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Not My Father's Son
- A Family Memoir
- By: Alan Cumming
- Narrated by: Alan Cumming
- Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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 Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.
An extraordinary memoir
- By Katherine on 06-11-14
Powerful, Raw, Honest, Family Memoir.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I was engaged by Alan Cumming right from the start to the end of this book. I think being both the Author and the Narrator added to the authenticity of the listening experience.His feelings, emotions and experiences both good and bad just shone through and came to life.
I think he is incredibly brave.
What did you like best about this story?
That Alan Cumming overcame all his early difficulties and parental lack of encouragement to become the success he is today. His family's secrets and skeletons in the cupboard were more harrowing than are found in most families. His honest portrayal of the terrible treatment meted out to him seems to have shaped him and fostered in him an ambition to rise above all this early abuse. He emerges a winner not a victim!
What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?
His clear narration, he has a lovely rhythmic delivery. He has a great ability to portray emotion without unnecessary drama!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I had to tear myself away from listening to it, I just wanted to go on until the end. One sitting would have been such a luxury!
Any additional comments?
More titles with Alan Cumming as a narrator please.
- By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
- Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
- Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
The final book in the landmark Cazalet Chronicles, recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions.
- By mcchloe on 06-08-14
Intelligent, stylish storyline.
Would you listen to All Change again? Why?
What other book might you compare All Change to, and why?
All the previous books in the Cazelet series, a fabulous continuation.
What does Penelope Wilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
She captures the very essence of all the characters in the the family, so evocative of their times. Her diction is perfect, never overblown and her accents are subtle.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both! The storylines epitomise the world that the family lived in. I laughed at the the absurdity of some of their actions and cried at their tragedies. I became absorbed 'into' the family.
Any additional comments?
Please can we have more of the same high standard of writing and narration.
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