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A rampaging force of nature is wreaking havoc on the streets of Edinburgh, but has top shagger, drug dealer, gonzo-porn star and taxi driver ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson finally met his match in Hurricane ‘Bawbag’?Can Terry discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison?

Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star Ronald Checker?And, crucially, will Terry be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without...a decent ride?

A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back on home turf, leaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey. In his funniest, filthiest book yet, Irvine Welsh celebrates an unreconstructed misogynist hustler - a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent - and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy....

©2015 Irvine Welsh (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-15

Decent ride is decent enough

What did you like most about A Decent Ride?

Funny rude and full of fun great charactors some old some new. Moves along at a great pace

What other book might you compare A Decent Ride to, and why?

Trainspotting and glue listening to a decent ride is like meeting up with old friends

Have you listened to any of Tam Dean Burn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

My first performance from tam dean burn but after this would love to go back and listen to all the back catalogue of irvine welsh read by tam

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes terry relationship with his family was touching and very well written

Any additional comments?

Fantastic ride great book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Les
  • 05-26-15

Unbelievable Performance.....Guaranteed!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Decent Ride to be better than the print version?

Though already a fan of audio, this performance took the medium into a different stratosphere. So much emotion, humour and pathos - genuinely and truly enhanced the experience.

What other book might you compare A Decent Ride to, and why?

I've no real audio comparisons but very much in the mould of other Welsh works...bit more accessible though

Have you listened to any of Tam Dean Burn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Have not heard any other performances but will keep any eye out in the future.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loads and loads of laughing

Any additional comments?

Not for the faint-hearted but a real experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • william
  • 05-13-15

Loved it ma wee Bobby

Dark, dirty, gritty, ridiculous filthy but most importantly immensely funny. Juice Terry is my hero. I'm immediately starting on Irvine's back catalogue.
I thought the Scottish accent would grind on me after a while but it was the exact opposite.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Murray
  • 12-01-15

Classic Welsh!

Juice Terry returns for more dark comic capers. Anyone familiar with Welsh's other works will know what to expect as this character (from Glue and Porno fame) takes centre stage in this farfetched but entertaining adventure. As usual, Welsh's narrative style means no topic is off-limits but despite the somewhat base and unbelievable extremes that permeate this story, lies a character grounded in the familiar patter and surroundings that many growing up in central Scotland will recognise. This connection for me was one of the main reasons I enjoyed the book so much. Welsh simply and expertly captures the working class swagger and darkness just below the shortbread tin, castle and ‘See You Jimmy Hat’ Scottish stereotype. This authentic characterisation is similarly captured in Tam Dean Burn’s performance.

Fans of Welsh or those with a lived experience of central Scotland will especially enjoy this book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. R. J. Oday
  • 09-24-15

Great listen. The local dialect is spot on

Great audio book. Tam Dean Burn brings all thr characters to life. Although i think he needs to work on his American accent. All in all though i strongly recommend.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 07-20-15

Disgustingly hilariously vintage Welsh

Where does A Decent Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated by Tam Dean Burn. Captures the atmosphere and humour of the mean streets of Edinburgh.Fantastic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jonty.... Welsh creates a complex character from a seemingly simple start.

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

Terry

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 06-10-15

Hilarious, Welsh and Burn on top form.

A belter. From start to finish this thoroughly enjoyable. Some great new characters and a welcome return of some old favourites.

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  • James
  • 10-13-15

juice T

man alive I'm no expert nor great reader hence the listening.
but what a story most definitely should be a movie excellent. characters all excellent and well read by the narrator. Well chuffed.
also good to see Mr Welsh taking the 5-1 so well covering it in this book. amazing just bloody amazing.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavingks
  • 05-08-16

Seriously can you swear that much?But be fantastic

I have read Irvine books in the past and they have been a bit of a mixed bag for me. But this one is truly exceptional. I really never wanted it to end and felt like these foul characters had become friends i would never want and never want to loose.
Do not read this if you have any scruples about anything or worry at any swear words. Everything is challenged here and i mean things i never thought i'd find in literature
The story is fabulous and very very Scottish. Golf, Whisky, prostitution, Edinburgh.
Add to that a nod to Donald Trump and you get the perfect novel
You might guess I loved it. I laughed and I was revolted and the mix is perfect.
Narrator was pretty F*ing good too. (sorry it needed said) Actually seriously he brought the book alive for me.
As a foot note I am from Edinburgh and the descriptions were very sharp

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sigrin
  • 04-02-16

Shag-tastic


Thank you to Tam Dean Burn who bought this to life, without him I think I would have given up, as all the expletives used as adjectives in every sentence was really gross.
I read trainspotting many years ago and now realise I would have got more out of it had I listened to the audible version.

Love or hate Mr Welsh it was a very funny book. Through the wreckage of porn, necrophilia, sodomy, chauvanism etc you did get to feel the real emotion of Juice Terry, Jonty, Suicide Sal, Chequer and Saskia, However if I met any of these characters in real life I would avoid them like the plague.

I defy you not to laugh out loud at Terry's analagy of what a woman really means when she says No, maybe or Yes.

Enjoy

1 of 1 people found this review helpful