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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. The communicability and mortality rates are devastating, leaving only small pockets of survivors scattered throughout the countryside. 

Commune: Book One is the story of one small group of survivors who must adapt to a primitive, hostile world or die. As they learn the rules of this new era, they must decide how far they're willing to go to continue living, continually asking themselves the same question daily: is survival worth the loss of humanity?

©2017 Joshua Gayou (P)2017 Joshua Gayou

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Plausible

Very plausible situations that happen throughout the book. Nothing like crazy prepper that has everything in the bag. Kind of slow beginning but it gets better as you go on.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 11-12-17

A Contender For Best of 2017

I’ve read a lot of post-apocalyptic books. A lot. And when I find something new I’m always shocked. In PA books there’s always a reason for the apocalypse, the journey is hard (in most books), and they get to where they are going only to have to defend their turf. Sure, that’s the same basic plotline of Commune, but the way that it gets there is totally different. Gayou was able to write new life into the same kind of story. It was a difference in tone. It was told from the point of view of storytellers (and the person recording the history of the story). Which made it completely unique among hundreds of books I’ve read in this genre.

Each person’s story was different. Just like the way that everyone has their own origin story to life. Each person in Commune felt different and interesting in their own way. There were quiet people who you knew had a lot going on under the surface. And the caring ones who cared, almost to a fault. Along with what I would call someone with the “papa bear” mentality. They all came together in different parts of this book and made something beautiful in the ashes of the apocalypse.

The back and forth of the characters playing out the same or similar situation really made this book stand out to me. I loved hearing about the story from Jake’s perspective and then Amanda’s. I also really like that everything is happening in the past and Commune is a sort of retelling. A ‘back to your roots’ sort of storytelling. Like the older generations used to do. That was how history was passed down from generation to generation. The back-to-basics sort of feel, looking back on their stories was something I’ve never read in any post-apocalyptic book.

I won’t ruin the ending or even how it gets to the ending, but I actually completely understand the way that Gayou went. I want to write more about it, but anything else I write here will become a spoiler. Let’s just say that I’m excited to see the direction that is taken in the other books in the series.

Sometimes I wonder if Bray picks books that make him laugh out loud at least once in them. I can’t even think if the last book I read by him made me laugh (it was about a guy out for revenge) but I’m sure it did. Ever since The Martian, almost every book Bray’s narrated has had me in stitches (even when it’s a serious book). Commune was no different. Numerous times (pretty much every listening session to and from work) I laughed at least once. Also, any book that Bray read the opening of and says “yeah, I’ll narrate your book” to an author he met on a Reddit AMA says a lot to me.

Overall, Commune Book 1 will easily be a contender for the best book I read in 2017. It’s easily one that I won’t forget for some time. Before I even finished it I told my wife that she had to listen to it. I woke up this morning to hear her in the kitchen listening to it.

I was given a free copy of this book which has not affected my review in any way.

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  • Donnie
  • MOUNT CARMEL, IL, United States
  • 11-26-17

Just wondering why RC Bray is not in the #1 spot

If you would look at all of books I have purchased and the books I returned, you would see that I have purchased more books read by RC Bray then any other narrator and the least number of returns by far and he did not even make your list this year. Most weeks, I read at the very least 3 or more books and usually more. I've always said a good narrator can change a bad store book into a a great one and a bad narrator can take a classic and turn it into trash. And RC Bray is not on your list, wow

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I want to adopt the characters into my family

First, if R.C. Bray described the process of picking lint from his belly button in one of his many voices, I'd pay money for it. I often pick titles just on the basis of his voice credit, and it's a crying shame he doesn't top Audible's list.

However, as excellent as his narration is, the story itself is THAT good, and I have to give credit to Josh for what is shaping up to be an absolute epic, with a hint of plausibility that is terrifying. Josh puts a lot of emphasis into character development, and this is what makes the book so inviting. His characters immerse themselves into your imagination, full of depth, yet also so shrouded in mystery. That mystery sets you up for a subtle cliffhanger that pervades through the entire story, and leaves you wanting more even after the bonus epilogue.

The documentary format sucks you in, and you quickly lose sight of the interviewer/interviewee context as you journey into the detail of Josh's visualizations. I live in the Western U.S., so all the locations are familiar and well-described, but as I've never personally considered them. I look forward to visualizing them again in my travels, but this time in Josh's artistry through words.

