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The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor Audiobook

The Walking Dead: Rise of 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

What the Critics Say

“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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    Nicholas Souris Michigan 06-28-13
    Nicholas Souris Michigan 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Riddled with stupid technical mistakes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably, its a pretty good story, but the terrible editing take away from it alot


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga before, how does this one compare?

    I have not


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

    NA


    Was The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor worth the listening time?

    Yes, but barely


    Any additional comments?

    Tons of really stupid technical mistakes. Not just the annoying little stuff that fanboys love to point out, but stuff that a lot of everyday people would pick up on. For examples, Ford doesn't make the S-10 pickup, Chevy does and The Delta Force is not part of the Marine Corps. These are just two GLARING examples. There's a lot more subtle stuff two, things that any 5th grader with an internet connection could have check on and corrected. One or two of these is understandable, but this book is LOUSY with them! It really takes away from the experience.

    2 of 3 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

    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.

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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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    Aaron 08-01-16
    Aaron 08-01-16
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    "Jaw dropping"

    I loved it! Its every thing The Walking Dead needed . Amazing , raw , and tear dropping . Kirkman and associated with is masters of detail.

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    Sean 07-26-16
    Sean 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing!"

    absolutely loved the twist. kirkman as always delivered a great story with memorable characters. amazing!

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    Mustard The Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 07-04-16
    Mustard The Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 07-04-16 Member Since 2016

    Joshua "Bear" Jordan

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    "OMFG"

    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!

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  • 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


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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Sion
    New Barnet, United Kingdom
    1/19/12
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    "Walking Dead"

    I found this book very enjoyable and there is a good story with lots of action. Hope there is more to come in the series from the author.

    Definitely worth a listen if your a fan of the genre.

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  • James
    bromborough, United Kingdom
    12/18/11
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    "Wow an A+++ must read!"

    This book is amazing. These guys are the ultimate zombie apocalypse writers. Since reading this book I have read every one of the graphic novels to date and I'm addicted to them. I need them to keep writing these books, they are the best stories I have ever read. I wonder If they have any jobs going?....

    Thanks Kirkham and Audible

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