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Author: Jay Bonansinga, Robert Kirkman Narrator: Jay Bonansinga, Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Governor Trilogy Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781427231277
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The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury is the second installment to a novel trilogy inspired by Robert Kirkman's highly successful graphic novel series and television phenomena by the same title. This sequel to Rise of the Governor follows a fan-favorite character named Lilly Caul, giving her backstory and developing her character up to the point of her infamous actions in the graphic novel series. While Rick and other central characters to the source material are not present, the story does tie in several characters that both fans of the comics and the show will recognize and appreciate.

Woodbury, Georgia is a pleasant, little town amidst an utterly horrific post-apocalyptic world. In fact, it seems nearly untouched by the terror outside its walls. The people are happy and living in peace, led by an apparently kind and wise Philip Baker, who refers to himself as The Governor. There is a constant bounty of supplies and provisions. This is, by all accounts, a sort of Utopia, and it is exactly what Lilly needs after all she's been through. But as she becomes more acquainted with the town, she realizes it may not be as perfect as she first thought. The Governor's ideas of law and order have a bit of a twist to them – a sick twist, that is – and there are dark secrets hidden deep within the town that make it just as much of a nightmare as the outside world. Confronted with these realities, Lilly and a band of rebels set out to bring down The Governor, but will this fix things or only make them worse?

Kirkman is the celebrated author of such graphic novel series as The Walking Dead, Invincible, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and Haunt. He is the founder of Skybound, an imprint of Image Comics, and is an executive producer and co-writer on The Walking Dead television series.

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia.

At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.

Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stirring, unconventional novel of the undead.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 2/5/2014

    " Not bad. Does not do a good job of portraying the Governor as the villain he becomes. The main characters hate him by the end of the book, but he really did not do anything to deserve the hate other than be creepy and have his zombie daughter chained in his laundry room and have a room full of zombie heads in fishtanks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 2/2/2014

    " A solid zombie novel not great but not terrible and certainly not as good as the previous title in the series "The Rise of the Governor." I just did not identify with many of the characters or was simply indifferent towards them. I think the thing that makes the TV show and graphic novel series so successful is that you become invested in the characters, their stories, and how they adapt to the zombie plagued earth. I struggled to find that in this novel. Although, I must say it was nice to get some further insight into the man known as the Governor. Also depending on the teen I think these books could be passed along as reluctant readers. Yeah its not classical literature or a novel but who cares as long as there is the chance that they become more interested in reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/29/2013

    " Again, this book is more background narrative about the formation of Woodbury. If you like the comics and the Rise of the Governor then this is well worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jam | 11/28/2013

    " Much better than The Rise of the Governor. Not high art, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 11/5/2013

    " Great book! I think I liked the first one better, but this one was still great. I highly recommend if you're a zombie fan or a fan of the show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 11/5/2013

    " Unlikeable characters. And you know who wins in the end.... Not great but something decent for walking dead fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 10/27/2013

    " Another great side story that gives a little more to these characters that you come across in the Walking Dead Graphic Novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/21/2013

    " The 2nd book about the Governor sets the tone to the latest season of Walking Dead. The Governor is a bad man by all means - he's a bit crazy as well. Good book, worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/4/2013

    " I wanted more Governor action. If a third book comes out, I am sure he will be more prominent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/26/2013

    " A very simple book. It is actually quite predictable. It is still a must read for any fan of "The Walking Dead". It is cool to see the beginnings of Woodbury, and I can't wait to read "The Rise of the Governor". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/3/2013

    " these books read so fast...waiting for #3 to help tide me over in the off season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 6/30/2013

    " Another nice read on the background/rise of the Governor. Both the books released so far do a nice job of filling in gaps from the tv show. Not sure how well they mesh with the comics since I haven't read many of those "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/21/2013

    " Good book - dark and twisted - makes you feel like any character could die under any circumstance and the zombie herd from the morgue/cemetery during the big storm was thrilling action at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 4/30/2013

    " A good read. I look forward to these books continuing the parallel story arcs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glory | 4/17/2013

    " Liked the first half, bored with the second half. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/16/2013

    " The Rise of the Governor was much better, across the board. But, a quick, fun read for a huge Walking Dead fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/3/2012

    " Great story! I wish it was a longer series, I'd keep reading them for sure. "

About the Author

Robert Kirkman is best known for his work on The Walking Dead for Image Comics and Skybound. He is one of five partners of Image Comics and an executive producer and writer for AMC’s critically acclaimed television series adapted from The Walking Dead.

About the Narrators

Jay Bonansinga is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.

Fred Berman has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is an actor of theater, film, and television whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.