Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

  • by Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott
  • 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Darryl

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.

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- Eileen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books