Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew B. on 23-11-17

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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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By weasal on 22-06-18

So confused why this book gets so much love

I've had to give up listening and I'm only at chapter 7. I was already fairly bored and unimpressed with the strange talking heads narration style. Why not just tell the story as it happened instead of reducing it to some kind of journal-entry blow by blow? From the get-go I was holding on to some fairly hefty side-eye towards the sole female character, Amanda. Did she really have to be a single mother, pregnant at 19 and widowed at twenty-something? It is so yawn-worthy to see this tired old trope of women always having to be mothers and wives when the men just get to be the infinitely capable, silent lone-wolf types with no familial responsibilities to burden them. Anyway, I was willing to overlook it and see how she evolved and where her story went. Well imagine my surprise (not) when only 7 chapters in we find her square in the middle of that old favourite, the post-apocalyptic gang rape fantasy. I mean seriously. Why do so many male storytellers feel the overwhelming desire to put their female characters through degrading and traumatic sexual violence in order for them to emerge as that "STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER" they can then have a wank over. Balls to that.. Pretty sure this little gem of a line is what really sealed the deal for me - "What he was describing (being raped every night for the rest of time by four men while your soon-to-be-at-risk-too daughter sleeps near by) didn't actually sound like the worst thing that could happen. Our culture has it all built up like rape is the absolute worst thing that could happen to a woman. But it's really not." Umm ok, pal. Thanks so much for the enlightenment! Listen up ladies! Rape's ok! No need to make a fuss about it. Just "roll over" and do your bit for mankind. They have needs you know. And listen, if you're lucky then a couple of 'nice guys' will come along and save you and you can feel like a regular damsel in distress. Then they can teach your pretty little head how to use guns and survive. Gee, what would you ever have done without all these men. So yeah...I'm out. There are far far better post-apoc stories out there with nuanced, well-rounded characters that also don't go on about bullet diameters for paragraphs upon paragraphs. Joshua - your rape and gun fetishes are showing. Might wanna tuck those in.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By yarginator on 27-11-17

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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70 of 75 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Paul T on 05-01-18

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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54 of 58 people found this review helpful

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