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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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    David MEYERSDALE, PA, United States 12-11-12
    David MEYERSDALE, PA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "If you like the Walking Dead..."
    Where does The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a great book. I would rank it in the top half of the books that I have listen too.


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

    Without saying to much that would give the story away it is most defenently the ending. To see how the characters evolve is awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is when the Governor takes his stand at the end.


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    Glenn Fayetteville, NC, United States 12-11-12
    Glenn Fayetteville, NC, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a lot of tie-in with the series."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Its OK as a stand-alone, but hard to 'sync' in with the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga ? Why or why not?

    Yes, but after reading reviews.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Berman’s performances?

    Sure, nothing wrong with the reading.


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

    Nope!


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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 2014

    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 Member Since 2014
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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.


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    Judy 04-04-12
    Judy 04-04-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor the most enjoyable?

    reminded me of a time when I cleaned for a woman that listened to books on records.


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

    The Servant of the Bones. Very vivid emage of what characters where thinking


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    He was very consistant with his characters' voices so I always knew who was talking or thinking


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

    Penny after she turned, roadkill would do, cheap meal.


    Any additional comments?

    when will the Rise of Michonne come out?

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    Scott frisco, TX, United States 03-12-12
    Scott frisco, TX, United States 03-12-12
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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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  • 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
  • Kawie1
    Longford, Ireland
    10/22/14
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    "Rise of a Legend"

    The Rise of the Govenor follows Phillip Blake, his daughter Penny and his brother Brian in the days and weeks following the zombie apocalypse.
    In typical Kirkman fashion though the story focus is less on the shambling dead but more on the people trying to survive and the often horrible things they are forced to do and live through.
    Now anyone who had read any of the comics or watched the show will feel like they have a fairly firm grip on who the Governor is but trust me,Kirkman still manages to squeeze a few shocks and surprises into the tale.

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  • 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
  • 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 .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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