FOR I WAS HERE
Narrator Jorjeana Marie's wide range of shifting reactions gives a convincing picture of 18-year-old Cody, who learns that her best friend, Meg, has committed suicide. Could there be any situation that provokes a more complex tangle of emotions? Marie provides subtle shadings throughout. Cody's grief and sorrow are tinged with warm memories that suddenly give way to a reproachful tone, then disgust at the town's endless eulogizing and guilt at her own lack of awareness of her friend's pain. While Cody's outward expression seems snarky, listeners are privy to the anger that fuels her search for the person who aided Meg in her suicide as well as her fear of that confrontation, her torment at discovering first love with a boy she holds partially responsible for Meg's death, and her unremitting need to forgive herself. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2015]
FOR THAT NIGHT
Expertly portrayed by narrator Jorjeana Marie, Toni Murphy tells her life’s story through a series of flashbacks that go back to the year 1996. As she graduates from high school, Toni is convicted of murdering her sister, Nicole. Now, after having served 15 years, she’s out on parole and desperate to avoid any trouble. Marie adds reality and substance to the circle of girls who bully Toni in school, deftly building the tension in this psychological suspense. Her voice gives personality to Toni’s character, and her pacing, tone, and dialogue are spot-on. Even the male character voices are well done. Overall, Marie heightens the emotional scenes, including the surprising conclusion, which reveals who really murdered Nicole. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2014]
SCREAM HORROR MAGAZINE
FOR THE GIRL IN 6E
The first person point of view is superb, hearing the twisted thoughts of Deanne through the voice of Jorjeana Marie (I’m gonna search out more from her) was darkly funny in places, hot hot hot in others and the icing on the cake, some disturbingly brutal bloodshed. You have to laugh at her inner thoughts of murderous intent when interacting with anyone she meets.
ADOLESCENT AUDIO ADVENTURES
FOR THE NANCY DREW DIARIES
Jorjeana Marie returns to read Strangers on a Train. Again, her voice fit very well with Nancy Drew and the other characters. She is very believable as a teen/young adult and her voice is enjoyable. Her character voices are maintained well from book one to book two. I would listen to her again.
Some nice words...
"The audiobook of I Was Here was narrated by Jorjeana Marie, who I thought did a phenomenal job. I liked Jorjeana Marie's voice right from the start, but it was her treatment of male characters that really won me over. Her narration has an effortlessness that I really appreciated, especially when it came to characters like Ben. You can tell she's speaking as a guy, but it doesn't sound silly or overdone. This is so, so important to me because I'm often really distracted by things like that. I alsoloved when she read lines in which Cody or another character was especially emotional. There is this one passage in particular, where Cody is near tears, when Jorjeana's voice so perfectly captured that. The only downside is that, when I hear tears in someone's voice, I start to cry, too! I loved Jorjeana's narration so much that I ended up looking into other books she's narrated, 21 of which are YA. I immediately purchased three - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Some Quiet Place, and Liv, Forever - and I fully intend to pick up a few more!"
-The Hiding Spot
"Narrator Marie is adept in presenting this powerful story. Jam’s English boyfriend’s voice is described as having a “scrape” to it...Marie gives Jam a youthful, buzzy edge; an elegant, elderly teacher has a creak to her voice that fits her age; and Jam’s little brother has a slightly squeaky tone. Marie’s choices are all true to the characters and are performed with seemingly no effort. Wolitzer’s book is a carefully crafted, heart-wrenching description of mental illness, and Marie underplays Jam’s affliction so that when the big reveal happens, listeners are taken by surprise."
“Narrators Jorjeana Marie and Jesse Bernstein flawlessly convey the alternating chapters in this outstanding YA novel.”
“I kind of marathon listened to this book. The narrators are MacLeod Andrews and Jorjeana Marie. I’ve never heard Jorjeana Marie’s narration before but she did so well with this audiobook of The Boy Most Likely To that I want to check out her body of work. Of course if you like narrators who embody their characters and the book without sounding like weirdos, these narrators fit the bill. If you’re in a time crunch but desperate for some Huntley Fitzpatrick writing in your life GET THIS AUDIOBOOK."
“As narrator, Jorjeana Marie renders Jam’s haunting vulnerability, and as her past slowly unfolds, listeners will feel themselves in the role of confidant…a touching and intimate experience.”
“BELZHAR was AMAZING!!!! That audio really did pull me right into the story. Those characters were with me when I wasn’t listening and I just had to get back to it every chance I got to know what was going on with their lives!”
—Janet Weber, Youth Services Librarian, Tigard Public Library
“In a word? Wow. [Narrator Jorjeana] Marie (pictured left) gave her voice a believable teen quality, and her tempo and feel for the story drew me in and held me. In addition, her characterizations, although not overdone, were consistent and clear. Don’t hesitate to give the audio a try.“
— Beth Fish Reads