• Baggage

  • Tales from a Fully Packed Life
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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By: Alan Cumming
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Publisher's Summary

A joyous and poignant book about the world of professional acting, the messiness of life and how every experience - good or bad - shapes who you are, from the New York Times best-selling author of Not My Father’s Son.

'No one ever fully recovers from their past. There is no cure for it. You just learn to manage and prioritise it. I believe the second you feel you have triumphed or overcome something, anything - an abuse, an injury to the body or the mind, an addiction, a character flaw, a habit, a person - you have merely decided to stop being vigilant and embraced denial as your modus operandi. And that is what this book is about, and for: to remind you not to buy in to the Hollywood ending.’

Baggage chronicles the actor’s life in Hollywood and the ways in which work has repeatedly whisked him away from personal calamities to sets and stages around the world. Taking us through the highs and lows of his career, his struggle with mental health, each failed relationship or encounter with a legend (Liza! X-Men! Gore Vidal! Kubrick! Spice Girls!), every bad decision or moment of sensual joy, Cumming shows how every experience - good or bad - has shaped who he is today: a happy, flawed, vulnerable, fearless middle-aged man, with a lot of baggage. Startlingly honest, both poignant and joyous, Baggage shines a light on how to embrace the complicated messiness of life.    

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Alan Cumming (P)2021 Canongate Books

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  • TM
  • 11-06-21

Fantastic

Brilliant second memoir from one of my very favourite actors. Alan details his ongoing fight to save Tonka, an adult chimpanzee who starred with him in the film 'Buddy', from terrible conditions at a base for retired showbuisness animals. Petition in the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-4580370/index.html

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  • Felicity
  • 01-25-22

I wanted to like this more…

I had read excerpts of this book in the paper, and it really sounded good. In the end I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There are bits that are good and the whole book is enjoyable enough, but a little self indulgent for me. Alan’s performance is great, as would be expected.

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  • Susan Utting
  • 11-16-21

Powerful and uplifting

Absolutely loved this book and it was all the better for hearing Alan's own voice narrating it. Honest and frank, yet also careful not to fully identify others in his life, I feel honoured to have been invited into his thoughts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-22

Disappointing- full of self praise

So disappointed in this book which is basically Alan Cunning talking about how wonderful he thinks he is… couldn’t finish

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  • helen bell
  • 08-23-22

Lives, lives and demons laid bare!

I loved this book! All the better that Allan Cumming read it... Interesting life!

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  • Diane Poole
  • 08-23-22

Disappointing

I love Alan, brilliant actor and appears to be a genuine kind funny man but this is a little bit like a massive CV and a pat on his own back for his success
Lots and lots of name dropping and professional achievement but short on personal thoughts and experience
Sorry Alan

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  • Fiona
  • 06-02-22

Fabulous!

Alan is a one-off and his writing is as good as his acting. This is so touching and thoughtful a listen. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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  • purvis64
  • 03-25-22

a pure delight

Alan has wrapped his view of the world into a presentation of fun and song.

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  • Miss Wilson
  • 03-25-22

A must!

Loved it. What a story! Just about to download Not My Fathers Son. Carry on being you Alan! You are ‘The best’! 😊

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  • Jacqueline Creedon
  • 02-08-22

Mesmerising

I didn’t think I could admire and adore this human any more than I already did before reading (listening to!) this book! But here we are. What a life. There’s something very empowering listening to a life story of someone going through the ups and downs and coming out on top, living life as their authentic self. How many can say that, honestly.