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Porter, Ray 1965-

Works: 188 works in 846 publications in 1 language and 18,830 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  History  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Instructional and educational works  Case studies  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Narrator, Performer, Actor
Classifications: U101, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ray Porter
SEAL Team Six [memoirs of an elite Navy seal sniper] by Howard E Wasdin( Recording )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Navy SEAL Team Six sniper reveals how he became an elite soldier while recounting the dramatic mission that nearly cost him his life, offering insider perspectives on his team's extensive training process at the Marine's Scout Sniper School
Making rounds with Oscar the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa( Recording )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An otherwise ordinary cat, Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three-year-old tabby has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing-home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, considered a blessing because it allows staff members to notify families that the end is near and because he provides companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone
The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick( Recording )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Silver Linings Playbook' is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal. Pat Peoples' theory is that his life is a movie produced by God. His mission in life is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure the movie is a romcom, complete with happy ending - meaning for Pat, the return of his estranged wife Nikki. After several years in a mental-health facility, Pat leaves hospital to find that no one will talk about Nikki; his friends now have families; his football team keeps losing and now his therapist recommends adultery. There's a silver lining, however, in the form of tragically widowed, physically fit, and clinically depressed Tiffany
The 4-hour work week escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich by Timothy Ferriss( Recording )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The twenty-eight-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past four years -- a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old tools and methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with a whole new way of living. Readers can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want. The four-hour work week shows and explains: What is a lifestyle entrepreneur -- and why you should want to become one; How to kill your job; How to design a life; How to replace your dreams with goals; The 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity; How to add life after subtracting work; How to DEAL: define, eliminate, automate, and liberate; How to find your muse
What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoir by Haruki Murakami( )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and--even more important--on his writing.--From publisher description
Pirate hunters : treasure, obsession, and the search for a legendary pirate ship by Robert Kurson( Recording )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true adventure of deep-sea diving and danger, historic mystery and suspense. Two men, John Chatterton and John Mattera, are determined to find the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister, even though finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history; it will be the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified
Ghost in the wires : my adventures as the world's most wanted hacker by Kevin D Mitnick( Recording )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kevin Mitnick is one of the world's foremost computer hackers. He infiltrated some of the most complicated and advanced computer systems before the law finally caught up with him. Here, Mitnick chronicles his three years on the run from the FBI, during which he worked odd jobs, kept tabs on his pursuers, and continued to hack into systems throughout the world
The cartel : a novel by Don Winslow( Recording )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world's most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller's partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly--the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead. Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice--or is it revenge?--becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington's corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona. Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico's drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera--and himself--that he always knew must happen
The second life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reprieved from a long prison term in exchange for committing increasingly dangerous crimes on behalf of a criminal kingpin, Nick Mason is relentlessly haunted by the detective who initially placed him behind bars while fighting to go straight and reclaim his family
The great leader by Jim Harrison( Recording )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson begins investigating a hedonistic cult that has set up camp near his home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but as Sunderson and his sixteen-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find he is more intelligent and sinister than they realized. Recently divorced and frequently pickled in alcohol, Sunderson tracks his quarry from the woods of Michigan to a town in Arizona, filled with criminal border-crossers, and to Nebraska, where the Great Leader's most recent recruits have gathered to glorify his questionable religion. But Sunderson's demons are also in pursuit of him
Brown dog : novellas by Jim Harrison( Recording )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all Jim Harrison's creations, Brown Dog--a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian--has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never before published, into one volume. In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior's cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band's tour bus. The collection culminates with "He Dog," never before published, which finds BD marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay) as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, arriving home to the prospect of family stability, and, perhaps, a chance at redemption
Sleepless [a novel] by Charlie Huston( Recording )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a postapocalyptic Los Angeles, a devastating illness renders the afflicted unable to sleep. In about a year, those with SLP (as the sleepless illness is known) deteriorate and die. Amid the city's rampant violence and lawlessness, LAPD cop Parker "Park" Haas tries to persuade himself that a future exists for his newborn daughter. As the outside world becomes increasingly dangerous, Park pursues an undercover investigation that takes him deep into the milieu of an online game called Chasm Tide, into which many people have retreated
The patron saint of used cars and second chances by Mark Millhone( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Successful filmmaker Mark Millhone didn't think life could get any worse after he almost lost his newborn son to birth complications, his father was diagnosed with cancer, his mother died from a heart attack, his career floundered, and his marriage fell apart. In the midst of these crises, Mark buys a vintage car on the Internet. In an adventure of self-exploration, Mark and his father embark on a chaotic road trip to obtain the car from its owner in Texas
The 4-percent universe : [dark matter, dark energy, and the race to riscover the rest of reality] by Richard Panek( )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called "dark energy
The Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean years by Greil Marcus( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best critic of popular culture in America considers the attraction of the Doors, which has endured despite the band's short life, sampling the lasting songs and legendary performances that made Jim Morrison and his band rock 'n' roll legends. This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison? and the era he was made to personify? and focus solely on the music. All these years later, it is a new story
The sea is my brother the lost novel by Jack Kerouac( Recording )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of 1943, during a stint in the merchant marine, twenty-one-year-old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother. Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. Kerouac chronicles the misadventures of two seamen who seem different, but are really two sides of the same coin
The farmer's daughter by Jim Harrison( Recording )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in the voice of a home-schooled fifteen-year-old girl in rural Montana, the title novella is an uncompromising, beautiful tale of an extraordinary character whose youth intersects with unexpected brutality, and the reserves she must draw on to make herself whole. In another story, Harrison's beloved recurring character Brown Dog, still looking for love, escapes from Canada back to the States on the tour bus of an Indian rock band. And finally, in the concluding story, a retired werewolf, misdiagnosed with a rare blood disorder brought on by the bite of a Mexican hummingbird, attempts to lead a normal life but is nevertheless plagued by hazy, feverish episodes of epic lust, physical appetite, athletic exertions, and outbursts of violence under the full moon
The art of war by Sunzi( Recording )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world. As a study of anatomy of organizations in conflict, the text applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international
Endgame Bobby Fischer's remarkable rise and fall from America's brightest prodigy to the edge of madness by Frank Brady( Recording )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Brady chronicles the brilliant yet troubled life of iconic chess master Bobby Fischer. An enigmatic genius, Fischer is best remembered for defeating Soviet chess champion Boris Spassky in 1972. However, the victory was overshadowed by the exorbitant demands Fischer made before the match and his subsequent descent into irrelevance. A rematch with Spassky in 1992 put Fischer back in the spotlight, but also got him into trouble with the American government
The Amityville horror by Jay Anson( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price had been too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror. This is the spellbinding, bestselling true story that gripped the nation - the story of a house possessed by spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena too terrible to describe
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SEAL Team Six [memoirs of an elite Navy seal sniper]
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Making rounds with Oscar the extraordinary gift of an ordinary catThe silver linings playbookThe 4-hour work week escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new richWhat I talk about when I talk about running : a memoirGhost in the wires : my adventures as the world's most wanted hackerThe great leaderSleepless [a novel]The patron saint of used cars and second chances