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Davina Porter: The voice behind the Outlander series

AudioFile Magazine spoke with Davina Porter, narrator of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, published by Recorded Books.

Davina-Porter
photo by Jo Anna Perrin

Golden Voice narrator Davina Porter has performed not only the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, but also other fantasy classics including many of Marion Zimmer Bradley Avalon audiobooks, and Erika Johansen’s widely praised THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING.  Davina’s audiobook work includes titles ranging from classics to mystery to philosophy, with an enduring thread of splendid fantasy audiobooks.

OutlanderOUTLANDER
Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter
Recorded Books

AudioFile’s exclusive interview with narrator Davina Porter:

Davina Porter: Hullo, I’m Davina Porter, and have had the fun and privilege of narrating the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, from the initial book up to the latest one, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD.

AudioFile: What background do you bring to the Outlander series?
I was born and raised in England, my father was English, a true “Londoner” (read Cockney!), and my mother was born in St. Andrews, Scotland. Two accents under my belt! I am married to a Glasgow-born Scot, more diversity. Being a product of my background, I am very familiar with the English and Scottish way of life, and all its foibles!

AF: How do you keep the characters and their accents straight?
DP: I keep the characters and accents straight by making rather scruffy lists in various notebooks, but as they are so well written, they come alive and stay in my memory.

AF: Have you ever visited the Scottish Highlands?
DP: I have visited the Highlands. Quite beautiful, unspoiled, and very mysterious. However, they can turn on the visitor in the summer because of the midges. Mosquitoes have nothing on these little pests!

AF: Is there one favorite character you love to perform? 
DP: My favorite character is Claire. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, I AM Claire!!!!

AF: What was the biggest challenge in narrating the time-travel sequences?
DP: There really isn’t  a challenge narrating the time travel sequences; I love history, and having visited Scotland, lived in London and four years in Paris, it is easy to put oneself in those cities and countries, and when voicing the characters, to keep them true to the morals and mores of their times.

Tease: The Chemist

Okay, Twilight fans. She’s back. And there aren’t any vampires, but it doesn’t matter — narrator Ellen Archer will have your hair standing on end anyway. Archer introduces Stephenie Meyer’s unlikely couple: a woman who can get a man to do anything — using her lethal stash of chemicals — and the man who has the information she’d die to know. Further essential information: There’s a genius dog in the story. Need I say more?

The Chemist
THE CHEMIST

by Stephenie Meyer, read by Ellen Archer
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

If you have ever avoided pressing the play button for fear a favorite character won’t survive the chapter, THE CHEMIST is not going to be a comfortable listening experience. Ellen soon signals that Meyer’s characters are on borrowed time. Pack your go bag and enter Meyer’s breathless romantic suspense. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here!

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear from Ellen Archer about THE CHEMIST.

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Solve: Elections

If the 2016 election has created more than enough mystery for you, think about indulging in some audiobook mysteries about elections. Ross Thomas is one of my favorite writers whose mysteries often have a thick topping of satire spread over the dirty tricks and gamesmanship. THE PORKCHOPPERS narrated by Brian Hopsopple and The SEERSUCKER WHIPSAW narrated by R.C. Bray are Ross Thomas titles to get you started.

THE PORKCHOPPERS

Who better to take charge of an election than Tom Clancy? The legendary Jack Ryan is performed by Lou Diamond Phillips in LOCKED ON.

LOCKED ON

Thriller writer Richard North Patterson has an election in his sights in both THE RACE narrated by Michael Boatman and ECLIPSE read by Peter Francis James.

The Race

Some of these election mysteries I just have to include because of their titles. What about these odds—the first female sheriff of Arizona! Listen how it comes out in TOMBSTONE COURAGE, one of J.A. Jance’s Joanna Brady mysteries nicely narrated by Hillary Huber. CAPITOL CONSPIRACY by William Bernhardt, read by Stephen Hoye, gets an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Capitol Conspiracy

And if listeners want more, Janet Rudolf, in her blog Mystery Fanfare, posted a terrific list of “Presidential Crime Fiction” in November 2012. I see many others available as audiobooks!

Be sure to vote!

Self: Come In, We’re Open

We’re included more listening titles on the topic of exploring how we think, make decisions, and impact the world around us. Heather Havrilesky’s subtitle “…Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life” seems to sum up our choices nicely.

Live Happy
LIVE HAPPY: TEN PRACTICES FOR CHOOSING JOY

Deborah K. Heisz, read by Karen White
Harper Audio
Intuitive, well-crafted advice for making your life more joyous

How To Be A Person In The World
HOW TO BE A PERSON IN THE WORLD: ASK POLLY’S GUIDE THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF MODERN LIFE

Heather Havrilesky, read by Heather Havrilesky
Random House Audio
Advice on becoming a good person, partner, worker, and citizen

The Power Of Paradox
THE POWER PARADOX: HOW WE GAIN AND LOSE INFLUENCE

Dacher Keltner, read by Kaleo Griffith
Penguin Audio
How empathy and collaboration can increase the difference you make in life

Old Age: A Beginner's Guide
OLD AGE: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

Michael Kinsley, read by Danny Campbell
Random House Audio
Earphones Award Winner
Thinking about your life, getting ready for death—in a good way

Meet The New You
 MEET THE NEW YOU: A 21-DAY PLAN FOR EMBRACING FRESH ATTITUDES AND FOCUSED HABITS FOR REAL LIFE CHANGE
Elisa Pulliam, read by Renee Ertl
Oasis Audio
A Christian coach shows how to find your value and purpose.

For more SELF recommendations, browse AudioFile’s newest personal growth reviews!

Behind the Mic: The Mothers

When we heard Adenrele Ojo perform Brit Bennett’s novel about three teenagers as their lives intertwine, we knew that listeners should get this audiobook on their must-lists. Follow AudioFile Behind the Mic and watch Adenrele Ojo tell us more about THE MOTHERS. You won’t hesitate to start listening.

“Brit Bennett kept me on an emotional roller-coaster. I was totally invested.”—Adenrele Ojo

The Mothers

THE MOTHERS
by Brit Bennet, read by Adenrele Ojo
Penguin Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Adenrele delivers the beautiful, powerful language and the memorable, real-life characters. The Mothers, those church ladies who see all and think they know all, will be just one part of this great listen. Listen to a sound clip of Adenrele and read our full review here!

Adenrele Ojo
Photo: David Wendell Boykins

See AudioFile’s Q & A with Adenrele in a guest post on Book Riot!

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