T2 Trainspotting was previously published as Porno.
Now a major film directed by Danny Boyle reuniting the cast of Trainspotting.
Years on from Trainspotting Sick Boy is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his ambitions within the Adult industries, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton. Still scheming, still scamming, Sick Boy and Renton soon find out that they have unresolved issues to address concerning the unhinged Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.
"Welsh has an uncanny talent for dialogue, and his writing is often diamond sharp." (Publishers Weekly)
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More skagboy fun, less depth than Trainspotting
Spending more time in the minds of the skagboys is fun, but this work seems to lack the insight and depth that made Welsh's earlier work blossom. It felt like the attention shifted greatly from some of the complex and three dimensional characters, to some of the flat, less contemplative characters. Perhaps I just enjoyed Mark Renton's outspoken philosophical rants, but he is more on the periphery of this work.
Tam Dean Burn does an amazing job. I enjoy his delivery, and believe it really helps, as I sometimes am able to gather the context/ meaning of the heavy dialect/ slang. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his work with Irvine Welsh.
Daniel "Spud" Murphy's introspection and attempt to make something of his life are both heartfelt, and sad, as he begins to reflect on his life, and move forward.
This is in regards solely to the audiobook platform, but there was a huge decline in quality.
1) It seems like this book is only available in an abridged form (although I'm not sure how much was altered).
2) The recording itself also had some glaring issues. It was more muffled than Trainspotting, and I found myself having to turn the volume up more to try and listen clearly. Also there was distracting background noise throughout, (someone else in an office, possibly?).
3) The chapters were not properly edited, so 1-2 seconds are abruptly chopped off at the end of each chapter, sometimes mid-sentence.
Tam Dean Burn's narration and the editing of Trainspotting and Skagboys was awesome. I expected the same from Porno. Burn's performance was probably amazing again but the sound quality was below par, the narration speed was too fast, and the overall editing was so poor that if I had picked this book as my first experience with him, I wouldn't have listened to anything else he did. A shame really.