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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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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!

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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.

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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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Endless Descriptions

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There is a good story woven through the endless descriptions of everything.

What was most disappointing about Joshua Gayou’s story?

I enjoy a well detailed story world,but a blow by blow description of tying a garage door in the up position using an orange not yellow, orange, 16 gauge extension cord secured around the wheel axle between the track and door, was a bit too much.

I am not a firearm fanatic. I did carry on the job for many years but a firearm is a tool not a hobby. The never ending descriptions of proper gun etiquette, tactics and even how to attach a shoulder strap to some sort of a Swedish wonder gun.... just ruined the story.

Much was made in other reviews about this not being another super prepper fantasy. Well it is just another super prepper fantasy thinly disguised by Including a couple of inexperienced characters that are constantly being lectured in proper prepper etiquette thereby showing the authors super prepper prowess does not help. I get it you are ready for the end of the world.

Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The audio performance was very good with believable changes in tone for each character.

Was Commune worth the listening time?

I wanted it to be worth the time, I really did. Based on many of the other reviews I was expecting something other than another description of how a super prepper will survive while everyone else dies.

Any additional comments?

As a manual for how to select the proper firearms for the end of the world, Great. as a novel with a rich cast of characters and a interesting world, not so much.

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More of any instruction manual than a story

I love RC Bray as a narrator, and the setup of this story interested me. However, the story itself dragged. The author, at times, put more emphasis on educating the reader on how weapons operate or how one plans for the apocalypse, and that made for dull points in the book. I think the characters are interesting, and the setup could be good for the books to come, but I'm not sure I'll spend the credit on book 2.

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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 .

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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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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.

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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.

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Fantastic! I wish I had purchased it sooner.

This is an amazing story. The earth has been hit by something big - electricity has been knocked out. Then comes a plague that kills almost everyone who lived through the big hit. Only a very small percentage of people in the US lived through both. This is the story of some of them. (1) Jake, a man in his prime, is the silent type who takes care of business when he has to. He is an enigmatic character. (2) Billy is a native American in his late 60s. He is wise, likable and a great father figure. (3) Amanda is in her late 20s or early 30s. She is of Hispanic descent and lost her beloved husband to the plague. (4) Elizabeth is Amanda's daughter. She is seven years old and mature for her age. She is a polite and obedient child. They all hook up in Nevada and are on their way to Jackson, Wyoming where Billy has a large and well stocked log home. He has been a prepper for years and knows they can survive at his place. Other characters come in and out out the story. Some are very bad and violent people. Others are kind and good.

Once I started listening, I could not stop. Finished it in one sitting and immediately purchased book 2. There is a preview of book 2 at the end of book 1 and I can tell that it is going to be just as good, if not better. Can't wait to listen to it. I am just so happy that I stumbled upon this series.

The writing and the author's ability to weave a story with interesting characters makes this a great book. But it is even better because of the narrator, RC Bray. His performance is top notch - ranks at the top of performances of Audible books. This book should appeal to anyone of any age or sex because of the strong story and great narrator. This gets my highest recommendation.

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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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  • 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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  • Spaniard
  • 01-04-18

Fantastic! Brilliant post appocolyse series!

I am really enjoying this book and can't wait for the next book to be released. I like that's its a post appocolyse book with no Zombies. I do like the zombie books but it's a fresh of breath air when a writer writes a book like this. I strongly suggest if you like this book to read also 'After It Happen' - (see my review for more details) both series is narrated by RC Bray who I wish was my uncle or bear freiend because he had brought every book I listen to life... Man he can read the phone book and i be exited and engaged!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • D. Rose
  • 05-25-18

Extended advert for the NRA

Story was mildly interesting but there is no way I could have got through this had it not been an audio recording. The narrator is very good but the text reads like one long extended advert for guns; the NRA must have sponsored this book. Tedious in the extreme.

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  • Ben
  • 02-05-18

Great Book

I knew nothing about this author, but I'm glad I gave this book a try. It's what a good apocalypse book should be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-18

Story needed to develop

I kept waiting for this ok story to get better. I’m hoping that book two will be an improvement.

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  • Claudia
  • 04-14-18

Based on the reviews I expected more

Going by the reviews I expected this to be a really good listen but I was quite dissapointed. The story was thin and predictable and the mind-numbing detail on every single weapon really didn't do it for me - yaawwwn

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  • Petra
  • 02-07-18

Can't wait for the next book

Lots of good storylines and likable characters. Looking forward to what comes next in the series

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  • Yvonne
  • 05-03-18

A good listen

A good story read by one of the best . It all went by very quickly.

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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.