I am a huge fan of the comics and the show. I thought it was great to hear a different perspective of the governor. My complaint is that the dialogue and writing style is just not great. There was a lot of unnecessary descriptive words that became repetitive and distracting to the story. When it would be OK to say "a look of range came across his face" it would be more like "a look of rage, that of a bull ready to charge came over his face causing his eyes to glaze over like a crimson lake". It was way drawn out ridiculous descriptions for everything. The drawn out descriptions are good if they help you get a better picture but this was not the case in this novel.
Joshua "Bear" Jordan
I just have to say I will never look at the Governor the same again. The rest of the story of course was good. But his becoming I'm breathless. Great job you two! Awesome job to the narrator as well!
I'll admit that first I did struggle to stay interested, but once this story got my attention it definitely kept it. Long time Walking Dead fan, the difference between the book and the TV series was exciting and refreshing.
Intolerable erroneous facts
Boring and slow pace. Horrible dialog.
Phony southern accents.
No, it honestly didn't.
Like everyone else, I love The Walking Dead comic and TV show. I got the audiobook version of this book, hoping to turn my commute into a pleasant Walking Dead experience. The book was so awful I couldn’t get through it. It is better just to stare silently at the bumper of the car in front of me than tolerate this tripe. I don’t know anything about the author, but it’s hard to believe that any adult could know so little about so much, and it made the book infuriating. He knows nothing about guns. Nothing about cars. Nothing about the south. Nothing about the militaryHe goes on and on about these subjects, sharing one erroneous “fact” after another. . Since I lived in Georgia for four months while I went through the US Army Infantry officer basic course, and I’ve owned a car or two, you might understand why I found this so intolerable. Does anyone know anything about the author? I imagine him to be some twenty-something person who has never traveled outside New York City. The supposedly southern dialog is the first giveaway. Here are some highlights of the things that make this intolerable.
Firearms. A Ruger .22 pistol is neither powerful nor loud nor does it have noticeable recoil. A .38 revolver is not a small caliber. A Glock doesn’t have a safety. A duck hunting shotgun isn’t going to kill zombies 100 yards away. Maybe one with a rifled barrel or rifled slugs would. I bet the author shot a Ruger .22 pistol at an indoor range the only time in his pathetic life he ever fired a gun, and thought it was loud and powerful, so he equipped the Governor with this amazing weapon. On the TV show, the Governor was often seen with a Steyr AUG, which fires the same cartridge as the M16 series or rifles, which is indeed powerful.
Dialog. Nobody in the south talks like the characters in this book. What a bunch of offensive stereotypes. And I’m from Maryland.
The narrative is equally annoying. The author drones on endlessly about the gore of various zombie killings. It’s just boring.
Military. Skip to the last chapter. A major in the Army or Army National Guard is a college graduate. Majors are polished and well-spoken and politically correct. They understand that under the Constitution they serve and protect the American people. They do not speak to people like this guy. They don’t act like this guy. The author must never have met anyone in the military. At another point the author says the Governor moves stealthily like a “Delta Force Marine”.
Another reviewer wisely pointed out the editors of the book are as much to blame as the author. How lazy not even to perform an internet search on any of these topics.
Spare yourself the misery and give this book a pass.
I've never listened to an audio book before and was very happy with my first choice. Great voice work, amazing story. I would listen to a chapter at a time to and from work and I found myself looking forward to my daily drive. Great ending helps you understand the Governor and vote for him instead of the original Walking Dead crew, which I love. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.