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Stinker Lets Loose!

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The outrageous cinematic hit of 1977 is FINALLY back in book form (after 40 years!) and ready to be consumed again by movie lovers of all stars and stripes!

Our favorite deep-fried Dixie is Letting Loose as only a Stinker can. With old pals Boner and Jimbo along for the crazy ride, plus mountain boy Buck and Rascal the chimp, the rowdy gang hits the highways and biways of B
Paperback, 207 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Sunshine Beam Publishing
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Clay Greer
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the mid 1970s I worked on 3 low budget drive in movies. The first (and easily most successful) was a hillbilly race car movie entitled Moonrunners that was the bases for The Dukes Of Hazard television program. The second was a screwball science fiction comedy so full of plot holes and continuity errors that it was deemed unreleasable. Eventually the distributor edited in a few hardcore sex scenes and it was released as Flesh Gordon during the porn chic era.

The last movie I worked on was a tr
Phil Villarreal
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly funny book. A mock 1970s trucker B-movie novelization, it's full of commentary on topics such as masculinity and politics. It's both a satire and a straight-up action book, if such a thing existed. Johnston -- which I am guessing is a pen name -- or whoever write this did so in an easygoing, whiskey-sipping, campfire storytelling manner.

He makes writing look easy, and his storytelling manner and voice are true inspirations. This is a beautiful book, gleefully repulsive in
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-us
I listened to the Audible version. It is 6 hours long, and in my opinion that was 4 hours too long. It's a funny concept: the lost novelization of a 1970s b-movie obviously made in the wake of Smokey and the Bandit. John Hamm is great as Stinker, sounding at times just like Smokey era Burt Reynolds. But after about 2 hours, the recording runs out of steam. Adding insult to injury, the last 1.5 hours is a live performance of excerpts from the "novel."

I didn't hate it, and it filled the time for a
Jeff Harris
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
The narration was fantastic.

It was the right length, which is important with this kind of book. If it went on for too long, it would eventually get a bit repetitive and boring but it moved through quick and was a fun ride.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This should be funny, a spoof of Convoy and Smokey & The Bandit, but sadly it isn't. The tone is too juvenile to be funny (something I thought I'd never say) and the joke soon wears thin. Audible Studios' audio dramas are getting better but they've not learned a key lesson--keep it short! If they made them 2-3 hours, they'd be great but at 4-6hrs, it feels too drawn out. ...more
Anthony Kozlowski
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
In theory, this book should be hilarious. A parody of 70’s trucker B-movies with an all-star comedy cast? Sign me up!

Unfortunately none of it comes together. At a mere 4 1/2 hours, the audiobook still seems impossibly long, leaning on graceless lampooning and taking the easiest, least funny joke every time.

I’d only recommend this as a gross curiosity, or better yet, for the 20 minute preamble where the cast give fake testimonials of their history with Stinker Lets Loose!. That alone is worth the
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a parody of the trucker movies from the 1970s. The premise is that this is a long-lost old novelization of a (non-existent) movie called Stinker Lets Loose. I got the Audible version, which is read by a complete and amazing cast and includes original songs and music.

This book parodies movies like Smokey and the Bandit and parodies the offensive language and stereotypes found in those movies. There’s one character who literally only shouts profane words over and over again. Luckily, he d
Justin Tappan
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book on audio was a no-brainer. A novelization of a 1977 trucker and chimpanzee film which never actually existed? Check. A cast consisting of Jon Hamm, Andy Daly, Rhea Seehorn and Paul F. Tompkins? Check. James Urbaniak as Jimmy Carter? Double check! The kind of unsophisticated and often offensive humor which proliferated in the gilded age of the 70s? Check.

