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Commune: Book Four

Commune Series, Book 4
Written by: Joshua Gayou
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Commune Series, Book 4
Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's 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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outstanding!

Very good, excellent story with character development and unexpected twists and turns. Narrator brought the characters to life.

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three for story

three stars for story on account of the flailing manner the Jake character was built up to be a mythic messianic character but is never explored far enough. you're constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. you could make the argument that Clay was ultimately the pivotal character and you see an arc with him.......but still. I'd expected more. particularly on account of the authors note in front of book three.

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Indescribably great!

Joshua Gayou weaves an amazing story. I was elated, sad, anxious, angry. This book is full of unexpected action, twists and turns, emotional upheaval. On the edge for all 4 books.
I devoured all 4 books in 10 days and wish they hadn't ended.
It was so refreshing to listen to a book that made me think very hard on so many levels.
Bravo JG!!!
And RC Bray...it's hard to describe perfection.

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Amazing

One of the best book series I’ve ever read or listened to. Fantastic performance by R.C. Bray.

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as always RC Bray kills it

I love this series and it's mainly because of the performance of RC Bray makes the characters as always seem real. and the entire Series has a tiny bit of Comedy thrillz Touch of Romance and a hell of a lot of action definitely gets all five from me

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amazing series, a must listen.

Joshua Gayou is a brilliant writer and equally amazing is RC Bray, such a pleasure to listen to

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Great Book!

This book has everything! You will laugh, be scared, be sad, be mad at the author and at the end you will want more.

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What a surprise series

Im so grateful that I gave this series a chance.
What a buried treasure.
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  • Robert
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 2019-05-16

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
  • 2019-05-16

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-13

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
  • Usa
  • 2019-05-11

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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  • Matthew Willis
  • 2019-05-17

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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  • Lisa Jordan
  • 2019-05-17

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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  • Bill
  • 2019-05-09

Disappointed

First three books were great and when I heard book four was coming I thought, awesome were gonna get some closure and answers with certain characters. But sadly the story seemed drained and predictable in some aspects and in some ways no sense in others. R.C. Bray's performance really kept me pushing through. Overall a good story and worth keeping in your library...if not just to hear Gibbs.

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  • gogobuffalo
  • 2019-07-15

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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  • GregOn2Wheels
  • 2019-05-12

The Joke Is On The Listener

I haven’t felt as betrayed by an author since Thomas Harris turned Clarice into a cannibal in Hannibal.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-02

Painful

Was a big fan of the series and when i learned that this one came out (#4), I couldn't wait to download it. Sorry, but this was a huge disappointment. Tangental storylines, endless speechifying, out-of-character actions by key characters, and on and on. Even RC, who is by far the best reader out there, couldn't make this work.

I confess that I still have some hours to go, but I'm finding myself jumping ahead to skip yet another bizarre tirade or random reminiscences in the middle of a critical life or death moment.

This felt like writer's hubris or self-indulgence and I'm sorry to write that as I've really enjoyed many of these stories.

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