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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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“If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch.” (The New York Times)

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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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    Scot MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 04-28-12
    Scot MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't get enough walking dead?"
    Would you listen to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor again? Why?

    Had quite a few elements that need hindsight to fully grasp from the first listen.


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

    The bloodthirsty characters when put in dangerous situations.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A smooth storyteller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story made me want more.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Its the only Walking Dead Audio. So buy it now!!!!"

    Ok. So if you’re a fan of the TV Series then this is a must have! To me it’s like the Dream Team of Zombie books. It was famous and promised to be a success before I even heard it. But I am a classic Zombie novel fan and this doesn’t follow that format really. To me it’s the author was trying too hard to make as detailed and analytical at the beginning of the book. It just distracted me to much from the storyline. I understand you have to paint a picture but it seemed excessive. But in all zombie books they all do that. But this story was awesome! It felt like I read two or three stories in one. It had me wanting more at the end. I’m not sure if Robert Kirkman will write another book but just finished the comics and it’s great. I hope they continue this story. And the 4star performance is because dude who narrated screamed/talked to loud/harsh on Phillips voice way too much. Everyone else’s voice was flawless. So go buy this audio. You will be stoked! Enjoy!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PA Fishing Maps 03-07-12
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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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    stephen 08-29-15
    stephen 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "now I need them all. I like the narrator. he remin"

    the narrator reminded me of Merl. my favorite character in the series. I will get them all

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    Commander Shepard 08-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Born again book reader and listener.

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    "Great telling of the Governor ."

    Well narrated and written. An interesting look into the origins of The Walking Dead's main villian.

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    Moni McD 08-06-15
    Moni McD 08-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fred Berman is amazing"

    Fred Berman is the reason i purchased this story. He paints a great picture of each character and makes you feel you are in the story. The authors wrote a great book and Fred made it come alive.

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    Troy 07-08-15
    Troy 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "No such thing as a ford s-10..."

    Was a little thrown when "Phillip" got splattered... Lol there is no such thing as a ford s10. Just saying!

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    Amy 07-05-15
    Amy 07-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this series!"

    loved it!! that is all!! there is another book coming out in the series October 6th 2015. it's called invasion. is that the 6th book to this series?

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    Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom
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    "Top story"

    Loved this story. A little twist near the end really finished it off nicely for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Marixsa Watson
    RUGBY, United Kingdom
    9/5/12
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    "A must read or listen!"

    Loved Fred Berman's narration and the book itself is great. I can not wait for the 2nd book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    8/4/15
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    "Great Twist"

    The book is well written and narrated, and the ending has a great twist for people who have watched the show, and for people who are only reading the book. The book is brilliant, and helps develop the characters further for the TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poochie Face
    4/28/15
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    "Awesome"

    A fantastic accompaniment to the TV series. I can't wait to here the next instalment. Brains....want more..... Brains!! 5 stars.

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  • Kawie1
    Longford, Ireland
    10/22/14
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    "Rise of a Legend"

    The Rise of the Govenor follows Phillip Blake, his daughter Penny and his brother Brian in the days and weeks following the zombie apocalypse.
    In typical Kirkman fashion though the story focus is less on the shambling dead but more on the people trying to survive and the often horrible things they are forced to do and live through.
    Now anyone who had read any of the comics or watched the show will feel like they have a fairly firm grip on who the Governor is but trust me,Kirkman still manages to squeeze a few shocks and surprises into the tale.

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  • ian
    10/6/14
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    "Must read"
    Where does The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my top reads, the narrator is awesome and really brings the characters alive


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

    No spoilers the whole thing take your imagination and puts it on a tread mill


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    first one


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

    no i cant, i listen whilst i work so its not possible


    Any additional comments?

    buy it i got the whole series after listening to this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    PONTEFRACT, United Kingdom
    8/19/13
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    "Fantastic book, performed really well, recommended"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the print version but the performance for me really added to the story so I would expect the audio edition to be better than the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some pretty dark areas are covered within the story which were really insightful and added a great deal to the background of the walking dead series.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When the group were in Atlanta, I wont go into more detail as to avoid spoilers .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    leeds, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story. Clever twists. Well written and extremely well performed. One of the best Audibles i have listened to. Highly recommend


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

    Brian being reborn


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Amazing. It wasnt read, it was acted


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Sandbach, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "captivating stuff"

    I love the walking dead its always so well written and full of twists and turns. This book is no different! I expected it to be quite predictable with it being a prequel to the tv series but i couldn't have been more wrong. The most amazing thing that the writer does is to make you feel sorry for a the governer despite him doing some of the most vile things imaginable. Totally amazing can't wait to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    St Peters, Australia
    9/3/12
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    "WOW"

    Brilliant. Just brilliant. I'm a huge fan of the comic series and this audiobook just makes me want more. This book is grotesque, heart wrenching, brutal and completely relentless without a single dull moment. AMAZINGLY performed by Fred Berman. Can't wait for more novels from this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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