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Mark Renton is a very sick young man. He's sick of heroin and sick of trying to get off it but, above all, Renton is thoroughly sick of himself. What with vampire ghost babies, exploding siblings and disatorous sexual encounters, it's pain to see why Renton gloomily contends that 'life does not get any easier'.

©1993 Irvine Welsh (P)1996 Random House Audio

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The writing is great. Narration is the author's and he gives a potent expressive read. Background sounds and music encroaching on the heavily accented scottish dialect rendered some of it incomprehensible. - really detracts from the experience of the spoken word.
This is the first audible book I have downloaded and I can't believe there is no chapter list, publication details component. Not one I could figure out anyway.

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  • Wise & Careful Shopper
  • 17-10-2010

Why No UNabridged Version?

This book is as great a listen as the hardcover was to read. And that's saying a LOT for an abridged version of ANYthing. All the credit for that goes to Irvine Welsh.

Why is there no UNabridged version of this book offered through Audible? What kind of reader needs an abridgment of a book? If you care enough to bother to buy a book, then you should care enough to experience the work as it was created by the author, not as some punked-down, arbitrary edit.

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  • Eric
  • 05-04-2013

Incomprehensible

I can't understand a word of this book. Seriously. Maybe it'll be good in writing.

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  • Sebastian
  • 01-11-2010

Very difficult to understand!

The english in this recording is very hard to follow because of the accent. Also the sound quality is not top class.
If you're not very fluent I'd think twice. Although I woudn't give up immediatly, you get used to the language after a while.

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  • Francine Kennon
  • 02-03-2018

Not read directly from the book

I enjoyed the performances of the audio but was very disappointed how it missed half of the novel. To be fair, the duration of the audio is approx only 2 hours long so this should have been a hint that it did not cover the whole novel. Nevertheless, I think this should be highlighted before purchasing. Not great value for money.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-09-2012

Too much missing

I thought the narrator did an excellent job on this and really brings the characters to life. I also think the sound effects and music are a nice touch, without being in any way intrusive. My big problem with this audiobook is that so much of the original book has been cut out. It isn't even 3 hours long and without having read the book or watched the film the story here will jump and skip events without making a lot of sense. I think this is a shame as the content produced was very good, it just isn't enough.

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  • Allan
  • 24-04-2011

Terrible

Straight to the point, it's the worst reading of a book I have ever heard, I am Scottish and well aware that it is written in dialect but the combination of bad reading and even worse sound effects in the back ground made me switch off after half an hour.

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  • Dr Mark Thomas
  • 31-07-2020

A horrific beauty!

This was so captivating from the very start. The narration really is excellent here and makes you feel the fragility and humanity of each character. I would say there are moments that are quite poetic and almost beautiful in it's descriptions of working class life in Edinburgh. You can understand why the characters turn to heroin but also get how it ruins their lives too. I loved this and enjoyed is just as much as the brilliant film based on it. I highly recommend it even if some parts of the book are cut out it doesn't take away from this incredible story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2019

NOT THE FULL BOOK

THIS IS NOT A READING OF THE FULL BOOK! It's a ripp off i should've guessed form the short time, but still i bought it. but its not the full book? And I can't get a refund even though it was so dissapointing to listen too.

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