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Commune: Book Three

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Commune Series, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
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Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world.

Out in Arizona, the leftovers of the US Military encamped in the last known surviving tent city: the Elysium Fields.

In Nevada, a clan of scavengers grows ever larger, each day bringing them a step closer to collapsing under their own weight.

Resources are becoming scarcer by the day as the world trudges on, and as it so happens, the folks up in Wyoming appear to be sitting on prime real estate....

©2018 Joshua Gayou (P)2018 Joshua Gayou

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Hoping for book IV soon!

After reading books 1-3, I've given all three 5 stars across the board. Its a very believable apocalyptic theme with very life like character development (mostly) and story progression. You will become very interested in nearly all the characters as the story plays out from multiple perspectives- all of which are very well done. The narration is done by RC Bray who is THE reason I even discovered the series. He, like always, is brilliant in his portrayal of characters, moods, events.. I'll be waiting for book IV with great anticipation.

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WOW

WOW, simply WOW. From the excellent story, to the Top Notch narration I can not recomend this and the previous 2 parts of this story enough. I salute you Mr. Gayou and Mr. Bray for your team work on this series. I can't wait for the next installment.

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Best one yet!

Great series with great characters. I've never had a book that could make me laugh or make me cry. This series has done both of those things. R.C Bray delivered another excellent performance! Joshua Gayou has a lifelong fan in me!

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Not what I expected

Was really looking forward for the book but it was a little too slow for me. Disappointed with the story. Love RC Bray. He’s amazing.

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not worthy of a third book.

didn't build on the previous 2 books. In fact contradicts the other two in some ways. was more of an attempt to build tension so you'd but the fourth when it comes out. Very very very disappointing.

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The best at their best!

First let me qualify this by telling you I am a avid listener. I have over 4 months total listening time with over 70 titles in my library. This is one of the best if not the best I have listen to so far. RC Bray is at his all time best. The story follows the original plot, there are the old and new characters that works and I fell in love with them all. The story line has taken a surprising twist that I can't wait to see what happens next. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book! Like the first two books in this series there are humor and suspense. Loved it and want more. Nothing else to say.

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The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

This series is like many others in theme, after it happened for example. what sets this apart is the amazing depth of characters and the realism in personalities. the focus on personal challenges and not always defaulting to the quick easy negative approach is totally unique. As the author points out, a true leader would not be a cliche tough guy or killer. People gravitate to leadership by example and people of integrity and belief. This series is written cleverly in so many ways and as the character count grows none are without depth. you find yourself rooting for most of them and not just 15hours of good guy vs bad guy. So much to love in this series as it is world building beyond just stuff but a growing community. Amazing work by both author and the legendary RC Bray and great additions with the new characters in this particular book. My only bone to pick is that this is clearly half of what was meant to be one book and shares an arc with book four. Grateful it is coming very soon. thank you Josh. Everyone should buy this and start at Book 1.

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Snore fest

I got very close to returning this one. That’s a shame because I enjoyed the first two books so much. Not sure if I’ll bother with the fourth book unless feeling extremely masochistic. The only saving grace here was the narrator.

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Outstanding

Leaves you wanting more. Great writing and the best narrator ever. Amazing story and unbelievably awesome storyline and characters

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poor first half

Disappointed with the first half of the book. it felt all over the place and like the author was trying to force 3 story lines. the 2nd half was much better and I feel the book should half been 25% shorter than it was. hoping book 4 is better and returns to the great effort put ilout in book 1 and 2.

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  • Ian
  • 03-01-19

Book 3 in a 4 book trilogy..

I bought all 3 books together thinking this was the entire series, but the author admitted at the start of book 3 that in fact there would be a fourth book because book 3 was getting too big. Slightly annoying, but I'd prefer the author gave us the full story rather than edit it down just to get it in 3 books. And frankly it's a brilliant series and worthy of another book.

The writing is really rather good, the plot, although constrained by the genre, is good enough, but what really stands out are the characters and the superbly written dialog. You can definitely see them acting their part in your minds eye. And this of course is helped by the always excellent narration of RC Bray. When Bray is performing Gibbs, you will laugh hard and long at some of the lines. Great lines, well researched and expertly performed..

I heartily recommend this series, but maybe wait for book 4 to be published if like me, you like to listen to a series from start to finish.

And where is book 4? Come on Mr Josh and Mr Bray.. I'm on tenterhooks here..

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  • Michelle O'Dwyer
  • 01-26-19

Absolutely outstanding

These no part of this book I didn’t like.
The new charterers were great and added a new dynamic to the story .

