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
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.
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.
There's not one particular character to mention. The book is a collection of stories as seen from all the character's viewpoints.
(no spoilers) The wrath of an HIV infected man. Terrifying!
Not really, some stories need to 'sink in' a bit before you can appreciated them at their full measure.
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.
The narration really brought this book to life. Would definitely recommend, even if you've read the book already.
A delightful realisation of the text beautifully and sensitively achieved by the narrator. A book to return to, evoking On the Road, Huckleberry Finn and much more besides.
Rebel inc got it. It really does deserve to sell more copies than the bible
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.
"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.
I struggled with the written version of this 20 years ago and gave up at some point in the early chapters. The phonetic spellings were too distracting and I couldn't get into it. With the new movie coming out, I tried again, and once again it didn't work for me.
But as spoken Scots accents are so musical to me, when the lightbulb went off in my head to look for the audiobook, well, it was a no-brainer.
The reader/narrator did a wonderful job bringing the book to life.
The book itself is so much more than the movie (not to take anything away from the movie, though), with emotional kicks to the gut when least expected, and the connection with the characters is on another level entirely.
For anyone who had a hard time reading the book, I strongly recommend trying the audiobook version. Very much worth it.
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.
"Choose Life, But Definitley Choose this Title."
This is one of my favorite performances. The novel is written almost entirely in Scottish dialect. Burn does a tremendous job bringing the narrative to life.
Danny "Spud" Murphy is my favorite character in the novel. His shenanigans are truly one of the humorous linchpins of the book.
It would have been an intense ride but definitely.
"crazy book - just say no!"
lots and lots of drugs and drinkles. hard to keep track of which character is which since the reader keeps changing who the first person is.
"Wow... Always better than the movie."
The narrator of this book did a phenomenal job. He Capture the story in the best way possible. With a spot on accent you definitely feel Like you are in Leith and Edinburgh. I liked how in-depth all of the different characters were. Very well done story by Irvine Welsh.
I have seen the movie and it was good. The book was good as well, about the same. The narration was a bit hard to understand because he talks In a heavy scotch accent.
"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.
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