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Featuring Jon Hamm, Rhea Seehorn, Andy Daly, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Philip Baker Hall.
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Publisher's Summary

[Contains explicit content] The outrageous, madcap, and oft-forgotten 1977 cult movie classic is now finally available as a multi-cast audio extravaganza. You ain't never heard anything like it! Oh, and it’s now a New York Times audio bestseller!

Bestselling author Mike Sacks (And Here's the Kicker, Poking a Dead Frog) has just discovered the original novelization of the long-lost classic movie, Stinker Lets Loose!

Mike has teamed up with director Eric Martin to adapt the novelization into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, and an epic all-star cast has come together to introduce Stinker to a whole new generation of fans! It's Smokey and the Bandit meets Every Which Way But Loose meets Smokey and the Bandit Parts 2 and 3. Feel the thrill as Stinker teams up with old pals Boner and Jumbo, plus new friends Buck and Rascal the Chimp, for a crazy ride across the highways and byways of Bicentennial America and meets scores of beautiful Southern gals, reams of treacherous villains, and even the Big Man!

Will Stinker truly Let Loose? Or will Big Government and the Smokeys bring him down? 

A loving send-up of a bygone era of trucker films and their beer-swillin', skirt-chasin', verb-shortenin' heroes, this audio adventure is a joyride in absurdity; with its rapid-fire jokes only matched by their total outrageousness. But enough of this jaw-jackin'. If you don't listen, then the joke's on you! 

Now with a special bonus chapter! Enjoy a live performance of highlights from the audiobook, performed by a full cast of actors and musicians at SF Sketchfest. Tune into Chapter 50 for the full live show!

Narrated and Directed by Eric Martin

Starring Jon Hamm as Stinker

Rhea Seehorn as Gwyneth

Andy Daly as Boner

John DiMaggio as Jumbo and Sheriff Sledge

Paul F. Tompkins as Clarence Macleod and Mr. Walsh

Jessica McKenna as Buck

Kimmy Gatewood as Betty

Mark Gagliardi as Big Red

Justin Michael as Pip

With James Urbaniak as President Jimmy Carter and Jeremiah King

Guest Starring Andy Richter as Orville Max

And Phillip Baker Hall as the Big Man

Introduction by Mike Sacks

Full cast includes: Scott Brick, RC Bray, Rachel Butera, Emily Woo Zeller, PJ Ochlan, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Heather Forte, Robert Beitzel, and Seth Allen

Original songs by CJ McKnight as played by Mark Rozzo

"This movie made my eyes bleed, and the book made pus run out of them. The two things were made for each other. They're awful and awfuler. This novelization stinks." - David Sedaris

Rated R. Contains mature 1970's themes.

Presented by Audible Comedy / An Audible Original Production

©2017 Sunshine Beam Publishing (P)2018 Audible Comedy

Editor's Pick

If Cannonball Run was an audiobook movie starring a countrified Jon Hamm
"Lovers of 70s road trip movies will be delighted and entertained by this fictionalized romp through Bicentennial America. It’s the story of an equally fictional cult-classic film about a trucker named Stinker (Jon Hamm) whose mission is to deliver a six-pack of Schlitz beer to the president. If the concept alone doesn’t pique your interest, the voices in it surely will: Andy Richter (Conan), Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), and Paul F. Tompkins (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) deliver unforgettable performances." —Courtney R., Audible Editor

What listeners say about Stinker Lets Loose!

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Beyond compare- a real page turner

It’s somewhere between the best school play EVER and fine European cinema. What made Lincoln in the Bardo fail makes this one work: an ensemble cast who genuinely sounds like they had a fine time performing this.

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Took me a while but I remember this movie too now!

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book is such a wildy fun and fully produced soundscape of what it was like to be in a dusty trailer park in the 70s.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I'm very glad I'm not the only one that remembers this movie. I thought I was crazy for years!

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the mustache craze of the 70s now and I'm looking forward to it's hipster revival.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Wrong? Wrong! Nothing is wrong, minus the few occasions I wasn't completely convinced there was genuine hair in Hamm's upper lip.

Do you have any additional comments?

This is such a wonderfully funny and peculiar story I'm glad it was really fully realized by Audible. I had to stop listening at work because I was laughing too much and was starting to get stares.

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AWFULLY WONDERFUL!!!

Would you listen to Stinker Lets Loose! again? Why?

You bet y'er tuchus I'll be listenin' to this over an' over again! If Jesus Christ ever crossed the land bridge this is undoubtedly the tome he'd chisel onto golden plates and bury deep in the ground to plant the seeds of American freedom. Come to think of it, Mike Sacks may himself be the holiest prophet we've got anywhere north of an Ocean City MD boardwalk psychic. Possibly wiser than A Ripley's Believe it or Not ticket-taker. Definitely holier than a South of the Border bartender. In other words, this story's got it all.

What did you like best about this story?

The attention to detail is phenomenal and really captures the era being celebrated and satirized. Paired with tremendous production quality to enrich the story, characters seared themselves into my mind's eye with distinctive voices.

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

Not much to say on this front, other than the fact that the narrator was exactly what I imagined while reading the book. He totally nailed it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

​I laughed. I cried. I belched.​ I think I guffawed too. (but I can't be sure on that one)

Any additional comments?

Is there a sequel (or even a prequel) on the horizon?

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Live performance at end is worth it!