R C Bray is one of the best narrators around . Every charter he brings to life in a unique way

Please hurry with the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

Not as good as the other two books

This book feels like more of a filler between the last book and the next one.

It’s disappointing but I’ve no choice now but to buy the final book

Would have preferred more action

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  • SCW
  • 11-02-19

Brilliant book, well written and performed.

Brilliant book, well written and performed. excellent story line and characters. can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • J. Wilshaw
  • 10-26-19

good listening

really enjoyed this 3rd book read brilliantly as usual by RCBray. do you think he'd marry me?!

story continued where book 2 finished introducing more characters really exciting
stuff can't wait for book 4 to come out

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  • nughman n.
  • 09-30-19

Superb....

This series gets better and better. Will purchase the final instalment immediately. Brilliant narration as ever by RC Bray and excellent, measured storytelling. Truly epic.

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  • stewart
  • 08-14-19

love it

loved it. should be made into movies or TV saga
I highly recommend . .

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  • swimmerpaul
  • 06-13-19

VERY POOR

I enjoyed the first two books the series and would give them a seven out of ten but this third book was a total waste of time and money.

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  • Rich
  • 06-02-19

Very Good, but...

I liked this book, but initially thought it was a by-the-numbers predictable post-apocalyptic survival story. Relatively early in the story it became quite samey, and a touch boring, but it was almost as if the author realised this, and changed things up. The second half took some interesting turns, but some of the characters were hard to identify with, e.g. Jake - I just don't think his personality type would fit his role, or people would have accepted him. A little too sentimental in parts, too. All in all, I did enjoy the book, and RC Bray is my favourite narrator, but I'm in two minds whether to get the latest book.

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  • Kolif
  • 05-29-19

Best of the first three books

It's very hard to rate a book in a long series because of its epic length. The amount of sheer content that needs to stand up to high standard is simply far greater than a simple novel. But this book is the best of the three I read in series so far.

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  • Patris
  • 09-18-19

Another great story

The Commune series is one of the best survivalist/apocalyptic series out there. Skip the author's notes at the beginning though! They should be at the end of the book. I feel it gave away too much. I was anticipating and guessing at what the author was referring to throughout the book. Otherwise a great read.

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  • Tim
  • 07-07-19

Good to a point

All 3 so far are fabulously preformed and written... Worth listening to just for the creative swearing.... But I do get caught up in the end of the world ideas and disappointed a few keys aren't focused on that wouldn't hurt the story... Chickens would be savour of any group - worth fighting .. Where are all the cattle ??...wild dogs would be a serious problem.... And solar panels would be gold chips

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-19

The introduction of clay is a masterwork

Never once have I actually felt the pain of a character in a story until clays first scene. I felt like I was back in my teenage years waking up after a night of way too much drinking.

Joshua deserves an award for this series. Truly great writing and storytelling. Don't think I need to say anything about bray, we all know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-19

Loved it

Awesome series. Thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy and really hope the next book goes ahead. And soon!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

A well told story

Entertaining, informative and gripping. Characters are well formed and have detailed backgrounds.
I look forward to the fourth book.

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  • Yvonne
  • 01-29-19

Gayou and Bray - a dynamic duo

This was my favourite book of the series so far. There were a couple of patches that seemed like unnecessary fillers, but it was more than made up for with the complexity and detail that author and narrator bring to the characters. A riveting listen, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

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  • Matthew Cowell
  • 01-24-19

I got 12 hours in, but I'm done...

First of all, narration is great as always from Bray.

The writing is good quality too.

I enjoyed the first book, thought the second was a bit of a drag with the new characters, but was ok. This third book though has been just boring from start to where I left it.

There is no linear progression of plot in this book. It jumps around between various characters and goes into ultra detailed descriptions about their lives, sometimes Commune time, sometimes before. That's basically it.

The scenes go on forever and drag out. I love slow reads normally, but slow is a building thing usually. Nothing really builds on this book to me. I don't care for any characters, I don't really learn much about them either with all the detailed dialogue etc sapping my interest.

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  • Leah
  • 01-03-19

Great Book

Can't wait for book four to see where it ends and to find out a bit more about Jake.

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  • Mr Timothy N. Clarkson
  • 12-29-18

Great listening

Thoughtfully written, and with a real direction to the writing. A very good example of the post- apocalyptic genre.

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  • marcus woodlock
  • 12-20-18

Best gets better

Joshua, thanks for bringing back some of my favourite characters to continue one of the best stories of this genre. The character development and depth makes this an intriguing and insightful progression. It is also full of wisdom and humanity. This series can and should go far! R.C. Bray is a master narrater and brings the people to life successfully. Thanks from Australia