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  • 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 3,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571

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

Excellent - Story, Narration, Characters!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

If you could sum up Commune in three words, what would they be?

R. C. Bray combined with a very well written story equals an OUTSTANDING and extremely enjoyable listen. I had been looking for a good listen I waited for the release of the last Arisen Book; no luck at all. I had downloaded and returned several selections before I came across Commune narrated by the one and only R. C. Bray. Knowing R. C. Bray could narrate paint drying and keep me on the edge of my seat I hit purchased and kept my fingers crossed, I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the beginning with this new (for me) twist on a survival story (No spoil alert). Destructive event, time for limited reconstruction, followed by another understandable destructive event which thinned the population even more then the survival story begins. I waited for even the slightest example of unnecessary filler, it never came. I waited for the obligatory roaming gangs of Mad Max cannibals, they never showed up. I waited for at least one reason for me to "Roll my eyes and say COME ON," I never did. Great Story written from the memory of the main character was worth every bit of my time and money.

  • Getting Out: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller

  • By: Ryan Westfield
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

The EMP hits. The lights go out and silence roars. Society is on the brink of violent chaos. The only way to survive is to get out, away from the cities and into the wilderness. Max is an office worker with some gear and a plan. He's one of the first to realize the unspoken dangers. A few years ago, he inherited an old farmhouse. His plan is to get to it as fast as possible and bunker down. He thinks he's ready, but he quickly discovers that there's more to surviving than just having the right gear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series

  • By Kristy Rieman on 11-04-17

NOPE, soap opera'ish stupidity going back

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I would have kept listening if I could of stopped rolling my eyes and the story wasn't like a script for a really bad afternoon Lifetime Channel Movie. I was driving and just needed something to listen to, it was so bad I stopped and downloaded another book. Just a really dumb story with so many flaws, not just technical flaws, I cant even begin to list them all; here's a couple: Drunk rapists (DRIVING) to, and kicking in the doors of, an apartment 2 1/2 minutes after the power went out? All electronics out, except for all the vehicles people were DRIVING? Neighbors stealing from neighbors 3 1/2 minutes after the power went out before DRIVING away? Dumb "country folk" convinced the country was attacked by the Chinese or Russians 4 1/2 minutes after the power went out? The same "stupid" country folk abducting and abusing people 5 1/2 minutes after the power went out, then being outsmarted by stupid people and the stupid people who were abused feeling sorry for the other stupid people because someone needed something? (I pulled over at this point to find another story). The author should have listened to one EMP based story before writing this. I've listened to Kevin Pierce before. I do not get his style of narration, but when he has a good story to work with I can listen. I'm not sure, but if my review up to this point hasn't laid it out, this was not a good story.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • These Dead Lands: Immolation

  • By: Stephen Knight, Scott Wolf
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From one 10th Mountain guy to another...

  • By Geoff Strebel on 10-25-17

An "Arisen-ish" great listen, keep em coming!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What did you love best about These Dead Lands: Immolation?

The story started and progressed without unnecessary filler or character development. This is a fast pace, realistic and well developed listen with likeable and understandable characters who band together to defend against realistic (as flesh eating zombies can be) living and dead bad guys. In most stories I've listened to with over armed military survivors (except Arisen) there has always been over eager bad character/s who want to rule the world. This story has an over armed group of hard core military members who want to protect survivors without exception, or demands, even though I found myself wanting some survivors run over, beaten or eaten.This is an incredible beginning to what can be an outstanding series, please keep going, I am a fan!

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

R. C. Bray is hands down the BEST at what he does. He could narrate paint drying and I would listen for hours. The only problem with his work is I do not want to listen to anyone else.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Day after Oblivion

  • By: Tim Washburn
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

And so it begins.... In the United States, the Department of Defense and the NSA computer networks have been hacked. A nuclear-armed CIA drone has lost all flight control. North Korea...Iran...Russia...and soon the gates of Hell will open. Humanity's most terrifying nightmare has become reality. Bombs are detonated, missiles are launched, counterstrikes are ordered, and within minutes, untold thousands of megatons have left countless millions dead or dying. Devastation of biblical proportions has fallen over the land...and the USA has been hit the hardest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical cookie cutter story

  • By Columbus on 03-19-18

TERRIBLE

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

The narration is the worse I've heard; couldn't begin to say if I like the story.

