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Commune: Book Four

Commune Series, Book 4
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Commune Series, Book 4
Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

The philosopher asks: "Faced with the mutually exclusive choice between moral principle and the survival of your family, which is the correct path?"

Philosophers love to pose such questions, and in the day-to-day struggle, such thinkers rarely attain to a level of relevance rivaling that of the simple hunger pang. Their careful considerations dissipate under the leveled gun.

We do not feel their disapproving gaze when The Others draw near.

When the world sends doom, the survivors do not hesitate.

The survivors do what is necessary.

©2018 Joshua Gayou and Blue Heron Audio (P)2019 Joshua Gayou and Blue Heron Audio

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Phenomenal - Just phenomenal

I reviewed book 3 and noted you should not expect on ending. The author did explain he was building the story to the events here, but needed more time, hence book 4, this book. So I gave him his grace period, and so should you.

This book is phenomenal. I give the author so much credit as he delivered what he said he would. Your investment into waiting for book 4 (if you did have to wait), and then listening to it (it's quite a long book) is rewarded in buckets.

The characterizations are just so good. You will visualize them as the book is performed, not by any descriptions of their appearance, but by what they say. This is also RC Brays best narration so far, and I've heard a few, and the others were also top marks. This book / performance is another class above the rest though. On more than one occasion I found myself driving home the long way, so I had more time to listen.

We learn a lot about the insides of some of the main characters heads, and what man/women kind is capable of when their existence is threatened. The questions asked are "what would you do in this situation to protect the people you love, advance your groups chance of survival, deal with those who offer a different view or approach - How far would you go?".

There is no obvious right or wrong here. And the beauty of this book is despite the fact you naturally want to side with one side, you cannot help also sympathize with the other side too. By the end of the story you realize there are no baddies here. Just survivors.

This is by far the best book I have heard on Audible, and probably the best book I have 'consumed' full stop. The likes of Netflix should be signing up for a 4 season TV shows immediately. If there is an Oscars for Audio books, this needs to be nominated immediately. Even if this genre is not your cup of tea, I urge you to give this series a go.

My congratulations to Joshua Gayou for an exceptional piece of work, and also to RC Bray for an amazing performance.

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Blinking Awesome

A great finish to the series, and fantastic narration from the one and only R.C Bray

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Brilliant

A brilliantly written different spin on an apocalyptic world. so glad the author decided to turn this into a 4 book series as oppose to a shortened trilogy. I loved how immersed I became with each character and found myself lost for hours in the amazing voice of R C Bray (one of my absolute favourite narrators). An absolute must read for those who are bored with the same story lines of this genre 👍👍

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Wow!

There was a lot of hype before this book was released and by thunder it’s lived up to it!!

There are a lot of ups and down in this book and in deed, a few complete spins. I would recommend the series to anyone!

As usual, Mr R.C. Bray delivers an exceptional performance making you believe it’s a cast rather then one man.

Hats of to Joshua Gayou and R.C. Bray. A team made in audio heaven!

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Another great listen

A really good listen. RC Bray as fantastic as ever. This book brings in very new material that I was not expecting. The characters really develop in this book. Only thing, definitely give yourself a refresher.

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Decent post apocalypse fodder

This series is a good standard offering for post apocalypse fiction fans and ends leaving some questions. Hoping we will get a follow up.

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What an amazing story

Between the gripping storyline and characters brought to life with bray, this is outstanding!

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Great end to a great series

The climax is a complete pay off for everything we've heard so far. Victories and tragedies in equal measure, and a satisfying conclusion. Well worth listening to the whole series.

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The conclusion of the story

brilliant performance by Lord Bray. The story made me slightly sad. Well worth the buy

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Holy Mother Forking Shirtballs, Amazing!

This whole series was amazing! Having read the first 3 books I was on the edge of my seat for number 4 and rightly so. The book is full of tension and drama and I literally couldn't wait to listen to the next bit to find out what was going to happen. I really cared about the characters after 4 books worth of them, and I was pretty gutted when it was all over. The sign of an amazing book when you genuinely feel like you are grieving when it all ends!

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  • Robert
  • 16-05-19

Disappointing Conclusion to the Series

I really liked the first three volumes, but this final outing was quite a mess. Lots of extraneous new characters to keep track of with stories that don't move the plot. Jake's actions become very erratic. There seems to be something missing in the final chapters as there is a big unexplained time jump. For an author who has had lots of detail and nuance the slap dash finish with little explanation just seems lazy. It's like the author was bored with the subject and wanted to just give us a bone to wrap it up. He promised that we would get some more backstory on Jake that never appears.

On the plus side RC Bray is outstanding as usual. He is always spectacular at giving each character their own very consistent voice. I loved the nuance he supplied to Clay's character especially how he performs the "huh?" affectation that he often tosses off.

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  • Tina
  • 16-05-19

WTF Happened????

