Carole Boston Weatherford
Voice of Freedom
2017 AUDIE FINALIST
"Listeners will enjoy hearing this cute yet cheeky performance by Janina Edwards. Career-driven Alexa gets locked in an elevator with good-looking Dr. Drew when the power goes out. Immediately, they hit it off, and Alexa agrees to be Drew's last minute plus-one at a wedding. But what was a fake date could possibly turn into a real relationship. Edwards fully expresses all the sassiness, boldness, and romance of this story. Her interpretations of the characters' antics are paired with heartfelt moments and saucy scenes that are not overly explicit. This performance is sure to reach a wide audience of romance and chick lit fans." G.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2018]
Jennifer Haupt, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills (2018, Blackstone Audio)
Janina has a flexible voice, suitable to a wide range of styles and characters. A native of Chicago, IL; a longtime resident of Atlanta, GA; and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Acting Program; Janina excels at portraying authentic characters and voices of African Americans, the Bahamian and West African people, in addition to other English speaking cultures.
"I love to narrate audiobooks of all kinds, but my mission is to give a voice to stories, messages, and writers that reflect humanist and vedic (i.e. yogic) principles. Through my work, I want to give voice to the change I want to see in the world (to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi)."
"Berry explores progressive resistance in the time period between FDR's and George W. Bush's presidencies. He articulates the powerful ways social justice movements have pushed their agendas further and refused to abandon advances in human rights. Janina Edwards narrates in a firm, direct voice that also adjusts for the more emotional aspects of the audiobook such as the violence, negligence, and other harm perpetrated upon vulnerable populations. Equally important, Edwards conveys the conviction and the hope of Berry's prose as progressives move from decade to decade, exploring ever-present social tension as they seek recognition and respect for all people. Overall, Berry's work provides a meaningful and important history for those in need of hope and a blueprint for how progressives can continue their fight." L.E. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2018]
Melba Pattillo Beals
March Forward Girl
Opening with a spirited rendition of "This Little Light of Mine," one of Fannie Lou Hamer's favorite hymns, narrator Janina Edwards's lilting performance is immediately entrancing. She authoritatively reads Weatherford's Sibert Honor-winning free verse poems in a style and cadence rich with references to the rural South. Although this is not, technically, a read-along, listeners can easily pick up a copy of the book and follow the text while enjoying its award-winning collage illustrations. This production includes an author's note, read by the narrator, as well as a timeline, source notes, and other resources. This audiobook would make an excellent introduction to the sounds of the Civil Rights movement. S.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2016]