Porno

  • by Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by Tam Dean Burn
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the fag-end of his youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in his native 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.To enable this scam to work out, Sick Boy needs bedfellows. A desirable one may be the lovely Nicola Fuller-Smith, a young student with enough ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own. However, to realize his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy gets teamed up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew that includes the city's favourite ex-aerated-water-salesman: "Juice" Terry Lawson.In the world of Porno, however, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew 10 years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still trying to fight for the first-class seats as the locomotive careens at high speed towards the buffers.

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What the Critics Say

"Welsh has an uncanny talent for dialogue, and his writing is often diamond sharp." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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More skagboy fun, less depth than Trainspotting

What did you love best about Porno?

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.


What does Tam Dean Burn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Blake

Terrible editing

Have you listened to any of Tam Dean Burn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.


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- Patti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2006
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks