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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (840 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Moore Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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V for Vendetta was originally a comic book by Alan Moore and David Lloyd which was later adapted for film with a screenplay by the Wachowski Brothers.

This is a dystopian tale set in London, where the ruling party Norsefire has eliminated all opposition by placing them in concentration camps. The story begins when a young woman, Evey Hammond, who works for the state-run television station, is attacked by the secret police. She is rescued by "V", an enigmatic vigilante who wears a mask to hide his identity. V then takes over the tv station to broadcast his plans for revolution: he asks the British citizens to join him outside the Parliament building in one year on November 5 to watch its destruction and take a stand against the government.

Next, V takes Evey back to his lair, but she doesn't stay once she finds out he has been killing government officials. Escaping, she finds safety at her boss's home, where he Gordon Deitrich reveals his subversive artifacts, items which the government is unaware of. Within days he performs a satire on television and the police raid his home. Captured after the raid and tortured, Evey develops new reasons to be loyal to V. She considers whether to help him with his plans to stage a revolt on November 5th before the House of Parliament and the British citizens.

The original comic book series V for Vendetta was published between 1982-1989 and was released in 10 issues. Though the setting for the film and this audiobook is in the 2030's, the comics were staged for the 1980's through the 1990's. Alan Moore, who contributed the writing for the series also wrote the comics the Watchmen, and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. Alan considers himself an occultist, a ceremonial magician and an anarchist.

This novelization, based on the graphic novel, was written by Steve Moore.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a good book, it is smart, and there’s no doubt that it remains relevant.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “A landmark in comic-book writing. Alan Moore has led the field in intelligent, politically astute (if slightly paranoid), complex adult comic-book writing since the early 1980s…Skillfully plotted, V is an essential read for all those who love comics and the freedom, as a medium, they allow a writer as skilled as Moore.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Story-wise this is the best version of V for Vendetta...Simon Vance is my new favorite British narrator. The Shakespearean inspired ‘V-speech’ that he delivers near the beginning of this audiobook is without parallel in my experience. It's deliciously composed, elegantly constructed and, with Vance's performance, wonderfully delivered…There isn't enough praise to go round for this one…An SFFaudio Essential.”


  • “Compelling…Vance draws listeners into his grim, scary world in which an iron-fisted ruler controls every thought and action…The story is powerful from start to finish, and Vance delivers it with astounding skill.”


  • “Whether voicing the bravado persona of V, the frustrated Evey, or the inquisitive Finch, Simon Vance delivers an astounding performance. His choice of voice for V fits with V’s exotic personality and attitude…V himself exudes elements of overdramatization that Vance delivers cunningly without overkill. His narrative talent propels the story forward with mood and atmosphere that strongly grip the listener for the entire tale.”


  • “Vance, his voice naturally suited to dark novels, does a fine job here, differentiating his characters, keeping the pace moving, and heightening the tension and the terror as Evey and the readers work out the nature of dissent. Engrossing and instructive.”


  • Winner of the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeffrey Elison | 1/26/2014

    " The strength of ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jocelyn | 1/13/2014

    " Listened to this one over about 4 weeks. Loved the reader because he is the same guy who read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I really enjoyed the story. I know I've seen the movie before, but don't remember much about it. I'm guessing it doesn't go into near the detail that the book does. Either way it was a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 12/13/2013

    " Great story about desire of freedom and fight against opressive state similiar to Germany in Nazi years or USSR. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah | 12/12/2013

    " The novelisation was as brilliant as the film. Granted I listened to it and the reader sounded very similar to Hugo Weaving as "V", but I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much had I read it. Personally, I like that I had already seen the movie. The imagery was still very well done, but I expected nothing less as it was adapted from the screenplay. Overall, I would definitely recommend it! "

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