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The Girl with the Louding Voice

By: Abi Daré
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Mama say: "Your schooling is your voice, child.

It will be speaking for you even if you didn't open your mouth to talk.

It will be speaking till the day God is calling you come."

That day, I tell myself that even if I am not getting anything in this life,

I will go to school and become Teacher.

Because I don't just want to be having any kind voice....

I want a louding voice.

14-year-old Adunni has a dream: to be educated. But her father needs her bride-price, so sells his daughter to an older man, who demands she give him the fine boy-children his first two wives have failed to produce.

When things go tragically wrong, Adunni flees to Lagos. It's what she has always wanted, to leave Ikati and see the world, and though her heart is full of sorrow for her lost family and the shame she has left behind, still Adunni will not be quiet and do as she's told.

Sold again as a housemaid to a successful businesswoman, she continues to question all she sees: why Big Madam, in her big house, has a cage of sadness round her soul; what happened to Rebecca, the girl who worked in her place before; and whether it is possible, when you are born into a life of no money and plenty suffering, to become a somebody of value.

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  • 22-03-20

Uplifting Story

Disclaimer, I have met the author. Having said that, it is a wonderful book. Being a man, I take umbrage at this book being in my humble opinion biased towards women. As every man in this book is flawed bordering on evil, with the exception of one. Being a Nigerian, I am aggrieved by the fact the only decent non-exploitative Nigerian is UK educated and influenced. The attitudes of our once colonial masters give the impression they continue to be our social betters.
My grievances aside the story is told with heart warming simplicity from the illiterate Adunni’s standpoint. The tale is at once harrowing,disheartening in places and uplifting in most, a veritable emotional kaleidoscope, which is just unexpectedly thrilling. You find yourself rooting for Adunni’s indomitable spirit and in so doing your heart and mind are opened to her cry not just for herself but for others like her to be human, to express their self-worth, to have their Louding voices heard and for there to be a different approach to their treatment. Adunni’s voice from the pages resonates clear and loud.

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Best book of 2020

I loved this story. I couldn't stop listening. It is easily up there in my top 10 reads of all time. Amazing narrartion that captured every emotion!!!

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Never read a book so powerful

What a beautiful read. I would forever hear Adunni's voice in my mind, speaking and urging me to live free and let my voice be loud and heard in any room I enter into. Thank you for this beautiful masterpiece. The narration was done so well. kudos

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Powerful.

One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read! Adunni is such a strong character and her story is so full of depth. I learned a lot about Nigeria and there were so many layers to this book. Well done Abi Daré.

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Heartbreaking and beautiful

I loved this book..the story is heartbreaking and hopful . Beautifully written. One to remember.

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This book was everything! Did not want it to end!

I was reading some negative reviews about the narrator but to me it was perfect. Maybe as a non Nigerian it is difficult to spot mistakes Nigerians would.

The story was captivating, relatable, honest, funny and was touching on so many things many of us know of. This was my first book from Abi Dare and I'm a fan now. Her story telling is amazing! Best book of 2020 for me.

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  • Wayne Phillips
  • 06-07-20

Best narration and true African voice

Africa and its determined women are the true success of this Continent. Long may their Louding voices by heard until all of it's people are free.

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  • Shirley
  • 10-06-20

Very interesting

The book was truly captivating but I was left hanging with some characters like khadijah and rebecca

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  • 08-06-20

Captivating

Loved every moment. Absolutely brilliant story telling! I need more, so I do hope the author has plans to continue this story

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  • Cheryl Ann St louis
  • 19-04-20

taps into your emotions .

the narrator brought the story to life made the reader feel all the imagery ,sound, pain. this was. memorable story

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  • EssieE
  • 05-04-20

A Story of Hope, Courage, and Compassion

The tone reminds one of The Palm Wine Drinkard of a half a century ago. It is gratifying to see a main character evolved out of a housemaid starting from a backdrop of poverty. Much of the opportunities available to people determined to walk out of poverty present very hard choices: marriage as a third wife, hard choices between loyalty and obeying society norms, and use preferred assistance in human trafficking. A very good novel told extremely well.