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Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny | [Garrison Keillor]

Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef, who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know, and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss.
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On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef, who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know - Joey, Lieutenant McCafferty, reporter Gene Williker, Guy's ex-girlfriend Sugar O'Toole, the despicable Larry B. Larry, the dreamboat Scarlett Anderson, Mr. Kress of the FDA - and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss. In this whirlwind caper Guy looks death in the eye, falls in love, and faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo Johnny Banana.

©2012 Garrison Keillor (P)2012 HighBridge Company

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    Eileen Chicago, IL, United States 06-23-14
    Eileen Chicago, IL, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    Would you listen to Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. The main story line was so ridiculous that you had to believe it possible in this day and age. Anything that makes us laugh at ourselves is good for the soul.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't think it kept me on the edge of my seat....comedy doesn't do that. I just wondered what crazy character was around the next corner.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Guy of course, but the entire cast was excellent. I laughed out loud at so many parts but I particulary loved his land lady.


    If you could rename Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, what would you call it?

    Now why would anyone do that?


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of old radio detective stories which this story reminded me of. I would say this book is a cross between The Thin Man, Jack Benny and a PG-13 sex farce. Loved every word of it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
    Chris Coyne 10-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Guy Noir not the greatest detective."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version. I preferred to listen to Garrison Keillor speak the words.


    What other book might you compare Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny to and why?

    I would compare it With Dirk Gentry. Because they are both funny detectives, who have strange adventures.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Keillor is the best narrator of all time. I think he can make anything he reads funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did read it in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Keillor in Prarrie Home Companion. I will listen to him read anything.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-13-14
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "funny noir spoof"

    while I generally tire of Keillor's voice rather quickly, this is more of a radio play, i suppose taken from the Prairie Home broadcasts, and so has sound effects and several other players.

    I thought it was very funny at times, and enjoyed it, though I do think that it goes on just a little too long, which sounds odd given that it is only a few hours long, but I think in many instances certain stories that rely on a joke premise or odd setup, need to get to the "punchline" quickly as length only dilutes the premise and drains away the fun in favor of continuing for another episode, much like TV shows that go on too long after the initial creative surge runs out.

    but, in general i had fun with the first 2/3 for sure.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Kind of a snoozer, but that's not unexpected"

    Garrison Keillor is great, in moderation. He doesn't have the energy to carry a novella, though. Let's be honest, even getting all the way through his radio show is a chore sometimes.

    I knew what I was getting into when I picked this story up, and it delivered exactly what it promised. No more, and no less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty 12-03-14
    Ms. Patty 12-03-14
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    "Could have been a five"

    I started out loving it, then liked it, then was grossed out, then liked it again. It was a fun noir spoof and could have been really good except for the potty humor. All narrators were good, kept me interested, then not only spoke of bodily functions but added sound affects. It was difficult to rate because at various times all ratings were on the table. More good than bad, but could have been way better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 11-19-14
    Cheri 11-19-14
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    "What I Learned About Guy Noir"

    I learned that I like Guy Noir much better in small doses. I'm a fan of Garrison Keillor but I guess this much Guy is just too much for me to enjoy.

    Good performances, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Overland Park, KS 06-23-15
    Amazon Customer Overland Park, KS 06-23-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great 'Guy' read!"

    Wonderful funny hilarious enjoyable read! Will make you smile, laugh, cackle to your hearts content.

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    Wonderbrat 05-12-15
    Wonderbrat 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"

    Mr. Keillor at some of his best. Any fan would be happy to own this. Not a fan? Check it out you will be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 03-04-15
    Steven 03-04-15
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    "Interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think I'm on the border. I gave this book a shot, as it is outside of my comfort zone, and it was better than I thought.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Garrison Keillor? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Some parts were quick clever and funny, but overall I was not entirely impressed.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, although I thought the narration was great.


    Could you see Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I don't think it would lend itself well to a screen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon L. Garrison 01-26-15
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    What a funny subject. even though the plot is funny, it was well written and well performed so really takes you into the genre.

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    "Funny and humane"
    What made the experience of listening to Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny the most enjoyable?

    Part.performance, part narration, this is a wild mix of humour, sharp observation and a zAny plot.


    What other book might you compare Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny to, and why?

    If you enjoy Lake Wobegon Days, you will likely enjoy this. But to be sure you are going to like it, do a search for Guy Noir on YouTube. There are quite a few segments from the famous Minnesota Public Radio Prairie Home Companion radio show on there, including some of the Guy Noir sketches. This audio book is taken from the characters and setting from the show.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Sue Scott in her wide range of comic voices is a joy to listen to - from the bitter landlady of the Shropshire Arms to Guy's on/off girlfriend, Sugar, she brings a unique dimension of humour all of her own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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