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The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor | [Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga]

The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.
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Publisher's Summary

Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series' greatest villain, The Governor.

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial arc in the history of The Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

©2011 Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Tony Vancouver, WA, United States 12-02-11
    Tony Vancouver, WA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A+++ Best Narration and story to date ."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have never written a review before for audible book’s although I do love a good zombie book none that I have downloaded have deserved my review don’t get me wrong I do like my Massive zombie library of over 15 zombie books not including Steven kind books est. But this book I will take some time to say. Greatest zombie book so far…….also GREATEST AND I DO MEAN GREATEST NARRATION OF THEM ALL>………….Hold on tight this book has it all I would highly recommend this book to any die hard or avid horror reader.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    adam coralville, IA, United States 10-20-11
    adam coralville, IA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best of the genre"

    I am an avid fan of zombie fiction and this was a huge surprise for me. Fantastic story and one of the best performances from a narrator that I have ever heard - I was literally brought to tears at one point. As I said this is one of the best of the genre. Wow - well done.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shumpert 02-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Pure 'Walking Dead' Gold"

    For anyone who has enjoyed the Walking Dead graphic novels or TV series - or who just loves a good Zombie Apocolypse - this book is great. It's a good story with great descriptions and a real human factor.

    The authors also did a superb job of depicting what it might take to make a pretty normal person become truly ruthless and to embrace evil.

    If you've read the graphic novels, though, the ending just might blow your mind. I know it did mine.

    Highly recommended!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 12-11-12
    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Gonna b 51 this year. Love to listen to books to help me sleep or relax. found audible to be the best out there so far. I can listen on my laptop, tablet or cell phone. The best part is when I'm out on the scooter running errands I can listen to my stories! Makes the ride go so much faster! I LOVE AUDIBLE!

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    "I luv The Walking Dead & thse pre-stories are grt!"
    Where does The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I truly loved this book. I don't care what anyone else says.I was interested in the story about this character. I was surprised how it ended. Way different then I expected. This book kept my interest just as well as a book I would read myself. I was thrilled with the narrator chosen for this book. His version of the voices were great and I don't think it would have come across this way if it was someone else. Fred is perfect for this story. And because of this I would truly want to listen to more books that he has read.


    What other book might you compare The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to and why?

    I've been on the zombie kicked for many years now. Way before "The Walking Dead" TV show came out. I'm a fan of the TWD comics that started off the TV show. Because of this I could say I would compare this book to many of the other zombie books I've read. But because of Fred it was so great to listen to and I wanted to keep going and not "put it down".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the book was my fav but the best was the end (which I won't give out for those who've not read it yet) when Brian introduced himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES...it was so difficult to stop ready when I was sleepy or have something to do..it took me a week to listen to it for these reasons when it should have taken one day.


    Any additional comments?

    I became a member of Audible because I'm disabled now and sitting around all the time so i'm always reading and it's nice to just liten once in awhile...I've always reading the descriptions and trying to find great books to listen too. I am on a big zombie kick right now so that's how I roll at the minute...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel-San Yucaipa, CA United States 07-11-12
    Daniel-San Yucaipa, CA United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you are fan of the TV series or not - listen!"
    Would you listen to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor again? Why?

    Yes. I plan on listening to it again before the fall premiere of season 3, now that I know who the governor is. I have never read the graphic novels, so I haven't seen the governor in action but everyone says he is most evil. After experiencing his survival story in this audiobook, I just might have a little sympathy for him because he is not so different than you or I at the beginning of the walker apocalypse.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?

    The big twist at the end. The early struggles shortly after the outbreak. Being grossed out by an audiobook.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    If you could rename The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, what would you call it?

