V for Vendetta
- Narrated by: Simon Vance
- Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-22-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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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.
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By John on 09-06-08
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.
70 of 77 people found this review helpful
By john on 03-03-09
An amazing Gem
Just a fantastic story with the Perfect Reader, really unexpected when I was browsing the site.
I have listened to this repeatedly in the background and still been as entertained as the 1st time I listened to it.
Excellent Characters in a not too distant/ possible time of horrible ruling and abuse of power made you feel like joining in on the march yourself.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By Danuta on 06-21-10
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?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Karen on 12-03-06
Simon Vance's narration really brings this book to life - suiting the main character of V down to the ground. The pacing is excellent, and the book itself is gripping from start to finish. I found that I was sucked in to the storyline far more than is usual, and some of the sadder portions of the book had me in tears.
The best audiobook that I've had the pleasure of listening to!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful