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Trainspotting | [Irvine Welsh]

Trainspotting

Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.
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Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

©1993 Irvine Welsh (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Powerful, Profane and Profound"

    This is a marvelous novel and a wonderful audiobook. Tam Dean Burn manages to capture Welsh's multifaceted characters nicely, and easily navigates some tricky dialects.

    As the book is written in dialect, it can be a challenging read. I first read the novel, which includes a glossary of terms, and was very helpful. Before long, I had absorbed the language. I might suggest at least looking at a copy of the book first to get a better idea of Welsh's use of language.

    For those readers who make the effort, however, Trainspotting is well worth it. Less of a novel and more of a series of interrelated stories which combine to make a very satisfying whole.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Onyx MONROE, WA, United States 03-17-13
    Onyx MONROE, WA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    The only thing that impressed me about this book was the narrator's accent. If it's not one he was born with, then he did a good impersonation. That said, it was hard to understand if I wasn't giving my full attention to it, and since I like to listen to books while doing other things, this made it hard to read. Get past that, and the actual story didn't impress me either. Kids strung out on drugs, nearly dying for another fix... I think it really lost me at the point where he's digging through sh*t to get a pill out of the feces so he can get high later. I understand this is a reality for some people, it's just not something I want to read about. I guess I'm gonna see how audible's return policy works.

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    Disappointed with this, wasn't anything like as good as prequel I haven't seen the film so wasn't influenced by that - spend your credits on skagboys instead

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