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Summary

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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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

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Fantastic ride great book

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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.

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You beauty!!

Easily the funniest audiobook I have ever listened to. Think it’s my third of fourth listen over the last few years and it is quality every time!!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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A Very Decent Listen

This is the rollicking tale of Juice Terry, cab driver, 'scud artiste' and lover extraordinaire. He's extremely likeable and leads a cast list of notable characters in a fast paced, filthy and at times moving novel that mixes his rampant sexual appetite with an odiously hilarious Trumpesque TV star on the make, golf and rare malt whisky. Decidedly non - PC but incredibly funny stuff from the master.

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One of Irvines best

I've given 5 stars for performance before but I should have kept one in reserve, this is so well read. Typical Irvine Welsh, set in Scotland some utter depravity but ultimately a spectacular story with some good little twists. If there was one thing I didn't like it all ended a bit too 'happy ever after' but still an excellent listen.

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A heartwarming tale of perverseverance...

First off the bat I have to make it clear that the performance of this book is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! If I was not for the spot on accents and characterization of the reader this book would not have been half as entertaining. I imagine that there is no other way to experience the story. I would endorse you to get into juice Terry's cab and get a decent ride!