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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alan Cumming

Narrated By: Alan Cumming

Date: October 2014

Duration: 6 hours 29 minutes



“Equal parts memoir, whodunnit, and manual for living . . . a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us who we are, and how we make ourselves.”  --Neil Gaiman

In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

A beloved star of stage, television, and film—“one of the most fun people in show business” (Time magazine)—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 UK 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 WWII 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.


  • Tania C.

    Loved every minute of it.

  • Katie Humphrey

    Absorbing, moving and insightful. Engagingly narrated by the author transporting you with him through his journey

  • Jennifer Reeves

    Fascinating! Alan Cumming is a masterful story teller and totally engaging narrator.

  • Sandra Mauws

    This was an emotional read for me, having been abused myself, I totally related to his emotional pain. Alan did an excellent job & have so much respect for him for having risen above it & become the outstanding Talent he is. Good Job Alan

  • rachel doherty

    An honest and heartfelt account of one man's journey to face his family's past. I especially enjoyed the narration. Alan is very easy to listen to.

  • Joshua Lubeck

    This book I would rate as a 4/5. His story seemed to jump back and fourth from past to present, I know this is a style but some times many be because I have seen the actor in many shows, I found it a distraction. Truth is stranger then fiction and this book has a broad spectrum of an audience even if you have never seen any of his shows.

  • Georgiana Carlson

    An amazing story told by an awesome man! You touched my soul.

  • Crystal Cox

    What an AMAZING book. Being read by Allan makes it all the better!!!

  • Jennifer Eytcheson

    Alan has a wonderful and simplistic way of inviting us into his struggle and process of overcoming. We can ride the roller coaster with suspense and empathy and heal right along with him. Great story!

  • Mary Wilcox

    Beautiful book with great narration. I enjoyed it very much.

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