If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, then just imagine a story that's equal parts Orwell's 1984 and Batman (the movie, not the television series). It is deep enough to be thought-provoking, while corney enough to be entertaining.
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
V for Vendetta is a dystopia (though some authors distinguish dystopias from anti-utopias, but I'd rather use the former term). So, as any dystopia, it is meant to be a critique of the social or political system that exist in reality. Dystopias express our modern age anxieties and fears, as well as disillusionment with the utopian thought.
VfV describes the tyranny of a totalitarian regime and its evils; utter misery of the people; an individual crushed by the police state; people living in a constant nightmare. Exploitation, corruption, destruction, decline of faith and terror.
What makes this dystopia stand out is that the audiobook is based on the comic book series, and the protagonist doesn't want to be trampled on by the totalitarian machine. Estranged, V takes revenge and, having no scruples left, defies the state by using 'like-cures-like' methods: murder, terrorism, and subterfuge.
Well, perhaps, the question the reader can ask themselves is, Does the end justify the means? What V does is immoral, but if the environment is sick, does social ethics need to exist? If you want to be free, is chaos the only way to gain freedom?
V is certainly not a fictional character. His anarchic prototypes are not remnants of the past revolutions, but quite an inspiration behind protests nowadays.
As D. Harvey wrote, 'There is a time and place in the ceaseless human endeavor to change the world, when alternative visions, no matter how fantastic, provide the grist for shaping powerful political forces for change.' But, honestly, dystopian visions don't seem so fantastic the minute you link them with real events that happened in the past or are currently going on. There's nothing depicted in dystopias that people haven't committed.
P.S. As for the performance, it was excellent. Simon Vance is unrivalled!
If you've seen the movie, you'll notice the how well the narration follows the screen play almost to a tee. But you do get a lot more insight to the story. It's now hard to watch the movie; it seems to go by so fast. Highly recommend you getting this. If you loved the movie, you'll love this!
To be honest, I had seen the film this novelization was based on, and bought it based on that positive experience. The story so not what I expected; not that I remember what that was. I was spellbound by the film. And decidely to appreciate the whole story a bit more slowly. Without the visuals. And the story holds up. The narration works with the tone of the story. And I have listened to it several times since my first purchase. Perhaps not the greatest of literary works, but a rememberable experience nonetheless...
If you think you're going to get more insight into the movie from reading this book, you're wrong. This book is nearly identical to the movie. The movie, in my opinion, is better.
I think sometimes people click "unhelpful" when they mean "I disagree". Can there be an agree/ disagree button next to the helpful option?
I thought it was funny that one reviewer thought this dark vision of a police state in which the freedom of truth and beauty are forbidden was a liberal attack on the Bush administration. How'd he get that idea I wonder?
I didn't see the film so I can't make a comparison there but I did find this futuristic tale compeling - largely because of its hero who is everything a hero should be and completely fills that part of you that craves a heroic presence in life. The heroine is far more problematic but ultimately moving nonetheless.
Without question. I am someone who believes that authority deserves no deference and should be challenged at every turn. This book definitely makes you think about authority gone wrong, and shows you how easy it is to find yourself in such a situation.
On a less political note, the author does a masterful job of teasing you with a thought, and making you work and wait for the answer!
I have to say, finding out why he is called "V" was the best part.
Love Simon Vance. He is up there with George Guidall.
Although it isn't right to call him the antagonist, the Police Detective is my favorite character. I love how the relationship between he and V develops and matures.
I quite liked this and thought the overall premise quite good - a loner fighting against a totalitarian state. While not being the most gripping read I've ever had, it was an enjoyable book and I'll seek out more by this author.
Well written, great presentation. I so enjoyed this book that I listened to it twice.