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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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  • John
  • HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, USA
  • 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.

68 of 74 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • Farnborough, United Kingdom
  • 05-04-12

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.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • Glenrothes, NY, United States
  • 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.

Well done

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • San Marcos, CA, USA
  • 08-04-06

Very Enjoyable

I thought this book was outstanding and a great compliment to the movie. Of course I love the movie, so perhaps my opinion is not completely objective.
Now having said that this book (and movie) is more of an Orwellian 1984 spin-off than an allegory of our current political atmosphere. It is a warning of what might be without diligence, not of what is happening now. To review a political philosophy as opposed to the book is unfair and more than a little disingenuous. The lust for power is not a political ideology of right or left it is a human trait.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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great companion for the movie

I love, love, love this movie. I usually re-watch it a couple times a year. When I saw this book on sale, I thought, why not?

At first it reads just like the movie, word for word. Once you get into it, it starts to give you more. In a movie you must have dialog to convey thoughts, feelings and intent. Not so with a book. This book gives a little more backstory to most of the characters and lets you in on their thoughts.

Most of the time I love the book and hate the movie, but you can't go wrong when the book was written based on a movie that is already awesome. It's a win/win. I would still like to read the original graphic novel, though.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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ANARCHY

WE ARE FINGERMEN
Leave it to the British to come up with a super hero who quotes Shakespeare. Who conducts invisible orchestras heard around the world. The world is London. This is based on a something, something, screenplay, comic book, graphic novel, something, something. I never read any of the somethings, which seems to be a requirement to enjoy this. I could not get into this and quit after two hours.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Summer
  • Nagoya, Japan
  • 10-14-11

Greatness!

What more can I say about this book! I LOVED it from start to finish. The narrator invited my imagination into this gritty universe and held it there until the very end :)

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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"V" Freedom Forever

I first saw the movie and loved it. I got the book and it seemed to follow the same story line so I enjoyed the book as well. A very good read

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • jon
  • Meridian, ID, United States
  • 03-29-14

Maybe a little too close to home

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.<br/><br/>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!

What was one of the most memorable moments of V for Vendetta?

I have to say, finding out why he is called "V" was the best part.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Love Simon Vance. He is up there with George Guidall.

Who was the most memorable character of V for Vendetta and why?

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Most Excellent!!!

This story spoke to my soul. In this time of governments lying to their people about everything possible, this story gives hope to the common man. While it is still fiction and a illustrated novel (comic book)story at that, it is still a great story. If you didn't see the movie, then the book is a great way to get the total experience. While the movie is also excellent, the book does have a little more than the movie.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Danuta
  • 06-21-10

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?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • 12-03-06

Excellent audiobook

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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-14-09

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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  • edward
  • 08-17-17

Stay well away

This tie in novel written by a fairly talentless ghost writer is faithful to the film that Moore had nothing to do with but is a pointless and sub standard addition.
If you liked the film read the original comic book (which is much better) and stay clear of this waste of time.

Seriously.
Its almost worse than a Dan Brown book.
Definitely not for anyone over 14.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-16

Alan Moore knows the score

I loved the Graphic Novel then the film now the audio book so well written and Simon Vange performed it to perfection

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  • Nicholas
  • 04-14-13

We can dream

Whilst we don't find ourselves in quite the same world as V and Evey it doesn't take too much of a leap of imagination to get us there. A fascist state ruling by fear, by controlling the media and by the use of scapegoats. The justice system and Parliament have long since stopped serving the people but the people have to go along with it to save the country from catastrophe. Mmmm.



A great listen and uplifting in an odd way.



Well read by Simon Vance.

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  • Sam U.
  • 03-26-17

Exceptional narration. Preferred it to the film.

Exceptional narration. Preferred it even to the film. Possibly the easiest audiobook to listen to that I've ever listened to.

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  • Chris I
  • 08-25-15

Brilliantly narrated beautifully written story

I had previously watched the film so knew the plot, but this made no difference to my enjoyment of this audio book because Simon Vance's narration was so brilliantly done and the ideas been the story so inspiring that I found it very moving. I am amazed at Steve Moore's almost poetic writing that so deepens the original screenplay. I couldn't want for a better audiobook experience. Gripping and exciting in the scale of its ambition.

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  • Mark Sanford-Wood
  • 08-24-15

Strangely engaging

Take an adult comic strip and convert it into a novel. One would expect a bit of a train-wreck, but would then be very happily surprised with this audiobook.

It manages to retain the dark edge I imagine was present in the original DC Comics strip, and the delivery is sufficiently dramatic to carry it off. It should fail on so many levels, and yet triumphs at each turn. It should stick out like a sore thumb as a cliched dystopian comic book born of the paranoia of the early 1980s, converted into a novel for no apparent reason. It doesn't. It unbalances you, and asks awkward questions. It makes you think.

Simon Vance puts in an excellent performance that maintains the tension without being intrusive.

It had me contemplating the philosophy of totalitarianism, and the ease with which commonly held liberties can slip through our fingers. It is not a classic, so gets 4 stars from me. But it is very good indeed, and well worth a listen.

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  • CrisH
  • 07-30-15

Great listen

Well written, well read and very involving.
I thoroughly enjoyed it
Recommended if you like a tense drama

0 of 1 people found this review helpful