I'm going to start off by saying that the first 3 books were completely and utterly, truly satisfying, they were awesome, and I personally ate it up, killing each book in a day, easy, but this last one was a tragedy. This series ending the way it did made me sick, literally, it was like all the way through books 1-3 he set up each character with their own back stories, personalities, day to day lives etc etc and then in book 4, he changed everything about almost everyone, their whole beings just flipped. 3 examples.. Jake, Gibbs and Amanda, oh the difference was unbelievable and sad, just the decisions that Jake made while in the house with Clay, his whole disappearing act, yeah right, there is no way in hell, Jake would not have just disappeared, not like that, his whole personality, his whole nature, up to that point screamed otherwise and that whole scene makes my point for me.... But anyway, yeah I get who Jake was, and I don't think he was a sociopath or psychopath like some people are saying, I think the world turned him into someone you didn't want to fu** with and he was willing to do what it took to get the solution he desired so his people didnt have to, so they could sleep at night and not feel what he did. The whole book was a sh** show build up, and the ending feel so flat I just couldn't believe that the same person wrote the other 3 books. I don't no, I'm no book reviewer, I'm just telling you what I feel and damn if I don't feel robbed. I cared about these characters, truly cared about them and to me he might as well have murdered all of them, because that's what it feels like. There was no closure here, no ending, no resolve and it sucks that this great writer just killed his book like that, it's so typical anymore, this is how it always ends up. I don't no what else to say. Read and decide for yourself.... P. S. R.C Bray was truly amazing as always, he is the only reason I gave this book an overall 3 star because yes his performance was a solid 5....

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  • Michael
  • 26-06-19

Ruined it.

I loved these books because he didn’t use people doing stupid stuff to further the plot. Then half way through this one he did. It was ridiculous. I’m gonna take a break now and maybe come back to it later. Joshua, you are an ass.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-19

eh

really didn't tie up any loose ends about Jake. very disappointing ending. very predictable and unexpectedly boring

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  • Sirma M. Tzoutzova
  • 11-05-19

Not the same as the previous books

a little too much rambling from just a few of the characters and not enough insight into what others were thinking

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  • gogobuffalo
  • 15-07-19

The Worst Commune Book by FAR

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and I have listened to it via Audiobook.

My ranking of the series from best to worst goes as follows:
2, 1, 3, 4

Yet 4 was the only book I really didn’t like. The antagonist in it is simply 100% unbelievable in his decision making.

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There was one great, powerful part:
-the camping scenes with George, Lum, Rose, and Elizabeth. They were touching, sincere, and believable. Then Lum being murdered and George telling Rose what to do while dying... that right there was one of the most powerful scenes of any audiobook I’ve listened to, and Joshua Gayou deserves praise for that!

The bad:
-This was the one book where the events which unfolded were simply not believable. I appreciate there was nuance and a change from the typical: that the big group didn’t just go mad Max and murder and plunder. Yet the way which Clay differed seemed unbelievable.

I get it, the execution of Willie Dingle was supposed to be the scene which changed Clay - preventing him from being ruthless like he previously was. But it’s execution simply wasn’t believable.

So when the conquest is first complete, and Jake and Gibbs and Amanda arrive on the scene. He gets told another car of people are down the road, and he says for Gibbs to get them over here or he starts shooting people - starting with Barbara. Then shortly afterwards Jake attacks him and knocks him unconscious, and he doesn’t retaliate against the group in ANY way? Their leader rebels and it’s just “if he shows up I’ll kill him????”

Out of “respect” and in an attempt to get in their good graces, he buys Amanda’s “we’re religious” strategy, letting them meet with ZERO supervision?? You could have one person posted outside the window and still be respectful. And then she asks for a SECOND meeting where she even admits it’s not about Bible study/worship but about “this is a big change” (Clay sending over half his forces away).

The group your occupying (and has already displayed rebellious tendencies) is meeting about how you’re sending over half your occupying troops away, and YOU'RE OKAY WITH IT BEING UNSUPERVISED?

That right there is just stupid. Unbelievable. And it made every consequent cheap.

Unfortunate... the series had been great prior.

Book 3 was a step down and concerned me a bit, but Book 4 was just really, really unbelievable the entire second half.

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  • Steven Swompen
  • 09-07-19

Skip pretend it ended with Book 3

This one ended so poorly, and the Author would drag on in his descriptions and backstories, that would drag on and on. about 30 minutes of the book is him telling some nonsense children's, ghost story, that has no relevance on any of the characters or the story. Just skip it drags on and and on.

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  • C. M. Howdy
  • 15-06-19

Woah! Say what?

Hold on there are many story holes that need to be filled in. what did Jake experience when he went home to his parents house in book 2? Hiw did it change him? What is the spiral notebook for that is in the desk drawer? Was that a code, and to what? some of the side story lines dragged on for too long and weren't important to the main storyline. I enjoyed the book but was a little disappointed in some aspects of the structure of the storyline and things that were not addressed.

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  • Lisa Jordan
  • 17-05-19

A bit of a let-down (spoilers)

As many others have said, the ultimate conclusion was disappointing at best. It felt slapped together and rushed, like the author was up against the publishing deadline and still had no idea how to wrap things up. Actually, the whole book felt different than the others. Unnecessarily long stretches seemed devoted to channeling as much "Negan" into Clay as possible, particularly the flowery/vulgar pontification. I honestly kept hoping that Otter & Co. was going to show up. There was a missed opportunity for a huge set-piece battle there that would have been an epic ending. What we got felt less intense than some earlier skirmishes. And Jake? Well Jake turned out to be the biggest disappointment of all.

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  • Matthew Willis
  • 17-05-19

WTH Happened?

I was completely emersed in the story and expected a truly epic ending based on the author's commentary after book 3. Instead, there were so many lose ends and such a lackluster ending, I was reminded of so many TV series that had to end abruptly because they were cancelled. Please tell me you decided to write in a book 5 in order to execute an ending to the awesomeness of the previous 4 books' story lines!

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