WorldCat Identities

Porter, Davina

Works: 631 works in 3,037 publications in 1 language and 88,128 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Historical fiction  Fantasy fiction  Juvenile works  Romance fiction  Time-travel fiction  Domestic fiction  Children's audiobooks 
Roles: Narrator, Performer, nar
Classifications: PR6063.C326, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Davina Porter
The right attitude to rain by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 1,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through them, Isabel meets Tom Bruce, who is to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with.--
The Sunday philosophy club by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher by training, and an amateur sleuth by choice. When a young man falls from a balcony to his death, Isabel does not believe it was an accident. Plunging deep into the shady business community of Edinburgh, she is determined to root out the truth
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon( Recording )

36 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1945, a former combat nurse, back from the war and on her honeymoon, touches a boulder in an ancient Scottish ruin and is instantly transported to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in 1743
Friends, lovers, chocolate : [an Isabel Dalhousie mystery] by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When her niece Cat travels to a wedding in Italy, Isabel agrees to fill in at Cat's delicatessen. She takes notice of a customer named Ian, who is avoiding chocolate-- doctors say it's bad for the new heart he recently received. Ian is haunted by memories he can't quite place, prompting Isabel to wonder if his new heart may be the cause. Always keenly interested in matters of the heart, Isabel investigates and discovers some rather surprising truths"--Container
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy( Recording )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 1,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beautiful and charming, Anna lives in a splendid world of her own making. She smokes, rides horseback, plays tennis, takes opium, practices birth control, and--although she is already married--falls in love with a handsome army officer. Anna's life is played out against a backdrop of dazzling balls and the vastness of Russia's landscape"--Publisher website (January 2007)
The comforts of a muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a patient dies accidentally, an impeccably credentialed doctor is accused of fraudulent involvement with a new drug. Isabel launches an investigation, concerned that a good man's reputation will be ruined. Could the doctor be taking the fall for someone else's mistake? Or did a nefarious pharmaceutical company put its lofty ambitions ahead of safety?
The careful use of compliments by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ousted as editor of the "Review of Applied Ethics", Isabel thankfully has ner newborn son to keep her occupied. What's more, Charlie's adoring father Jamie has offered the most intriguing proposal of all--marriage. But before she can settle into a quiet, domestic existence, Isabel becomes entangled in an art world mystery. At an auction, two paintings attributed to a deceased artist hit the market at the same time, and both paintings have unusual elements--such as the appearance of a person the painter could only have known after his supposed date of death. Could the works be forgeries? Or for that matter, might the artist still be alive?
The lost art of gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the ever ethical Isabel Dalhousie bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted
The charming quirks of others by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Isabel Dalhousie tale finds the ethical philosopher doing background checks on several candidates for the same job. In the process, Isabel learns quite a bit about herself, as well
An echo in the bone : [a novel] by Diana Gabaldon( Recording )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire Randall that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But fighting for the eventual winner is no guarantee of safety. And worse still, the possibility of pointing a weapon at his own son--a young officer in the British army--haunts Jamie's every thought. As battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and Claire flee from North Carolina to the high seas during the American Revolution, they encounter privateers and ocean battles. Meanwhile in the relative safety of the 20th century Brianna (Claire and Jamie's daughter) and Roger MacKenzie, Brianna's husband, search for clues not only to Claire's fate--but to their own fate in the Highlands
Believing the lie by Elizabeth George( Recording )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel, Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives
Dragonfly in amber by Diana Gabaldon( Recording )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In eighteenth-century Scotland, Claire Randall and her raven-haired daughter, Brianna, return to the majestic hills where Claire recalls the love of her life-- gallant warrior James Fraser
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert( )

19 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Bovary, bored by her provincial life, is drawn to a more sophisticated world that will demand a terrible price
Written in my own heart's blood : a novel by Diana Gabaldon( Recording )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces. The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland, or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy-- never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself"--Container
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy( )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innocent Tess Durbeyfield's maidenhood is stolen by the dishonorable Alex d'Urberville and yet she is able to find true love with Angel Clare; their happiness is later shattered, for when her past is revealed, Clare rejects her love until it is too late
Just one evil act by Elizabeth George( Recording )

31 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help, Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold
Death of a snob by M. C Beaton( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While recovering from the flu at a health farm on the Scottish isle of Eileencraig, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth gets involved in solving a murder
Alice's adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story about young Alice, who follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole
Death of a travelling man by M. C Beaton( )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a suspicious gypsy and his girlfriend park their van in the midst of Lochdub, it's not long before the crime rate begins to soar. Although none of the villagers wants to give him any information, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth must solve a case that is truly bizarre
Drums of autumn by Diana Gabaldon( Recording )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, twenty years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history
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The Sunday philosophy clubOutlanderFriends, lovers, chocolate : [an Isabel Dalhousie mystery]Anna KareninaThe comforts of a muddy SaturdayThe careful use of complimentsThe lost art of gratitudeAn echo in the bone : [a novel]
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