    Survival of the Fittest: How I learned to love walkers and hate other people.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must listen going into season 3. Since this story is parallel to Rick's and starts around the beginning, you don't need to have seen the show or read the graphic novel. Something that I found funny was they managed to put in product placement. I see great potential for in audiobook advertising for zombie books -

    They took out the first dead in the parking lot with the Craftsman cordless nail guns that fortunately Philip had bought a month before for only 79.99 each at Sears. Penny was popping heads with her titanium blended Wilson metal softball bat that she had scavenged from the extensive sporting goods department at the abandoned Target store. Leaving a trail of twice dead rotting corpses across the parking lot, the group made their way to the sliding glass doors and smashed them in. Upon entering, Philip quickly scanned the horizon of the enormous store. "Doesn't look like any biters are around! Thank God we found this Lowe's superstore! We can get everything we need here! Stock up!"
    "They have Coke Zero. Omigod, I have been craving a Coke Zero since the s--t hit the fan!", Penny squealed with delight.
    "We don't have time for that!", barked Philip."Go grab those stainless steel Maglites! Penny, fill a cart up with all those Energizer batteries and Aquafina bottles of water!". But it was too late, Penny was already guzzling the sweet-as-sugar Coke Zero. "Philip I don't give a crap what you say! I needed that refreshment, even warm! I . . ." , Penny's speech trailed off as she noticed a limited edition Swatch wrapped around a dead hand fall on her. She screamed as the corpse of a friendly Lowe's employee dragged her back and down into a rack of Snickers. Delicious Mars candy bars spilled across the floor with Penny's blood as the walker began to munch . . .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PA Fishing Maps STEWARTSTOWN, PA, United States 03-07-12
    PA Fishing Maps STEWARTSTOWN, PA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Every bit as outstanding as the TV series"

    The Walking Dead TV series was the first thing that got me into the zombie genre. The Walking Dead was not at all what I expected and I had no expectations that this genre would be so extremely addictive. The outcome in this story & who would actually develop into 'the Governor' totally caught me by surprise until the last 1/4 or so of the story. It is definitely filled with lots of suspense and surprises.

    This would have to be my 3rd favorite zombie story. Only J.L. Bourne's "Day By Day Armageddon" series tops it in my opinion. Hopefully more of TWD series will be made into audio book version with the huge success of the TV show proving that TWD is something that people want more of.

    Not having any familiarity with the comic book series, I keep wondering & waiting for when the Governor will cross paths with the group that is displayed on the TV series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Wauconda, IL, United States 12-14-11
    Jonathan Wauconda, IL, United States 12-14-11
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    "the editor should be fired"

    A few minutes worth of fact checking would have made a HUGE difference. A Ford S-10 pickup? A 20 guage goose gun? A 12 guage blowing off two heads in one shot from a few feet away? Feeling light headed from Naproxin? And the mispronunciation.... The story was good but these distractions and many more made the book hard to not listen to without feeling like you should be getting paid for editing the book. I bought this cause I love the TV series, but I think Kirkman needs to stick to comics.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hank Fort smith, AR, United States 03-31-14
    Hank Fort smith, AR, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2013

    I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.

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    "Fans of comic and tv show, this is a must."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was quite entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twist that changes everything. Must read.this will change everything of what you know.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Brian Blake


    If you could take any character from The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The zombies


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    0 0 United States 03-25-14
    0 0 United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! NO!

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    "too much cussing."

    I have many titles in this genre and I am a big fan of the tv show. my problem with this book is the cussing. I can handle a bit and am not a prude but I also don't need to hear F bombs in every scene. if you don't care about that than it may be ok. I didn't get that far. because it was just in my opinion excessive use.

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    Suzanne Harrisburg, PA, United States 12-26-13
    Suzanne Harrisburg, PA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Intensely exhilarating"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a truly enjoyable book. As a fan of the TV show, the story of the Governor prior to Woodbury was never really told. It was great to see into his mind, into his experiences, and bring about understanding to why he acted the way he did. Insight is always key with complex character, and this book starts to give it. I am in the midst of book two, and enjoying it immensely.

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