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!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This book is about comic book super heroes. I should have read the reviews.
Mr. Vance's performance in this audiobook is the best I have ever heard. In the future I will look for books narrated by him before all others. Bravo, sir. Just perfect.
Great story. An entertaining listen and something to think about. Some parts seemed to get lazy and assume you'd seem the movie and could put it together... either that or the movie was better than I remember.
it's a great recreation of the graphic novel, and movie. modern Count of Monticristo.
Tops among contemporary fiction.
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The people conquer the tyrannical government with very little (mass) violence. What a powerful idea that is counter to most "revolution" plots.
Fans of the movie - the source material is a must. INCREDIBLE performance. Absolutely perfect.
Better than the film.
Great as ever to listen to a great Graphic Novel as well as the movie, I enjoyed it very much but the whole time I kept pretending to hear the voices of the characters from the movie like Hugo Weaving as V, Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond and John Hurt as Adam Susan it's just un impossible to listen to the story and not hear them and their characters. Especially with the great and awesome unmistakable voices of Hugo and John. Loved every min of this Audible book, just think that having the actors play their roles would've been a awesome surprise and treat lol! Then again you can just play the movies audio........ Lmao!!!
Simon Vance wins again. A truly enjoyable listen to a future classic. You won't be disappointed with V and Evie's story
Though this was a comic book first, then a screen play, then a book, it was not even a little flat.
It was very thoughtfully done, raising many issues of the day and the eternal social issues we need to watch out for. Just shows that comic books CAN really be literature.