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Skagboys | [Irvine Welsh]

Skagboys

Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Rent succumbs to the defeatism - not to mention the drug use - that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality....
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Publisher's Summary

Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.

Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Rent succumbs to the defeatism - not to mention the drug use - that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring the hell out of everyone. Darkly humorous, Skagboys gives a gritty and gripping portrait of a time, not unlike ours, when money was scarce, unemployment was high, and drugs seemed the answer.

©2012 Irvine Welsh (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    "Something to know first for the audible crowd"
    Where does Skagboys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very very high. But I enjoy most of Welsh's work.


    What other book might you compare Skagboys to and why?

    Glue by Irvine Welsh


    Which character – as performed by Tam Dean Burn – was your favorite?

    Beggars


    If you could rename Skagboys, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    For Americans who have never *read* any of Irvine Welsh's books, understand that he writes his books phonetically. For instance... "a full bottle of whiskey" is actually written as "a fill boatle ay whisky" in the book. This is intentional, and is how Mr. Welsh has written all of his novels when narrated by a Scot (most of them). So, you start thinking with a Scottish accent to understand them.
    The point is that it really wouldn't matter if a different narrator with a less pronounced accent read the book aloud. The book itself is actually written to be read aloud with an extremely thick Scottish accent. Check out an excerpt or two from the actual book and you will begin to understand.
    Now, many people could make a compelling argument that they have little enough time to read, which is why they *listen* to books. So, why would they want to *work* at listening to an audio book?The answer is very simple. The story is worth it. The characters are worth it. The memories you make while enjoying the experience are worth it.
    My advice for this outstanding performance would be to think and listen with an accent. Who knows? "Ye jest mieet firgeet yirsaelf."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Abraham Boston, MA 04-16-14
    James Abraham Boston, MA 04-16-14 Member Since 2006
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    Irvine Welsh was lauded when Trainspotting came out, for creating the kind of patois we haven't seen since A Clockwork Orange. Tam Dean Burn does a great job of getting the Glaswegian just right. I would say to most prospective buyers -- those who claim the performance is incomprehensible just haven't read any difficult literature. If you've worked your way through a little Chaucer, and especially if you're able to enjoy a Shakespeare play without too much head scratching, you'll do fine. To the others, I say: you need to read more, much more, "difficult" literature, until you've got a mental picture of a larger vocabulary. The latest Sue Monk Kidd or Donna Tartt isn't going to do it. Try Tristram Shandy.

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    Loren 08-22-13
    Loren 08-22-13
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    How could the performance have been better?

    This audio book is terribly difficult to follow given the accent/slang of the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No; I couldn't handle it after a few hours.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Couldn't Understand a Word the Narrator was saying"
    What was most disappointing about Irvine Welsh’s story?

    The accent was so thick, I could not understand more than every 2nd or 3rd word the narrator said. Shame too, because I was very excited to hear this book. I couldn't get through the 1st chapter because of the language barrier


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