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The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor Audiobook

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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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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    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 12-11-12
    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to listen to books all the time since I'm disabled & sit around all day. Mostly LUV zombie books ~ anything w blood & guts & guns!

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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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    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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    Parti-Poodle 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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    Tony Vancouver, WA, United States 12-02-11
    Tony Vancouver, WA, United States 12-02-11
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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.


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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!

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    Brian Menard 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "incredible"

    Brian my new favorite character. what an ending!!!!!! most hated to most adored. book 2 here I come

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    brandon 03-21-16
    brandon 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great back story of the Governor! Great twist"

    Book is a great back story for the Governor with an awesome twist at the end!

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    Charles in Charge 02-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly Awful"

    Robert Kirkman is absolutely rubbish as a writer, often times relying way too much on the same uncommon words in what seems like a poorly chosen attempt to sound smart. The writing is grating and at times rather unbearable. His characters are annoying and dim witted. it is very apparent he went into this venture with absolutely the bare minimum of research on the military and firearms, which had me totally taken out of the story many times. I will give Fred Berman credit, he does a decent job as the narrator but there is only so much you can do with such terrible source material. If you're hoping the series gets better after this book I can tell you with certainty it does not. Finishing the story arc was completely not worth it and I wish I hadn't wasted my credits on any of the books.

    If you're looking for a phenomenal zombie apocalypse series I can not recommend the Arisen series enough. R.C. Bray is a magnificent narrator and has carried me all the way to book eight and craving much more. Fair warning; it is very military centric but you can tell the author actually put a ton of effort into getting it right.

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    RSD 02-11-16
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    "Great book"

    I was not sure how the book would be, but it was great. I loved every minute of it.

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    "Top story"

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

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  • 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 .


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  • 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
  • Chickie747
    2/27/16
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    "Brilliantly dark and disturbing."

    A dark and moving tale of how the WD's Governor developed from a kind but weak youngish man to the psychopath we meet in the Walking Dead TV series and later WD audio books.
    Briliant because it's believable. The story evolves at a perfect pace. One of those rare stories where you can understand and somewhat empathise with some of the terrible actions he takes, due to the background and current circumstances.
    I love the twist at the end and really did not see it coming.
    The characters are great. Narration is top notch.

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  • Miss
    12/2/15
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    "Not bad at all"

    Huge fan of the TV show, wanted to go back and read the books, listen to the books. This was great, good twist at the end, lots of detail. Would recommend to fans of zombies and zombie killing, not that the killing is a huge past time these days. Good to hear the backstory of the Governor as we were not treated to that in the television series. Will crack on with the rest in the series now.

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  • Lynsey Saunders
    11/24/15
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    "Amazing!"

    The Governor is one of my favourite characters in the Walking Dead and this detailed backstory of his rise is fantastic. The narration is second to none. For fans of the series, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Kaylee Lasseter
    10/8/15
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    "A little slow to get started but a good listen"

    I struggled to get into it at the beginning but enjoyed it when the action picked up

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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