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The Girl with the Louding Voice

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  42,434 ratings  ·  5,542 reviews
The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her p
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Dutton Books
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Ann Schaffer The audio book is absolutely beautiful to listen to. The narrator has a Nigerian accent that is easy to understand and is expressive in ways that high…moreThe audio book is absolutely beautiful to listen to. The narrator has a Nigerian accent that is easy to understand and is expressive in ways that highlight Audinni's personality. I can still hear her in my head, even after I have listened to a couple other books since finishing "The Girl with the Louding Voice."(less)
Rebecca Milos Yes, I feel that it's completely appropriate for teens to read. I would recommend it for high school juniors/seniors. …moreYes, I feel that it's completely appropriate for teens to read. I would recommend it for high school juniors/seniors. (less)

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_ngallagher
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was SO GOOD!!!! It was so heartbreaking at points but the writing !! The relationships !! The drama !! The perseverance !!!!!!! Incredible!!!
Nursebookie
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Courageous!
Compelling!
Fearless!

I loved this book so much I could not stop talking about this and recommending this book! I haven’t read a book like this since forever and what a powerful and emotional read this was for me.

What an amazing debut novel by Abi Dare whose writing transported me to Adunni’s life, struggles, misfortunes and triumph as well. I loved reading the book in its colloquial voice of Adunni, a fourteen year old Nigerian girl, who was
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JanB
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
“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.”

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who wants nothing more than to go to school and become a teacher. Her mother is the one who encourages her to find not just her voice, but her “louding voice”. But, when her mother dies, Adunni is sold by her father to a much older man to be his third wife.

What follows is a l
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
**** Nominated for best debut fiction, it should’ve won it’s that good***

After reading so many rave reviews for this book I just had to get the audiobook. WOW is all I can say!! This book touched me in so many ways, I felt laughter, love, fear, betrayal, anguish and finally triumph! I don’t always write reviews on audiobooks that I receive from my library but this book is spectacular and not to be missed.

Adunni is a 14 y/o Nigerian woman who has recently lost her mother, who was her best friend
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Michelle
5 stars!!

This is immediately going on my best of 2020 list. There is so much to hold on to and talk about with this very special book. I found myself bereft of all hope as I read about Adunni's life, yet she continually amazed me. It opens with Adunni learning she will soon be married to a man older than her father, where she will become the third wife in her new home. To think that this practice still exists today all over the world! All Adunni wanted was to go to school and earn an education.
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Girl with the Louding Voice is a powerfully unforgettable story about an extraordinary 14-year-old Nigerian girl’s journey in finding her louding voice to use it to do better, do more. To fight for her choice for a future not only for herself but to help other girls in Nigeria who must obey their fathers and are defined by their marriages find theirs. I loved everything about Adunni and her story, and she is a character to admire.

“I want to enter a room, and people will hear me even before I
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, outstanding, heartfelt, powerful, inspirational!

Dear Abi Dare helped us to hear fourteen years old Adunni’s voice perfectly loud and clear with her lyrical portraits and her special unique story telling skills!
We hear Adunni’s voice not only with our ears but also with our entire six senses, with our hearts and our souls! She leaves indelible and remarkable imprint on your soul! You cry and you smile each time you remember her story!
This is one of the most powerful, thought provoki
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Elyse  Walters
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook....read by Adjoa Andoh....(Library overdrive),
And....
synced with the ebook that I own.

“The Girl With Louding Voice”, deserves to win every award it’s nominated for!!!!

Why are the women in Nigeria suffering so much more than the men? WHY????

My heart was heavy—
taking in so much sorrow, and pain.

I was crying and laughing at the same time....towards the end.... a complete emotional mess.
My god.... this novel is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Love the song at the end....but tears took awhile to stop.

It’
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Jenna
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful debut novel!

Once again I judged a book by its cover and once again, doing so did not disappoint. The main character, our narrator, is every bit as bold and brilliant as the colours on this cover, leaping out from the page as soon as she starts to speak and tell her story.

