Today is the last day of June and therefore the end of Audiobook Month. Who better to bring things home than Davina Porter?
Davina Porter has over 20 years' experience in narrating books. Her special talent for a variety of dialects and accents has won the praise of critics and listeners alike.
A member of Actors' Equity, Porter has appeared in many stage productions and has won several awards. Her audio work has covered the whole range of the written word, including the classics, histories, biographies, romances, "how to" books and children's literature. The LA Times identified her recording of Madame Bovary as "a narrator against whom all others should be measured," while her interpretation of Paul Revere's horse in Mr Revere and I was praised as "the perfect choice for a mare of distinction and breeding."
She has won several awards for Excellence in Recording and was one of three Golden Voices of 2002 and 2003. She was also included among Audiofile magazine's 50 Best Voices of the Last Century. In 2004 she was the proud recipient of an Audie. And in 2014 she was voted one of the Best Voices of the Year.
She is particularly well known for having recorded the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. In 2006, her recording of A Breath of Snow and Ashes, eamed her a second Audie for Best Female Narrator of the Year, the Oscar of the audio book industry. And in 2015 her recording of the latest in the series, Written In My Own Heart's Blood , earned her a Voice Arts Award for Best Voiceover in Fiction.
Some of her recent audiobook narrations include Far From the Madding Crowd, the classic by Thomas Hardy recently adapted into the 2015 movie starring actress Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby); Isabel Dalhousie #10, The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith; Diana Gabaldon's The Outlandish Companion Volume Two: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood; Anne Perry's gripping new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel The Angel Court Affair; the much-anticipated new entree in the Sebastian St. Cyr "simply elegant"* historical mystery series When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris; and Death of a Macho Man, #12 in the internationally acclaimed Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton.
9 Q&A's with Davina Porter:
Recorded Books: When did you narrate your first audiobook?
Davina Porter: 1985
RB: How many audiobooks have you narrated?
RB: Do you have any superstitions?
DP: Not walking under ladders.
RB: Favorite type of character/accent to narrate?
DP: Any and all! As long as they are well written
RB: What was the first audiobook you narrated?
DP: Culloden by John Prebble
RB: Favorite TV/stage/film role?
DP: Madame Arnfeldt (A Little Night Music)
RB: What is your favorite book/TV show/movie?
DP: Masterpiece Theatre
RB: List five adjectives to describe yourself.
DP: Short, Thin, grumoy, aviophobic,irreverent
RB: What is your life motto?
DP: Onward and Upward.
Audiobook Month may be coming to an end, but listening to audiobooks is a year-round joy! Happy Listening!