Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.
©1993 Irvine Welsh (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
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5 out of 5 stars
By andrew on 01-08-15


great book, much better to listen than read, as a glaswiegan anyway! highly reccomend this book!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By petitbilbo on 11-07-15

I'd like to give it more than 5 stars...

What did you like most about Trainspotting?

Knowing only the (excellent) movie, I wouldn't have guessed that the book is even better.The choice of Tam Dean Burn as narrator, with his stroooong Scottish accent/inflections/pronunciations gives the book a further level of delight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There's not one particular character to mention. The book is a collection of stories as seen from all the character's viewpoints.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

(no spoilers) The wrath of an HIV infected man. Terrifying!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, some stories need to 'sink in' a bit before you can appreciated them at their full measure.

Any additional comments?

Again, without a Scottish narrator, i.e. read in simple English, the whole book's overall flavour would be so much weaker in my opinion. I'm really looking forward to other books narrated by Tam Dean Burn.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Katz on 03-01-17


I struggled with the written version of this 20 years ago and gave up at some point in the early chapters. The phonetic spellings were too distracting and I couldn't get into it. With the new movie coming out, I tried again, and once again it didn't work for me.

But as spoken Scots accents are so musical to me, when the lightbulb went off in my head to look for the audiobook, well, it was a no-brainer.

The reader/narrator did a wonderful job bringing the book to life.

The book itself is so much more than the movie (not to take anything away from the movie, though), with emotional kicks to the gut when least expected, and the connection with the characters is on another level entirely.

For anyone who had a hard time reading the book, I strongly recommend trying the audiobook version. Very much worth it.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Flavius on 18-12-12

Powerful, Profane and Profound

This is a marvelous novel and a wonderful audiobook. Tam Dean Burn manages to capture Welsh's multifaceted characters nicely, and easily navigates some tricky dialects.

As the book is written in dialect, it can be a challenging read. I first read the novel, which includes a glossary of terms, and was very helpful. Before long, I had absorbed the language. I might suggest at least looking at a copy of the book first to get a better idea of Welsh's use of language.

For those readers who make the effort, however, Trainspotting is well worth it. Less of a novel and more of a series of interrelated stories which combine to make a very satisfying whole.

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