Lilly Caul has risked everything. She has weathered over four years of the apocalypse. She has done things that she would not have dreamt of doing in her darkest nightmares....
In 1968 the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark film Night of the Living Dead....
This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series....
Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm....
The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost....
Those who would seek a new world order have unleashed the most devastating virus onto mankind, and even they do not know the secrets hidden in their weapon....
Four audiobooks in one box set: Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse, Last Stand: Patriots, Last Stand: Warlords, and Last Stand: Turning the Tide....
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real....
The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before....
The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York....
A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day....
Das Ende allen Lebens, wie wir es kennen: Eine globale Epidemie verwandelt die Menschheit in blutrünstige Monster...
World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.....
When Grace goes away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that his daughter could be stranded miles from home....
Zombies have overpowered the living and ravaged the world. Society has collapsed as humans race to save themselves....
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.
THE INTERSTATE IS ON FIRE
My favorite show is Game of Thrones, followed by The Walking Dead. I waited a long time for this to go on sale and snatched it up the first time it did. I was so disappointed. It is just guys running around killing zombies. Kirkman and Bonansinga do try to be the T.S. Eliot of the zombie genre with their elegant language and big words, but the story sucks or the lack of story, I should say. This is one of the few times when the written word is worse than the show or movie.
Pass on this one.
HE WAS A GOD DAMN GOOD MAN AND HE DIED LIKE A MAN.
50 of 54 people found this review helpful
I am a fan of the series and so picking up this book was a no-brainer. (Pun intended...)
But the book takes on a "they run...they kill zombies...then they run to a different place" feel that is tedious after a while. If you're looking for backstory on "the Governor" don't expect much. Because it only comes out in the last few minutes.
Author tries to create tension but in the end we're left with one-dimensional completely predictable (although sometimes gross) character actions and motivations.
The narrator is excellent -- trying to do his best with an essentially flatlined story.
Is it listen-able. Sure.
Are there better options? Absolutely.
41 of 46 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor better?
Google search...lets see, Harley Glides are air cooled. ..no radiator to drink from, Glocks don't have manual safeties and Ford doesn't make an S10. Plus a Marlin 55 is a turnbolt shotgun...and a 12 is bigger than a 20...GOOGLE!
Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga ? Why or why not?
Normally I would not but I've already bought the other two...
Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Kirkman REALLY needs to research his world. Its fiction , but you can only suspend disbelief to a certain extent. ..
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Have listened to every book in this genre on audible. No joke. This book is hard to grade. The story is good. The narration is ok. But somethings missing. Its not as good as Day by day or Morningstar. Or the Joe Ledger novels. And I mean nowhere near as good. But its alot better than The Infection, Haters, or The Undead Situation. And I mean alot better.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
There are several silly technical mistakes in this book that should have been caught and corrected before it was published. Just a few examples, Ford doesn't make the S10... Try Chevy... Glock Handguns don't have a manual safety. The safety is incorporated into the trigger. Oh, and a mistake made by so many writers... CORDITE... Bullets haven't contained Cordite as a propellant since 1945. It's production stopped at the end of WWII, yet writers continue to refer to the air hanging heavy with the smell of Cordite. Unless your shooters are using Vintage WWII bullets, it's not Cordite they are smelling :-)
40 of 49 people found this review helpful
Ok bare with me here. I am one of those HUGE Walking Dead fans. You know the ones who have each single issue, variant, and limited edition omnibus. The fan who counts down the days until the monthly comes out, just so I can DOWNLOAD it right away to get my “fix,” and later buy the issues when time suffices. Well, needless to say, if you are like me (and you probably are if you’re reading this) or even just a casual fan of the comic of TV show, you probably are going to be looking to check out Rise of the Governor.
First off, if you’re just a TV fan, just stay away period. This is not worth your time, you won’t know how this pertains to TWD, and will get pretty bored with it. There is better stuff out there. Now, being the fan that I am, I have been trying to read my hardcover (signed by Kirkman/Bonasinga at NYCC….sigh) for quite some time, but being a high school teacher with zero free time, I turned to audio-book instead. This book is ULTRA-descriptive, to the point where it is a glaring flaw. Think of THIS review that your fine self is reading, and I just NOW began talking about the book! You’re probably saying “I don’t care about your fan-dom, your profession, or frankly you cyber man….just talk about the book!” Yes, all that stuff was purposefully included to make my point, but you need to know the gravity of the situation. “The zombie was gnashing like a BLANK which was BLANK. The gnashing was so BLANK that it reminded Brian of a BLANK. ……“ It’s difficult to express how much this book suffers from this in words.
Unfortunately, the ending was predictable after the first 25% of the book, which wasn’t all that jarring, yet still the biggest highlight of this book. Not that much happened looking back, just descriptions of EVERYTHING including the word “arterial” maybe 35 times. Yes TWD is a slow burn, but still there’s supposed to be that “OH S***” moment, which sadly, never came. The narrarator’s voices were okay at best, but during heated conversations, they all sounded too similar.
