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
“If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch.” (The New York Times)
It is a great book. I would rank it in the top half of the books that I have listen too.
Without saying to much that would give the story away it is most defenently the ending. To see how the characters evolve is awesome.
It is when the Governor takes his stand at the end.
Its OK as a stand-alone, but hard to 'sync' in with the series.
Yes, but after reading reviews.
Sure, nothing wrong with the reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fathers Face Remembered
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.
Instead of a road book I would have centered on Woodburry
I haven't. Though he is the best thing about this audiobook. He was a pleasure to listen to.
It taught me how good writing doesn't mean good book.
Exciting, depressing, shocking
Hard to say, though I think if Hemingway or Camus ever wrote a zombie novel, it would be a lot like this book.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
reminded me of a time when I cleaned for a woman that listened to books on records.
The Servant of the Bones. Very vivid emage of what characters where thinking
He was very consistant with his characters' voices so I always knew who was talking or thinking
Penny after she turned, roadkill would do, cheap meal.
when will the Rise of Michonne come out?
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.
The interaction that the group has with the 'others' is extremely intense and I was on the edge of my seat.
This was my first Fred Berman book, but I will definitely listen to more.
The end is very good and sets the table for the next chapter in their lives.
Wonderful book and wonderful performance!!!
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!!
"A must read or listen!"
Loved Fred Berman's narration and the book itself is great. I can not wait for the 2nd book.
"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.
This is one of my top reads, the narrator is awesome and really brings the characters alive
No spoilers the whole thing take your imagination and puts it on a tread mill
no i cant, i listen whilst i work so its not possible
buy it i got the whole series after listening to this
"Fantastic book, performed really well, recommended"
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.
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.
When the group were in Atlanta, I wont go into more detail as to avoid spoilers .
Good story. Clever twists. Well written and extremely well performed. One of the best Audibles i have listened to. Highly recommend
Brian being reborn
Amazing. It wasnt read, it was acted
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.
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!
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.
"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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