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Vox

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (875 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of Entertainment Weekly's and SheReads' books to read after The Handmaid's Tale

One of Good Morning America's "Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer"

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women have only 100 to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

©2018 Christina Dalcher (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Julia Whelan brings this realistic, thought-provoking debut to life with heart.... A frighteningly believable story that ends with hope." (AudioFile)

"[An] electrifying debut." (O, Oprah Magazine)

"The real-life parallels will make you shiver." (Cosmopolitan)

Editorial Review

100 Words…is the length of this paragraph!

Vox has a great hook: what if women could speak only 100 words each day? But men and boys aren’t limited *at all*? Well, at the start of the novel, our heroine, Dr. Jean McClellan, is pretty tired from holding in all her thoughts and feelings…and resentful of her own beloved husband and sons. In the tradition of The Handmaid’s Tale, Vox makes dystopia feel contemporary and plausible. Although the novel is a little long, and I disagree with some of Jean’s choices, I enjoyed the performance by Julia Whelan, one of my favorite narrators. She makes every word count! —Christina H., Audible Editor

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Great concept but the end felt rushed

I really enjoyed the concept of this story but the dialogue was unnatural and the end felt like the author just got in a hurry to wrap things up; I don’t want to give it away but- I felt the author should have spent more time with it. Too rushed- so rushed that some things just left me going, “but wait- why did they do that and how did they get from here to there ??”

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Superb narration!

This story hits a llittle too close to home. Narrator is excellent. I read reviews before reading and expected to be disappointed...not at all. Had I been turning pages, I would have been doing so swiftly!!

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Handmaid's Tale Almost

I can't exactly put my finger on why I didn't enjoy this book more, but its was just okay. It feel very Handmaid's Tale, but Marget Atwood is more my style of writing than Christina Dalcher is. I wish I could give 3.5 stars.

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  • Tonya
  • Signal Mountain , TN United States
  • 08-24-18

Disappointed

Gender stereotypes
Cultural stereotypes
Ethnic stereotypes
I wanted to like this book, but I found it too predictable filled with cliches.

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Handmaid wanna be

Story is unrealistic. Limiting women to 100 words per day is pointless. How would a women who is to keep house and raise children function without words? A lot of science in this book which does not seem possible. At least with the handmaid tale the treatment of the citizens of Gilead seems plausible

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I have thought about this book for months

I bought and started listening right off on the release day. Although the middle was less than good, the first and last part made it into my dreams. Every day I am taken back to it if only for a second which makes it highly unique.

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don't waste your time

a mediocre book made downright awful by an incredibly stupid ending. handmaid's tale ripoff. the narrator was pretty good though

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  • Nina
  • California
  • 08-24-18

Deserves less than a star

I almost NEVER write reviews, but I had to tell everyone to not waste your money. As a fan of Handmaid's tale, I really thought I would enjoy the concept of this book. Unfortunately it lacked narrative constancy, a coherent theme and any development in character.

First of all, the hostility towards Christianity and conservatives is so blatantly apparent she will be losing 50% of the population's readership in the first few chapters. It's lack of subtly to even understand Christian theology made it impossible for me to find myself drawn into this world. It seemed so fictional that I found myself laughing in scenes that were supposed to be making a thought-provoking jab at today's Christian culture.

Second, the book has moments where it mentioned women weren't allowed to read anymore yet in other scenes she is reading a bedtime story to her daughter. Other narrative inconsistencies include the mention that the counter bracelets only went on a year ago, yet she talks about counters she has for infants that her daughter had worn (which makes no sense because her daughter is 6 or 7). She is also allowed to go to the doctor to find out whether she is pregnant without her husband's knowledge? Seems like this wouldn't be the case in a world where they aren't supposed to even write. How would she explain why she was there on her 100 words? All the Bible versus she reads are made up as well. This all took me out of the book and made the story lack narrative constancy.

