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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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    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 12-11-12
    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to listen to books all the time since I'm disabled & sit around all day. Mostly LUV zombie books ~ anything w blood & guts & guns!

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    "I luv The Walking Dead & thse pre-stories are grt!"
    Where does The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I truly loved this book. I don't care what anyone else says.I was interested in the story about this character. I was surprised how it ended. Way different then I expected. This book kept my interest just as well as a book I would read myself. I was thrilled with the narrator chosen for this book. His version of the voices were great and I don't think it would have come across this way if it was someone else. Fred is perfect for this story. And because of this I would truly want to listen to more books that he has read.


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

    I've been on the zombie kicked for many years now. Way before "The Walking Dead" TV show came out. I'm a fan of the TWD comics that started off the TV show. Because of this I could say I would compare this book to many of the other zombie books I've read. But because of Fred it was so great to listen to and I wanted to keep going and not "put it down".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the book was my fav but the best was the end (which I won't give out for those who've not read it yet) when Brian introduced himself.


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

    YES...it was so difficult to stop ready when I was sleepy or have something to do..it took me a week to listen to it for these reasons when it should have taken one day.


    Any additional comments?

    I became a member of Audible because I'm disabled now and sitting around all the time so i'm always reading and it's nice to just liten once in awhile...I've always reading the descriptions and trying to find great books to listen too. I am on a big zombie kick right now so that's how I roll at the minute...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Parti-Poodle 03-07-12
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    "Every bit as outstanding as the TV series"

    The Walking Dead TV series was the first thing that got me into the zombie genre. The Walking Dead was not at all what I expected and I had no expectations that this genre would be so extremely addictive. The outcome in this story & who would actually develop into 'the Governor' totally caught me by surprise until the last 1/4 or so of the story. It is definitely filled with lots of suspense and surprises.

    This would have to be my 3rd favorite zombie story. Only J.L. Bourne's "Day By Day Armageddon" series tops it in my opinion. Hopefully more of TWD series will be made into audio book version with the huge success of the TV show proving that TWD is something that people want more of.

    Not having any familiarity with the comic book series, I keep wondering & waiting for when the Governor will cross paths with the group that is displayed on the TV series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Vancouver, WA, United States 12-02-11
    Tony Vancouver, WA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2017
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    "A+++ Best Narration and story to date ."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have never written a review before for audible book’s although I do love a good zombie book none that I have downloaded have deserved my review don’t get me wrong I do like my Massive zombie library of over 15 zombie books not including Steven kind books est. But this book I will take some time to say. Greatest zombie book so far…….also GREATEST AND I DO MEAN GREATEST NARRATION OF THEM ALL>………….Hold on tight this book has it all I would highly recommend this book to any die hard or avid horror reader.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    adam coralville, IA, United States 10-20-11
    adam coralville, IA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best of the genre"

    I am an avid fan of zombie fiction and this was a huge surprise for me. Fantastic story and one of the best performances from a narrator that I have ever heard - I was literally brought to tears at one point. As I said this is one of the best of the genre. Wow - well done.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shumpert 02-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Pure 'Walking Dead' Gold"

    For anyone who has enjoyed the Walking Dead graphic novels or TV series - or who just loves a good Zombie Apocolypse - this book is great. It's a good story with great descriptions and a real human factor.

    The authors also did a superb job of depicting what it might take to make a pretty normal person become truly ruthless and to embrace evil.

    If you've read the graphic novels, though, the ending just might blow your mind. I know it did mine.

    Highly recommended!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Its the only Walking Dead Audio. So buy it now!!!!"

    Ok. So if you’re a fan of the TV Series then this is a must have! To me it’s like the Dream Team of Zombie books. It was famous and promised to be a success before I even heard it. But I am a classic Zombie novel fan and this doesn’t follow that format really. To me it’s the author was trying too hard to make as detailed and analytical at the beginning of the book. It just distracted me to much from the storyline. I understand you have to paint a picture but it seemed excessive. But in all zombie books they all do that. But this story was awesome! It felt like I read two or three stories in one. It had me wanting more at the end. I’m not sure if Robert Kirkman will write another book but just finished the comics and it’s great. I hope they continue this story. And the 4star performance is because dude who narrated screamed/talked to loud/harsh on Phillips voice way too much. Everyone else’s voice was flawless. So go buy this audio. You will be stoked! Enjoy!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Guillaume 04-30-17
    Guillaume 04-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Very good audio book. Only issue is like many audio books: Need a female reader for female characters. However it is still excellent, I recommend it.

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    J. E. Jackson 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just in all around bad read"

    I like the walking dead. The characters are what drives the show. This book is all one gimmick and that gimmick is not very good. And 99% of the book we get one character and then in the final seconds it all changes? It's a tired formula. Good comic book writer, really bad novelist.

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    Jo Ann 03-22-17
    Jo Ann 03-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Big Walking Dead Fan"

    I loved the whole backstory of Phillip the governor and how he came to be one of the most evil characters on the show. Great listen!

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    Will W. 03-11-17
    Will W. 03-11-17
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    "amazing book, followed story line perfectly"

    amazing book which only took 15 minutes to suck me in, and followed the story line so well i cant wait to rewatch the series and read another novel

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    4/28/15
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    "Awesome"

    A fantastic accompaniment to the TV series. I can't wait to here the next instalment. Brains....want more..... Brains!! 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ian
    10/6/14
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    "Must read"
    Where does The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my top reads, the narrator is awesome and really brings the characters alive


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

    No spoilers the whole thing take your imagination and puts it on a tread mill


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

    first one


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

    no i cant, i listen whilst i work so its not possible


    Any additional comments?

    buy it i got the whole series after listening to this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Faulkner
    7/15/13
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story. Clever twists. Well written and extremely well performed. One of the best Audibles i have listened to. Highly recommend


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

    Brian being reborn


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Amazing. It wasnt read, it was acted


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Sandbach, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "captivating stuff"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    St Peters, Australia
    9/3/12
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    "WOW"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sion
    New Barnet, United Kingdom
    1/19/12
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    "Walking Dead"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    bromborough, United Kingdom
    12/18/11
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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