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V for Vendetta

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,763 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
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, ...more
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Published April 1st 2006 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published August 1st 1989)
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Pedro
Jul 16, 2009 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
One of the best book ever ! V for Vendetta is just one of that stories which is almost impossible for you not to stop and think about it or at least feel something deep after reading.
I just love this book, specialy after watching the movie, because now i could take as much time as i want in order to "decipher" each one of the striking phrases mentioned by the characters.
You'll find good action, police investigation and a beautifull love story in here but not only that - there's also the best of
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Christy Stewart
Who doesn't like their leading men to be burn victims who commit crimes in cosplay?
Ambs ❤❤
Oct 21, 2014 Ambs ❤❤ rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-read, single
I liked this story for its complex yet simple storyline. Their were no love triangles, or sexual angst, but there was corruption and dishonesty. Interesting.

I really liked V and was curious as to who he was throughout. Good job with that. However, they never really reveal him and leave him a mystery. Not such a good job (ok, it does add to the storyline, I'm just pouting). At first I couldn't decide if I liked Evie, she seemed so insignificant, but she grew on me. I'm pretty sure I'd have acted
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Ghada
Feb 05, 2012 Ghada rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
فنديتا حبيب الملايين :D

لسه شايفه الفيلم -لأول مره- من شويه بعد ما خلصت الروايه
عن نفسي حيبت الروايه أكتر من الفيلم... يمكن علشان ماشفتوش الأول, بس هي فعلاً مكتوبه حلو أوي
ملحوظه: أنا سمعت الروايه أوديو ما قرأتهاش و مالقتهاش "بي دي إف" غير الكوميك

عموماً الروايه هي سيناريو الفيلم... بس عاطفي أكتر بكتييير من الفيلم
عاطفي = emotional

المشهد الوحيد اللي حبيته في الفيلم أكتر من الروايه...لما "إيفي" بقت حره :)
<3

الخمس نجوم و إضافته للمفضله ...لأنه أثر فيا بشكل خاص شويه ..و إحترامي للأفكار المضاده للرصاص
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melanie
Jan 27, 2017 melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq, 5-stars, 2017
jesus christ... is this not just a look into the future of america
Cherie
First, let me say that I did not read this book, because I never looked for it in print. I found an audio book version on my library web site, read by a favorite narrator of mine, and downloaded it immediately.

I was curious about the story after seeing the trailers for the movie. I was aware that the story was based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and inked by David Lloyd. I had never seen the graphic novel nor really ever intended to look for it.

So - did I like the book? Yes. It is a
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Winston
May 26, 2013 Winston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The prelude to this tale, written several years after publication, plants the nightmarish backdrop for this graphic novel in terrifyingly real and tangible terms (most glaringly, arch-conservative Margaret Thatcher's declaration that homosexuality will be relegated to the dustbin of history, even as a concept). Similar terrifying and oppressive parallels can be seen in the more virulent and extreme fundamentalist nations and movements that seek to impose Shariah law on secular democracies. The e
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Johnrh
Nov 29, 2011 Johnrh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding! This is a novel based on (or a novelization of) a movie. The movie is based on a graphic novel (high quality comic book). I have listened to the audiobook of "V" a couple of times. I saw the movie first, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it enticed me to read (listen to) the novel. I was not disappointed. Now I want to watch the movie again as I've read that the book follows the movie dialogue closely. That is fine, but this novel is not an after-the-fact description of a movie. It in ...more
Heather
Jan 21, 2017 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, dystopia
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Considering this book is based on a graphic novel and movie, I was impressed by the absolutely lovely prose. The story is a dystopia in the classic sense and carries great impact with its ideas. I definitely recommend it.
John Martindale
So I was hoping that the book would offer a little more then the movie (which I loved), I was wrong (understandably so, since the novel is based on the movie, not the other way around). I think there were even less of V's aphorisms in the book then in the movie, which was upsetting. It seems the only thing the book expounded on was the absolutely laughable and ludicrous politic back-story to the fascist regime (which pretty much ruined the book for me). The movie was bad enough in this regard, b ...more
Bex
Oct 30, 2011 Bex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling and strangely uplifting story. I loved
The character of V. He showed me that although the past may make you who you are today, the future can still change you. Very 1984-esque, I sincerely hope that the story is not an insight into our future, though I'd be more then willing to join V in his fight against cruelty and injustice. This story is basically the movie scene for scene but it was interesting to read about each characters thoughts and feelings. Would recommend for anyone who lo
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Bettie☯
Nov 08, 2008 Bettie☯ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
crafting audio - seems as if this is more well known as a film. I'll see a little later on if I like it enough to search for the film.

Brilliant stuff if one delves in via this 'rare' audio of the novelisation...I managed to track down the film , hahahaha John Hurt, Stephen Fry and that young waif who played the princess in those later star wars films. The whole concept is fandabidozzie.
Telizmary Roussel
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.

The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not
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Lonna Cunningham
Enjoyed the world building, and the characters... Though I was losing "suspension of disbelief" around halfway through... And seriously disappointed in the ending.
Steve
Feb 01, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I'm reviewing the novel here. Unfortunately prior to reading this I have seen the movie and read the graphic novel. So I can only hope that my review can be as untainted as possible, and adhere strictly the the merit of the writing of the late Steve Moore. I actually had to look up to see if Alan Moore who wrote the graphic novel, was related to Steve Moore, who wrote the novel. It appears not, they just seemed to be friends from childhood.

