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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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    Dan 12-12-11
    Dan 12-12-11 Member Since 2012

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "More, MOre, MORe, MORE!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any fan of zombie Genre will enjoy the work and especially the way the words are used in such a descriptive way as to almost enter your mind, pick up a paint brush, dip it deep into the can of Red paint and slap it on the canvas of the minds eye just before taking the entire can and throwing it across the room!! The type of writing that will leave you feeling what the characters feel, hearing things in the other room, and even possibly shedding a tear for people you've almost come to know as Real! Please Keep It Coming!!


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

    To not be a spoiler I'd say to many to list!


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

    The whole crew!


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

    The Little Girl, because she was so strong & brave for Her age! Being a father of four it bothered me how cheated this child was from loss of her mother to not having a decent meal running for her life from the dead! I think to provide her a great meal and desert would make my wife and I very happy! Children suffering pulls at the heart strings of your basic person!


    Any additional comments?

    Please
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    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Sanford, NC, United States 10-24-11
    Darrell Sanford, NC, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Welcome, Gov'nah..."

    First off, what an excellent narrator! I will listen to more of your stuff, Mr.Berman. This was a very good story. I was surprised at the many ways Kirkman and Bonansinga were able to describe the sounds of visuals of wasting the biters without sounding redundant. There were also a few things that I didn't expect in the story. Well worth the listen, even if you are not a fan of The Walking Dead.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. Parker North Carolina 10-24-11
    D. Parker North Carolina 10-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Welcome, Gov'nah..."

    First off, what an excellent narrator! I will listen to more of your stuff, Mr.Berman. This was a very good story. I was surprised at the many ways Kirkman and Bonansinga were able to describe the sounds of visuals of wasting the biters without sounding redundant. There were also a few things that I didn't expect in the story. Well worth the listen, even if you are not a fan of The Walking Dead.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 10-21-11
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "First off, I'm NOT a fan of the TV show..."

    For starters, I HATE the Walking Dead tv show. Of course, I have VERY high standards for my zombie entertainment, and I feel that the tv show is lacking in MANY ways... HOWEVER, this book is FANTASTIC! A truly original zombie tale, through and through. I couldn't appreciate the tie in to the comics or the tv show, BUT what I did appreciate is one darn good zombie story. Believe me, if you like this genre, get this book!!

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    "Good story but didn't like narrator that much"
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    I enjoyed the story and have read all the Walking Dead Comics. So really enjoyed the story of the Governor.

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    Ross Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-23-12
    Ross Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Hoping for a comic version"

    While I am a fan of both the comics and the tv show, I did not enjoy this book at all.

    I found it both odd and annoying that it book was written entirely in the present tense:
    "Brian sits in the silent Suburban for moment, listening to his heart thudding in his chest. Nick is looking through each and every window, scanning the immediate vicinity, which is alive with flickering shadows. Penny gets very still. Brian looks at the little girl. The child looks like she's shrinking into herself..."

    It makes me wonder if Kirkman's participation in this project was scripting it as he would a comic, and then Bonansinga just added all of the filler.

    I suggest you listen to the sample before you buy. The narrator is entertaining, but it is hard to enjoy the meat of the story when the bones get in the way. As for me, I will put this one aside, and wait for the comic version.

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    "Not Impressed"

    As a zombie junkie, and an audio junkie, you would think that this book would have really held my interest. Not so much. It was just not as well written as many of the others I have had the chance to read. I have around 100 zombie books in my itunes library, and I would say this one is in the bottom 5. I was however able to listen to the entire book without falling asleep if that can be considered a recommendation..

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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