Back to Bray. Bob is hands down the best narrator in the biz. He utterly nails each voice, and the extent to which he prepares is evident in the expert voicing of the story. To say he brings this story to life is an understatement.

This duo will make a formidable pair in Audible's PA genre. Well done fellas!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • United States
  • 12-08-17

Great Characters, Great Narration!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book . I only took a chance because Bray narrated it and he is vocal of only doing the books he likes personally.

I have several hundred books on here , you tend to become jaded and eventually think you know what’s going to happen and characters drive you nuts with stupidity and weird logic in choice making . This book delivers , love the characters and love the story line . Bray is as great as always . No surprises there .

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Amazing characters!!

When the world is hit with a CME bigger than the Carrington Event, things quickly go to hell, but humanity perseveres and they try to survive. Just as things are starting to come together, a sickness spreads and kills even more of the survivours. Now we are following a group of people who are intent on trying to make things work.

This book surprised me a lot!! While it follows the basic rule of a post apocalyptic book, it isn't the plot that makes this shine, it's the characters and it's the way the story is told! It's told to us as a story, the narrator is recording how the Commune came to be but we also see the same story told through multiple characters POV. Now, that can sometimes be awful but it works here, and works well!!

This focuses on 4 people. Jake, Billy, Amanda and her daughter, Lizzy. How the four came together is something you will have to read the book to find out, because I don't want to spoil it! But it's a heartbreaking journey for some of them. I loved how they came together, and I think the author does a fantastic job with it. But it doesn't just stop with them meeting, nope, the journey continues as a group and is captivating and addicting!! I absolutely devoured it.

Every single character is well written and developed, which is rare in a debut book. There is depth to these characters that really captured my attention. Amanda and Lizzy have a hard journey, but they come out stronger. Billy is a great character and a real father figure. Jake is mysterious and I really can't wait to find out more about him. He is a fantastic character!! I also liked the fact that there isn't a love story here! While there's potential, I'm glad the author didn't feel the need to create one, especially after what Amanda endured.

In all, this is a story of survival when nothing is available anymore. The author really makes you realise how things can change in the blink of an eye! He puts a lot into the world building, but even more into the character development and what he has created was a memorable read, and I can not wait for the next one!!!

R.C Bray... let's all bow down to the awesomeness that is R.C Bray! His range of tones and voices is impressive and he really knows how to tell a story!! A good story teller can draw you into the book and make you forget everything else, well this is what Bray does. He drew me in and made the story effortless to listen to. It played in my head like a movie and I loved it!! He is a narrator I could listen to every day and feel like I was listening to different people. Amazing performance!!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Simply amazing

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING regarding Commune was perfect. This was a pleasure to listen to and an excellent start to a series I’ll be interested to hear.

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An absolute 5-star story and 5-star narration!!!

I'd read Joshua Gayou's Commune a short while ago and really liked it. In fact, it became one of my favorite postapoc stories of 2017.

I'd gotten a hold of Mr. Gayou to tell him as such and he asked me if I'd like to listen to the audiobook that was just released. Well, of course I said!

The audiobook version of Commune is nothing less than 5 stars. Just an excellent job at narration by R. C. Bray. He really brings the story to life and his portrayal of a major character at the end of the book was spot-on... exactly how I heard him in my mind when reading the ebook.

If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, I highly recommend this one. I can't wait until the audio version of Book 2 comes out!!!

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Absolutely stunningly well composed!

it's hard to really explain how much i loved this book. It's one of those post apocalyptic dystopian adventures that just pulls you in and captures your complete attention! I first heard about this via Facebook on R.C. Bray's fanpage and really wanted to burn a credit, and let me tell you it was an absolute pleasure listening to this gem. I instantly wanted more! please dont hesitate to use tga that credit because this is a series you will be begging for more of!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Exceptional

RC Bray is amazing. Take the time to listen to his read. It is exceptional.

