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Hannah's Voice

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  43 reviews
When six-year-old Hannah’s brutal honesty is mistaken for lying, she stops speaking. Her family, her community, and eventually, the entire nation struggle to find meaning in her silence.

School officials suspect abuse. Church members are divided—either she has a message from God or is possessed by a demon. Social workers interrupt an exorcism to wrest Hannah away from her
ebook, 242 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Evolved Publishing (first published January 13th 2013)
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Melissa Storm
This book was incredible! It has the distinct honor of being the second novel that made me cry upon reaching the end. The only other book that did that to me was my all-time favorite, A Prayer for Owen Meany. This book is amazing on every level--the characters, the plot, the religious and political implications and discussions, and the symbolism of pancakes (they're not just for breakfast, you know).

Hannah's Voice easily makes my top three reads of 2012--along with Jellicle Girl by Stevie Mikay
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been mulling this review over in my head for days: every day I have a new approach, a new thought about the story, or a new idea that is the best thing ever about this story. There are so many things to adore about this story, which makes it more difficult to not miss an element. I should start by saying that this book will call to you if you put it down, it demands that you continue on the journey with Hannah, and doesn’t allow you to savor it slowly. Were it not so beautifully written w ...more
Ruth Hill
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I think it is safe to say that this will be unlike any story you have ever read, and this poignant, intriguing story will probably stick with you quite some time after you finish it. It is haunting, thought-provoking, and probably contains more truth about the state of our country and world than we would like to admit.

Let me put out one warning. There is some profanity--some of it rather "hardcore." Let me be honest here. The author used a lot of the profanity in such humorous ways that sometime
Colleen Ray
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why everyone seems to be so enamored with this book. It's ok, but I was often pretty bored throughout the story. Nothing much happens until the last quarter of the book, and it's all written with little emotion. I will say that it accurately portrays many fundamentalist religions as well as extremist social organizations, and colors both as dangerous to the core beliefs on which America was founded. ...more
Lanette Kauten
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All great art should have three essential qualities: It should either entertain or be aesthetic in some way. It should be provocative. And it should be relevant to the culture and preferably with timeless themes. Robb Grindstaff’s HANNAH’S VOICE has all three of these qualities.

Hannah Cross is an honest but precocious six-year-old girl who wants to be believed when she tells the truth, and she doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. She doesn’t get either wish, and over the course of a week she sto
Lynn Worton
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review 6******

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

WOW!! This is an extremely touching story! I loved it!

Hannah is a wonderful character. She is a precocious six year old when the story begins, but picks up again 12 years later.

This is a fantastic story that had me on a roller coaster ride of emotion! I struggled to put this book down, as I was completely hooked with Hannah's tale. Hannah as a 6 year old is sweet and curious. However, due to an event where the trut
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, christian
It's only March but this was one of my best reads of 2013 so far! Hannah is six years old and has stopped talking. Nope she hasn't "lost" her voice she just has decided that no matter what she says nobody is going to believe her or pay her any attention anyhow so why bother? I must say after what this child went thru I can't say I blame her not one bit!

This book scared the crap out of me and it has nothing to do with The Wrath of God or even The Hounds of Hell but the pure stupidity of some folk
J. Leigh
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author took on a challenging topic and with a lot of room for potential offense to readers. He handled it masterfully. I'm a fully committed Christian and I found his descriptions of some of the extreme characters to be humorous and, sadly, accurate on many levels.

This book was deep, beautiful, and it left me feeling as though Hannah would forever be a part of my life. The conclusion is not easy or rushed. The ending left me with a sense of satisfaction mixed with bittersweet emotions for
Matt Sinclair
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hannah's Voice has all the elements of a "best of the year" book: It's an engaging, entertaining story; it has a wonderfully interesting lead character; and it provokes the inquisitive reader to think deeply about what's going on in the story. For less inquisitive readers, the entertainment is still there. As Hannah, who chose at age six to stop talking because no one believed that she was telling the truth, comes of age, she discovers that people will inject their beliefs and opinions into ever ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Silence is Golden…..

