Narrator: R. C. Bray
Series: Commune #1
Published by Blue Heron Audio on 1 November 2017
Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
Source: Author, Submitted
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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
Commune Book 1 is written by Joshua Gayou and narrated R.C. Bray. This is the first in a series of books in a world Mr. Gayou has created. A massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has hit earth. Our technological dependent society is dealt a crippling blow which is then followed with a near extinction level flu pandemic event of unknown origin.
Commune Book 1 is unique in the Post Apocalyptic genre as it’s is being told in the future by a narrator collecting stories from the earliest members of the commune and how it started. The narrator hopes to gain their personal thoughts and memories of the transitions from the old world to the new. The main characters are Jake, Billy, Amanda and her daughter, Lizzy. Some events in the story are re-told from the point of view of another character. Adding a layer and depth not often found in some post-apocalyptic fiction. The author puts significant work into the world-building, character development, and story pacing. This works pays off brilliantly with a great audiobook.
The audiobook does an excellent job of holding the listener’s attention. There is more than enough action and adventure to keep the most diehard action junky interested. There is also more to the story as well to hold a persons attention. The story of Jake and what is driving him now. Amanda’s and Lizzie’s story will definitely hold the listener’s attention as well.
The narration for Commune Book 1 is provided by R.C. Bray. Mr. Bray has a range of tones will draw a listener into the story with his voice like few others can do. He also has a way of delivering the lines with perfect timing for just the right effect either comedic or deadpan. Mr. Bray is impressive and he really narrates this story into something incredible. This is the first time I have heard a performance from this narrator. How I have never heard anything from him is surprising but will be changed shortly. This was a really great audio performance. The audiobook was produced by Blue Heron Audio and Joshua Gayou. The audiobook has really excellent production value from Blue Heron Audio and Joshua Gayou. The production was sharp and crisp throughout the entire audiobook.
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