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.
©2012 Garrison Keillor (P)2012 HighBridge Company
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5 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 08-05-14

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eileen on 23-06-14

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris Coyne on 17-10-14

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.

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