Davina Porter: The voice behind the Outlander series

Eight volumes of OUTLANDER, 320 hours of listening—now that is binge-worthy!

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

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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.

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Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter
Recorded Books

AudioFile’s exclusive interview with narrator 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.

– 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!

– How do you keep the characters and their accents straight?
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.

– Have you ever visited the Scottish Highlands?
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!

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

– What was the biggest challenge in narrating the time-travel sequences?
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.

Tuesday Tease: The Chemist

Breathless romantic suspense from Stephenie Meyer

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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?

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Stephenie Meyer, read by Ellen Archer
Hachette Audio
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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. Narrator Ellen Archer 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 narrator Ellen Archer about THE CHEMIST.

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Till next Tuesday!
-Caitlin Augusta

The Mothers: Brit Bennett’s dazzling debut

All the decisions that shape our lives also have consequences.

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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

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Brit Bennet, read by Adenrele Ojo
Penguin Audio
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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!

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


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