Third, the theme. I started to immediately understand that the book was trying to cover every current political issue in one book which gave me whip lash. If she had decided one main issue to focus and expand on I think the book would have been much more intriguing. Halfway through book I started to realize the bigger theme was that the protagonist was a feminist but had decided to sit on the sidelines instead of fight for what she believed and soon it was too late to fight. I thought this was actually an inspiring idea. Don't sit on the sidelines while the world goes to hell. Unfortunately, the author completely ruined it at the end when she had the protagonist move across seas and decide to stay out of politics for a while. Isn't that how this had all happened before? Because she sat on the sidelines? It made no sense.

Lastly, the book was boring. The author spent too much time describing scenes where she gets mail out of the mailbox and where she puts monkeys back in cages and less with the character's development. She has been having an affair with a man from work but instead of exploring the moment where her husband finds out the truth, the author turns away from that moment. She also added in characters randomly like the Linn's girlfriend. I would have loved to have explored more of how they had broken up because the new government. Lastly, her husband. You think he's weak weasel throughout most of the book and towards the end you find out he actually makes the ultimate sacrifice. The author didn't do a good job transitioning from weasel to hero. It felt forced.

Overall, the book was too long in some parts and too short in others. Besides complete blasphemy on Christianity (can't authors just make up a religion instead of using one that is about love and grace?) it lacks theme, character development and a good ending.

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The Handmaid’s Tale But about our words

Vox was recommended to me by a teacher friend. She told me if I like Handmaid’s Tale, I’d love this. What she described; a dystopia where women are not used for sex or child rearing, but as nearly mute slaves to a patriarchal government... I was in for the whole ride.
The one downside to this book is that it keeps you angry the whole time, which is great when facing injustices and trying to punch Nazis, not great when you’re trying to do mundane tasks like order coffee or clean the house.

Be careful of the ending. It’s... it’s something we have all seen in books done to men, so I like the trope switch... but it still feels like lazy writing, even if it is done pointedly so.

Wonderful book, will be recommending to every woman and man I can talk to.

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Good book, wonderful narration

The average person speaks around 16,000 words per day, whether in protest, love, anger, happiness. So when 1/2 of the country is no longer allowed more than 100 words per day, life in the U.S. changes dramatically. The president, his brother, and his right-hand man decided that the country would be better with old-fashioned ‘values’ such as “men are in charge of everything and women are worth nothing.” So they make the policy to make that happen,

Neurolinguist Dr. Jean McClellan never saw it coming, even though her very vocal, influential activist college roommate warned her that is would certainly happen.

Jean’s argument is that there is no way the country would allow it. There is no way that a group of people can convince an entire country that one group is wrong or worthless. Right? Wrong. Hitler did it.

No longer allowed to work, Jean laments over the fact that she did nothing when she could and now that she cannot she realizes how foolish she was. If she was ever given the chance to do things differently, she certainly would. But exactly how far will she go to change things?

This was a really, really good book. I am a huge dystopian fan, so when I saw this new concept in dystopian, I was immediately interested. The fact that Julia Whelan is the narrator heightened my interest in the book.

Not only is the concept interesting, but I feel that Christina Dalcher did an amazing job of showing how this concept came to be a reality, flashing back to events that led up to the new laws.

She also included the brainwashing of the youth of the country in much the way that Hitler also used young people to teach his propaganda.

While I do not truly believe that we are headed for a dystopian society, I do like thinking about the concept and I do realize that there are people in this world who do actually live in dystopian societies, just maybe with not as much of a sci-fi background. A very scary thought, indeed.

Note: As for the fact that ‘Christians’ are blamed in this book, I, as a Christian, do not believe that Christians are dangerous. I think that there are zealots in any and every group and those people are the dangerous ones.

Julia Whelan who narrates this audiobook is quickly becoming one of my go-to narrators. I have quite a few favorites but love finding new narrators who do such an amazing job of always separating voices in ways that I have no doubt who is speaking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful