You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • by Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by Alan Cumming
  • 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Would you consider the audio edition of You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams to be better than the print version?

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.


What other book might you compare You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams to and why?

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.


What does Alan Cumming bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Audio brings tone and emotion in ways print cannot.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.


Any additional comments?

This is my 2nd Alan Cumming book. I hope he writes many, many more.

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Love Alan Cumming!!!

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!!!
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- Kindle Customer "Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio