Even When Your Voice Shakes by Ruby Yayra Goka, Read by Adjoa Andoh
Powerful YA listening from a Golden Voice
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Golden Voice narrator Adjoa Andoh’s lilting accents and rich voice add to the sensory details of Ruby Yayra Goka’s novel, Even When Your Voice Shakes. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this moving young adult audiobook set in Ghana. Andoh’s reading of this first-person story projects a sense of drama that increases during the dialogue. Sixteen-year-old Amerley has always been responsible for her siblings, and so she takes on an unwelcome job to help support her family. Then she’s assaulted on her job, and pressured to keep quiet. Eventually, she does speak up—even when her voice shakes. A powerful story with a convincing heroine, and a view of Ghana seldom seen in the US.
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