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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Fitzgerald, Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga Narrator: Dan Stevens, Jay Bonansinga, Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Governor Trilogy Release Date:
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Following in the footsteps of the New York Times bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An excellent companion to The Walking Dead comic books. The story is enriched by the novel format, and the characterization of the series’ most hated villain is something no fan will want to miss.”


  • “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

  • “Fans of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series now know much about the villainous misdeeds of the character known as The Governor. This powerful new novel by Kirkman and horror novelist Jay Bonansinga describes how he became the man and monster he was. A backstory that you don’t want to miss.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Not for the faint of heart, this book runs on pressure-cooker suspense, graphically described bloodshed, and dark acts of brutality…This riveting character study adds a new dimension to the oeuvre by fleshing out established characters and plot lines.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The story makes a great novel. You’ll get sucked in and can easily visualize everything that is happening. It’s simply a great read.”


  • “It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mo | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great and quick read for Walking Dead fans. It tells the back story of the Governor and how he got to be the villain that he is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jack | 2/13/2014

    " This was a waste of time, and i only got through half of it. Theres no insight to The Governors life before all hell broke loose. Instead its a very dumbed down version of the graphic novels and the amazing show. Scene after scene of getting into different cars and running down zombies, or just killing them, and your not waiting for some twist or surprise bc each chapter read like the last. I found myself just reading to try and get through. Lack of character development and a plot that is closer to a video game than a novel. The diehards will pretend this book matters but it very well could have been written overnight for the hell of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy Hill | 2/12/2014

    " Enjoyed finding out the origins of the dreaded governor. At times the book seemed a bit repetative but overall a great read. Totally did NOT see the surprise ending coming. Won't give any more away. Looking forward to the next two books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Papamikey | 2/7/2014

    " MUCH better than I thought it would be - thought it would be pulpy trash but it actually read quite well. Sort of tapered towards the end as things wrapped up much more quickly than I would have liked but a good page-turner all-in-all. "

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