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  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation Series, Book 1 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England's upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London's newest hotel, the Poor Relation, is born.

  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories | Susanna Clarke

    The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
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    Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.

  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    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.

  • Back in Society: The Poor Relation Series, Book 6 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Back in Society: The Poor Relation Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    The poor relations' hard-earned success, however, is in stark contrast to the plight of their latest guest, Lady Jane Fremney. The slight, beautiful youngest daughter of the Earl of Durby has been cast out of her family for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen. Lonely and bankrupt, Lady Jane has decided to commit suicide. But when Miss Tonks uncovers her plans, the poor relations go into action again to try to rescue Lady Jane from suicide, her father, and her intended.

  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation Series, Book 3 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan. He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative. So off Mrs. Budley goes to the bleak castle, where the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and in fact quite handsome.

  • Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation Series, Book 5 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Owing to an unfortunate wager made by Sir Philip, the poor relations are once again scrounging around for a plan for solvency. This time it is Colonel Sandhurst to the rescue. After happening on Sir Randolph's lovely daughter Frederica, who is running away to escape an awful marriage to Lord Bewley, the Colonel devises a plan to force Sir Randolph to settle his bill for six month's stay and to save Frederica from her fate. The clever plan is thwarted when Lord Bewley shows up at the drop point instead of Sir Randolph.

  • Sir Philip’s Folly: The Poor Relation Series, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Sir Philip’s Folly: The Poor Relation Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refuses to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation Series, Book 2 | M. C. Beaton

    Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started the Poor Relation Hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relatives - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now, once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain measure of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

  • Days of Gold | Jude Deveraux

    Days of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him, and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humiliated. Soon, though, Edilean needs his help....

    Helen says: "I have gotten used to Davina"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.

  • Just One Evil Act | Elizabeth George

    Just One Evil Act

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

    Linda Robinson says: "Davina Porter - The best narrator ever."
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death | Anne Perry

    A Sudden, Fearful Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

  • The Sins of the Wolf: A William Monk Novel #5 | Anne Perry

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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    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.

    Janet says: "Well researched stories that keep me guessing."
  • Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia | Carolly Erickson

    Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Prize-winning historian and biographer, Carolly Erickson has created an eminently readable biography that recognizes the humanity of Great Catherine—Empress of Russia—with her majesty and immense capability. Dispelling some of the myths surrounding her voracious sexual appetite, the biographer portrays Catherine as a lonely woman far ahead of her time—achieving greatness in an era when women were executed on a husband’s whim.

    Shane says: "Good Biography"
  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Emma Bovary is not content to be the mere dutiful wife of a French country doctor. She yearns for excitement and a sense of romance that pulls at her so strongly she is powerless to resist, even though pursuing her dreams will exact a terrible price. Learn why Gustave Flaubert's compelling heroine has enchanted and puzzled readers for centuries.

  • The Careful Use of Compliments | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Careful Use of Compliments

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

  • Stranger at Stonewycke: The Stonewycke Legacy, Book 1 | Michael Phillips

    Stranger at Stonewycke: The Stonewycke Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Phillips
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Michael Phillips and Judith Pella author inspirational novels set in 19th-century Scotland. Stranger at Stonewycke is the first book in the Stonewycke Legacy series, which continues the story of the Ramsey family begun with the Stonewycke Trilogy. The great Stonewycke fortune is being stretched to its limits as the family tries to bolster the town's economy. With Allison representing a new susceptibility to change and corruption, the family is once again at the crossroads of destiny.

  • Bethlehem Road | Anne Perry

    Bethlehem Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    A London policeman and his highly-educated wife investigate a series of murders involving members of Parliament.

    Yvonne says: "Great read Anne Perry excellent


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  • The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson

    The Secret Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, returns home from the war - and Anna, a housemaid, falls hopelessly in love with him. But they can never be together - Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel. And anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks.

    Karen says: "Light, but thoroughly entertaining"
  • Villette | Charlotte Brontë

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

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