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Porter, Ray 1965-

Works: 136 works in 467 publications in 1 language and 14,887 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Domestic fiction  Humor  Psychological fiction  Case studies  Sea stories  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Narrator, Performer, Actor
Classifications: PS3558.A67, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ray Porter
The 4-hour work week escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich by Timothy Ferriss( Recording )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Four-Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one
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 1,102 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 )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 805 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
Ghost in the wires my adventures as the world's most wanted hacker by Kevin D Mitnick( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 631 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 silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick( )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 484 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 patron saint of used cars and second chances by Mark Millhone( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 389 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
Brown Dog : novellas by Jim Harrison( Recording )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 355 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
The 4-percent universe [dark matter, dark energy, and the race to riscover the rest of reality] by Richard Panek( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 348 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
Sleepless [a novel] by Charlie Huston( Recording )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 346 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 great leader [a faux mystery] by Jim Harrison( Recording )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 340 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
The sea is my brother the lost novel by Jack Kerouac( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 317 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
What I talk about when I talk about running a memoir by Haruki Murakami( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 293 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
Mr. G a novel about the creation by Alan P Lightman( )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retrospective narrative on the story of creation by God. As Mr. G creates the universe and watches it grow into maturity, he begins to understand how the act of creation can change the creator
The Amityville horror by Jay Anson( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 282 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
The farmer's daughter by Jim Harrison( Recording )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The farmer's daughter: Written in the voice of a home-schooled fifteen-year-old girl in rural Montana, is a tale of an extraordinary character whose youth intersects with unexpected brutality, and the reserves she must draw on to make herself whole
Flat spin by David Freed( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The irresistible David Freed's first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller.Based in sunny Rancho Bonita--"California's Monaco" as the city's moneyed minions like to call it--Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah's late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for. Logan and Echevarria were once comrades-in-arms assigned to a top secret military assassination team known simply as Alpha. Though Savannah was never privy to the gritty details of their assignment, she suspects that Echevarria's death must be related to the work he did for the government. The only problem is that the LAPD can find no record of Echevarria ever having toiled for Uncle Sam. Savannah wants Logan to tell the police what he knows. At first he refuses, but then, relying on his small, aging airplane, the "Ruptured Duck," and on the skills he honed working for the government, Logan doggedly hunts Echevarria's killer
The Doors a lifetime of listening to five mean years by Greil Marcus( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 243 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
Endgame Bobby Fischer's remarkable rise and fall from America's brightest prodigy to the edge of madness by Frank Brady( Recording )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 242 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 is subsequent decent into irrelevance. A rematch with Spassky in 1992 put Fischer back in the spotlight, but also got him into trouble with the American government
Returning to earth by Jim Harrison( Recording )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared. As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald's family, each is affected in different and profound ways. Each will describe in his or her own voice the inner journey catalyzed by Donald's death and legacy. This is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, about honoring life, honoring the dead, and finding redemption in unlikely places
Outlaw platoon heroes, renegades, infidels, and the brotherhood of war in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lieutenant's gripping, personal account of the legendary U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan--a vivid, action-packed, and highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery
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English (138)

SEAL team six memoirs of an elite Navy SEAL sniperMaking rounds with Oscar the extraordinary gift of an ordinary catGhost in the wires my adventures as the world's most wanted hackerThe silver linings playbookThe patron saint of used cars and second chancesThe 4-percent universe [dark matter, dark energy, and the race to riscover the rest of reality]Sleepless [a novel]The great leader [a faux mystery]