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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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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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    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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    donald canton, OH, United States 08-25-13
    donald canton, OH, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "terriable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    boring, predictable, maybe the vulgarity could be excepted if not for the story....looking for a walking dead fix can i get my money back


    Has The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    as good as possible


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    don;t buy

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    Marco Italy 08-13-13
    Marco Italy 08-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Fantasy geek, literature lover!

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    "Well done, maybe sometimes too overwhelming"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes the TV show in particular and the comics too. The book evokes the world of despair and


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brian, its "descent" into villainy. Philip is just a tad too crazy.


    What three words best describe Fred Berman’s performance?

    His performance as Philip was too much "cooked", if you get my meaning. He seems always on the point of breaking, it's just too much. Well done as for Nick and the Chalmer sisters. The Penny-Brian relationship too.


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

    No, please... I'd be seriously worried if it had!


    Any additional comments?

    OK the southern accent: marked but still understandable for us not US residents. Berman's a professional, of course, and he does his job with a certain skill. His Philip was really annoying, sometimes too much.

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    Justin 07-16-13
    Justin 07-16-13 Listener Since 2007

    Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor

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    "Just a really good Zombie book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you love just really good zombie books this is for you. Also, if your a fan of the show you will love it as well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brian, his development threw out the hole book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just a great movie for the zombie fan!!


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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.

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    Erik 05-19-13
    Erik 05-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"
    Where does The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite books listened to it twice now.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I've read the actual book and I liked it but Berman's performance made me love it very well done


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    Siska 05-14-13
    Siska 05-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Starts off strong, but fizzles in the middle."
    What made the experience of listening to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. Each personality sounded unique and he was capable of translating the emotional turmoil the characters experience within storyline perfectly!


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

    The storyline became a little overwhelming at times, to the point that all their great escapes and small victories felt hurried & un- impressive after a while.
    It truly is a good story, but if you are looking for a book that will leave you with any kind of fondness for the characters that you stared of the journey with; this book is not for you!


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

    I believe that the audiobook brings a new depth in the characters,specially that of Phil's brother. The audio book narration gives you a even deeper concept of the emotional disarray & confusion this character go's thru, even from before the zombies started to hit the fan.


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

    The walking dead; Death of all hope.
    (corny, but I bet that once you read it; you will understand)


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    Mel Ft. Worth TX 05-09-13
    Mel Ft. Worth TX 05-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese

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    "Loved it, loved it, loved it - Kirkman is a God"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, edgy story line. Great suspence. I couldn't wait to get back to it every time I had to put it down.


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

    The whole Penny dying part, I knew Philip was going to lose and Brian would pay the price.


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

    Philip


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

    If I could have I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be made into a movie - I can't wait to listen to the next one, The Road to Woodbury. I hope it's just as good.

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    Jay Cook Nashville, TN, United States 04-16-13
    Jay Cook Nashville, TN, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2005

    Spreadhead and Biblioholic.

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    "It'll Help Get You By Until the Series Resumes"

    Okay, so this isn't Tolstoy by any means, or even Stephen King. But it was a diverting read and allows me to cryptically make comments to other Walking Dead fans indicating I know more than they do about The Governor. I had meant this as a temporary break from what I consider more worthwhile reading, but downloaded the second book in the series as soon as I finished the first. I'm trying to space it out since the TV series does not resume til October (would that I had I their work schedule), but I keep hitting the second book like it's a crack pipe.
    In summary, if you aren't a fan of the show OR the genre, steer clear. If you like the genre but have never seen the show, (once you come out of your cave) give this book a try. If you like the genre and the show, I think you'll love the book.

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    Max Quebec, QC, Canada 04-12-13
    Max Quebec, QC, Canada 04-12-13
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    "Great book for Walking Dead fans"
    What made the experience of listening to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor the most enjoyable?

    This is a must read for Walkind Dead fans. Well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We learn key information about the Governor!


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