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  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Jason a. on 04-07-18

Better than it has any right to be.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

It is my opinion that RC Bray is one of the best narrators in the business today. I'm not going to spoil any of the book here, but just do yourself a favor and grab the first book, then grab this one. They are worth the credits.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,572

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endless Descriptions

  • By Paul T on 01-05-18

Surprisingly good.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I was surprised at the quality of the novel. RC Bray is one of the better narrators, and he enhances the plot in all the best ways.

  • Carrion Comfort

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 39 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,482

Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves. Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, sure...but GREAT story!

  • By LillyO on 01-02-12

The book equivalent of a snuff film.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-16

I have read and listen to a great number of Dan Simmons novels. I consider the Hyperion Saga one of the greatest literary works that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. But I have never quit a book halfway through because I simply felt dirty after listening to it. Many of us have listened to and read great fiction and great horror, and I do not consider myself squeamish by any means, but there are several chapters but I do not believe hold any narrative significance other than the writer expressing his most horrific fantasies and seeing if he could put it on paper. Theyy do not appear to add to the narrative in any meaningful way, they exist for a very cheap shock value alone. I really can't believe anyone would thoroughly enjoy this book unless they held sociopathic tendencies.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful