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A Decent Ride Audiobook – Unabridged

4.2 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 8 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 April 2015
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V6VOMEM
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Since reading 'Trainspotting', around the time it came out, I have read most of Irvine Welsh's books and, to one degree or another, enjoyed them all, so - full disclosure - I came to 'A Decent Ride' as a long time fan of Irvine Welsh's work.

'A Decent Ride' reintroduces readers to "Juice" Terry Lawson, who also appeared in Glue and Porno. An ageing, corkscrew haired, black-cab driving sex maniac who is defined and motivated almost exclusively by his sex drive. He also sometimes stars in porno films and has an occasional foray into low level criminality.

The tale opens with some fairly broad humour and I wondered if Juice Terry could sustain an entire book however he's actually great company and he's far more interesting that might appear at the outset. The story also takes numerous surprising, interesting and unexpected turns and, for my money, it's up there with some of Irvine Welsh's best work, only let down by being slightly rambling and repetitive. That said it is funny, moving and quietly profound. So not quite the five stars of Trainspotting, Skagboys, or Porno, however it's still a rock solid four stars and highly recommended to anyone who enjoy's Irvine's ouevre.
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Irvine Welsh is a true genius, I have worked in Leith for 7 years and constantly meet characters from his books, his writing is both excellent and addictive. I don't believe anyone understands the unique culture and character of Leithers like Irvine does, and has his unique ability to put it into words, this is a fantastic read.
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Welshs short stories disappoint me his novels rarely do . Funny sad moving twists turns Welsh might not be a snobs ideal but he can throw a story together.
Begbie tale next old pal
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Funny, gritty, bleak, intense, and addictive. This had me hooked, as all Welsh's books do, right from the beginning. I try to savour his books but get so carried away I read read them them almost in one.
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Great
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Very funny and as always incredibly dark, one of my favourite Welsh books. La Vanille Nature Park in the right terminal at Paris
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Where to start...This makes The Wolf of Wall Street look like a nursery rhyme and Trainspotting look like a Sunday School outing. It is dark, shocking, excessive, funny and brilliant. It explores Edinburgh council estate life through the lens of non stop shagging, chemically fueled excess and Gregg's meat pastries. Yep, sex, drugs and sausage rolls. The skilfully woven plot incorporates Edinburgh cab drivers, American billionaires, incest and necrophilia. At times, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Take William Burroughs, Hunter S Thompson and wrap them in Scottish schemie humour. Black comedy at its best.

Anyone not raised on a Scottish council estate may struggle with some of the dialog but it's nevertheless a compelling read that deserves the effort.
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I've read a few Irvine Welsh books before and always find them highly entertaining. They are all gritty, sometimes harrowing and always memorable. I spend a fair bit of time in Edinburgh and love to read of places I know so well with characters that are so believable. I find myself dreaming and thinking in a broad Scots dialect too!

This book was hilarious, heartwarming and disgusting all at the same time and I felt thoroughly satisfied with a huge smile on my face when I'd finished it. I am laughing now just thinking about Jonty's escape to Penicuik and Juice Terry's efforts to avoid arousal by women in case the excitement ends his life!

Poor Terry taking up golf to subdue his urges and the effort to win bottles of 'Skatch' for his American taxi client had me in hysterics.

This book is far more than a decent read!
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