Synopses & Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Ellis is getting ready to leave the Southwest for a boarding school in the East. This means leaving behind the only real father he has ever known, Goat Man. Goat Man has been raising a herd of goats all the while teaching Ellis the meaning of stability, caretaking, and commitment. And when a skeptical Ellis returns for spring break, he and Goat Man will be forced to re-evaluate their relationship.
A 2012 Listen Up Award Winner. Starred Review. ""Ray Porter offers a colorful and imaginative reading replete with inspired characterizations achieved through subtle shifts in tone, dialect, and attitude. Porter's Goat Man is a grainy, nature-loving hippie, and fully embodies the nuances of the eccentric protagonist. The narrator lends Ellis a youthful voice that matures over the course of this audio edition. Reading at a swift pace and with fabulous comedic timing and emotional beats peppered appropriately throughout, Porter manages to engage listeners from start to finish in an inspired performance."" - Publishers Weekly
""Surprisingly winning...Goats has a mellow, sidelong charm and an intelligence that sneaks up on you."" - Washington Post
""[Mark Jude] Poirier's character study is full of dark humor and over the top characters but manages to humanize them all enough to make the story work. ...[Ray] Porter is at best when he is tackling complicated character, and Goats is a playground for his skills. For each character, Porter finds the root of their persona and brings it to life."" - The Guilded Earlobe
Now a major motion picture starring David Duchovny and Keri Russell.
About the Author
Mark Jude Poirier is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novels Modern Ranch Living and Goats, and the story collections Unsung Heroes of American Industry and Naked Pueblo.
Ray Porter has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.