Author: Abi Dare

Narrator: Adjoa Andoh

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Review

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

The Girl with the Louding Voice is the story of a fourteen year old girl fighting for a better life.  All Adunni has ever wanted was an education. Her father sells her off to be the third wife of an older man wanting a son.  Adunni become a servant to a wealthy family after running away.  Adunni is told that she is nothing and keeps fighting for an education to find her “Louding voice”. 

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 Louding Voice.  Chapters start with a fact about Nigeria.  Most of these facts were very surprising to me.

As difficult as it was to read at times, I loved reading about Adunni.  Adunni was very inspiring.  Adunni never stopped fighting after everything she went through.  Adunni tries to help others. She becomes friends with some unlikely people.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Adjoa Andoh.  Her narration really added to the story and I thought she was the perfect voice for Adunni.

I highly recommend everyone read The Girl with the Louding Voice.

About the Author

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 The Girl with the Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018 and was also selected as a finalist in 2018 The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two daughters, who inspired her to write her debut novel.

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