My biggest quam will be yours too if you’re a fan of the comics. Only the last 10% of the book is in Woodbury. So if you were expecting to see crazy “Governor stuff” it totally lacked. They could have added maybe 3 more chapters and made it 100% more satisfying.
Anyhow, what can I say, it was TWD….in book form…so it still gets 3 stars, but apparently a Michonne book is next in the trilogy, I just hope it is a bit more memorable.
35 of 43 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor? What did you like least?
I felt the writing to be pretentious. The story was okay…
What was most disappointing about Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga ’s story?
As an avid Walking Dead fan I felt a huge disconnect with this book. I felt that the writers there in a few $10.00 words to make them selves seem smarter and felt the story to be a bit unbelievable.
Could you see The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No I don't, However I do hope that after reading it I will get a better sense of “The Governor” when he is introduced in Season three of the series. If not then I fear this purchase would have been a total waste.
Any additional comments?
I felt that this book could have been a bit better. I found myself having to force myself to listen to the story just to finish the book.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor again? Why?
I may listen again, I don't usually listen or read books twice, I feel I got everything out of this I needed to. The story was non stop, A thriller for sure. The reason I may listen again is because of the big twist ( which I don't want to give away) so I observe the chapters before it for clues or hint, also I have not read all of the comics, so I may read it again after I do that. I feel like it did not matter much that I had only read a few of the comic books. Before going into this novel, I knew nothing of the Governor. I think the timing of this novels release was great, it gave us walking dead fans something to do while waiting for the next season.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?
There were many memorable moments. The ending was for sure the best, but it left me wanting much more, so I hope they write another novel. <br/><br/>The description of the zombies, biters, walkers,whatever you call them was astounding. I have no fear of the living dead, but at certain moments I was a bit freaked out.<br/><br/>
What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?
Fred Berman gave a brilliant performance. I cannot say enough great things. Every character had a very distinct voice, never had any problem knowing who was narrating. He even did an awesome job with penny's voice, and the other females in the novel. He made this story even more memorable.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
A few minutes worth of fact checking would have made a HUGE difference. A Ford S-10 pickup? A 20 guage goose gun? A 12 guage blowing off two heads in one shot from a few feet away? Feeling light headed from Naproxin? And the mispronunciation.... The story was good but these distractions and many more made the book hard to not listen to without feeling like you should be getting paid for editing the book. I bought this cause I love the TV series, but I think Kirkman needs to stick to comics.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Probably, its a pretty good story, but the terrible editing take away from it alot
If you’ve listened to books by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga before, how does this one compare?
I have not
What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Was The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor worth the listening time?
Yes, but barely
Any additional comments?
Tons of really stupid technical mistakes. Not just the annoying little stuff that fanboys love to point out, but stuff that a lot of everyday people would pick up on. For examples, Ford doesn't make the S-10 pickup, Chevy does and The Delta Force is not part of the Marine Corps. These are just two GLARING examples. There's a lot more subtle stuff two, things that any 5th grader with an internet connection could have check on and corrected. One or two of these is understandable, but this book is LOUSY with them! It really takes away from the experience.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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 .
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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
If you thought the governor was sick twisted and damaged in the tv series the walking dead this is why. Definitely worth listening too!!!
Loved the twist. If you have watched the TV series then give this a go. Narrator did a fine job too.
I love all things Walking Dead and other zombie spin offs but I was so disappointed with this book. I thought it would be about the beginning of the ZA in the Walking Dead world but sadly that was barely mentioned. A brief paragraph or two about communication modes breaking down and that was it really. Unless I missed anything.
The characters themselves had no depth and by the end of the novel when the big reveal came...Meh...I didn't care. Okay there were a few brief glimpses of Kirkmans greatness that shone through but unlike in the comics, which I devour each time, not enough to hold my undivided attention.
I have to say I am a great fan of 'the Governor' and because of this loyalty I'm going to get the next novel just to see if it's better. I know the duo who wrote this can do so much better.
The narrator did a great job.
Pop this book in your wish list and see if you can get it as deal of the day.
amazing. first Audiobook and I loved it. cant keep concentration reading books so tried this. amazing. great book for any walking dead fan
as a fan of the walking dead show i decided to read this series. im hooked, every chapter has moment that is great. from the half way point its near impossible to stop listening and the twist at the end i personally never saw coming. awesome book and a must read for walking dead fans.
A dark and moving tale of how the WD's Governor developed from a kind but weak youngish man to the psychopath we meet in the Walking Dead TV series and later WD audio books.
Briliant because it's believable. The story evolves at a perfect pace. One of those rare stories where you can understand and somewhat empathise with some of the terrible actions he takes, due to the background and current circumstances.
I love the twist at the end and really did not see it coming.
The characters are great. Narration is top notch.
Huge fan of the TV show, wanted to go back and read the books, listen to the books. This was great, good twist at the end, lots of detail. Would recommend to fans of zombies and zombie killing, not that the killing is a huge past time these days. Good to hear the backstory of the Governor as we were not treated to that in the television series. Will crack on with the rest in the series now.
The Governor is one of my favourite characters in the Walking Dead and this detailed backstory of his rise is fantastic. The narration is second to none. For fans of the series, you will not be disappointed!