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The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor Audiobook

The Walking Dead: Rise of 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

What the Critics Say

“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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    K. Horvath Columbia, MD USA 12-19-14
    K. Horvath Columbia, MD USA 12-19-14 Member Since 2014

    K Dawg

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    "Allows me to scratch my Walking Dead itch"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to be better than the print version?

    I think the voice acting/narration of this book was done very well and I think would be better than the print version.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you can't get enough of the Walking Dead AMC show then this book will totally fill in the empty time between TV episodes allowing you to satisfy your zombie cravings. I also loved getting the back story of the Governor.

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    Raider Rodney NC 11-24-14
    Raider Rodney NC 11-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great back story for the Governor!"
    What did you love best about The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?

    Learning about the history of the Governor. Interesting to find out just what caused him to become the monster we saw in the TV series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first but it will not be my last.


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

    Given the time I certainly could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and anyone that is a fan of the comics/show will probably enjoy it.

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    Jim Hess 05-04-14
    Jim Hess 05-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I anticipated, very enjoyable"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I never read the comics (wish I had), but love the show - how cool to see the Governor develop from 3 days into the plague to his arrival in Woodbury - WHAT A TWIST!!


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    Hank 03-31-14
    Hank 03-31-14

    I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.

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    "Fans of comic and tv show, this is a must."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was quite entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twist that changes everything. Must read.this will change everything of what you know.


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

    Brian Blake


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

    The zombies


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    Suzanne Harrisburg, PA, United States 12-26-13
    Suzanne Harrisburg, PA, United States 12-26-13
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    "Intensely exhilarating"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a truly enjoyable book. As a fan of the TV show, the story of the Governor prior to Woodbury was never really told. It was great to see into his mind, into his experiences, and bring about understanding to why he acted the way he did. Insight is always key with complex character, and this book starts to give it. I am in the midst of book two, and enjoying it immensely.

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    ShadowKat 10-31-13
    ShadowKat 10-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW"
    If you could sum up The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor in three words, what would they be?

    Graphic, shocking, awesome!


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

    I cannot think of any other book, right now. I can compare this to the show, the telltale video game and sort of, the last of us video game. While listening, I could "see" both the show and games in my head. I don't know if that's good or bad to you, but it was great to me :)


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

    Great emotion and caring. It was like I was really living the story, like I was there. I was holding my breath, thinking RUN!!! Hurry, grab everything you can find! Etc etc


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last few chapters made me say "Wait. What? Did that just happen? Oh god! I can't believe it!"


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome! I loved ever minute. Well, OK, nearly every minute. This is not a "happy" story. It is a story of survival. Sometimes people do things they would never have thought about. Sometimes people do things they didn't think they were capable of doing. Sometimes people do whatever they have to, just to survive. Sometimes people are heroes. Sometimes people are monsters. And sometimes people break...I listened to it twice in about 2 weeks while at work. I also bought the 2nd book in both kindle and audible. I am planning to get the 3rd book, part one and two. BTW book 3 part 2 is showing a release date of 3/2014 per Amazon.com.

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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 2016
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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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