Best apocalyptic book in a long time. Since Alas Babylon I have been a fan of the genre. This book stands out in that it doesn't rely on fantastic events. I related to the characters. There is a constant feeling of being involved in the story. The writing style is so rich I hit rewind many times. RC Bray has a way with voices that gave the words punch. The most powerful moment in the book caused me to cry as I drove. I love stories written as if characters are each telling their own story. It makes the story real. Highly recommend this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • jamie
  • 11-17-17

great book, similar till after it happened

Great book, highly suggest it, can't wait for the next, author please don't change narrator please

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  • Mr Andrew M Winder
  • 12-13-17

A really good listen...

A brilliant job done R C Bray (again!), made this a start to finish listen, bringing it all to life. It is a good story too.

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  • Gilmonkey
  • 12-12-17

brilliant<br />

I cant wait for the next one of these. R C Bray is just so engaging.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 11-23-17

Great story. R C Bray awesome as always

Good to hear a end of the world story that isn't zombies. R C Bray does a fantastic job at bring the people to life with the voices he's does. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Ginger guy!
  • 11-22-17

Need the next one now!

Need the next one now!, R C Bray could read just about anything given and I would listen to it.

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  • steve
  • 12-29-17

Good listen

Really enjoyed this book, it’s a good start to what will hopefully be a series. As always R.C Bray did a grand job, he’s one of our favourite narrators.

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  • Scoffs
  • 12-21-17

Great story well thought out

Where does Commune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most accurate Prepper- apocoolypse stotries listen too

What was one of the most memorable moments of Commune?

Death of a central character

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favourite?

Great as al2yis

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Think

Any additional comments?

Waiting for next in series

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  • Spaniad
  • 01-10-18

Excellent listen

I Had reservations about this type of book where you are listening to events from different people's lives and perspectives however this has been stitched together in a way that really keeps you interested. If i was to have a criticism it would be that the book was finished really quickly which took me by surprise. The characters have plenty of empathy and are easy to relate too. The descriptive parts are well done and balanced rather than describing each and every nut and bolt.
Truely a fantastic read! A pat on the back of the author. And as usual RC Bray is absolutely brilliant and has a way of bringing characters to life which not every narrator can do.

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  • slow fan
  • 12-16-17

Good book

Looking forward to book two narration is very good the story pulls you along nicely. I recommend a listen

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  • Mr Patel
  • 11-11-17

brilliant end of the world saga in the making

I've read two "end of the world" books and this one was brilliant. I won't name the other one as I got bored half way and returned it although that book seems to have high ratingsb for some reason. With regards to this book in question I found the characters brilliant and RC Bray bought them to life with his narration.
it's scary to think that if the world ended it would probably descend into a chaos like that described in the book - everyone for themselves splitting into good and evil. However you would hope that, like the book, a number of good people existed. This books drops you into such situations and describes the inner demons everyone faces while trying to survive having to do things they would never have done in normal circumstances.
I'm looking forward to the next book, its a shame that my favourite character in the book won't be in it!

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  • Adam
  • 01-02-18

Shaping up to be a great series

I thought I’d had my fill of great end of world series but this was great listen/read with a detailed plot and strong characters. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-23-17

Excellent

Cannot wait for the next story. When is it going to be released ? The suspense is great

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  • young reader
  • 12-12-17

Great

This was a really good read. Would have liked a bit more from Jake's perspective but that's a quibble. Well written

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-17

Fantastic

An engrossing journey I enjoyed every minute.
Looking forward to more! Can't wait!
I hope to see more real soon.

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  • Simon
  • 11-17-17

A Beautifully Crafted Story

I found this a refreshing take on the genre that is based around characters with depth. Each has a rich story to tell with brilliant insights into their personalities. Nice mix of character driven and action driven. Joshua Gayou has set up a world that I am eager to return to and spend time learning about the Commune.

R.C. Bray is masterful (as usual) in portraying each of the character's experiences with vivid and emotive expressions. Bray's narration will hit you in the heart, the mind, the soul and the funny bone.

Thanks R.C. for propelling this out into the audiobook mainstream, you were dead right to back Joshua's work. I am truly grateful that you did and am eager for more.

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  • Liz
  • 11-12-17

what a great story..

I'm a sucker for a good end of the world book and this one doesn't disappoint.. i binged listened to this audio and now I'm feeling a little lost.. characters were relateable and narration is spot on, for a mostly female point of view RC Bray does a wonderful job. i can't wait for the next installment..