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • The Ultimation: Play to Live, Book 7

    • Play to Live, Book 7
    • By: D. Rus
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

    The magic flames are raging. Blades are melting. Souls are reduced to ashes in the fury of battle. The grand finale of the war for the First Temple is upon us. The last trump cards have been played, the reserves are all exhausted, and even the gods have engaged in the plebeian fight. The universe is on the point of collapse. Broken are the chains that held the worlds together. The icy waters of the Baltic cool the scorching sands of the Frontier.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • There are plans for a 8th book.

    • By Chris Jones on 10-30-16

    Regular price: $19.95