Laughed hard and often throughout this one. The cast does a great job, and the writing (replete with intentionally ham-fist
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so silly, stupid, raunchy, and over the top but in a good way. I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions. This was simply a fun read and served as a great escape for a few hours.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stinker like the novelization of a Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker parody of Cannonball Run and/or Smokey and the Bandit movie. Crude, sophomoric, and actually quite funny.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I admire art that has a clear vision, and this book certainly qualifies. I'm not sure the world needed a parodic faux-movie novelization about a 1970's road movie, but Sacks and the cast are absolutely committed to the bit.
And it's not 100% my sweet spot for humor, but it is often funny and always executed extremely well. I'm glad to see strange, enjoyable things like this book (and, as I experienced it, the fun audiobook with a lot of great performers) exist in the world.
Clay Cassells
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Britt Aamodt
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, I didn't read the paperback. Is there really one?

I listened the Audible audio drama starring Jon Hamm--oh, yes!--as Stinker, a superstar trucker who has to convey a six-pack of Schlitz to President Jimmy Carter by such and such a date or else.

Stinker Lets Loose is a mockumentary doing for '70s trucker movies, i.e., Smokey and the Bandit, what Spinal Tap did for heavy metal rock gods in spandex and leather.

The whole premise is that this guy discovered the novelization of a forgotten '70s tr
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
This book...was nuts. Crazy, campy, politically incorrect, zany, incoherent, implausible and a raucous good time. The fact that this was an adaptation of a novelization makes me want to seek out more novelizations by the author, since they must all be as crazy as this one. As an audio drama, it was very well done. Great effects and original music. And the's the best way I can describe it, with a passage in the middle of the book:

"Stinker turned to Gwyneth. 'Ever think you'd be road-
Paul/Suzette Graham
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There was a time in the not-so-distant past, before political correctness and post-modern pretentiousness, when people like Stinker and his merry band of misfits were not at the receiving end of an Antifa rally or the subject of an angry feminist studies doctoral dissertation.

While considered vulgar at the time and a textbook example of misogyny and sexism in our own time, the production is a reminder of how uptight and politicized America has become.

This is not a book to be studied or analyze
Luke Sayese
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
If you want to pick up the book, I would highly suggest listening to the audiobook over the print version. The story by itself is okay, but the biggest weakness of the story is the fairly unlikeable protagonist which really was the point of the book as he is set up to be a satirical typical 70s white southern male—a character often found in movies during this time.

The narration and cast of the book really brings out the satire of this book. The narrator himself brings out that nice balance of si
Paul Warner
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
If you take this audiobook seriously in any way, you will definitely not like it. However, if you realize it is actually a parody of late 70's films like Smokey & the Bandit and Every Which Way but Loose, and it is purposefully trying to be over-the-top ridiculous, offensive, & satirically mock the weird popularity of this genre for a brief period of time...then it is quite fun! If you just can't get yourself to listen to the whole thing, at least skip to the last chapter which is actually a LIV ...more
Carl Knecht
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, read2019
For what this is, it's good. But what it is, isn't good.

I will hand it to Audible Studios - they have committed to a good audio experience with this. The actors are speaking with inflections typical of the time, and the sound effects are also of the time. Even the static in the silence between the chapters is authentic. The production values are spot on for this.

That said, the actual story about the late 70's in the form of a parody of "Smokey and the Bandit". It is over the top, exaggerated, d
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the ultimate of "Loved to Hate it". The writing is terrible, it has no moral value, no political correctness, and makes absolutely no sense. It is crude, rude and often downright disgusting... and yet, I not only finished the story but laughed throughout it at its ridiculousness and stupidity. I can't rate it higher because it was the most surreal thing that I have ever come across and it genuinely serves very little purpose as any form of artistry, but still ... if you set aside all exp ...more
Craig Strachan
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
(Audible version)

The worst book I have ever read, yet strangely compelling. The story is poorly written, trite, full of stereotypes & cliches regarding race, gender and age. It manages to offend almost everybody, yes somehow the reading makes you curious to see what exactly is going to happen next.

I keep finding myself wondering what the crazy antic will be, and wondering if it can be even more outlandish than the previous one.

