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Author: Tim Guest Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781481582780
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Second Lives takes us on a revelatory journey through the electronic looking-glass as Tim Guest investigates one of the most bizarre phenomena of the twenty-first century: virtual lives.

Each week, thirty-five  to fifty million people worldwide abandon reality for virtual worlds. They create a virtual body, work virtual jobs, and make virtual friends and family. And as online communities like SecondLife, EverQuest, and MySpace attract more members, the lines between the real and the imaginary become blurry. After all, in these virtual realities, you can build houses, make and sell works of art, earn real money, and get married and divorced. On web sites like eBay, people sell virtual clothes and rent virtual property for real cash, for a total of nearly $800 million worth each year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich and colourful…an important mapping of a new social frontier.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Astonishing.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Remarkably timely.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Garcia is engaged in a laid-back sort of way but is open to expressions of surprise.”

    Audiofile

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/6/2012

    " I read this three years after it was published and it feels totally dated. The world he paints did not happen and the tone of the author was a little too excited, a little too vested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/13/2012

    " Fascinating. I had no idea. People are paying real money for stuff that doesn't really exist. I was intrigued enough to sign up for a free Second Lives account, but am not navigating through it very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imanz | 7/28/2012

    " it helps me alot to guide me as newbie in Second Life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 6/26/2012

    " It certainly opened my eyes to a world I didn't really know existed at the time although the book itself did drag a little in places. Not bad have read worse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 12/11/2010

    " It certainly opened my eyes to a world I didn't really know existed at the time although the book itself did drag a little in places. Not bad have read worse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 10/23/2010

    " I read this three years after it was published and it feels totally dated. The world he paints did not happen and the tone of the author was a little too excited, a little too vested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 6/15/2008

    " Fascinating. I had no idea. People are paying real money for stuff that doesn't really exist. I was intrigued enough to sign up for a free Second Lives account, but am not navigating through it very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imanz | 5/18/2008

    " it helps me alot to guide me as newbie in Second Life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martinxo | 9/1/2007

    " As a Second Life resident, I wanted to love this book. It's not that it's bad as such, just a bit too much padding. Would have been better as a much shorter book or maybe a series of articles.

    Still, worth looking at if you're interested in finding out more about SL "

About the Author

Tim Guest’s first book, My Life in Orange, was a memoir about growing up in a series of communes. His journalism has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, New Scientist, and Vogue.

About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.