One of the criteria of a good writer is the ability to make us feel for their characters. Be it positive or negative, we become emotionally involved in their lives. Almost from the beginning of The Girl with the Loud
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books, i-own
This was heartbreaking, beautiful, and raw— all wrapped around tightly around my heart. So powerful and enduring. I loved it so, so much. One of the best debuts I've ever read. More please Abi Daré!!!!

4.5 STARS
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Larry H
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abi Daré's The Girl with the Louding Voice lives up to all the hype and praise, and then some!!

Adunni is a 14-year-old girl growing up poor in Nigeria. Her mother recognized Adunni’s intelligence and fought for her to get an education, but that ended when she died. Regardless of what she wants from her future, because of their poverty, her father sells her into marriage as the third wife of an old man desperate for male children.

“My mama say education will give me a voice. I want more than j
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Faith
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Adunni is a 14 year old Nigerian girl who has had limited educational opportunities, but she has always wanted to become a teacher. Her opportunities shrink even more when her father sells her to an old man to become his third wife. Her job is to produce a son for him. Following a frightening experience, she runs away and a man claiming to be helping her turns her over to a wealthy couple to work as their maid. She gets no wages, is regularly beaten by the wife and sexually threatened by the hus ...more
Lucy Langford
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Not his-story... My own will be called her-story. Adunni’s story.”

4****

This book was stunning and impactful. It follows 14 year old Adunni, all she wants is an education and to become a teacher, yet she is taken out of school. When her father announces that she is to be married to a much older man as his third wife, with the expectancy for Adunni to deliver the mans son and heir, her dreams feel further away. When tragedy happens, Adunni must run away to a life of slavery and servitude in the c
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Gumble's Yard
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-ntb, 2020
I want to tell her that God is not a cement building of stones and sand. That God is not for all putting inside a house and locking Him there. I want her to know that the only way to know if a person find God and keep him in their heart is to check how the person is treating other people, if he treats people like Jesus says – with love, patience, kindness and forgiving


This book won the 2018 Bath Novel award for debut writers.

The judges citation for that award, given by the literary agent F
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Mena
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Soooooo..



The plot really wasn't all that. Maybe because I am Nigerian and have heard the story of the girl who really wants to go to school but is forced into an early marriage way too many times and have become indifferent toward it.

But the real problem with book for me was the writing.

The main character, Adunni is semi-literate. She's only had a few years of school, and her command of the English language is seriously lacking. Which makes sense because English isn't her first language. The sto
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

I loved The Girl with the Louding Voice. This is a very unique and important story. Adunni has an extremely difficult life but continues to fight for a better life every day. The amount of struggles and hardships Adunni faces was very heart breaking and eye opening. Many of Adunni’s struggles are not common problems in the United States where I live. I learned a lot about Nigeria from reading The Girl with the Lo
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Jeanette (Again)
Today is publication day for this book. Congratulations, Abi Dare!

This novel won the Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018. In this interview Abi Dare shares a little about the story and her writing process:
https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2018/09/...

4.5 stars

When we think of a coming-of-age story, we usually imagine a sweet, gradual awakening from adolescence into adulthood. There are bumps and bruises and broken hearts along the way, but it's all just part of growing up. Adunni is
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Michelle
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotional; Heart-Breaking.

One of my top reads this year!

Phenomenal and incredibly original!

Abi Dare, you captured my heart and ran with it...

Oh, Adunni. Just thinking of this poor, sweet innocent child leaves me with a heaviness in my chest and tears in my eyes. I haven’t felt such love for a character since Kya in “Where The Crawdads Sing.” While I know that she is a fictional person my heart bleeds knowing that incidences and circumstances such as those detailed in this story are happening ev
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Michelle
4.5 stars
"I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking."

I first came across this book in an article written in Daily Kos challenging readers to read 52 books by women of color over the course of the year. I fell in love with the cover. I fell in love with the description. Once I started reading I fell in love with Adunni and her spirit.

The Girl With the Louding Voice is a coming of age story
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NILTON TEIXEIRA
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting and very upsetting reading.
The storyline is simply terrific,
But I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the author had limited the vernacular to the dialogues only. I understand that the intention was to create a feel of authenticity, but I thought that the broken English was too distracting, especially for someone who does not have English as a first language.
I do think that this works a lot better as an audiobook (I did order the audiobook format from the library, as
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Laura • lauralovestoread
So I’m speechless after reading The Girl With The Louding Voice over the weekend. This was one of those books that I could have easily binge read in one sitting, but I wanted to soak in the story of Adunni.

