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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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“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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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-06-17


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.


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2 out of 5 stars
By David on 11-13-11

Well....okay...I guess

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 08-19-13

Fantastic book, performed really well, recommended

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 .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Marixsa Watson on 09-05-12

A must read or listen!

Loved Fred Berman's narration and the book itself is great. I can not wait for the 2nd book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By B.reynolds on 03-11-15

great narrator

The narrator is awesome great voice and voice acting. I just bought the next books in the series because of him.

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