Hannah’s Voice is one of my surprise reads of the year. When I read Hannah’s words – “I want the goddamn pancakes.” I knew this was going to be an interesting read. Author Robb Grindstaff’s novel is, despite some controversial subjects, both thought-provoking and enjoyable. Hannah's Voice will stay with you long after reading this book.

I really enjoy discovering new authors to add to my Authors to Read. I highly recommend this book.
Gregg Sapp
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

When I was a kid and wanted to torture my siblings or worry my parents, I used to zip my lip, clam up, and refuse to speak a word. For the small effort of simply holding my tongue, I could drive my entire family to distraction – what was wrong?, what did I want?, why wouldn’t I answer them? As a device for attracting attention, silence was far more effective than begging, arguing, threatening, or throwing a tantrum. It was also just a bit devious.

When the young lead character of Robb Grindstaff
Gloria Bartel
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hannah’s Voice is a poignant coming of age tale about a girl who was forcibly ripped away from her home and her mother when she was a small child. The story follows her through to adulthood as she seeks answers to this tumultuous beginning and searches for her lost mother. Robb Grindstaff writes a surprisingly strong female protagonist with plenty of complexity, tenacity, and faith in God and family, without being overly political or religious, despite the religious and political roots of the st ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We all choose to read books for different reasons, thought perhaps not as extreme a choice as Hannah's silence, choosing what to read can be tough.

The central 'voice' (or in this case lack of one) ties the entire story together brilliantly. Robb Gridstaff is an amazing author working with Evolved Publishing, and you should definitely check out his work. There are many reasons people quit talking, quit engaging and try to take a step back from the world at large.

Sometimes, and I think in the case
Karen Salazar
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story. The writer really knows how to draws you in. Every time you think you figured it out it throws a curve ball.
Marked By Books
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely incredible. Probably the best part about it was how perfectly the author captured Hannah's thoughts at each point in her life: six, sixteen, and eighteen years old. Each age felt so authentic, but still distinctly Hannah the whole way through.

While I liked the later parts of the book the best, I have the say that the thoughts of an inquisitive six year old girl were much more entertaining. Just the things that Hannah noticed and came up with on her own were amazing, but
T.C. Slonaker
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was so riveting and well-written, it should be a classic. The character of Hannah is original because her interactions with almost everyone else in her life never convey what is going on within her. She is completely misunderstood throughout the whole book, and so the reader feels her frustration. Her voice has become an absent secondary character that we miss and long for its return, to save the day by explaining herself.

The beginning of the book is set when Hannah is a six-year-old c
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Things have been going from bad to worse for six-year old Hannah. Her father passed away and her mother's actions are getting stranger. Their church is made up of some serious religious fanatics, and when half the church decides Hannah is demon-possessed and the other half believes she had a vision, all hell breaks loose. Hannah retreats behind a wall of silence until she's unsure if she can't speak, or won't. The officials step in and place Hannah in the foster care system, where she remains fo ...more
AIA  Reviewers
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This story is unique and interesting and I was impressed with the author's ability to capture Hannah's changing age and emotional state throughout the book. She was spunky and broken; a combination not usually depicted. Grindstaff elegantly dealt with the transition from speaking to silence so well that the reader takes it as a natural occurrence. Definitely a difficult feat he accomplished well. My favorite moment was when Hannah's mother tells her she has her fathers teeth and she says "I didn ...more
Heather Payer-Smith
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hannah's life was never really normal. Her father died when she was just a little girl, and her mother suffered from dementia and would always ask Hannah over and over if she had brushed her teeth and cleaned her room. Hannah went to church every Sunday and read the bible every night. She was a good girl who always did was she was asked and who never told a lie.

