A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends. If you were to put David Sedaris and Glenn O'Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, you would wind up with Alan Cumming. Described by Time magazine as "one of the most fun people in show business," Cumming is a genuine triple-threat as a successful stage, television, and film star whose real-life vivacity, sophisticated wit, and charm tend to match that of his onstage personalities. In his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he has composed a collection of true-life adventures - or rather, misadventures - that is sure to make the reader laugh out loud. This volume recounts the hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters that only Cumming could experience, from awkwardly entertaining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fisher's birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friend's day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memorable photographs - many simply snapshots taken by Cumming - that document or illustrate the tale told.
©2016 Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. Text © 2016 by Alan Cumming. Photographs © 2016 Alan Cumming. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"Alan Cumming's narration of his own collection of reminiscences bursts out of one's speakers with passion and verve.... Cumming's wit, good humor, and attention to just the right details in his writing and performance are more than enough on their own to keep listeners riveted." (AudioFile)
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Audio versions work better for me because I am so active. I have also found that listening to the subject of the book tell their own stories brings a different tone & style than you could ever get from print. Also, print tends to put me to sleep once I stop moving.
I think I would compare it to Yes, Please; Bossypants, most of Nora Ephron's books. Very light hearted and really funny while telling real life events.
Audio brings tone and emotion in ways print cannot.
When he told the story of driving cross-country with his dog I almost wet myself. I have done this many times with my 110# dog and could relate to all of it. Hilarious. The story about Elizabeth Taylor was another special cry/laugh. You can't make up real life.
This is my 2nd Alan Cumming book. I hope he writes many, many more.
First, I must admittedly state that I dearly love Alan Cumming and all his performances. As such a huge fan, I want to say that I believe this book is like breaking apart a large stained glass window. As you pick up each tiny glass fragment, you look at that one part of Alan's life. Fascinating. Since I am not the original glass artist, once I have reassembled all the pieces, the result does not look like Alan's entire life, but it is a very interesting look at this part. I'm sure I'll return many times to listen to a handful at a time of these chapters and I hope you do as well. This book is a beautiful, colorful stained glass window and with Alan producing the illumination (after all, he's a star) you'll enjoy the moments of pleasure, if not total reverence (like me) of basking in his light. Pick up the pieces and get started enjoying!
Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters.
I love listening to Alan Cumming read. Not all authors can or should read their own material. Alan can. This book you could really get Alan's fun side. I listened to his previous book which I totally loved. This book was definitively lighter. Keep on writing Alan!!!
"Didn't work as an audio book"
If they were getting the physical book then yes!
yes, no good as audio book as you need to see photos at same time
"my story in pictures" says it all, need to see pdf at same time
"Reason Enough... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"
I've found myself being draw into the bright light of 'Alan Cummings the Star' over recent years and now enjoy sifting through the archives of his life's work. This book is a 'Googlebox' insight into a world filled with other people's dreams, cradled with his anecdotal tales of the humdrum that's as unique as he is.
A joy! Thank you. Jamie Proctor
Not one jot.
The performance was fine but the 'story' or rather the snippets of Alan's life weren't really that interesting. Yes, I understand he's a 'party animal' (his words) but it all got a bit boring after a while.
His other book 'Not my father's son' is the best Audible book in my collection. Very well written and narrated by Alan himself. A terrible story, in its way, of his childhood, but the writing is more mature, showing what he's capable of.
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