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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Transitions into new chapters are abrupt and jumpy. Might make you think that something has skipped. Love the narration, though!
Fantastic build up, my only nagging problem is the background plot seems like a re-run. Like return of the jedi to star wars. You know what I mean when you've heard it. Still well worth a look, great end leaves you wanting to know what happens to them next. Narrator is great, lots of passion. I also love it when male narrators have to speak from the point of view of a women... brings out the imature lad inside of me!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I'd have happily paid more for a longer unabridged version of this. This felt rushed and incomplete. The perfomance was excellent but the sound editing was diabolical.
On to Skagboys next
3 of 3 people found this review helpful