Not My Father's Son

Not My Father's Son

A Memoir

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father...
Publisher: ℗2014
[Ashland, Oregon] :, Blackstone Audio, Inc. :, Harper Audio,, [2014]
New York : Harper Audio, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9780062350770
0062350773
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,stereo
1 online resource (1 sound file (6 hr., 28 min., 41 sec.)) : digital.
Summary: Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father...

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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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Uncslg
Mar 03, 2015

The structure of the book is so well done and the added bonus of Alan Cumming's voice is perfection. His story is mesmerizing.

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lotuslori_8 Jun 24, 2015

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

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