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Review: The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury by Kirkman & Bonansinga

The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (#2)Title: The Walking Dead: Road to Woodbury

Author: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga

Narrator: Fred Berman

Series: The Governor Trilogy (Book 2)

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

Format: Audiobook, 10 hrs on 8 discs

ISBN-10: 1427231273 (Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-1427231277 (Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Sheila


First came the ground-breaking comic book series. Then came the record-breaking television show. Next, the bestselling novel, Rise of the Governor. Now, having peered into the Governor’s horrific past in the first book, this riveting sequel delves into Philip Blake’s ascension as the leader of Woodbury.  But it won’t be easy . . . there are those within this walled-off city who don’t trust Philip or his motives . . . or the strange scratching sounds that come from his apartment. But Philip Blake is determined to turn Woodbury into a haven from the post-apocalyptic nightmare surrounding Woodbury, and he’ll do whatever necessary to make sure that his vision sees fruition.  Even if that means killing the people currently in charge.

Quick & Dirty: Road to Woodbury is told from the perspective of an outsider to the budding little town.

The Review:

Road to Woodbury is the second installment of the Governor Trilogy, following the events that shaped the Governor into the super villain he is today.  While I am not really a fan of the show, I did enjoy the first book in this series.  The second one….not so much. I had such a hard time listening to this audiobook, I was forced to quit before reaching the end.

This book appears to follow a new group of survivors on their personal journey leading them to the infamous Woodbury.  While I may appreciate an outsider’s perspective on unfolding events, I find myself unable to properly describe in more detail of what went on.  Let me explain.

The larger casts of characters, both male and female, were given terrible voices by the narrator.  Fred Berman, the same actor that did the first audiobook in this trilogy, had a hard time making truly distinctive voices for everyone.  I realize the challenge he faced was quite large, but the only way I could tell one person from the next was from the context.  By forcing myself to concentrate harder on the language to keep up with the story, I found myself unable to appreciate the whole experience.  Audiobooks are meant to make things easier for a reader to enjoy a story, not harder.

If the narration were the only issue, I would have been able to endure it for the sake of a good story.  Unfortunately, the entire middle (4 disks to be more precise) seemed to drag on.  There was the occasional zombie fight that would shake things up but other than that, I found it to be boring.  Lilly and company turned out to not be very relatable for me.  As an example, Lilly herself was, on occasion, as fierce as a lion while the next moment she’d be doing her best impression of a dear in headlights.  Her unpredictability overshadowed any redeemable qualities she may have exhibited.

While the main issues I had were related directly to the audiobook format, I might find myself reading the book in the near future.  There were moments of brilliant imagery with dark and descriptive wording that would have had a larger impact on me in the written word.  I may not like zombie movies anymore, but I do occasionally enjoy a good story of the undead.  The Walking Dead is a wonderful terror that should be savored.  I recommend reading the book in order to get the most from this prequel.

The Walking Dead: The Governor Audiobook Trilogy:

1. The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor

2. The Walking Dead: Road to Woodbury

FTC Advisory: Macmillan Audio graciously provided me with a copy of Road to WoodburyNo goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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