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Audible Exclusive: Alan Cumming Live at the Sydney Opera House with David Marr

Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

Non-member price: $6.95

Publisher's Summary

You may know him as an actor, but Alan Cumming is also a singer, a director, a producer and an author.

His New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father's Son is the gripping story of his complicated relationship with his father and the mystery of his grandfather's untimely death.

Suspenseful, brave, moving and honest, it's a book about finding good through bad and light beyond darkness. Alan is interviewed about Not My Father's Son by David Marr during the Sydney Writers' Festival 2015.

©2015 Alan Cumming (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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So good

This was an enjoyable listen that tugs at your heart in places also makes you laugh.

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Alan Cumming is a marvel!

Alan Cumming is as amazing and entertaining as always. He shares his story of hardship and truimph so openly and honestly.

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love it

I leant so much. very funny. very true story. I love book that make see life other people eyes.

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Heart wrenching tenderness with a touch of laugh at yourself comedy !

I really loved this author interview . Alan Cumming is frank and at times my heart cried . I understoood his pain , the suffering of his childhood . He could have been a totally different man , the tender man you will hear belies the violence from whence he came.

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Not the Alan we're used to. But more...

I really like Alan Cumming. His humour, his openess. In this I found even more to inspire. His self awareness and ability to survive with his sense of self intact against the odds. Now I don't just like him, I want to be like him.

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Thought provoking interview

Thoroughly enjoyed this recording. Very funny but thought provoking at the same time. Now want to get his memoir.

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Great to hear Alan Cummings story!

loved to hear Alan Cummings story. great to find or about the man and the actor. Lisa I'd things unbeknown to me.

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  • Slim
  • 07-04-2016

cool

This interview was interesting to listen to. Hearing about Alan story. I
Liked this story.

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 18-09-2016

Entertaining & Free

For a free listen, this interview is definitely worth the time, especially for anyone who is already a fan of Alan Cumming. I already loved him from his superlative performance as Mr. Elton in the 1996 American film version of Emma, as well in The Anniversary Party, that wildly experimental and endlessly fascinating movie he made with Jennifer Jason Leigh. Here I learned about Alan Cumming the man--his early life, struggles with his abusive father, love of Scotland, reasons for wanting to become a U.S. citizen, hopes for Scottish independence, career aspirations, personal anxieties, and much more. The only downside is the interviewer, who is annoyingly cloying and insinuating, inserting himself far too freely into the process and his subject's narrative. But considering that it's free, this is still a valuable listen. Many thanks to the reviewers I follow for recommending it!

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  • Catrina P
  • 18-09-2019

Alan Cumming - Live Interview

I enjoyed this open and honest interview with Alan Cumming. This was held at the Sydney Opera house and he talked about his book “Not My Father’s Son” among other things.

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  • am
  • 31-12-2018

What a pleasure!

I have read Mr. Cumming’s “Not My Father’s Son,” in which he tells how he was abused as a child. As an RN, I have had exposure to child abuse and its effects. Listening to this, it seemed to me that this tremendously talented, witty, articulate man has gone a long way toward healing himself—I felt that I could hear it in his voice. I sensed a genuine joy in life, and it brought me close to tears. Thank you, Audible, for a great experience!

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  • David
  • 03-01-2018

Are they going to sleep? I am

This was a boring dialog with two very mellow personalities. It was not at all entertaining nor nformative

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  • Craig And Pam Booth
  • 09-09-2017

Brilliant

Beautifully written,funny and sad in a poignant way. Cummings tells us things that we did not already know.

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  • Blue
  • 10-11-2016

Refreshing honesty

Heartwarming and challenging, from foreskin to self love. Alan makes one wish to have a Bloody Mary at the airport while sharing stories.

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  • mrswillshakes
  • 13-07-2016

Alan Cumming is a hoot!

I'm always amazed by Cumming's insightfulness and authenticity, every time I hear him speak. What an incredible and inspiring person!

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  • Feliciano
  • 27-04-2016

Now I might listen to his audiobook

Enjoyed the interview! Never really desired to read Alen's book but after listening to this interview I felt like it could be a really good book.

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  • Kutya
  • 08-02-2016

fascinating and funny

I knew nothing about this comedian, so was surprised at both the story and the hilarious delivery. it is amazing to see someone who has been able to use a very clever wit to heal from such egregious childhood abuse.

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  • TheZee
  • 11-01-2016

Surprised and Relieved

I have loved Alan Cumming ubertalent and his boyish ways.But that he was abused really shocked me. l have seen his book but it didn't register. This is Alan Cumming, my funny man and sweet soul, and a past that can't be grasped.

I listened to this interview and felt so much pride for him and his family. I will definitely get the book now. l sense his story in mine. This, to me makes me surprised and relieved.

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  • rachael o.
  • 05-04-2019

Not bad but not my cuppa

The audio book isn’t bad, but to be honest it’s just not my cuppa tea. I like the actor so thought I’d enjoy it. But in the end I never finished it.

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  • Annav1
  • 06-05-2018

Excellent Powerful Very potent

Excellent Emotional listen
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  • keV ash
  • 13-11-2017

great listen<br />

I loved this performance. just a shame it's not on longer, but you can't complain for free.

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  • mandy
  • 06-06-2017

nice listen

always nice to listen to the author of books you may want to listen to or have

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  • Emily
  • 19-05-2017

Entertaining

This was more entertaining than I thought it would be. It was pretty good, especially for an Audible freebie.

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  • Miculmas
  • 22-04-2017

As always Alan Cumming is Great an ENTERTAINING😁

As always Alan Cumming is Great an ENTERTAINING😁as well as having the ability to take his audience through tough topics he can also cover sorrow without leaving the audience overwhelmed. This book was thoroughly thought provoking and enjoyable with laughter and joy!

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  • 10-03-2017

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  • Caroline
  • 26-01-2017

Heartwarming

Really enjoyed listening to how Alan overcame such a difficult childhood to become the man he is who brings so much joy through books, TV, movies, theatre and much much more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-01-2017

Story of empowerment

Alan cumming has developed a great sense of humour because of his past and tells fab stories that makes you want to keep listening.