cover image Goats


Mark Jude Poirier, read by Ray Porter. Dreamscape Media, unabridged, seven CDs, 8.75 hrs., $59.99 ISBN 978-1-61120-736-1

Fourteen-year-old Ellis and adoptive father Goat Man are forced to take a good hard look at their relationship when Ellis returns home from boarding school for spring break. Narrator 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. (July)