The dramatisation is excellent; and the cast do a superb job reading
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, comedy
If your memories of the Seventies include a lot of trucks, beer being carried across state lines for some reason, crazy stunts, and large moustaches, then this might well be the audiobook for you. The novelization of a largely forgotten film from 1977, which only ever played in a handful of rickety drive-ins across the southern states, this book is read by some well-known fans of the original film: people like Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, and Andy Daly. It's offensive, irreverent, and just about the ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, humor
‘Stinker Lets Loose” is a non-stop fun ride from Georgia all the way to the White House. With a distinctly 1970’s feel to it, the story is outrageous and definitely not PC. Why is there a monkey in this story? Why is there a 200 lap road race in the middle of the book? Why is Stinker going to deliver a 6 pack of Slitz to the President? I don’t know but its fun. If you just want something outrageous (without much of a plot) to take your mind off things for a while I can’t recommend this enough.
Zac Stojcevski
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Eh! Funny enough. It had highlights and low lights. It kept me awake on an all night drive in appropriate truckin' territory. It is essentially a hybrid of the trucker comedies with the Dukes of Hazard narrated dialogue combined with the mocumentary qualities of This is Spinal Tap with the occasional aspirations to be "The Princess Bride". The live reading at the end of the book was perhaps even funnier than the text, eliciting the humour and energy derived from a live studio audience. Good way ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This full cast audiobook is a pastiche of 70's trucker/car caper movie tie in novelizations. A grossly underrepresented category of literature. Think Dukes of Hazzard meets Smokey and the Bandit meets Any Which Way but Loose. Fans of Kinky Friedman or Carlton Mellick III, will find it fun, but for most the joke gets old fast. Still they fully committed to this, it even has a honky tonk theme song in audio and a movie stills section in the book. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
An audiodrama of the novelization of a movie that doesn't exist. But if it did it would be Smokey and the Bandit plus Every Which Way But Loose. A driver has to deliver beer (sound familiar?) to President Carter while the law, a crooked businessman, and his conscience try and catch up with him and his gang.

Was it funny? Sure. Was it good? Not really.

It has the makings of something good but it fell short.
Richard Owens
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Very funny for a while, a little too repetive for a while. The conceit is that this book was written as a novelization of a movie that came out in the 70's, so there are a lot of problematic things to remind us that it's the 70's as a bit that could be triggering to the groups it's ironically mentioning. I was very quick to recommend this book after the first two chapters, and I still think it's really fun and an amazing idea, but it's not for everyone. ...more
Nathan Mckinney
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was one of the more absurd things that I have ever read. It was really funny, but also pretty crude. Despite how funny it was, because of the level of absurdity, it was honestly hard to finish. I would liken it to taking one of your favorite SNL sketches and stretching it into a full-length movie. No matter how funny the sketch is in small doses, it can be hard to perservere through 2 hours of it.
Andy M
Why does any audiobook need so many layers to peel away to get to the actual story? I thought that the idea of a novelization of a drive-in movie was appealing, but Stinker Lets Loose is overproduced to an extent that the humor is diluted. All the commentary had too much of a self-congratulatory tone. One would think that there'd been another moon landing. It was a great idea. Too bad a great idea was stretched so thin by so many. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
It’s supposed to be a parody of 1970’s chase movies like the “Smokey & the Bandit” series and the Clint Eastwood “Any Which Way” movies; however, this falls way short. The 90 minutes version that is racked on to audiobook is better; however, the last thing that I wanted to hear was a live version of the long version that I just heard. It was well acted; however, the all-star cast couldn’t save this clunker. It was a free selection, but I feel that I was ripped off.
Matthew M
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
OK admittedly the whole is decisively less than the sum of its parts, but hokey smokes! Them parts sure am HIGH-larious, I tell you what. Hop in your Trans Am, whip out your womb broom, hunt down some porn nuggets, and bring out your best beaver cleavin' as you join this ragtag team of scrappy idiots on their mission to bring Jimmy Carter a sixpack of Schlitz. ...more
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