Not My Father's Son

Not My Father's Son

A Memoir

Audiobook CD - 2014
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A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father--a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood. When television producers in the United Kingdom approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated World War II hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father. With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as a film, television, and theater star. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, Not My Father's Son will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Harper Audio, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9781483028750
1483028755
9781483028743
1483028747
Branch Call Number: 92 C9121n 2014 CD
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,stereo
audio discs ( hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in

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AL_MARYA Nov 09, 2017

Interesting, intimate and intermittently amusing. I almost always recommend opting for the audiobook when they are author-narrated, and this deeply personal telling is no exception.

JCLMelodyMK Jul 17, 2017

Acclaimed actor Alan Cumming relives his life with an abusive father as well as the story of how he found the skeletons in his families closet when he appeared on a celebrity genealogy program . The author is the narrator, his reading voice is excellent .

AL_ALYSONC Jul 02, 2017

What an audio book! Two compelling stories beautifully written and you get to listen to Alan Cumming. Loved it.

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septemberstar
Jan 13, 2017

One of the most interesting and literate memoirs I've 'read.' If you check these comments to determine whether a book is worth your time, the answer for this one is a definite yes.

AL_LESLEY Nov 22, 2016

A wonderfully put together and moving tale. Beautifully read by the author.

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Janice21383
Aug 07, 2016

Reasonably well written (there is a good chance that this memoir was mostly written by the subject himself), and eloquent on Cumming's own feelings and history. Unfortunately the author does not go the extra mile and think deeply about the feelings and history of his parents, or other family members. The tone is uneven -- Cummings stops everything to give us his take on the Eurovision Song contest -- but there is drama in this story, and even suspense*. I recommend the audio version, which provides more subtle shades of meaning. Cumming's voice flows like butterscotch. *SPOILERS: I half expected that both the Cumming brothers would turn out not to be related to their father.

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Oct 16, 2015

He is a very, very good writer. His descriptions are so vivid, you can almost see and feel exactly what he is describing. The only downside I found was that he spent too much time on his grandfather's history. Putting aside that bit of criticism, he is a compelling storyteller. I would highly recommend this audiobook.

lotuslori_8 Jun 22, 2015

Alan Cumming, who is also the reader, tells the compelling story about his childhood and his relationship with his father. It's not your usual fluff like so many other celebrity memoirs.

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bibliokrisp
May 13, 2015

Alan Cumming's honesty and heart are evident in this memoir of his troubled childhood. I didn't know if I would be able to listen to him (audiobook) tell the story of his father's physical abuse, but it's not overly detailed or horrific, and Cumming is a confident storyteller.

I don't read many celebrity books, so I was a bit reluctant--however, Cumming isn't writing about the famous people he works with or is friends with. This is a raw, important story about a young man finding his way, as well as dealing with tough family history.

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cusackfan98
Mar 10, 2015

I've always been fascinated by Broadway's "bad boy" Alan Cumming. Listening to his memoir is an added bonus as you get to listen to his Scottish brogue; particularly endearing is how he calls his mum, "Mary Darling" and shares the common phrase for goodbye (in their household) as "that's me away." Cumming had a hard childhood and it's painful to hear about. But it's a fascinating to follow his path to self-discovery and acceptance. Highly recommended.

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AL_MARYA Nov 09, 2017

Sometimes people do you a favour when they drop out of your life.

... the scariest thing about abuse of any shape or form, is, in my opinion, not the abuse itself, but that if it continues it can begin to feel commonplace and eventually acceptable.

lotuslori_8 Jun 24, 2015

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage

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