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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“Fred Berman's narration is smooth and keeps listeners engaged throughout this audio version. He develops solid, authentic-sounding voices for most of the book's characters, particularly the authoritative Phillip and Brian, whose voice is soft with a hint of weakness…As the narrative moves into more pitched moments, Berman chooses pauses and projection with a great deliberateness, adding to the suspense and making the prose all the more impactful” ―Publishers Weekly
“There's a lot of grisly uncomfortable stuff here, and I can't imagine another narrator handling it better. I look forward to hearing [Fred Berman] again soon.” ―SFFaudio
“The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor is the perfect Halloween listen full of zombie action, a touch of gore, and some intriguing characters trying to survive in a changed world” ―The Guilded Earlobe
About the Author
ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on TheWalking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men andMarvel Zombies forMarvel Comics. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show.
JAY BONANSINGA is a critically-acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The BlackMariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
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Well, it turns out that the Governor may not be as different as you might imagine. In many ways, this tale is a familiar survival story. Beginning in the first days of the zombie outbreak, the narrative follows the trials and tribulations of a small band of ragged survivors (including the man who will become The Governor, his brother, lifelong friends, and a little girl). As expected, we see the collective attempt to understand the new world order. Trying to exist in a suburban community, followed by a stint in the city, followed by isolationism--the band tries various strategies to build a new life. Every time peace seems to settle, the real world comes crashing down in the form of a new undead or even human menace. At what point does someone meet their rational limit? The novel takes us on the journey of The Governor until he reaches exactly that spot and then pushes to the other side. The final two chapters, especially, bring everything together in quite momentous ways.Read more ›
Firstly, the writing was awkward. It used a third-person, present tense that was difficult to read. The kind of tense that a middle-school student might use in their first attempt at fiction. The author, presumably an established horror writer, seemed to get stuck using the same expressions over and over. "Thunderstruck" was something that every character seemed to be at some point. How many times did the characters feel "gravitational forces suck" them back or forward in the car. Really? It's called inertia, even if you are trying to be poetic how many times can you use the same expression? The over-use of metaphor and simile were more than a little annoying, again reminding me of a juvenile author's first attempts.
Secondly, the characters were two-dimensional. I couldn't empathize with a single one of them. The humanity of the characters (at least the human ones) in the WD series is what makes it so compelling and enjoyable. It's not just about monsters, it's how people interact and deal with the cards they have been dealt. This story missed the mark. I understand this was supposed about the characters losing their humanity but they should have first started with some.
Finally, the facts, or lack thereof, were impossible to overlook. I will not get into all the problems in the story, the "Ford S-10" has already been mentioned in other reviews.Read more ›
For those not in the know, `The Governor' is one of the primary villains in The Walking Dead universe. (He is set to make his grand entrance later this year when Season Three launches, more info here: [...] ). The man is a vile, misogynistic psychopath who thrives on terror, torture, and rape. He rules a small, barricaded enclave of humanity through psychological manipulation and heinous acts of violence. The hero of The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes, and his motley crew have the severe misfortune of crossing paths with The Governor and his like-minded cronies fairly early in the graphic novels. The ultimate outcome, which I won't ruin here, is as naturally chaotic and destructive as the world around them.
The Rise of the Governor (RotG) tells the back story of Phillip Blake, the man who eventually become The Governor, and his small band as they try to survive the early stages of `The Event': whatever it was that caused the dead to rise and begin making unhappy meals out of the breathing populace. On some levels it succeeds, but when it fails it truly comes up short.
Taking the work out of context, reading it simply as another post-apocalyptic novel and not part of a larger tapestry, its tragic flaw is a slow opening. Yes, zombies pop out of the shadows at every turn and Phillip Blake and his friends narrowly dispatch them in gruesome fashion. It's a zombie novel; that is par for the course. You can almost feel it coming: `been a few pages now, time for some more undead head bashing'.
By slow opening, I speak in terms of character arc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel slightly ambiguous about this book. I'm strongly motivated to like it solely because seemingly everyone I know likes the show. BUT... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Bookworm6164
May contain spoilers
I recently borrowed this book from my local library. I didn't even know that this series of novels existed, until I saw it showcased at the checkout. Read more
Great read for any fan of the walking dead. Whether the show, the comics, or bothPublished 2 months ago by jess
Great reading. Im now trying to down load no2 onto my Kindle so I can carry on with this exciting story But having probs. Fraustrating + +Published 3 months ago by Faye Forman
WARNING - Some plot revealed.
Neil was the only character worth liking. The 2 brothers and the Philps's daughter, Penny, were completely unlikable characters. Read more
I downloaded the free sample and couldn't get past 10 pages. I love the AMC series. Big fan of the genre, but Kirkman's writing in novel form seems aimed at the young, teenaged boy... Read morePublished 3 months ago by david vaughan