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
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.
Never read the print version. I preferred to listen to Garrison Keillor speak the words.
I would compare it With Dirk Gentry. Because they are both funny detectives, who have strange adventures.
Keillor is the best narrator of all time. I think he can make anything he reads funny.
Yes I did read it in one setting.
I loved Keillor in Prarrie Home Companion. I will listen to him read anything.
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 value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
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.
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.
The performance was great. However, the audio had a lot of bass and was difficult to hear in the car at times.
Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny was a great audio book. Read by Keillor himself, it was nonstop FUNNY!!! There are more than a few one-liners that kept us laughing all the way from New Jersey to Virginia. The Audible version is four hours and eight minutes. The time goes very quickly as Guy Noir finds his way through a series of misadventures with a very unusual cast of characters and a tapeworm. Very entertaining!!!
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.
I understand the aim of the author, and that was to spoof the detective noir genre of yesteryear. In some aspects this aim is met, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek lines and ridiculous names. Unfortunately, there isn't enough meat in this story to fill out 5 hours of narrative. Numerous times the story went off on unrelated tangents that grew annoying.
I wanted to give the performance 4 stars, as the narrators did a great job. Production was also quite good with the one exception; the incessant music in the background. Used properly, it can enhance a story. Here, it was just annoying.
In the end I can't really recommend this audio book. I think there are better stories out there also having some fun with this genre.
"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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