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The Cutting Room | [Louise Welsh]

The Cutting Room

Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent erotic photographs. He feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness.
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Publisher's Summary

Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent erotic photographs. He feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness.

©2002 Louise Welsh (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks LTD

What the Critics Say

"One of the most intriguing assured and unputdownable debuts to come out of Scotland in recent years." (The Sunday Times)
"Astonishingly this is a first novel, catapulting Welsh straight into the superstar league, while establishing Rilke as a classic original." (The Times)

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    Karen Plumstead, London, United Kingdom 16/03/2008
    Karen Plumstead, London, United Kingdom 16/03/2008

    Always looking for a great audible read...........

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    "Make the weekend interesting"

    The main character is a partner in an auction house, he is asked to deal with the clearing of a house whose deceased owner has left some very dubious and questionable memorabilia. He becomes fascinated by the material, and what it might mean. So begins his trawl through the Glaswegian low life in a quest to find out the truth about the objects and photos he has discovered. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a gripping listen, with interesting characters. It made a real change for the lead character to be an auctioneer, not a policeman, and a welcome change for the lead character to be gay, and for that to be incidental to the plot rather than part of some 'being gay leads to characters downfall' scenario. Get ready for the weekend, download the book, and enjoy........

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Derby, United Kingdom 02/07/2008
    Nicholas Derby, United Kingdom 02/07/2008
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    "Is it a good audio book?"

    It is very well spoken, you hang by his words. It is one of the best spoken books I have heard, the phrasing, the different accents, the emphasis - easy to listen to.
    The content though is hard hitting. It leaves little to the imagiantion - gay sex, violent sex - however this is not an erotic book as you could imagine. Instead it opens up the area of violent sex that is really quite disturbing and could well upset some listeners. I think this is in part due to how well the narrator tells the story. It makes it very much alive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah Reading, United Kingdom 01/07/2008
    Rogayah Reading, United Kingdom 01/07/2008
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    "Going, going, gone."

    I read the reviews but was not prepared for the transitory feeling of this story. Yes it is about an auctioneer, house clearance man who finds some erotic photographs of a woman whose death could be real or could be fake, but everything and everyone seems as insubstantial smoke - here one minute and gone the next, perhaps that is due to the slightly detached attitude of Rilke, the narrator. The story is loosely based on Rilke's need by Rilke to get to the bottom of the disturbing photographs he finds, but in the end the story and characters disappears like smoke.


    It is a well told story with vivid, sensitive descriptions and enough pace to move the story along its twisting path. Robert Carlyle is a good story teller; I shall look out for more books read by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Pinner, United Kingdom 06/04/2013
    Evelyn Pinner, United Kingdom 06/04/2013

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    "unputdownable"

    Louise Welsh writing and Robert Carlyle reading make this audible book one of the best I have heard. I am very fit now, having doubled my usual walking route to continue to listen to this fascinating tale, and hearing Robert Carlyle's incredible reading Thanks to both of you. I will buy other titles by Louise Welsh and anything read by Robert Carlyle. Evelyn Aams

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARTIN HASLEMERE, United Kingdom 18/03/2011
    MARTIN HASLEMERE, United Kingdom 18/03/2011
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    "Wonderful... out-Marlowes Chandler!"

    Other reviewers have summarised the plot and locale. All the superlatives have been used up. What is left to say?

    Louise Welsh has given us a strangely elegiac account of city life and its squalor. It's a crowded territory for writers, including great ones: Baudelaire, Dostoevsky, Zola. What marks her out is an unsentimental, authentic-feeling sympathy with her characters. Before reading her, I would never have believed that anyone other than a gay man could have created a figure like Rilke.

    Robert Carlyle is nothing short of superb, one of the best narrators I've heard. I'd place him alongside Stephen Rea.

    Audiobooks don't come any more satisfying than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George CroyUnited Kingdom 16/03/2008
    George CroyUnited Kingdom 16/03/2008
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    "Not for me"

    The story looks good and read by Robert Carlisle is a bonus. Initially I enjoyed the stoy line, I found the main character and the flavour of the story enjoyable but eventually gave up when it came to the graphic descriptions of Gay sex.