Anyhow, the book V for Vendetta seems like it coul
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Douglas
Aug 07, 2014 Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Winfield
Jul 01, 2014 Chris Winfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gun Powder Treason, and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gun Powder Treason should ever be forgot.” Thus begins ‘V for Vendetta,’ a dark, compelling, and socially relevant story about the enigmatic V, and the overwhelmed Evey Hammond, an innocent young woman simply trying to survive. Based on and named for the popular series of graphic novels, ‘V…’ is set in a dystopian future England where the totalitarian government rules with an iron fist. Our ...more
Amir Atef
Dec 25, 2016 Amir Atef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vandetta.. :))) my Anarchy friend. on lf the best political novel i've read forever V for Vendetta begins after a nuclear war has ravaged most of Europe. Although England "prevails," she is a mere shadow of her vibrant self, with a despotic regime stifling all dissent and making privacy impossible. Police are given sweeping powers and discretion to keep things under control. It is in this society that we meet 15-year-old Eva, forced into prostitution to survive. Rescued by the terrorist known on ...more
Claine
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Peter
Aug 10, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came into this book after having watched the movie, albeit about 10 years before. I was and still am a fan of the movie, so I did have some expectations going in. I was worried that it would be just a retelling of the movie and although it sort of was, it also added to it immensely. I loved how the author went into the minds of the different characters and described the events in such a way that made me appreciate the movie even more.

For someone who hasn't watched the movie, I would recommend
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J. Libby
With an hour drive each way to and from home, I've opted for e-books to break the monotony of re-cycled news reports and the five popular songs that are on constant pop rotation. My first attempt didn't go so well. I was enjoying Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, but the majority of my drive happens in the dark and I was getting creeped out. Enter V for Vendetta. It was an awesome week of commuting. Read by Simon Vance, the man with the voice of gold, V for Vendetta was rich, complex, exciting, and h ...more
Bailey Marissa
(4.7)

This novelization of the movie is a lot more appropriate than the comic. However, there have been some minor changes to plot/descriptions from the original. Those are listed below the recommended age.

My review for the comic is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Recommended age 15+ for hard violence, language, sexuality, non-graphic nudity, and a lesbian couple.

Changes:
1. The opening scene with Evey has her actually being late for curfew, instead of working the streets. Also, the
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Jessica
Feb 25, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few books I did not get the opportunity to read before the movie came out, I was so excited to read this book! I waited anxiously for it to come in the mail.

When I started reading, I instantly found myself playing pieces from the movie in my head (one of the reasons I generally tend to avoid movies based on books), yet I pushed on. Then, oh then, surprise! There is so much more to this story than the movie shows us! I loved meeting the characters who played a part in the way that V be
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Thomas Fackler
Jan 27, 2013 Thomas Fackler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novelization of V for Vendetta chronicles the final year of a fascist English regime from the perspectives of Evey Hammond, the orphaned daughter of parents who became political and Inspector Finch, a NorseFire party member and everyday copper trying to solve the mystery of who V is.

The story, through Finch's narrative, tries to pinpoint the where, when, and how of England's immersion and eventual submersion in the fascist political process, but because Finch is distrustful of V's perspecti
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Scott
Apr 18, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and I need to see the movie again sometime (it's been a while). There's the whole idea of rallying against a fascist, oppressive government. The government uses people's fear of others - foreigners, Muslims, gays, etc. that hits a little too close to home. As traditionally oppressed groups are allowed the same rights as the "ruling class", those in power become more and more afraid that they will lose that power. I had a whole diatribe written, but decided to delete it ...more
Justin Sylvia
Mar 04, 2016 Justin Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, not a bad book. Thankfully i had seen the movie a few times before, so i had the ability to envision in my mind where they were in the movie when it came to the book. As far as i can tell, they stuck to the movie material, then again i could be wrong. I kind of wish that the author has maybe chosen a different method of doing diffeeent voices, or at least maybe brought in a co-reader or something, because to be honest i didn't enjoy it when it came to voice Evey's lines. There were time ...more
Joseph Valoren
Sep 16, 2016 Joseph Valoren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So if you've seen the film V for Vendetta, you already know this story. I purchased this book in audio form based on the assumption that it was a novelization of Alan Moore's graphic novel, and while it isn't, it does provide some details that further fill out the plot of the film that are borrowed from its inspiration. The enhancements and clarifications made to the plot of the film are welcome, as is the insight into the internal thoughts of various players in the drama. Moreover, it is about ...more
Carolina
Aug 16, 2013 Carolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's my first time reading a novelization of a movie and I am very pleased. It's very faithful to the movie script but concentrates more in explaining the background of the story and the new order that is present in Britain, for me, someone who watched the movie fisrt, it helped me understand more of the tale as a whole. It doens't have as many dialogues for V as in the movie, and that was a little let down since he is such an interesting and unique character. You can pretty much say this is the ...more
Clarence
Mar 19, 2008 Clarence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first (and so far, only) graphic novel I've read. I read it after having seen the movie, which I liked greatly.

The book was another story, though. I found the illustrations quite unhelpful -- some of the characters I couldn't really tell apart by looking at them. I don't know if it's expected that you give great study to each panel just to be sure who's in it. Had I not been familiar with the basic plot from the movie, I probably wouldn't have followed much of it.

Basically, even dis
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Deyth Banger
Jan 21, 2017 Deyth Banger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Notes:

"1:03:00"

"The truth is so vicious and furious... it's like a world full of poems... even politicians are an examples of sarcasm... joke and laugh... how far can this work get?"

"Poems, one moment they were dragic.... now they are so peaceful... so powerful..."

"So sad movie
....

1:18:43.... a sad story after another and another and another...."

"1:27:15"

"1:43:28

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Chaos...chaos...chaos...chaos...chaos... that's what "V" wants...

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- So far as last thoughts, such killer you haven't saw from v
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“There is a face beneath this mask, but it isn't me. I'm no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.” 282 likes
“His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words—they are perspectives” 10 likes
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