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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (55,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irvine Welsh Narrator: Irvine Welsh, Tam Dean Burn Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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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'.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neha Oberoi | 2/19/2014

    " I think I would have enjoyed the book a whole lot more if I could have gotten past the thick brogue underlying the major pages. It seemed like a chore but I doggedly persisted and eventually the book seemed more like homework! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Lloyd | 2/16/2014

    " rarely do I think a movie's better than the book it was based on - almost never. In this case however, the book was decent but nothing more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 2/6/2014

    " I recently read this, one of my top all-time books, again. And I say everyone else should read it too (unless you have a weak-stomach when it comes to images of hard drug use and unpleasant bodily functions). As soon as you get used to the he Scottish slang and phonetic-spelling, you'll realize it's one of the most amazing books ever in terms of idiomatic language and dialogue. Gen-Xers may also relate to the theme of disaffection --there's the "choose life" speech made famous by the movie. ( The movie was fine, but this is a reading experience.) Note that there is a glossary of Scottish slang in the back of American editions, which I didn't realize on first read and had a devil of a time tring to figure out what a bairn is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Guidry | 2/5/2014

    " Though a good read overall, only about half of the book kept me interested and engaged. The dialog is written in a gritty form of Scottish slang, a style that has made Irvine Welsh famous. The parts of the language that I could understand were rewarding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 1/18/2014

    " Possibly one of the best books I've read. I'm Scottish and it took me a few pages to "tune in" to the dialect, but stick with it, it's worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aron | 1/7/2014

    " I just thought this was amazingly inventive in terms of its literary prose. Can't really recommend this, as it can be so difficult to simply read, but absolutely loved this book when I read it. Laughed out loud many times when confronted by its completely irreverent storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shonda Wilson | 12/26/2013

    " One of the most disturbing books I've read ever, but one of the best. If you have trouble reading the text (its written in dialect), I suggest reading it out loud... I am not kidding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 12/23/2013

    " I read the book after seeing the movie. And that makes me feel kind of shallow. I have read several other books by Walsh since and none can quite live up to this one. The characters in the book are not nearly as likeable as their film counterparts which makes them more believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/20/2013

    " loved this book in highschool. loved his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 12/19/2013

    " Be patient the style takes some getting used to - but its worth it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Lazatin | 12/12/2013

    " i'm a little scared to watch the movie now but i'm glad renton got away with it all. or at least in my head, he got away "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Camp | 12/7/2013

    " I attempted to read this years and years ago. Finally got to it again and I always knew I'd love it. It's a challenge to read and knowing that this was Welsh's first novel really makes me appreciate the effort he put into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Lemus | 11/5/2013

    " Awesome debut novel. The glossary in the back helped alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Non | 7/24/2013

    " read welsh for his unadulterated, uncompromising way of capturing the scottish vagrant's voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Conderan | 4/17/2013

    " I read this after seeing the movie in my acid and ecstasy fuelled 20's. Once you get your head around the accent, it's a cracking read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Cottrell | 10/19/2012

    " What I learned? Choose life and stay off the Smack! A modern classic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Hoffmeister | 10/12/2012

    " Brilliant and scary. Fun, yet disgusting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 6/30/2012

    " Like most people, I saw the film first. I love both. Once your brain is reprogrammed to Scottish, it's smooth sailing. The AIDS revenge portion, which did not fit into the film structurally, is awesome and deserves to be read. It's been too long to be specific, but it's a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 4/15/2012

    " Irvine Welsh is totally capable of making me well up at the bottom of one page and explode with laughter at the top of the next. I like some books more that others for sure but I am always entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/10/2012

    " Not one mention of rolling stock, track gauges, officious platform inspectors nor diesel vs steam locomotives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/26/2011

    " By far superior to the film. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 10/20/2011

    " I had seen the movie first and really liked it, so I thought I'd try the book. Trouble is it's written like Scots speak and for most of it I was reading out loud to understand it. For a change, I actually preferred the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 5/24/2011

    " "Take the best orgasm you've ever had, multiply it by a thousand, and you're still nowhere near it" - Mark Renton/Rent Boy "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 The | 5/15/2011

    " I really tried but could not get into the book - found it too hard to read. Just couldn't get the hang of the language, maybe even harder as English is not my first language.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/7/2011

    " If ye dinnae read this bok yit yir yin daft cunt, likesay? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 isil | 5/1/2011

    " birinden bu kitabi anlatmasini istemeyin. "nasil, güzel mi?" diye sormayin. özetini, içerigini merak etmeyin. bu kitap gerçekten anlatilmayan, yasanan bi kitap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/29/2011

    " Brilliant and scary. Fun, yet disgusting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 4/28/2011

    " Quando li a cena do bacano com os lençóis cheio de merd*, senti-me enojado. 'nough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nimisha | 4/21/2011

    " Sex, drugs, and rock n' roll in 90s Scotland - definitely not a book I would have picked up of my own accord. But I'm glad I got the chance to for a class because I actually really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/18/2011

    " A very interesting read if you can get past the hard to decipher dialect and the extremely vulgar passages. Haven't seen the movie, but I imagine it is quite interesting as well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 3/26/2011

    " I dunno. Guess I have out-grown Trainspotting. Not like the movie. But, i loved the movie back in the day. Hard to read as it is written in Scottish dialect. Kinda made me jonze out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 3/26/2011

    " and still I have yet to watch the film version. "

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Author Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, If You Liked School, You’ll Love Work, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs and Reheated Cabbage. He divides his time between Florida, Ireland, and Scotland.