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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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Publisher's Summary

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
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2013
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    redmond Edmonds, WA United States 01-13-15
    redmond Edmonds, WA United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic listen."

    I'm a sucker for Scots. I could listen to it all day. The story is great and I now feel a need to revisit the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Onyx 03-17-13
    Onyx 03-17-13

    ~Nikki

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    "I didn't even finish it."

    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.

    8 of 29 people found this review helpful
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  • J. E. Davenport
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    7/17/15
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    "Brilliant...almost as good as Skagboys."
    Any additional comments?

    This is truly brilliant stuff, what a treat. Not for the squeamish, the politically correct, the faint-hearted or the easily offended and if you're are any of these, don't get this book. Thoroughly enjoyable and having listened to Skagboys first (the prequel - even though it was written afterwards), it was great to see the links between the two books. My only gripe is that the third book in the series, Porno, isn't available on here in an unabridged version, only abridged...having watched the Danny Boyle film too, the Psycho 'Begby' character portrayed by Robert Carlyle is absolutely perfect.

    The book is funny, poignant and moves along at a great pace. The writing style is a series of first person perspectives told by the various characters in the book. I absolutely loved it and it left me wanting more when it ended.

    The reader, Tam Dean Burn, is without doubt, the finest audio book reader I've heard to date. His interpretation of this book is truly outstanding and I have leaned more Edinburgh colloquialisms than I ever thought possible. I can not praise his reading highly enough.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • petitbilbo
    Brussels
    7/11/15
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    "I'd like to give it more than 5 stars..."
    What did you like most about Trainspotting?

    Knowing only the (excellent) movie, I wouldn't have guessed that the book is even better.The choice of Tam Dean Burn as narrator, with his stroooong Scottish accent/inflections/pronunciations gives the book a further level of delight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's not one particular character to mention. The book is a collection of stories as seen from all the character's viewpoints.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    (no spoilers) The wrath of an HIV infected man. Terrifying!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, some stories need to 'sink in' a bit before you can appreciated them at their full measure.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, without a Scottish narrator, i.e. read in simple English, the whole book's overall flavour would be so much weaker in my opinion. I'm really looking forward to other books narrated by Tam Dean Burn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • howard watson
    5/31/15
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    "Caustic Scottish dark humour at it's best"

    Tam Dae Burn rules this 90's Welsh classic.
    Definitely worth getting Skagboys prequel for back story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Boy
    5/24/15
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    "Fantastic narration and story line"

    Still as fresh, relevant and entertaining as it was when it 1st came out.
    Brilliant narration by Tam Dean Burn (check out the other Irvine Welsh books that he narrates on too).
    Love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Outskirts of London
    5/20/15
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    "Choose...This Audiobook!!!"

    Having seen the movie several times, and holding it in such esteem that I rank it within my top ten favourite films of all time, I have been meaning to read this book for as long as I can remember. The truth is I have actually owned a paperback copy of “Trainspotting” since about 1997 when I received it as a Christmas present, but had failed to get to grips with the strong Scottish dialect that Irvine Welsh used which was so integral to the story. I think I read the first couple of chapters before giving up, despite a friend of mine telling me that if you persevered, you would eventually get used to all the Scots slang and dialect. So, when I saw an unabridged audiobook was available, I had to give it a go.

    And I was not disappointed. This is one of the best novels I have ever read/heard. It is in fact better than the movie and very different. Welsh really is talented and he writes it as a series of vignettes, each narrated by a different character, though most are narrated by the main character, Mark Renton. This novel is both funny and sad, and at times somewhat graphic and vulgar, yet it always remains honest and real.

    And I cannot end this review without mentioning the impressive performance of Tam Dean Burn. I do not think there is anyone that could have provided better storytelling than Mr Burn here. It was spot on. He really brought this audiobook to life, and I am pleased to have discovered he narrates other works by Irvine Welsh. If you have not yet heard this audiobook, then give it a go. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Serling
    3/7/15
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    "Overall really good"

    As someone from scotland its great to have your culture put up front centre stage in such a great piece of literature even if it is a twisted drug-filed thrill ride.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    1/20/15
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    "A gritty insight into Edinburgh's dark side."

    loved it. The movie is not a patch on the book. I look forward to reading the sequel and prequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Caluori
    7/20/14
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Trainspotting the most enjoyable?

    The narration was spot on


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trainspotting?

    If I have a 'memorable moment' in a book it's generally because the rest of the book is boring me and I'm struggling to find a reason to carry on listening.


    What about Tam Dean Burn’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you need a tag line Google the original film I'm pretty sure it's got a tag line already.


    Any additional comments?

    When you've finished reading 'Trainspottng' try 'Skagboys'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    castleford, United Kingdom
    11/21/12
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    "Not a patch on skagboys"

    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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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