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Where does Skagboys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Very very high. But I enjoy most of Welsh's work.
What other book might you compare Skagboys to and why?
Glue by Irvine Welsh
Which character – as performed by Tam Dean Burn – was your favorite?
If you could rename Skagboys, what would you call it?
Any additional comments?
For Americans who have never *read* any of Irvine Welsh's books, understand that he writes his books phonetically. For instance... "a full bottle of whiskey" is actually written as "a fill boatle ay whisky" in the book. This is intentional, and is how Mr. Welsh has written all of his novels when narrated by a Scot (most of them). So, you start thinking with a Scottish accent to understand them.
The point is that it really wouldn't matter if a different narrator with a less pronounced accent read the book aloud. The book itself is actually written to be read aloud with an extremely thick Scottish accent. Check out an excerpt or two from the actual book and you will begin to understand.
Now, many people could make a compelling argument that they have little enough time to read, which is why they *listen* to books. So, why would they want to *work* at listening to an audio book?The answer is very simple. The story is worth it. The characters are worth it. The memories you make while enjoying the experience are worth it.
My advice for this outstanding performance would be to think and listen with an accent. Who knows? "Ye jest mieet firgeet yirsaelf."
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Listening to this made me feel like I was listening to a night out that I'd missed. Having someone tell me a story about the classic mistakes my pals were doomed to make. All along thinking how did I not see that coming ?
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