• A Decent Ride

  • A Novel
  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Irvine Welsh returns to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting and so many of his novels since, with a new novel featuring one of his most iconic and beloved characters - "Juice" Terry Lawson - that's thick on the Scottish brogue, heavy on the filth and masterful in its comedic timing.

A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back in Edinburgh, this time with one of his most compelling and popular characters front and center: the rampaging force of nature that is "Juice" Terry Lawson, first seen in Glue.

Juice is a man who contains multitudes: He's a top shagger; a drug-dealing, gonzo porn star; and taxi driver. As we ride along in Juice's cab through the depraved streets of Edinburgh, Juice encounters a series of charmingly filthy characters, all of whom present their own, uh, unique challenges. Has he finally met his match in Hurricane "Bawbag"? Can he discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Juice be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without...a decent ride? (The meaning of the title is starting to sink in now, huh?) So buckle your seatbelts, and prepare for one unforgettable ride.

©2016 Irvine Welsh (P)2016 Random House Audio

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absolutely brilliant!!!!!

This is such a fun story to listen to. I loved Terrys character. He's a well endowed ladies man who gets into all kinds of interesting situations. The narration is great, the story has a great pace, I haven't laughed so many times listening to an audio book, ever. Great characters, excellent dark humor, classic Irvine Welsh style.

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Not The sex lives of Siamese twins or bedroom secrets of master chefs

This one was not as easy of a listen for me as the sex lives of Siamese twins but maybe that is because I am an American. I just didn’t understand all of it but possibly it would’ve been easier reading it but still an amazing story great characters and just all-around top-notch.

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Best Voice Actor EVER

Seriously the most talented voice actor ever, effortlessly switching from Scottish to English to Southern American, simpleton, to old guy, to etc etc etc. wish I could shake his hand! Well done sir! Thanks oh and the story is fekkin grrrrreat too!

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doesn't compare to Filth

Tam Dean Burn gives an excellent performance, but the story is just lacking. Funny in places.

I'm a big fan of Welsh, but this left me a bit disappointed. No where near as clever as Filth. You probably want to read Glue to have the background of some of the characters - without having done so, I think finishing this would be tiresome.