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
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.
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.
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.
Guy of course, but the entire cast was excellent. I laughed out loud at so many parts but I particulary loved his land lady.
Now why would anyone do that?
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.
"Funny and humane"
Part.performance, part narration, this is a wild mix of humour, sharp observation and a zAny plot.
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.
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.
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