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Commune: Book Three

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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Loved it

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Fantastic

I am blown away by this book. The characters back stories are gripping, each with their own turmoil. Also, each character no matter how much you dislike them, are relatable. The scenery is vivid. The underlying themes are relevant and timeless.
RC Bray is fantastic. He really gives these characters justice.

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  • TK2.0
  • 19-11-2018

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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  • Michael A Driggers
  • 19-11-2018

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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  • Darla McCollim
  • 19-11-2018

Fantastic series

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy book 3 as much as 1 and 2 because the story and characters broaden out, but I loved it. Obsessive Otter, villainous Robby and crazy Clay but they are much more complex than that and people in our little valley keep on trying to make home and family.
Joshua Gayou has written a wonderful multi level story here worthy of multiple readings. RC Bray has bought the story and characters to life.
There is a lot of gun talk if that interests you but it's balanced out wonderfully with tender intimate moments.
On to book 4 asap please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-2018

wow

R.C Bray and Joshua Gayou combine is just amazing.One of the best books so far, can't wait for book 4.

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  • Karlene
  • 05-02-2019

Big filler book.

Kept waiting for something, anything of substance to happen and it never did. Was a chore to get through.

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  • Larry Edwards
  • 26-12-2018

Excellence on many levels

I am huge fan of PA fiction, but this one shines as one of the best series I've come across. I burned through all 3 in less than two weeks, Not your typical post-apocalyptic series, this one is more a excellent study in human nature and lessons on leadership (while still also being a fast-paced, action-packed post-apocalyptic work!). The character development is superbly done and, as someone who has listened to ALOT of audio-books, found the narration near perfect with R.C. Bray capturing the emotion and personally of each character with incredible depth and range. The hysterical, and uniquely colorful, banter of the military characters (especially, and above all others, Gibbs) is worth the read alone. Not many books in this genre have had my laughing out loud like these have, especially as book 2 begins. Well done Mr. Gayou. Very much looking forward to book 4 in audio.

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  • Howard Helland
  • 20-11-2018

Outstanding

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

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  • B. C.
  • 16-11-2018

Best book yet!

Best book of the series yet! Didn’t want to finish it so quickly but once I started I didn’t want to stop. Looking forward to book’s 4-10!!!

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  • Marina
  • 19-11-2018

Great Series!

I was drawn to this series after the first 30 minutes of the first book because of the incredible character development. These characters come across as normal, everyday people with the average amount of "oh duh" moments. What I love about this author is that he allows us to get to know characters as real people, even the heroes are just people. Too often these types of books are filled with groups of preppers against the evil that occupies the new world. These are not preppers and are just trying to figure things out as they go along, what I imagine the majority of us would be trying to do in similar circumstances.
C3 checks in on Wang and his progress, follows Ronnie back to his group and introduces his boss Clay. I actually like Clay a little.
Understanding from the beginning that is book is a "bridge" connecting C2 to the conclusion of the series was helpful. C3 basically positions the characters for the last book.
I enjoyed the interactions between the military members, often laughing out loud at the insults and lingo, which were so familiar from my time in the service. While Otter is interesting, I'm not convinced that someone in his position would proceed with that mission or even consider it. I think he would have seen the inevitable failure of attempting to exert force in that situation, he wouldn't have been able to pull it off long term without becoming a dictator and using the military to police the group. I'm content with the resolution and the placement of the characters at the end.

The narrator throughout the series has remained the same and that is probably my favorite part of the whole series. R.C. Bray is absolutely perfect and really brings the books to life. I was very happy to hear that he would be doing the final book. The author and narrator make a great team!

This is a great series. Well worth the time and credits. I highly recommend it.

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  • Arttu
  • 20-11-2018

Best book of the series this far.

Great, likeable characters, utter misery and hope for the future. What more can you ask for? Characters being really fleshed out, yet still more to come! I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Ian
  • 01-03-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-2018

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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  • Michelle O'Dwyer
  • 26-01-2019

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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  • Andrew
  • 16-04-2019

The end of the world makes good listening...

Joshua Gayou's Commune series create an excellent post apocalyptic world peopled with a rich cast of interesting and believable characters. Many of these characters are particularly interesting with complex personalities and compelling back stories. For me, tales about the end of the world - or at least the resetting of the world - need to include descriptions of the emptiness, the silence, vegetation growing back, animals reappearing. Josh does more of this than most (though I'd still like more).
For me the series has been getting better and better - and this third book in the series continues that trend.

RC Bray is the perfect voice for these books and does an excellent job - as he always does. He adds depth to characters - it's really a performance.

Like others I am now waiting for book four to appear - I really hope it's not too long.

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  • Ryan Kimmins
  • 30-03-2019

great story and class characters

very engrossing and once again R.C.BRAY kicks the arse out of it amazing and a must if you like this kind of think

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  • dean
  • 07-03-2019

Can’t wait for next instalment

What a great book. Performed by exceptional talent. Like the other in the series starts off slow with a lot of back ground on characters which I like. The story itself doesn’t have as many deep plot twists but still very entertaining.

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  • Miss A Sutton
  • 01-03-2019

A bit dull, unfortunately...

Definitely not as good as the other two books and it felt like a bit of a slog to get through it all. There are new characters though, so that added some interest in an otherwise fairly woolly book.

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  • Chris Jenkins
  • 19-02-2019

Great third instalment.

Left me wanting more after every chapter. Just hope it's not a long wait for the next book.

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  • James
  • 24-01-2019

can't wait for the conclusion.

felt a bit long and I wondered if it was an excuse to have one more book in the series. but despite the few excess chapters it is yet another thoroughly enjoyable book in the series.

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  • Spaniard
  • 14-01-2019

amazing and brilliant

Stroyline is a fasinaticing take on living through an appcolypse. easy to follow and you simply sympathys and trully get to know the charcters thanks to the brillant writing and also not let us foeget the Legend that is RC Bray. if you listed to book 1-2 then stop reading this review and get this book!! Trully a page tunner!!