Audiobook Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher


3 disco balls

Published: August 21, 2018 by Penguin Random House Audio @PRHAudio
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hours, 27 minutes
Category: Fiction, Sci-fi, Dystopian

Julia Whelan is a brilliant narrator. She keeps you engaged in an audiobook and I was not disappointed in her performance of Vox by Christina Dalcher.

I started Vox last week when it felt like women were truly being silenced. We didn’t have bracelets limiting our words to 100 a day, but it felt as if only 100 words a day (if that) were being listened too. It was a heart pumping, blood boiling experience. This book makes you think and it scares you. Although I gave it 3 disco balls (for reasons I will delve into shortly), it’s a read that all should partake in: a fruitful discussion will certainly be had.

Goodreads Synopsis: 3.7 average rating
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 sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.
But this is not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

Why 3 disco balls? I won’t give any plot points away, but will say that I found myself not liking our heroine, Jean, at times (well with one specific situation). The first half of the book was very captivating and I couldn’t stop listening, but then it lost steam. The flow of second half of the book lost momentum and I felt I might have missed key plot points and had no idea how we got from one situation to the next. I also wanted more from the ending.

The book was an intriguing concept and would make a good book club read.

Have you read/listened to Vox? Do tell!

Thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for providing me a free copy of this audiobook through their Volumes app, in exchange for my honest review.


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21 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

  1. Brilliant review and I am glad for your honesty. I really struggle when I don’t much like the main characters and it is so disappointing when you get into a book and it loses momentum.


  2. Great honest review Nikki, I’ve been seeing this book a lot around lately on the internet. I am really sorry this book really didn’t work out for you I hope your next read is a much better one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post my friend.

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  3. On my TBR. The premise sounds good. Sorry to hear that the MC was a bit ish though. Glad that you mentioned that this would be a great book-club pick. I will recommend it to my book-club. Great review!

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