• Dead Men's Trousers

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh, read by Tam Dean Burn. 

Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. 

Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this audiobook. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? 

Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting

©2018 Irvine Welsh (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Decent ending to the series

Listened to the whole thing, could not understand a word of it. In seriousness, neither the story nor the performance are particularly bad or outstanding in any way, so three stars out of five.

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  • Jonny D
  • 05-17-18

Absolutely brilliant and utterly hilarious...

This is, without doubt, the most enjoyable audio book I've listened to for quite some time and certainly the best of the year so far (probably the last couple of years), in my opinion.

Having read (listened to) all of the books in the 'Trainspotting' series, this is definitely a return to form. The stories and sub plots are brilliantly intertwined and the book reintroduces some of the old characters (Franko, Rents, Sick Boy & Spud) and a selection of others from Irvine Welsh's collection of books about Leith barms. For me, the colloquial language just adds to the book and transports me to the streets, schemes, pubs and clubs of Edinburgh.

The book is further enhanced, in my opinion, by the best audio book reader I've listened to. Tam Dean Burn is absolutely superb and I couldn't imagine listening to an Irvine Welsh book that was read by anyone else. His delivery of the book both brings it to life and, if it is possible, makes the story even better with his geniune Leith accented delivery. He truly is a genius of an audio book reader.

As with all of Irvine Welsh's books, it's not for those of a sqeamish nature, those who are easily upset or those who are offended by swearing etc. For the rest of us, sit back and enjoy the ride...this really is a treat.

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  • J Rodgers
  • 06-21-18

Stay with it

TBH if it wasn’t for the fact I was driving for the 1st 20 min I would have refunded this. The accent and nonstop swearing was just a bit much for my delicate ears. Boy am I glad I continued. Very funny listen.

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  • tim w.
  • 06-14-18

Outstanding!!

Another great instalment in this series and made all the more better by one of the best narration's I have listened to. I get through a lot of audiobooks and Tan Dean Burn is the best narrator I have heard.
It made me laugh out loud and made me tear up, I thought Mr Welsh had got all he could out of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and the quiet and retiring Begby but this story takes them to new highs and low. As mentioned in other reviews its not recommended for the sensitive souls out there who are easily offended but for everyone else "choose this"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

Same ol’ pish, floggin’ characters longer deceased than Red Rum

I tried to stick with it thinking it would improve. It didne! Gave up when I found the lack of actual effort of writing embarrassing
New characters but using the old names…. Pure pish

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  • Richard Land
  • 08-04-21

Laugh out loud funny

Loved this. The old faces with new images. Tam is awesome as usual at narrating and Welsh is on his usual top form. If you are a fan I'd recommend

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  • Mark
  • 05-23-20

Laugh Out Loud Brilliant

This has to be one of the best written, funniest, rudest and most superbly read novels in all of Audible's library. It is certainly not for the faint hearted but I loved it. The writing, the narration and the cast of characters are amazing. 'Sick Boy' is just magnificent and the duplicitous old killer dog artist Frank Begby is slyly awesome. I'd love to see this as a film. 5 * at the least.

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  • Anthony Healy
  • 07-11-19

The Boys are back in town

loved it, couldn't stop listening and never wanted it to end.
Tam Dean Byrne is the perfect orator for Welsh's work .

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  • Family on the coast
  • 05-10-19

great stuff. more required

another great Irvine Welsh book that was wonderfully narrated by an authentic accent. Please produce more!

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  • Dunkables
  • 05-07-19

Some man for one man!

New to Audible and audiobooks. A fantastic performance from Tam, and as per usual outstanding work from Welsh.

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  • andrew
  • 04-15-18

fantastic

before you listen to this book do yourself a favour and listen to A Decent Ride then a couple of characters will be even better

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  • Mr. G. Mckellar
  • 05-31-18

What a beautiful nostalgic ride

The narration was superb as usual (Tam Dean Burn) and Irvine Welsh continued to entertain and inspire me with the old Leith crew. Nothing short of superb Irvine, you are a master

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  • Deb
  • 05-15-18

Fecking brilliant!

This story shows the philosophy and intelligence of the Scots. I’m broken and enlightened; if this tale doesn’t affect you then you’re lost.

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  • Chris
  • 04-24-18

Great Conclusion

The narration was excellent.
The actual story - well, it's a damn sight better than the 'Blade Artist' but no as good as the original. but then that's to be expected, ey?

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  • Britpop
  • 04-22-18

Couldn’t stop listening

Another jaunt with the trainspotting team in devilishly divine territory. Couldn’t resist listening to this in huge binges. Grisly, gross, funny and at times improbable but it’s great to have an unexpected trip with the trainspotting folks once more.

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  • Giulia
  • 04-11-18

A phenomenal romp with some old friends.

Starts with a bang. Gruesome and hilarious. I didn't want it to ever come to an end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-22

Awesome

So Well spoken - love the developed characters, the description of events was wildly vivid and the use of the vernacular was raw and braw.

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  • matt
  • 12-13-20

The goods

Irvine Welsh is a master story teller and his ability to make the most bizarre and twisted scenarios hilarious and believable is on full display with this book.
Welsh does not create characters with his writing, but real people with real flaws and emotions and consciousness.
This was the first audiobook for me and it took me a while to get used to the changing accents and delivery, especially as Trainspotting is a movie so the characters didn’t sound like I hear them when I read them in a proper book.
The reader was especially amazing with first person Spud and Begbie, and overall captured the essence of the essence of all the characters. I think any criticism of the performance is more about me than of them.
I laughed, I howled, I cried, and I was left with the sadness you get when an epic story full of tension is resolved.
Much thanks to both author for the story and reader for the delivery.
I enjoyed every second and word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-20

Well Worthy

Great to see the boys back together again, loved the start and how it takes off from the end of 'The Blade Master'. An unrealistic moment or two take away from the general theme (I don't want to blab) but otherwise great. Tam Dean Burn keeps us energised and awake for too long :)

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  • Alicia Gilmer
  • 10-28-20

excellence

Welsh at his finest tying up all the.loose ends from the previous books of this series. Hard to press pause on this one.

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  • Brian
  • 07-06-20

Superb

Laughed out loud many times throughout this book , think it’s my favourite of all the train spotting novels. Scene at Hibs v Rangers final is a masterpiece , that’s from a Gers fan too 👌