This is in two parts: the recorded performance for Audible and a 90-minute live performance by most of the original cast.

The story is absurd, especially at the end. You’ll be amused and horrified by the way the characters speak, but the story is not great. In fact the low-brow humor and overly campy and possibly predictable devices are a little trite.

However, the fun part is the live performance in the last chapter, which was an add-on update after I purchased the original version (Thank you Audible folks for the update). This performance is excerpts from the story and not a retelling of the whole story. Totally worth it.

Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, and Paul Tompkins read their parts on stage in front of a live audience, but unfortunately Rhea Seehorn was not available. The character originally played by Philip Baker Hall, also not available, was replaced by someone doing the character in a spot-on impression of Christopher Walken. Always made the audience laugh.

Not great, but great fun. Recommend.

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Awful story!

What would have made Stinker Lets Loose! better?

This story was just awful and crass. Full of poorly written “juvenile” humor that would be enjoyed by teenage boys, though in no way appropriate for young readers. The first 2 hours included a detailed description of the smells encompassing the main character’s burps/farts, which I found to be pointless and disgusting; meandering thoughts into his sexual exploits; a child character who speaks only in curse words, annoying to say the least; and barely introduced the point of the story at the end of that time. The only thing saving this from a one star overall review, is the performance. The full cast would have been a pleasure if they had been given something decent to work with. Why this story was chosen is beyond me.

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Not Good by the Author's Own Admission

This book was designed to be a poorly-written, mostly inaccessible, dime store throwaway. Don't take my word for it, it's right in the introduction, and if you think that's some sort of tongue-in-cheek wink at the audience, read his interview in Split Sider a year before it came out on Audible where he said "People won't like it. People won't buy it. Or maybe a few hundred will," on his decision to self-publish.

Stinker Lets Loose is an anomaly; a fake spin-up of a crusty genre of books (film novelizations) about an even crustier genre of films (trucker movies) from the crustiest of eras (the 70s). The humor comes across as flat and mostly tone-deaf, but I guess since we're supposed to be in on the joke, that's what makes it funny? I've read books like this before, mostly by right-wing hack comedians who think that calling people "commies" and "pansies" is the pinnacle of humor, and they know they're right because everyone laughs at their jokes on the porch while barbequin' and drinkin' beers on a Thursday night.

The real amazing part here is how Audible got the incredible ensemble cast to perform this pile-up. I've thought long and hard about this - specifically 3 hours and 4 minutes (as much as I listened before quitting), and I came up with the answer: Money.

Stinker Lets Loose is not good. It was written to be not good. I bought into the trap thinking that it would be clever, somehow. I believed that this was going to be smart and funny on some sort of meta-comedy level. It's not.

I've got 1 hour and 48 minutes of listening remaining, ostensibly the 3rd act and what should be the most fun, and I'm taking it back. See you in the rear-view mirror, Stinker.

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Great send-up of a 70s trucker movie for your ears

Where does Stinker Lets Loose! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This doesn't really sound like an audiobook; I'd say it's more in a category on its own. The multi-cast, mockumentary format complete with a soundtrack and SFX makes this more of an audio cinematic experience than other audiobooks

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I loved the performances across the board.

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This is a parody. It's entertainment. It's tongue-in-cheek. The fun is in the experience, NOT in the meaningful story. If you are expecting a more traditional narrative or a more traditional audiobook, you might be disappointed -- or positively blown away.

Hemingway this is not. Every Which Way But Loose for the ears? Yeah, that's more like it.

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I literally had tears from laughing so hard.

It's the audio version of Smokey & the Bandit meets The Naked Gun. I wish the book had been twice as long.

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Wish I'd written this

Where does Stinker Lets Loose! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Solidly in the top 1/4.

What did you like best about this story?

It was constantly hysterical.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

It moved quickly.

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

I did in fact do so.

Any additional comments?

Anybody who loves 70s exploitation will adore this. It's pure fun. The "novelization" captures the spirit of the genre. The story has the same shaggy plotting that exists mostly as a series of setpieces. And what accurate setpieces! The performances by a stellar cast are wonderfully energetic. Highly recommended

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Very talented cast performs garbage book!!

Stinker Lets Loose is very funny for kids who thrive on crude language and bathroom humor. I listened to the whole thing and it did elicit a few smiles, but I did not find it funny at all. Offensive? You bet! Juvenile? In spades! Hilarious? Not even close! Waste of time? Much worse than that!

Maybe I should just say it's not my cup of tea.

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  • Nigel
  • 01-10-18

A parody of the film ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

An enhanced multi-voice audiobook; with sound effects + music. Starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), plus others.

It’s a parody of Burt Reynolds film Smokey and the Bandit.

Very entertaining and utterly absurd, though as it pokes fun and ultimately mocks this kind of 1970s film you really need to have previously watched Smokey to understand the humour.

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  • 04-06-19

The joke gets old very quickly

Yes, it’s funny and yes it’s rude and really only for adults but honestly? It gets tired very quickly, after a while you find yourself forgetting to listen to what’s being said. It’s hugely overly sexual in a way that may have been funny in the 1970s but now feels off the mark, crude jokes about sex and nakedness pepper this to such an extent that it’s over seasoned.

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  • sina
  • 02-02-18

One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard

Lots of laughs. So cleverly stupid it is verging on genius, blah blah blah blah