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)
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
I am a huge huge fan of the tv show and this was just a great book(s) to feed my addiction!
Gives insight into the governor and just gives great food for the zombie hunger!
How descriptive it is, and if you've not read the graphic novel or even if you have, it gives you the scoop on the Governor :)
Road to Woodbury, as it's the second book in the series, WHEN IS THE 3rd ONE COMING?!?!
Philip Bake taking on the highway zombies.... "I GOT THIS!"
Nah, no crying but when they're helping to clear out apartment rooms it had me on edge visualizing the tight quarters, imagining the stenches, and what might lurk on the other side of any given door. Disgusted at the things Philip did towards the end...
Outstanding listen, I believe its better than the Road to Woodbury, as it's a much more focused book, though I also gave it 5 stars across the board. Philip Blake's strength, rage, and insanity combined with Brian's transformation makes for a gut wrenchingly addictive listen. I have about a 45 min ride to and from work each day and often found myself sitting in the drive way at the end of the day, even after I'd arrived home, to finish a chapter or get to a stopping point.
If you enjoyed the graphic novels, and watch the series, then this is a great back story on how the governor comes to power, and how he finds woodberry.
Phillip Blake, but not but not because he's a great guy, but he is the driving force of the story.
The ending, blew me away! I was shocked! It's great.
Yes - Fred Berman really brought the words to life. Enjoyed it very much.
Brian Blake - His character evolution and
Fred Berman does a splendid job of breathing life into the characters and really making you feel for them in their situations.
The Walking Dead: Origin of The Govenor
Loved this book so much that I'm listening to The Walking Dead: Road to Woodbury
what a great book. i felt i had to write a review cause every time i read the ones listed i find them so whinny, neg and quite frankly way off that you hardly even get the right impression. so many people complain about this and that, saying its to descriptive and what not....all i have to say is read the f'in book its great!!!! what a rollercoster and a surprise twist ending what else do you want out of a book. to all those with such neg reviews i want to say pull your heads out of your asses and start enjoying things for what they are and stop trying to make verbal improvements were none are needed. the book was a 10 out of 10 and a must read not only for WD fans but for anyone that wants to read a good book!!!!
The narrator was great. Emotion, voice changes for different characters.
The surprise at the end, was worth the whole book.
The narrator continues to deliver in each book.
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.
Loved this story. A little twist near the end really finished it off nicely for me.
"A must read or listen!"
Loved Fred Berman's narration and the book itself is great. I can not wait for the 2nd book.
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.
A fantastic accompaniment to the TV series. I can't wait to here the next instalment. Brains....want more..... Brains!! 5 stars.
"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!
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