When a series of events leads to Hannah being blamed for things she did not do, a tragedy looming over her head with fingers pointing i
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of Hannah’s Voice, Hannah is just a little girl who seems to have been given the short end of the stick in life — her loving father dies leaving her only with memories of happy times and a mother who is teetering on the edge of insanity. Everything she says and does seems to be twisted or misunderstood, or, more likely, people are blindly influenced by their own sensitivities to peg her as they see fit. She stops talking because all she really wants to do is fade into the backgr ...more
Ana Popielnicki
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking, powerful message

I don't know where to begin. I told the author (who I have the privilege of knowing "virtually", and who by the way DID NOT request or require a review of this book, which I bought for my reading pleasure) that I had no words. I was speechless, a GOOD speechless, though not like Hannah -- more like because of Hannah. Hers is the most powerful wordless message. Robb manages to convey his main character, Hannah, as amazingly real -- even though she is at the begi
David Litwack
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hannah’s Voice is an original, well-written novel that, like most good books, transcends genre. The main character, Hannah, is a complex and endearing young girl who is struggling to come to terms with a painful past. The story is a little reminiscent of The Secret Life of Bees, as we follow Hannah’s journey of discovery of the good and bad in life. On the way she encounters some who will help, some who would exploit and some who expose her to the more bizarre aspects of humanity.

It’s quite a f
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
3.5 of 5 stars
Six-year-old Hannah stops talking when her honesty is questioned. People in her fundamentalist church either think she's possessed by the devil, or god-like. Flash forward ten years, she's in a foster home and an act of bravery thrusts her into the national spotlight. All Hannah wants to do is find her mother, who she hasn't lived with since age six.
There's lots to like about HANNAH'S VOICE. The beginning chapters sound like a six-year-old would think. Unfortunately, the writer di
M.A. McRae
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a drama that keeps the reader interested throughout. Hannah is the main character, an intelligent person who comes into conflict with some very stupid people. There are so many of the minor characters who have apparently thrown away any attempt at common sense and intelligence in favour of fanatical religion – either Hannah is a Prophet of God or she is a demon who must be killed. Even the child welfare people act stupidly.

Hannah is at the centre of a maelstrom and has never quite under
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am wondering if I just didn't get "Hannah's Voice". I liked the premise of the story, and how the six-year-old Hannah was portrayed. I tried to continue liking the book as it went on into Hannah's college years, but found it difficult to believe, or even care about her. Hannah as a little girl did not like to be noticed. It makes no sense to me why she perpetuated the "myth" of who she was by continuing not to speak. She caused more harm, and more attention to herself, by refusing to speak. An ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hannah's Voice began as an interesting look at a little girl, Hannah, who at age six had more than her share of life's challenges. I feel that I went to church with some of the 'interesting' characters who intervened in the restoration of the voice Hannah lost early in the story. The first third of the book was full of laugh-out-loud moments.

The final two-thirds was much more serious as Hannah dealt with the fallout of the fact that she chose not to speak. I was touched by the good people who cr
Margaret Tidwell
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
I really liked this book. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I truly felt bad for the girl and all that she had to go through. If I had been her I would have stopped talking as well because it didn't matter what she said or did people were twisting what she said and did. I loved the ending and I also loved the person that she turned into even though she had it so rough growing up. She is a person that I could really believe was a living person in today's society. ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-fire
I don't even know where to begin......maybe with 'Pancakes'? From start to finish this story gripped me. It's so difficult to pinpoint how this made me feel. That's all I have. I'm left speechless, in the best way possible. This will be a book I remember for a lifetime and that doesn't happen very often for me. The only thing that bothers me is that I can't read it again as though I never read in the first place. But, I WILL read it again....and again... It's THAT good! ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Robb pens "Hannah's Voice" in a uniquely well written plot that is entertaining and endearing. The main character Hannah I found strong, touching and believable and her voice will follow you after the book is done. A highly recommended must read for all readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A young girl stops speaking and she is alternately seen as a pawn of Satan or a prophet with a message from God. She doesn't think she's either but her life is deeply impacted by the actions of those who want to use her to promote their message. There are a number of biblical and Christian references. ...more
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In addition to a career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and manager, Robb Grindstaff has written fiction most of his life. The newspaper biz has taken him and his family from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, he’s as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas.

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