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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irvine Welsh Narrator: Tam Dean Burn Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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Glue is the story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh schemes, and about the loyalties, the experiences, and the secrets that hold them together into their 30s. Four boys becoming men: Juice Terry, the work-shy fanny-merchant, with corkscrew curls and sticky fingers; Billy the boxer, driven, controlled, playing to his strengths; Carl, the Milky Bar Kid, drifting along to his own soundtrack; and the doomed Gally, who has one less skin than everyone else and seems to find catastrophe at every corner.

As we follow their lives from the '70s into the new century, from punk to techno, from speed to Es, we can see each of them trying to struggle out from under the weight of the conditioning of class and culture, peer pressure, and their parents' hopes that maybe their sons will do better than they did. What binds the four of them is the friendship formed by the scheme, their school, and their ambition to escape from both; their loyalty fused in street morality: back up your mates, don't hit women and, most importantly, never grass, on anyone.

Despite its scale and ambition, Glue has all Irvine Welsh's usual pace and vigour, crackling dialogue, scabrous set-pieces and black, black humour, but it is also a grown-up book about growing up, about the way we live our lives, and what happens to us when things become unstuck. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess Beck | 2/16/2014

    " Just like any Irvine Welsh book I read- fantastic, can't put it down, and above all relatable in scary ways. Just brilliant on all levels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/30/2014

    " This is definately one I have to go back and read. This exploration of four friends and the different paths they take over several decades is very enjoyable. Disturbing and vulgar, hilarious and heartbreaking, especially the character of Andrew Galloway and his tragic turn. Another good one from Edina's laureate of squalor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessandro | 12/21/2013

    " Only for who really loves the life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/18/2013

    " a hard hitting story of 4 boys growing up in Edingburgh, through the 70s to 2000, their ups and downs and to the final "wake up" they each get. Very down to earth with no punches pulled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 hanna | 11/11/2013

    " if only the last fifty pages didn't exist, which are all as questionable as "porno." i suppose in part as it is laying more groundwork for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 10/26/2013

    " This is probably the human story that Irvine Welsh has written. It does a great job of developing the characters and ties in to some of his other work (Trainspotting, Porno). Of course, as with many of his other books, you must get used to reading in a Scottish dialect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/4/2013

    " This book holds a special place In my heart, I've read it several times over the years. The parts about "Wee Gally" break my heart! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franko | 6/10/2013

    " Fantastic. Great characters. Loved following these boys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Brass | 3/3/2013

    " not as powerful as "Trainspotting", but had a strong Scottish flavor that left me satified. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilson | 2/25/2013

    " This book involves a lot of humping and fighting with some chopping off dog legs and shooting dudes with crossbows thrown in for a little extra spice. It's got a lot of vivid scenes that stick with you through the years, and it makes you think twice about setting legless dogs on fire. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmanuelle | 2/2/2013

    " Hard to read. The book as written as the characters speak (with the Scottish accent). Alot of times, you have to read the book outloud to actually understand something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 4/11/2012

    " glue was ah-ite but welsh's shtick gets tired after awhile. Filth was his masterpiece although most would try to argue trainspotting. innit? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ Lastname | 11/21/2011

    " story about 4 scottish kids on different paths "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie F | 10/29/2011

    " Trainspotting with slightly different characters. Somewhat predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandyboy | 9/4/2011

    " rubbish. basically welsh plumbing his own lowest common denominators "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/6/2011

    " I'll read any welsh book. It's not just cool phonetic scottish dialect that makes it good. The characters are incredible and this is by far my favorite as it unfolds with the ups and severe.... downs of (some of) the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick | 2/11/2011

    " Uno dei migliori libri che abbia mai letto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/30/2011

    " 4 friends grow up in the 70's and 80's England: sex, drugs, soccer and Margaret Thatcher. I picked this up at Borders as a freebie advanced reader's copy. I figured the author of Trainspotting couldn't be too bad, and Welsh delivers a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drgonnzo | 12/22/2010

    " i liked it more than trainspotting and that is something:-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/11/2010

    " Would have been a 5 star rating had the book not completely lost the plot in some of the final chapters. It's gripping for the first three quarters but can be easy to lose interest towards the end. I am however glad I read it before Porno so I knew who everybody was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " rubbish. basically welsh plumbing his own lowest common denominators "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 11/29/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how Welsh has kind of re-created Scotland and made it into his own book universe. Told ya I was going to read everything he's written and I'm now well on my way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jake | 11/18/2010

    " I was anxious to check this book out after reading Trainspotting but it just didn't live up to my expectations. Slow moving storyline and not as rewarding as the individual chapters in it's predecessor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 6/28/2010

    " Probably my favorite book I've read by Irvine Welsh. Rich in character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/25/2010

    " I felt like this lacked Welsh's usual kick-in-the-stomach moments that make you want to either vomit or wash your brain with rubbing alcohol, but by the end I felt like all of the characters were my best friends and I think that's a great outcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/15/2010

    " This was one of the first Welsh books I discovered, and I loved it. It's as heartbreaking as it is funny and the four main characters are bizarrely likeable. The fourth of the five sections is not quite so captivating as the others but it doesn't detract from the novel too much at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sinead | 8/3/2009

    " Enjoyed reading the back story of Welsh's recurring characters, love how he has created a whole community in his head :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie H. | 7/16/2009

    " I'm not proud of it, but I liked this book--esp. rotating around amongst the four young men during their coming of age er, antics. Their brand of social commentary was entertaining, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 7/15/2009

    " glue was ah-ite but welsh's shtick gets tired after awhile. Filth was his masterpiece although most would try to argue trainspotting. innit? "

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About the Author
Author Irvine WelshIrvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, and, most recently, Skagboys. He currently lives in Chicago, IL.