T2 Trainspotting was previously published as Porno.
Now a major film directed by Danny Boyle reuniting the cast of Trainspotting.
Years on from Trainspotting Sick Boy is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his ambitions within the Adult industries, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton. Still scheming, still scamming, Sick Boy and Renton soon find out that they have unresolved issues to address concerning the unhinged Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.
©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.
Transitions into new chapters are abrupt and jumpy. Might make you think that something has skipped. Love the narration, though!
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!
"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
"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
"Too much of an erotic novel for perverse men"
i thought Porno this was a mid way between trainspotting and T2 but T2 is a rehash of Porno just another 10 years on. if i had not wanted to see the characters stories end i would have got bored of this erotic novel for horny men half way through. i hope the film is more about the characters story than the sex.
It was a great book and good listen. Just wish it was the full book and not bridged.
"Feel like I need a hot shower to scrub clean..."
Really quite disappointed with this. I feel Irvine Welsh writes like a naughty school boy who is showing off to his pals about how crude he can be or how much he can swear! I'm no prude but bits of this just made me cringe!!!
At the very least have a woman read the female parts instead of a guy who sounds like Rab C Nesbitt trying to put on a posh, female voice!!
I don't know if Welsh is aiming for a storyline or an attempt at erotic fiction but it's not a patch on Trainspotting and a shame to see great characters wasted.
"Great Book Ruined By Terrible Audio and Editing"
This is an awful quality audio book. I gave up after an hour as the sound quality makes it sound like its been recorded on a nokia 3310 in a public toilet. The story was good just unlistenable.
N/A Audio was too bad to be able to tell.
loved it and a great follow on from Trainspotting. gets a wee bit graphic so be warned!
"It's a shame it's abridged"
Brilliant story but rushed in the editing of the audio. Poorly done by audible compared to skagboys
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