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The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor Audiobook
The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor
Written by: 
Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
Narrated by: 
Fred Berman
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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

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    Samantha 01-31-15
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book."

    I've gone through all the books in this series (so, far) and loved every one of them. These books tell the story from The Walking Dead TV series but from different characters' point if view. Also, when the TV characters do come into this book the story follows but with some differences so there are some surprises still in store.

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    Santos 01-29-15
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Loved the story, narration, and the performance!!! Highly recommended for all The Walking Dead fans!

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    tammy virgin 01-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I want more......"

    I have to say I can't get enough. The story and performance are excellent.i love the back stories!
    More please!

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    K. Horvath Columbia, MD USA 12-19-14
    K. Horvath Columbia, MD USA 12-19-14 Member Since 2014

    K Dawg

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    "Allows me to scratch my Walking Dead itch"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to be better than the print version?

    I think the voice acting/narration of this book was done very well and I think would be better than the print version.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you can't get enough of the Walking Dead AMC show then this book will totally fill in the empty time between TV episodes allowing you to satisfy your zombie cravings. I also loved getting the back story of the Governor.

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    Raider Rodney NC 11-24-14
    Raider Rodney NC 11-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great back story for the Governor!"
    What did you love best about The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?

    Learning about the history of the Governor. Interesting to find out just what caused him to become the monster we saw in the TV series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


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

    No, this is my first but it will not be my last.


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

    Given the time I certainly could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and anyone that is a fan of the comics/show will probably enjoy it.

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    Jim Hess 05-04-14
    Jim Hess 05-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I anticipated, very enjoyable"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I never read the comics (wish I had), but love the show - how cool to see the Governor develop from 3 days into the plague to his arrival in Woodbury - WHAT A TWIST!!


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    Hank 03-31-14
    Hank 03-31-14

    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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    Suzanne Harrisburg, PA, United States 12-26-13
    Suzanne Harrisburg, PA, United States 12-26-13
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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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    ShadowKat 10-31-13
    ShadowKat 10-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW"
    If you could sum up The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor in three words, what would they be?

    Graphic, shocking, awesome!


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

    I cannot think of any other book, right now. I can compare this to the show, the telltale video game and sort of, the last of us video game. While listening, I could "see" both the show and games in my head. I don't know if that's good or bad to you, but it was great to me :)


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

    Great emotion and caring. It was like I was really living the story, like I was there. I was holding my breath, thinking RUN!!! Hurry, grab everything you can find! Etc etc


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

    The last few chapters made me say "Wait. What? Did that just happen? Oh god! I can't believe it!"


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome! I loved ever minute. Well, OK, nearly every minute. This is not a "happy" story. It is a story of survival. Sometimes people do things they would never have thought about. Sometimes people do things they didn't think they were capable of doing. Sometimes people do whatever they have to, just to survive. Sometimes people are heroes. Sometimes people are monsters. And sometimes people break...I listened to it twice in about 2 weeks while at work. I also bought the 2nd book in both kindle and audible. I am planning to get the 3rd book, part one and two. BTW book 3 part 2 is showing a release date of 3/2014 per Amazon.com.

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    Krystal 09-18-13
    Krystal 09-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! Definitely one of the best in its genre...."
    Would you listen to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor again? Why?

    Definitely! There was so much going on throughout the entire story. I will definitely be listening to this again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises. I thought I pretty much knew what was going to be the outcome of this book. I was completely wrong!!!


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Narrator was excellent. He did a really great job with the volatile Phillip.


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

    Anger, so many characters infuriated me in this story.... Other characters made me feel so sad! This is a well written book! Can't wait to read part 2.


    Any additional comments?

    I put off reading this book, because I watch the show. I didn't want to waste a credit if they were exactly the same. But the book is so much better than the show. (as usual)

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    4/2/15
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    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.

    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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