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Publisher's Summary

T2 Trainspotting was previously published as Porno.

Now a major film directed by Danny Boyle reuniting the cast of Trainspotting.

Years on from Trainspotting Sick Boy is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his ambitions within the Adult industries, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton. Still scheming, still scamming, Sick Boy and Renton soon find out that they have unresolved issues to address concerning the unhinged Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.

©2002 Irvine Welsh (P)2002 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Welsh has an uncanny talent for dialogue, and his writing is often diamond sharp." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Blake
  • 29-04-2015

More skagboy fun, less depth than Trainspotting

What did you love best about Porno?

Spending more time in the minds of the skagboys is fun, but this work seems to lack the insight and depth that made Welsh's earlier work blossom. It felt like the attention shifted greatly from some of the complex and three dimensional characters, to some of the flat, less contemplative characters. Perhaps I just enjoyed Mark Renton's outspoken philosophical rants, but he is more on the periphery of this work.

What does Tam Dean Burn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tam Dean Burn does an amazing job. I enjoy his delivery, and believe it really helps, as I sometimes am able to gather the context/ meaning of the heavy dialect/ slang. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his work with Irvine Welsh.

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

Daniel "Spud" Murphy's introspection and attempt to make something of his life are both heartfelt, and sad, as he begins to reflect on his life, and move forward.

Any additional comments?

This is in regards solely to the audiobook platform, but there was a huge decline in quality.
1) It seems like this book is only available in an abridged form (although I'm not sure how much was altered).
2) The recording itself also had some glaring issues. It was more muffled than Trainspotting, and I found myself having to turn the volume up more to try and listen clearly. Also there was distracting background noise throughout, (someone else in an office, possibly?).
3) The chapters were not properly edited, so 1-2 seconds are abruptly chopped off at the end of each chapter, sometimes mid-sentence.

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  • Heidi M. Blackwell
  • 09-02-2017

Cuts are jumpy

Transitions into new chapters are abrupt and jumpy. Might make you think that something has skipped. Love the narration, though!

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  • Patti
  • 12-10-2016

Terrible editing

Have you listened to any of Tam Dean Burn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Tam Dean Burn's narration and the editing of Trainspotting and Skagboys was awesome. I expected the same from Porno. Burn's performance was probably amazing again but the sound quality was below par, the narration speed was too fast, and the overall editing was so poor that if I had picked this book as my first experience with him, I wouldn't have listened to anything else he did. A shame really.

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  • Colin
  • 05-08-2015

Enjoyed this syory

Very good author. Very good characters. Well worth the money in my opinion. The narrator is very good too .

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  • MR DAVID ARSHADI
  • 14-08-2016

Where's the unabridged version?

I'd have happily paid more for a longer unabridged version of this. This felt rushed and incomplete. The perfomance was excellent but the sound editing was diabolical.
On to Skagboys next

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  • Mark
  • 17-02-2006

Great fun, leaves you hanging... wanting more

Fantastic build up, my only nagging problem is the background plot seems like a re-run. Like return of the jedi to star wars. You know what I mean when you've heard it. Still well worth a look, great end leaves you wanting to know what happens to them next. Narrator is great, lots of passion. I also love it when male narrators have to speak from the point of view of a women... brings out the imature lad inside of me!

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  • M Irwin
  • 28-08-2017

Wish T2 had followed the same story!

Fantastic 3 rd part of the story. Just wish the film adaptation could of been closer to the book

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  • Nory S.
  • 15-10-2016

Not as good as it's predecessor

Poor quality recording on my version. Book is good buy fails to reach the heights (depths) of trainspotting

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  • David P.
  • 05-10-2016

Loved it but crap sound quality!

Brilliant sequel to Trainspotting.
Well narrated but unfortunately the sound quality is poor and the editing a bit harsh in places.
Other than that, great

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  • Paul B
  • 09-07-2018

Great book

Audio is not very good in it compared to the previous two books in the series.

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  • Lady Vic
  • 08-03-2018

Too hurried and shallow.

The sound quality is not up to the same standard as Skagboys or Trainspotting, though TDB is as great as ever. I'm not sure if this was a bad novel or it just seems that way because it's abridged (in spite of what it says on the cover), but there was no depth to the story or characters and the editing resulted in a hurried and flustered narration.

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  • Mr. M. J. Riley
  • 07-02-2017

Too much of an erotic novel for perverse men

i thought Porno this was a mid way between trainspotting and T2 but T2 is a rehash of Porno just another 10 years on. if i had not wanted to see the characters stories end i would have got bored of this erotic novel for horny men half way through. i hope the film is more about the characters story than the sex.

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  • AdeyCorp
  • 03-02-2017

Great book

It was a great book and good listen. Just wish it was the full book and not bridged.

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  • Lorraine Wiseman
  • 02-02-2017

Feel like I need a hot shower to scrub clean...

Really quite disappointed with this. I feel Irvine Welsh writes like a naughty school boy who is showing off to his pals about how crude he can be or how much he can swear! I'm no prude but bits of this just made me cringe!!!
At the very least have a woman read the female parts instead of a guy who sounds like Rab C Nesbitt trying to put on a posh, female voice!!
I don't know if Welsh is aiming for a storyline or an attempt at erotic fiction but it's not a patch on Trainspotting and a shame to see great characters wasted.