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Davina Porter
About Davina Porter

Davina Porter is known for the sheer beauty of her voice and her always-intelligent renditions of both classic and popular literature. A founding narrator with Recorded Books, Davina has an impressive list of classics in her audiography, including Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary. Few female narrators have the fluid capacity to capture grand historical figures and the more subtle, introspective portraits.

Talking with AudioFile, Davina admires authors who do their homework, like Diana Gabaldon. Davina's celebrated readings of Gabaldon's Outlander series have many fans. She won the 2006 Audie Award for Best Female Narrator with A Breath of Snow and Ashes.


At home with the Scottish accents of Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series, Davina gives us Friends, Lovers, Chocolate and The Right Attitude to Rain...Show More »


Davina's success with a range of mysteries is a testament to her perceptive approach to seeking the author's intent. The Victorian setting of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries are delightfully presented, including recent titles Bluegate Fields and Highgate Rise. Davina introduced listeners to Cynthia Riggs's series with The Cemetery Yew and Deadly Nightshade, both set on Martha's Vineyard.


Davina brings each voice off the page and at the same time maintain a natural sense. She attends to every detail--word, phrase, and emotion come alive with her narrative style. © AudioFile, 2007 www.audiofilemagazine.com



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Davina Porter's Most Recent Performances

An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
  • By Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated By Davina Porter
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(6081)
Performance
(4222)
Story
(4231)

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"

Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

  • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
  • By Anne Perry
  • Narrated By Davina Porter
Overall
(292)
Performance
(201)
Story
(205)

Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

Jean says: "Defend and Betray"

The Sins of the Wolf: A William Monk Novel #5

  • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
  • By Anne Perry
  • Narrated By Davina Porter
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(213)
Performance
(154)
Story
(153)

When her wealthy Scottish employer dies of an overdose of heart medication, Nurse Latterly is charged with murder and locked up in Newgate Prison. To save his friend from the gallows, Inspector Monk works feverishly to identify a cold-blooded killer in the victim's greatly admired - and coolly silent - family.

Jean says: "The Sins of the Wolf"

Resurrection Row: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
  • By Anne Perry
  • Narrated By Davina Porter
Overall
(138)
Performance
(103)
Story
(101)

Fourth in the series of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, Anne Perry's Resurrection Row explores the dark undercurrents that run through the lives of the idle rich in Victorian England. After a wonderful night at the theatre, Thomas and Charlotte find themselves confronted with a corpse in the driver's seat of a cab. Even more shocking, it is the body of a peer who had been decently buried the week before.

Kathi says: "Another good book in the series"
Essential Listening
Start your listening with these ultimate performances!
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18764)
    Performance
    (12872)
    Story
    (12765)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    An Audible Essential and a Davina Porter Essential, Outlander is an epic mix of historic fiction, adventure, and romance. Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of 18th-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable. (Audiofile)
  • Highgate Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    The Victorian mystery series starring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Pitt reaches new heights. When Dr. Stephen Shaw's fancy Highgate Rise home is burned to the ground with his wife inside, the Inspector and his wife must solve a baffling mystery.

    Jennie says: "Incredible Reader!"
    Porter makes the lively characters blossom in this Victorian mystery.
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    Davina Porter provides a flowing, natural narration that fully transports the listener into the piece.
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (143)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

    connie says: "Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!"
    Alexander McCall-Smith, famous for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency , delivers fascinating characters and suspense in The Sunday Philosophy Club . Porter's narration only enhances the distinctive characters in this exciting listen.
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (706)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    Porter brings the story of Tudor England's Lady Jane Grey to life in this fascinating piece of historical fiction.