The Clan : Play to Live

  • by D. Rus
  • Narrated by Michael Goldstrom
  • Series: Play to Live
  • 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Soon the first screams of pain fill the virtual world as its freshly minted slavedrivers and torturers indulge in the absence of law and order. Their crimes provide a constant flow of gold back to their real-world controllers: the power-happy governments plotting to take over AlterWorld's magic technologies and limitless resources. What would you do? Would you step aside and watch the magical world turn into the Earth's dark twin? Or are you strong enough to step in the virtual sharks' way?

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Fantastic

This is really an unsung series on Audible. Totally impressed. I just devoured the second book in virtually one sitting (started it last night). Granted, I listen at 3x speed, but all that does is cut the listening time in half. Totally impressed.

Rus has captured the fantasy and dreams of gamers, manifesting it in brilliant technicolor across our brains. We get to live vicariously through our protagonists, experiencing both the highs and lows of total immersion. Looming on the horizon are factors beyond the control of the permas, though perhaps not entirely.

For those who are shying away, thinking this is only for gamers, I can understand why you might feel that way. Granted, your enjoyment of this series will be heightened if you have significant gaming experience. However, it is also a book (series) full off allegory and hidden satire. Rus takes the human experience and projects it onto his mutated Warcraft/DnD/Guild Wars/etc world. This, in itself, is a commentary on the very nature of MMORPGs. Brilliant.

Gripping action, drama, and humor abound. Highest marks and well worth the credit. Can't wait to start book 3. My only concern is I am blowing through these books and Audible, as of yet, doesn't have the last three available for purchase yet. Very troubling.
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- Charles

Really enjoyed the story I had to stop

I really enjoy the story idea. I think it is a fresh and it brings me back to when I played MMORPGs. I would recommended the books. The narrator does a good job. Not great, but good.

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I had to stop because I couldn't stand the main character saying "my inner greedy pig". Every time I heard it I would get a little more frustrated with the book. I think I was only two hours in on this book and had counted him saying it over 10 times. The last straw was when he said it 4 times in the span of 10 minutes.

Decent story idea, good narrator and okay writing.
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- Brook

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios