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Publisher's 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.

©2020 ADLC Limited (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Best book for 2020

This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review and encourage potential readers to choose this extraordinary book to read. The storyline, the characters and the way it’s told all rolled into a magical experience!

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Brilliant story and narrator!

What a beautifully read and beautiful story, highlighting the reality of being an african woman in a patriarchal society. We need more voices like Abi Daré's!

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Absolutely Incredible

I enjoyed meeting this character Adunni, this beautiful story shows how a young girl beats the odds life presented to her and moves on to find her self a better life, the path leading to fulfilling her dream of having a voice in the society which she calls a Louding Voice is rough. Child Marriage, the importance of girl child education, domestic abuse and stereotypes women face in the society all form part of the discuss. Adunni shows so much persistence, hoped against all hope and pushed until she achieved her goal. Adunni is an amazing character, she's funny, bold and daring making this book so hilarious yet you simply can't miss the point. I loved this book and would be doing a video review on my YouTube channel - PAGES Highlights. The performance was not so perfect as the accent was clearly Ghanian and not Nigerian, many of the Nigerian words and names were not properly pronounced, however the performer did amazing in portraying Adunni 's emotions at different times. This book definitely deserves my five 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • JB
  • 08-29-21

Mediocre story, not helped by audio version

I initially got the written version of this book and when I saw that it was written in pidgin, I felt that getting the audiobook would be a good way to get into the flow of the story. I was wrong.
The story itself is not anything new. It feels like a collection of every cliché storline from primary school composition books. Abi Dare's writing isn't actually bad, there just isn't anything fresh about the story. However, I found that I struggled to like the lead character. I imagine the writer thinks of Adunni as outspoken, and curious and motivated, but under Adjoa Andoh's reading, she just comes off as annoying, overdramatic and whiny. I had literal eye-roll moments, and would have to stop listening. I kept wanting to let go of the book, but the fact that it has such high reviews and I had spent on both the kindle and audible version kept me going.
At some point, I started listening at 2x speed, just so that I could get to the end of the book.
A couple of days ago, I switched back to the written book, and to my surprise, found out that while the audio is 12 hours long, the book itself is only 200 pages. I also discovered that without Adjoa Andoh's performance, Adonni becomes much easier to consume.
I found the last couple of chapters very nice, and was surprised to find that by the time I finished the book, I was actually reconciled with the writing, and hoping that Abi Dare will put out another book. I think now that the obvious stories are out of the way, she can become a force to reckon with.
Not a bad book, but really wouldn't recommend the audio version.

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Amazing & exceptional listen! 10 stars.

I seldom write reviews on Audible, but this book, so well-written by Abi Daré, was enjoyable from the first sentence to the last. I enjoyed every minute of the journey with Adduni. Adjoa Andoh is THE BEST narrator I have come across in my years of listening to Audible productions. I was instantly transported to Ikati and Big Madame's compound. This book is excellent and highly recommended.

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Africa has great stories...

wow, what a wonderful book , the emotions I felt while reading , I could image myself at this village , I could have easy been this girl. .... I know somewhere in the world , some of these things are still practiced

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Wow! Made me laugh and cry

What a beautifully written story that is relatable to all of us living in developing countries, as child brides and female servitude continues! Highly recommend

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Simply the best audiobook I have ever listened to.

I cannot begin to describe this book and do it justice. I cried, I laughed, I mourned, I rejoiced.

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A compelling story

I could not put this story down. I found every opportunity to listen to it. It is charmingly narrated and it is this narration that draws you into Adoni's life and makes you experience it.

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It grows on you

It was tough to listen to at the beginning but the story keeps you glued. Loved it.

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  • O.
  • 03-22-20

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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  • R O N UMUNNA
  • 01-14-21

Horrendous Narration - couldn’t you find a Nigerian narrator?

This audiobook was RUINED by the narration. The narrator is Ghanaian. Her accent, to my Nigerian ears, was PAINFUL to listen to. Painful and distracting. So many mispronunciations.

It’s akin to getting a Scottish narrator to narrate the accent of an English character.

Not all West Africans sound alike. It’s atrocious. Please fix it.

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  • Sadie Thatcher
  • 07-02-20

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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  • stella
  • 06-09-20

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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  • FT
  • 08-24-20

Compulsive listening

The best performance on audible I’ve ever heard. This book is written in pigeon English and the narration was extraordinarily good at bringing it to life, conveying emotion and characterising different voices. And it’s a wonderful book.

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  • Remy
  • 08-11-20

Super Duper Read

I couldn't put it down until I got to the end. There was no dull moment. Hilarious and revealing. A true reflection of untold true life stories. Highly recommended read.

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  • ADonohoe
  • 10-28-20

The audio version is incredible!

The audio version brings the book to life and helps with the character development in the minds of the listener!

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  • Holly Ashton
  • 11-02-20

Heartwarming and Uplifting

A beautifully written story of struggle and hope and read wonderfully by Adjoa Andoh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-25-21

Great story, narration not so there

Great story - I was rooting for Adunni through out. She has to be one of my favourite protagonists. The narration was interesting - the narrator had a way of capturing the essence of the story definitely. However, the narrator's pronunciations of Yoruba and Nigerian words really threw me off. Each mispronunciation (and there were quite a few) affected my overall appreciation for the narration.

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  • AvidReader
  • 11-11-20

Beautiful developed and powerfully told

This is not just any story, it is a powerful story with the strongest characters whom we get to know over time. It is a story about resilience, monetary wealth versus character wealth. It is a story about moral poverty versus moral riches. It is a story that take the reader along, routing and hoping as we get to dream along with the characters for a better future.

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  • Layla Sacker
  • 06-11-20

Plunged me into her world.

The narration was probably one of the best I have heard and did justice to this beautifully written narrative. I was at all times totally immersed in the world of "the girl with the Louding voice" sometimes holding my breath in anxiety for her as she shared her often harrowing experiences. I wanted so much for her to have happiness and the odds against it were so great. Brilliant

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  • Janet
  • 03-10-20

Beautifully written smiled at so many incredible descriptions A total marvel of words on a page

So so sad it finished
An exceptional work with an amazing narrator
When is the next book please

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  • Sophie Sturgess
  • 11-24-20

A beautiful book!

This is hands down my favourite book of 2020. It captured my attention from the very start. I fell in love with Adunni- I cried for her, laughed for her and felt genuine joy for her.
All the characters were so fleshed out, and the narrator was so fantastic, it was obvious who was talking just from the voices.
This is a book I wish I could experience for the first time over and over again!
100% recommend everyone read this.

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  • Karena Dalla Rosa
  • 09-26-20

Brilliant

I listen to so many audio books and I rate this as one of the best! Do yourself a favour, and immerse yourself in this magnificent book.

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  • Lesley
  • 08-25-20

A book (and a Louding voice) that must be heard!

This was a fabulous book, and given even more vivid life through the marvellous narration. I will be recommending this one to all my friends.

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  • krispyp
  • 04-05-20

Incredible Story

Loved it! What a performance from Adjoa. Very engaging and touching story of a young girl and her life. Very ensuring.

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  • Judith
  • 03-06-21

A superb book.

A wonderful story, both beautifully narrated and written. A completely different “coming of age story”, set in Nigeria, in 2014. I especially recommend the story to younger women. In one word, inspirational.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

A MUST READ

Brilliant in every way. The contrast between living standards in one country cannot be more vividly portrayed than this book. Who knew you could mourn for a book because it has finished.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-21

Beautiful story of hope

I cried for much of it but couldn't stop listening. well written and well narrated. Adouni, what a beautiful soul.

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  • Sheila Chelashaw
  • 11-01-21

Excellent

Favorite book this year. Thoughly enjoyed it and the narrator does a great job telling the story.