I think some bad guys did some bad stuff to some good people, but OMG the narration is BAD so I can't say for sure, sorry.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 3
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,174

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series. Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great end

  • By Jordan on 01-31-18

OUTSTANDING listen, INCREDIBLE story!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I was hooked from minute one of this incredible story and series. Flawless storyline, believable characters and realistic/believable scenarios. Post apocalyptic Europe brought to life in only a way R.C. Bray can. Use a credit or buy the series, you will not be disappointed!

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like these series

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-17-18

Love it! Outstanding story narrated by R. C. Bray

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

I'm happy I found a story worth listening to as I wait for the final two Arisen books to hit Audible. This storyline will keep you listening and eager to find out what happens next to the characters brought to life in a way only R. C. Bray can. You will meet a group of "good" people who find the ultimate place to keep them alive in an area that provides everything to live in a post apocalyptic world. You will meet the "typical" pacifist good guys in an apocalyptic world who just can not adjust and try to take over. The "bad" guys show up in book one (including an outstanding bad guy who will make your skin crawl) and give you a taste of future conflicts; lots of bad guys and conflicts in the future.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Flood

  • Arisen, Book 10
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,051

With the tide of dead lapping at the walls of London, Major Jameson must decide whether to roll the dice and lead One Troop on a desperate mission into the fallen Russian Empire, to retrieve a designer pathogen so lethal it even kills the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • super series

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-27-16

Another example of absolute perfection!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

The best series ever created continues to be the stand alone example of excellence! The narration , to the syllable, is the best I've heard and will never be matched.

  • Ghost Run

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 4
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

In a desperate bid to survive as hordes of bloodthirsty undead now dominate the ravaged US population, a navy commander discovers an incredible secret about the pandemic in this fourth novel in the acclaimed Day by Day Armageddon series. Task Force Phoenix may be humanity's final hope, and the narrator's agonizing decisions could mean living one more day - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back on track

  • By Jim on 10-05-16

What happened?????

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Day by Day was my favorite series until I found the Arisen Series and I was excited to see a new release. I stopped a story I was listening to and excitedly started what I knew was going to be awesome; awesome never happened. I listened and waited for "it," but "it" never came. I am sorry to those who will not agree but this is from the series #1 fan and a listener who started listening to apocalyptic/zombie stories after the first three books.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Cataclysm

  • Arisen, Book 9
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,499

The battle to keep the undead tide from the walls of London is lost. Africa is a deadly hall of mirrors, leaving Alpha team riven with dissension and doubt. And the one man who might save the world is crashing to Earth half a world away. Only our greatest warriors can walk through this fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book but...

  • By Woody on 08-11-16

UNMATCHED BRILLIANCE!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Cataclysm to be better than the print version?

The brilliance of this story continues in volume nine as R. C. Bray, who is an absolute master of narration, tells the story in only the way he can. The story lines and various plots of the previous eight editions start to come together in a stand alone action packed and realistic manner. I only wish I had found this series after its full release.

  • Nemesis

  • Arisen, Book 8.5
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,671

Between the fall of man and the arrival of the JFK, the Horn of Africa is a battleground. Salvation. Vengeance. Vanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate Zombie stories! I LOVE these Authors!

  • By Mr. Gadget on 07-17-16

Brilliance, pure brilliance

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

This series consumed my life. I try to listen to stories between the painfully slow release cycle of this incredible series, but nothing compares and I end up returning the selection. 8.5 is so well written and narrated it could stand alone, DO NOT miss the opportunity to enjoy the entire Arisen Series.