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Extended Audio Sample Glue, by Irvine Welsh
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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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