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Dead Men's Trousers

Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
Series: Mark Renton, Book 5
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh, read by Tam Dean Burn. 

Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. 

Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this audiobook. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? 

Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting

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Absolutely brilliant and utterly hilarious...

This is, without doubt, the most enjoyable audio book I've listened to for quite some time and certainly the best of the year so far (probably the last couple of years), in my opinion.

Having read (listened to) all of the books in the 'Trainspotting' series, this is definitely a return to form. The stories and sub plots are brilliantly intertwined and the book reintroduces some of the old characters (Franko, Rents, Sick Boy & Spud) and a selection of others from Irvine Welsh's collection of books about Leith barms. For me, the colloquial language just adds to the book and transports me to the streets, schemes, pubs and clubs of Edinburgh.

The book is further enhanced, in my opinion, by the best audio book reader I've listened to. Tam Dean Burn is absolutely superb and I couldn't imagine listening to an Irvine Welsh book that was read by anyone else. His delivery of the book both brings it to life and, if it is possible, makes the story even better with his geniune Leith accented delivery. He truly is a genius of an audio book reader.

As with all of Irvine Welsh's books, it's not for those of a sqeamish nature, those who are easily upset or those who are offended by swearing etc. For the rest of us, sit back and enjoy the ride...this really is a treat.

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Stay with it

TBH if it wasn’t for the fact I was driving for the 1st 20 min I would have refunded this. The accent and nonstop swearing was just a bit much for my delicate ears. Boy am I glad I continued. Very funny listen.

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Outstanding!!

Another great instalment in this series and made all the more better by one of the best narration's I have listened to. I get through a lot of audiobooks and Tan Dean Burn is the best narrator I have heard.
It made me laugh out loud and made me tear up, I thought Mr Welsh had got all he could out of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and the quiet and retiring Begby but this story takes them to new highs and low. As mentioned in other reviews its not recommended for the sensitive souls out there who are easily offended but for everyone else "choose this"

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The Boys are back in town

loved it, couldn't stop listening and never wanted it to end.
Tam Dean Byrne is the perfect orator for Welsh's work .

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great stuff. more required

another great Irvine Welsh book that was wonderfully narrated by an authentic accent. Please produce more!

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Some man for one man!

New to Audible and audiobooks. A fantastic performance from Tam, and as per usual outstanding work from Welsh.

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fantastic

before you listen to this book do yourself a favour and listen to A Decent Ride then a couple of characters will be even better

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All Wrapped Up

Great final story for the series. might actually be the best in the series. just finished and want to listen again.

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classic Welsh - bringing it up to the present

loved the latest update for the Trainspotting boys who made it to middle age - Levis

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Laugh Out Loud Brilliant

This has to be one of the best written, funniest, rudest and most superbly read novels in all of Audible's library. It is certainly not for the faint hearted but I loved it. The writing, the narration and the cast of characters are amazing. 'Sick Boy' is just magnificent and the duplicitous old killer dog artist Frank Begby is slyly awesome. I'd love to see this as a film. 5 * at the least.

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  • 19-11-19

Decent ending to the series

Listened to the whole thing, could not understand a word of it. In seriousness, neither the story nor the performance are particularly bad or outstanding in any way, so three stars out of five.