• V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-03-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (125 ratings)

Summary

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.
This is the setting for the parable of Evey, a young woman saved from death by a masked man calling himself V. Beguiling and dangerous, V ignites the fuse of revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to shed the blanket of tyranny and oppression that they have permitted themselves to be cloaked in. While those in power take steps to neutralize the threat, police pursue the mystery of V, unaware of the terrible truth that awaits them. But it is Evey who, with V as her enigmatic guide, sets out on the painful path of deception and self-discovery, deconstruction and re-creation, vindication and vengeance.
Novelization by Steve Moore, based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd and published by Vertigo/DC Comics. Based on the screenplay written by the Wachowski Brothers.
©2006 DC Comics (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Danuta on 21-06-10

Undecided

Did not live up to expectation, I enjoyed the movie but found the audiobook lacklustre and had to force myself to finish it. Narration was good except for the voice for Evey, it really grated on my nerves - too whinny and high pitched. Maybe this is what put me off the audiobook?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-07-09

V Good

As a previous reviewer has said Simon Vance is an excellent reader. This is a novelisation of the film and is quite different from the original brilliant graphic novel by Alan Moore. None the less it is a wonderfully gripping version and one of the best stories I have had the pleasure of listening to. I highly recommend

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 06-09-08

Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?

Audio: Excellent. Narrator has a British accent, as appropriate for the context of the book, and was easily understood by this American listener. This is a dramatization, and the narrator does "voices in character", but there is no music except at the title introduction of each of the two audio segments. (I personally don't care for music-enhanced dramas in audiobooks)

Content: The audio intro says this book is based on the graphic novel based on the screenplay by the Wachowski Brothers. As such this is a VERY in-depth, fleshed-out and thoughtful portrayal. After listening one would think that the based-ons could easily have been reversed, as this book is not a mere description of a movie, but an insightful exploration of all the themes and issues. My highest kudos to the author for doing so. I had seen the movie previously and look forward to seeing it again, as the book seems faithful to the plot, to my recollection.

As a story, both book and movie have a near-term, futuristic setting with enough mystery, suspense, and action that appeals to my personal tastes. Fascism, anarchy, and "V"engence certainly give it a serious side, with enough references to current day England and several pointed jabs at America to express its opinions. I highly recommend it as a thought-provoking AND entertaining tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 04-05-12

Excellent

I like a good dystopia. 1984 is my favourite work of fiction and I listen to it several times avery year. This work is not quite at the same standard but is pretty close because it is, sadly, just as plausible as Orwell's vision.

A bit wierd to have a book based on a comic (graphic novel) which was itself based on a film script but it never feels like its derived from anything else. It feels like an original and very well constructed original idea. And a well written one at that.

The narration is excellent, clear and with enough characterisation to aid comprehension without being intrusive.

Anybody with a taste for the future should read this.

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