After a few 5 star reviews started flooding my feed, I was excited to read this debut novel, but I had no idea that I would immerse myself so fully into the story.

I was so drawn to Adunni’s powerful spirit, despite the fact that she is sold into a marriage at the age of 14, living in a village
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Elena L.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[4,5/5 stars]

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE centers around the life of Adunni - a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who doesn't want to follow the destiny of all the Nigerian girls and desires to choose her own future.

The first chapter already had me infuriated! I found myself helpless in front of the cultural imposition - Abi Dare does a fantastic job tackling issues of sexism, marriage, parenting, futility, negativity of a patriarchal society and women's inequality. Having read a great amount o
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Lisa
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
[4+] I have been wary of this book for a while - precisely because of the enthusiastic accolades touting it as heartwarming and inspiring. I feared it would be a sentimental, predictable "girl makes good" story. But no. Daré has beautifully captured 14-year-old Adunni - impulsive, emotional, dreamy, brave. She never feels like a vehicle created to shine the light on the social injustices around her (although that is brilliantly accomplished) - but is a believable, imperfect, irresistible adolesc ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing....14 year old Nigerian girl who wants to have a voice. This was a wonderful book journey; heartbreaking and hopeful...a must read! Full review to come on https://booknationbyjen.com. ...more
Kathleen
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this, but I wasn't blown away. The author creates very vivid characters and used the foreign vernacular successfully enough that it planted me right into the setting. Although that vernacular was awkward to read at first, and I did wonder whether I could read an entire book of it, there was a rhythm I was able to pick up on. I think the author has a very strong message that wasn't necessarily successfully communicated through what was written. While I did get an understanding of the plig ...more
Carolyn
This is definitely my book of the year. What a voice Abi Daré gives to her heroine Adunni. What a spirit resides in that girl, courageous and indomitable, waiting to burst out if only given a chance to use her "louding voice" to make others sit up and notice her.

Adunni is fourteen when her mother dies. Despite living in a small Nigerian village where girls are expected to marry early and raise children, Adunni's mother believed girls should be educated and makes her husband promise he will allow
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Carmel Hanes
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I enjoy about young children is their creative use of language in expressing a limited understanding of complex concepts. It's watching their skill with language change as their bodies and minds grow and evolve. It reminds me of the need to climb from their word choice into their perspective, in order to understand their view. This novel was just such a climb.

If you hate unusual language in a book, you probably will not enjoy this one. The title gives you a taste--what in the w
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MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
When I read a book as powerful as this one, it makes me really think about all the things we take for granted...

Abi Dare is definitely going to be an author to watch. Her debut novel about a young Nigerian girl trapped in a world of poverty had me breathless and my heart racing. When her mother passes away, 14 year old Adunni is sold by her father to be the "3rd wife" of a man who is looking for a young girl to give him an heir. While in his house she is abused by the man's "first wife"and when
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Kathleen
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Adunni lost her mother to illness. And shortly afterward, her father married her off to an old man to become his third wife. Now she is a housemaid for a wealthy, demanding gorgon. But Adunni has dreams! She wants to go to school, become educated, and eventually teach. Daré’s debut novel follows Adunni’s journey towards achieving this lofty goal. Along the way, this delightful, spirited girl will steal your heart.

Daré’s novel exposes the social ills in Nigerian culture—the issu
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Kayla Garcia
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It may be bold to say, but this is the best book I’ve ever read. This is a masterfully-crafted combination of flawless literary fiction and astounding cultural statistics.

❝I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I am helping.❞

I’ve said this before, and I firmly believe
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Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for eighteen years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London. The Girl with the Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018 an
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“I want to tell her that God is not a cement building of stones and sand. That God is not for all that putting inside a house and locking Him there. I want her to know that the only way to know if a person find God and keep Him in their heart is to check how the person is treating other people, if he treats people like Jesus says--with love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness.” 19 likes
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