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I read this book along with a few other books by Baker in college and I was excited to revisit it on audio. I remember how I liked it for its taboo theme when I was younger and I still like the concept. However, the book is a little out of date (with the age of the Internet and cell phones), but still interesting. I am unsure about the performance of Mr. Boyett and Ms. Zackman, but I got used to their style by the end. Not my favorite performance so far, but still worth checking out. Be warned: This s a very adult-themed book.
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I know a lot of people know of VOX because of Clinton and Lewinsky. Sadly, I found this book looking for in intellectual "fix". I have been listening and reading erotica on a regular basis and could not find something new or something that would catch my attention. This was it. I should warn some younger audiences that this was copyrighted 1993. If you do not know what a VHS tape or a party line is, you might be slightly lost. After reading the synopsis I decided to go with the audio version. I normally READ erotica or hard core romances, but the give and take of between Jim and Abby (wonderfully narrated by Mark Boyett and Gabra Zackman) screamed that this should be in audio. You are transported into a nearly five hour block of time where two people agreed to take their partyline conversation private. As you listen to the conversation you are immersed into a connection of two people who are seeking that "something" painfully missing from their day-to-day and you will begin to panic when you realize the fanatical might be broken by the threat of reality. (Luckily Jim convincingly pleads to keep the connection going) There are conversation about work, food, books, and the something that has escaped them up until now. There are conversations about fantasies and realities. All these conversations are yours to witness from the shadows. I've never been a "voyeur" but having the fly-on-the-wall perspective was very interesting. I'm not sure if I will look into anything else from Nicholson Baker, but after listening to VOX (for the fourth time) I'm a huge fan of Jim and Abby and this story.
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