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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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    John B MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-09-12
    John B MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-09-12
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    "Skip the first half and you miss very little"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I'd say not. As my title to this review suggests, I found the first half of this book pointless. I would have skipped those 5 hours and enjoyed my time with the book much more.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I did enjoy the ending. It gives some interesting insight to the governor, it is exciting, filled with tension, and opens the book up to sequels.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his portrayal of the characters. He seems to act out the moments where a character (most often Philip) is trying to, unsuccessfully, control his anger the best.


    Could you see The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This question is amusing because I took up this book because of the show. So, I'd say it could be a TV show that incorporates the same actors from the original show. And who knows? Maybe the slow beginning would work better in film.


    Any additional comments?

    Its truly unfortunate how unsatisfied I was with the beginning. I just couldn't stop thinking about how poor the groups decision making was, and it always seemed to bite (pun somewhat intentional) them in the ass for it to the point where it became somewhat predictable. Once again, I'd skip the first half.

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    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 11-27-12
    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 11-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Fathers Face Remembered

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    "Outstanding performance, Book Meh"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is headed to one place. It takes them forever to end up where we want them to be. The authors didn't use the principal of In late and Out Early.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Instead of a road book I would have centered on Woodburry


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

    I haven't. Though he is the best thing about this audiobook. He was a pleasure to listen to.


    Did The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor inspire you to do anything?

    It taught me how good writing doesn't mean good book.


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    G.T. Saint Cloud, FL 11-05-12
    G.T. Saint Cloud, FL 11-05-12
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    "Another great way to geek out on WD"
    If you could sum up The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, depressing, shocking


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

    Hard to say, though I think if Hemingway or Camus ever wrote a zombie novel, it would be a lot like this book.


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

    Actually, I would rename it Road to Woodbury, which is the title of the second book in the series. Rise of the Governor isn't really appropriate, because "the Governor" doesn't ever really appear in this book unless you count the very last page or two. The titles of the two volumes should really be switched.


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    Alicia Farmington Hills, MI, United States 09-17-12
    Alicia Farmington Hills, MI, United States 09-17-12
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    "Awesome!"
    What did you love best about The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?

    I was thinking is a zombie book really going to be good in an audiobook. It was amazing, the narrator was unbelievable he made each charcter come alive. This is a must listen!!


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    M. Southakakoumar Washington, DC 06-16-12
    M. Southakakoumar Washington, DC 06-16-12
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    "Amazing Storytelling, Dramatic Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you're a fan of the graphic novels or just caught the bug from the TV — you'll eventually run across the "Governor" in the story lines and this book fills in the back story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    SInce it is a story about zombies, the author expertly describes each encounter and destruction of the Walkers in a way that kept the narrative from growing stale. It sounds/reads as if the authors did their forensic research and that only adds to the drama of this story. Also unlike Hollywood movie productions, this books pulls no punches (no pun intended) and all characters are vulnerable — which makes for a more satisfying and rewarding listening/reading expereince.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Fred Berman added an extra dimension of drama, heartache and action to the written words by physically inhabiting all of the characters in the book, making the listening experience a delight.This is what old radio shows must have been like when the producers allowed you to create the images in your head while augmenting the narrative with the requisite audio cues.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott frisco, TX, United States 03-12-12
    Scott frisco, TX, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good Book!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor the most enjoyable?

    The story is very fluid, and the characters are extremely well developed. At different times I was cheering for success and failure for all of the characters. The storyline is extremely real in the sense that the characters decisions are similar to what I would do in their situation.


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

    The interaction that the group has with the 'others' is extremely intense and I was on the edge of my seat.


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

    This was my first Fred Berman book, but I will definitely listen to more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end is very good and sets the table for the next chapter in their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book and wonderful performance!!!

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    Kacey United States 01-06-12
    Kacey United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best zombie books ever!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have over 200 books in my Audible library and this is only the 2nd review I have written. I feel that strong about this book. The story was absolutely captivating. I could not sleep some nights wondering what would happen next. I won't tell any spoilers, but there are a few extremely shocking plot twists. They left me rewinding to see if I heard the story right. I hated when it ended and can't wait until the next one comes out!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Phila, PA, United States 12-12-11
    Dan Phila, PA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "More, MOre, MORe, MORE!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any fan of zombie Genre will enjoy the work and especially the way the words are used in such a descriptive way as to almost enter your mind, pick up a paint brush, dip it deep into the can of Red paint and slap it on the canvas of the minds eye just before taking the entire can and throwing it across the room!! The type of writing that will leave you feeling what the characters feel, hearing things in the other room, and even possibly shedding a tear for people you've almost come to know as Real! Please Keep It Coming!!


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

    To not be a spoiler I'd say to many to list!


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

    The whole crew!


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

    The Little Girl, because she was so strong & brave for Her age! Being a father of four it bothered me how cheated this child was from loss of her mother to not having a decent meal running for her life from the dead! I think to provide her a great meal and desert would make my wife and I very happy! Children suffering pulls at the heart strings of your basic person!


    Any additional comments?

    Please
    More
    Soon!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Sanford, NC, United States 10-24-11
    Darrell Sanford, NC, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Welcome, Gov'nah..."

    First off, what an excellent narrator! I will listen to more of your stuff, Mr.Berman. This was a very good story. I was surprised at the many ways Kirkman and Bonansinga were able to describe the sounds of visuals of wasting the biters without sounding redundant. There were also a few things that I didn't expect in the story. Well worth the listen, even if you are not a fan of The Walking Dead.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. Parker North Carolina 10-24-11
    D. Parker North Carolina 10-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Welcome, Gov'nah..."

    First off, what an excellent narrator! I will listen to more of your stuff, Mr.Berman. This was a very good story. I was surprised at the many ways Kirkman and Bonansinga were able to describe the sounds of visuals of wasting the biters without sounding redundant. There were also a few things that I didn't expect in the story. Well worth the listen, even if you are not a fan of The Walking Dead.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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