To enable this scam to work out, Sick Boy needs bedfellows. A desirable one may be the lovely Nicola Fuller-Smith, a young student with enough ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own. However, to realize his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy gets teamed up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew that includes the city's favourite ex-aerated-water-salesman: "Juice" Terry Lawson.
In the world of Porno, however, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew 10 years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still trying to fight for the first-class seats as the locomotive careens at high speed towards the buffers.
©2002 Irvine Welsh; (P)2002 Random House Audiobooks
"Welsh has an uncanny talent for dialogue, and his writing is often diamond sharp." (Publishers Weekly)
Spending more time in the minds of the skagboys is fun, but this work seems to lack the insight and depth that made Welsh's earlier work blossom. It felt like the attention shifted greatly from some of the complex and three dimensional characters, to some of the flat, less contemplative characters. Perhaps I just enjoyed Mark Renton's outspoken philosophical rants, but he is more on the periphery of this work.
Tam Dean Burn does an amazing job. I enjoy his delivery, and believe it really helps, as I sometimes am able to gather the context/ meaning of the heavy dialect/ slang. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his work with Irvine Welsh.
Daniel "Spud" Murphy's introspection and attempt to make something of his life are both heartfelt, and sad, as he begins to reflect on his life, and move forward.
This is in regards solely to the audiobook platform, but there was a huge decline in quality.
1) It seems like this book is only available in an abridged form (although I'm not sure how much was altered).
2) The recording itself also had some glaring issues. It was more muffled than Trainspotting, and I found myself having to turn the volume up more to try and listen clearly. Also there was distracting background noise throughout, (someone else in an office, possibly?).
3) The chapters were not properly edited, so 1-2 seconds are abruptly chopped off at the end of each chapter, sometimes mid-sentence.
Tam Dean Burn's narration and the editing of Trainspotting and Skagboys was awesome. I expected the same from Porno. Burn's performance was probably amazing again but the sound quality was below par, the narration speed was too fast, and the overall editing was so poor that if I had picked this book as my first experience with him, I wouldn't have listened to anything else he did. A shame really.
"Great fun, leaves you hanging... wanting more"
Fantastic build up, my only nagging problem is the background plot seems like a re-run. Like return of the jedi to star wars. You know what I mean when you've heard it. Still well worth a look, great end leaves you wanting to know what happens to them next. Narrator is great, lots of passion. I also love it when male narrators have to speak from the point of view of a women... brings out the imature lad inside of me!
"Don't know what happened halfway through"
I love Irvine Welch's books, the stories are good but I love the characters and Tam Dean Burns narration is just superb, but halfway through this book it seemed he was possessed by a 16 year old boy and his voice went up an Octive or two, it distracted me slightly but apart from that, another great story of the boys from Leith.
"Not as good as it's predecessor"
Poor quality recording on my version. Book is good buy fails to reach the heights (depths) of trainspotting
"Loved it but crap sound quality!"
Brilliant sequel to Trainspotting.
Well narrated but unfortunately the sound quality is poor and the editing a bit harsh in places.
Other than that, great
"Buffty is Deid!!!"
Very good story look forward to the movie coming out .The audible book is very good the only thing i thought wasnt too good was Tam dean burn in this one he seems the same for a few of the characters but i listened to Scagboys first in which he was really good doing all the accents
"Where's the unabridged version?"
I'd have happily paid more for a longer unabridged version of this. This felt rushed and incomplete. The perfomance was excellent but the sound editing was diabolical.
On to Skagboys next
"brilliant witty follow up to trainspotting"
easy to listen to. ulster scotch dialect is easy. don't havr to have read or watched trainspotting but would recommend doing so to guve more depth to characters
"Welsh at his best "
the narrative is so funny really brings the story to life can't wait for the next one
"Funny and filthy."
If you like train spotting you will love this. An excellent bit of narration. I have read the book which was hard work. Really enjoyed the experience.
"Just as the name of the book!"
Aboot a decade on an nuhin changes wi they gadges. Their aw somehow still alive.
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