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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times best seller

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick!

"Brave, fresh...unforgettable." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A celebration of girls who dare to dream." (Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, an Oprah’s Book Club pick)

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and recommended by The New York Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, Essence, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Electric Literature, Red, Stylist, Daily Kos, Library Journal, The Everygirl, and Read It Forward!

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 path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself - and help other girls like her do the same. 

Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams...and maybe even change the world.

©2020 Abi Daré (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Adunni’s brave, fresh voice powerfully articulates a resounding anger toward Africa’s toxic patriarchy.... Daré draws the reader in with a vivid character whose dire circumstances are contrasted with her natural creativity (she keeps her spirits up by composing comic songs imagining a fabulous future) and her undying will to survive.... Throughout her harrowing coming-of-age journey, told with verve and compassion, Adunni never loses the ‘louding voice’ that makes Daré’s story, and her protagonist, so unforgettable.” (The New York Times Book Review)

"[A] compelling debut." (Ms. Magazine, "Feminist Books Coming out in 2020")

"A heart-warming, enlightening novel... Through the moving story of a girl’s persistent struggle to acquire an education, The Girl with the Louding Voice brings deep, significant issues into focus." (BookPage)

What listeners say about The Girl with the Louding Voice

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I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. it wasn't very exciting

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Story of a young bright girl whose dreams are almost stolen from her. She has the courage of a lion.

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Plight of girls and women in Nigeria. But if voices are raised one by one there is hope. Gripping story. The narrator should get an Oscar. Wow. She brought the author's story to life.

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An inspiring read about hope & belief

“Who knows what else tomorrow will bring? So, I nod my head yes, because it is true, the future is always working, always busy unfolding better things, and even if it doesn’t seem so sometimes, we have hope of it.”

I must point out that each year, an estimated 12 million girls aged under 18 marry against their will. This is just one story...




The Girl With the Lounding Voice is a book about hope and the fierceness of the human spirit.

I first came across this book at the beginning of the year when I was searching for books by African writers that would be coming out in 2020.

And although at the time it didn’t make my ‘Most Anticipated Books of 2020’ list, it truly should have, because it is a gem, it is real, it is sad, it is happy, it is beautiful.

This compelling debut by Abi Dare transported me into Adunni’s life, as I felt her joys and hardships.

The story begins with fourteen-year-old Adunni, a Nigerian girl who lives in a small home with her father and brothers, her month has passed away so naturally, she has taken over the household cleaning and cooking. Before she knows what is going on she’s sold into marriage as wife number three to a man older than her own father.

Her father, who’s concerned more about his well-being and paying the household bills, doesn’t think twice about selling his daughter into marriage, and even enjoys the richness that the sale affords him, right in front of her face.

Still, a virgin, Adunni’s new husband is focused on getting her pregnant, so that she can have a son for him and carry on the business and the family name since none of his other wives have been able to give him one.

Abused and mistreated by the first wife, Adunni runs away only to find herself a slave in a wealthy household suffering all forms of abuse. Despite the life she is given, Adunni is determined to live out her dreams of going to school and becoming a teacher one day. And her perseverance is what makes the story so compelling.

I loved this book. It was so well written and the themes of classism and sexism in Nigeria engulf the story and make you think about the millions of girls like Adunni that have no way out and very little options.

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  • Michelle
  • 2020-03-09

A must HEAR!

Reading this book would be great, but it won’t do it justice. Listening to this story being told with the Nigerian accent and way of speaking is what gives this story LIFE! I cried, I smiled, and I was filled with joy.

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  • Tia Briggs-Sawyer
  • 2020-03-03

Beautiful from beginning to end!

I don’t write reviews, but THIS is necessary. The performance is Oscar worthy. This story is beautiful and sad and powerful and necessary. I loved every minute of this, and was so sad when it ended. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book.

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  • JoAnne Auger
  • 2020-09-12

Narration enhances a beautiful important story!

One of the best audible books I have listened to! The story transports the reader to Nigeria, immerses you in a culture both rich and beautiful, as well as achingly sad and surprising in its treatment of women and girls. I learned Nigerian facts through the eyes and “louding” voice of one of the pluckiest and most persistent heroines I have read in a long time. The narration raises the story to another level, allowing the reader to really hear the sweet, but strong voice of courage. I was swept away and inspired by The Girl with the Louding Voice!

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  • Paulette J. Lindberg
  • 2020-03-03

This book held my thoughts and attention for every second of listening to it. The reader was outstanding. The story very real❤️

This book held my attention and thoughts even when I had it turned it off. I found myself drawn into after the opening words were spoken. I now sit here wondering what is the future for this girl.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-29

Loved it!

Enjoyed it as much as The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-14

Engaging.

Very nice story line and very engaging. The narrator tried her best in narrating the story. My only complain is that it would have been better to have the story narrated by a Nigerian, than having a Ghanaian do so. Overall, very good work by Abi.

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  • Sheila Gallagher
  • 2020-02-28

Painful story

I knew I would have trouble with this story as it is painful. I had the printed book but could not get into it so I bought the audiobook. I am glad I did. The narrator is fantastic. Since the book is written in dialect I was having trouble getting into it. Hearing it read improved it. I loved the cadence of the narrator's voice. I also loved the emphasis put on certain parts especially at the end. The singing was also good. Being able to read and listen at the same time enhanced the story.

I loved Adunni and Ms. Tia. Both work for the betterment of women's lives in Nigeria though in different ways. Adunni by not shutting her mouth when she has questions or feels she must be heard. Ms. Tia by helping Adunni get out of her current situation and, unfortunately, after experiencing what too many women go through because of superstitions, having her eyes opened to see where she can now help. This book is painful because it shows how devalued women are. It was hard to read because of that but it does end on a happy and hopeful note. Adunni's future looks bright as does Ms. Tia's. Worth the read and listen.

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  • Nikki
  • 2020-02-29

Beautiful story and performance

I could not stop listening to the book. It is so beautifully written and the narrator pulls you in with her wonderful voice and performance. Highly recommended.

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  • KB Kutney
  • 2020-02-18

Everything is perfect.

I am truly so very happy this book exists. I cried, smiled, cried more, and I know I'll never forget Adunni and all the brilliant girls trying to find their own louding voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-27

Amazing

Narration was awesome, i now look forward to seeing what adjoa andoh does next. Purely amazing story told in a hilarious joyful way

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