    Unfortunately it killed my interest stone dead and I will never know the outcome of the story which is a pity

    17 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    D suffolk, United Kingdom 03/05/2014
    D suffolk, United Kingdom 03/05/2014
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    "Excellent reading of interesting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cutting Room to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    Would you be willing to try another book from Louise Welsh? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. This was well written and psychologically accurate.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None in particular: I liked the background of the auction house - particularly the final sale, and the early scenes in the old house.


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

    No, it wasn't really that sort of book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an atmospheric read. The plot wasn't full of tension and some people would find it slow, but I enjoyed it as a bedtime reading. I've seen some comments objecting to the sexual descriptions or references, but I found them relevant to the plot which centres on the underground sex industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Westhill, United Kingdom 04/06/2008
    John Westhill, United Kingdom 04/06/2008
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    "John"

    An accomplished and intelligent but very dark and rather grubby mystery thriller. The world of antiques, violent pornography, corruption, gay sex and mortality are clothed in a detailed and realistic Glasgow setting. The reading by Robert Carlisle is. of course, well judged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Borehamwood, United Kingdom 15/05/2008
    Lee Borehamwood, United Kingdom 15/05/2008

    I've been reading since I was 4 and my mother checked out adult books for me when I turned twelve. Now I love to listen!

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    "the cutting room - way too raw!"

    I got this download in anticipation of a great mystery read - Robert C was superb but I must agree with the gentleman from Croy - this book needs a warning that it has such descriptive sex scenes - gay or straight - it's too much to listen to on the way to work in the morning. I too just deleted it and I'll never know the ending either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monsieur Ghost WALLINGFORD, United Kingdom 26/03/2013
    Monsieur Ghost WALLINGFORD, United Kingdom 26/03/2013

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    "Great narration, so-so plot, explicit at times"

    I thought the narration was superb, and it is clear that Robert Carlyle really got into the character. I believe he was interested in filming the book, which could explain this. The plot is OK, not brilliant. The strength of the book is not in its plot, which was rather predictable from the start (especially if one wants to label the book as a crime novel), but in the language used (I see it more as a novel). I am not a huge fan of lengthy graphic descriptions of sex scenes (especially not when just sitting on the bus etc. - ), gay or straight, but unfortunately these feature a few times in the book. If such scenes are functional, perhaps the author can be excused, but other than illustrating the moral attitudes and the emotional emptiness of the main character (which was clear from the start), I failed to see how it in any way contributed to the story/plot. Some other reviewers have given up on the book as a result, I persevered till the end as I wanted to know the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lesley
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    31/01/09
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    "Irvine or Louise?"

    Very impressive! Welsh created rich and rounded characters - characters I didn't necessarily identify with, but watched in fascination. The language and content may offend some, but I found it fitting and not used for shock value, but to enrich the story and it's players. If you are not from an inner city lifestyle, this may come as a shock to you. Sometimes it's good to be shocked. Well done Louise Welsh. The narration by Robert Carlyle was FABULOUS and showed what a master performer he is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miriam
    Tuggeranong DC, Australia
    04/04/10
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    "Critically acclaimed, but ultimately disappointing"

    Louise Welsh's 2002 debut may not be for everyone, with its explicit descriptions of her gay male protagonist's numerous dalliances. And there were too many echoes here, too - of the plot points of AK Walker's '8MM', the nihilism of Susanna Moore's 'In the Cut' - for it to feel anything more than a transposition of established themes to new locales. Perhaps it's these echoes that result in some jarring incongruities that are possibly intentional, but also annoying - a supposedly contemporary Glasgow with a 'gaslight' feel, first person narration drowning under the weight of ponderous exposition. There are some lovingly crafted minor characters, but I was extremely disappointed by the unsubtle elements of this book, given the critical acclaim with which it was greeted on its release. Robert Carlyle's narration is excellent, though some people may find it takes some time to acclimatize to his heavy Glaswegian accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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