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Dead Men's Trousers

Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (391 ratings)
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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

©2018 Irvine Welsh (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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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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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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Best in the series <br />

A great story a great listen. Thanks to the narration by Tam (some dodgy American accents) but overall class. Love the way Mr Welsh writes. Had me laughing out loud so many times even though the content can be gruesome. As quoted in the book Brian Clough definitely in my top one

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Behind an awful title lies Irvine's best book.

The narrator, Tam Dean Burns is amazing, can listen to his range of jakey accents all day long.

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A fitting conclusion

Irvine Welsh has always been one of my favourite authors. Being from a similar area and background I feel as though I've grown up with Sickboy and Co. and I am always excited to see how their lives are progressing. This is the first time I've purchased an audio book and unfortunately I did not find the commentator believable enough. There was too much emphasis on the various accents of the characters. I would have preferred if a Scottish male had not even attempted the squealing accent of a female from Salisbury or America and had just used his normal speaking voice. Despite this I was able to enjoy the well written story.

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Barry likesay!

Another rollercoaster ride by Irvine Welsh. Laughing and crying while listening and those around me on the various flights must wonder what nonsense is going on in my headphones.

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The End????

Fair thee well o lovable Embra bams. Until next time?? RIP the one who disny make it😢 Waxing lyrical once again TDB.

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best author, best narrator! fantastic as always

If only we could have a Porno audible instead of an abridged T2 version I would listen to this series countless times. Brilliant by the hugely talented Irvine Welsh, he never dissapoints. Really hoping this isn't the last!