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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Cumming Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780062209085
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Tommy is twenty-nine, lives and loves in London, and has a morbid fear of the c word (commitment), the b word (boyfriend), and the f word (forgetting to call his drug dealer before the weekend). But when he begins to feel the urge to become a father, and the pressure from his boyfriend to make a real commitment to their relationship, Tommy starts to wonder if his chosen lifestyle can ever make him happy.

Faced with the choice of maintaining his hedonistic, drugged-out, and admittedly fabulous existence or chucking it all in favor of a far more sensitive, fulfilling, and—let's face it—slightly more staid lifestyle, Tommy finds himself in a true quandary. Through a series of adventures and misadventures that lead him from London nightspots to New York bedrooms and back, our boy Tommy manages to answer some of life's most pressing questions—even those he never thought to ask.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Randy and ribald…A bisexual About a Boy, only with lots more shagging and partying…A naughty diversion.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Queer as Folk meets About a Boy. [Cumming is] a better novelist than Ethan Hawke or Rupert Everett.”

    Time Out New York

  • “Chatty, gossipy, sexually explicit, and sometimes unapologetically reprehensible.”


  • “Perfectly pitched, with scathing witticisms and deadpan observations…A hilarious tongue-in-cheek opus of absolute debauchery and reluctant redemption.”


  • “Witty, observant, and decadent, Tommy’s Tale is told from a frightfully fabulous vantage point.”


  • “Cumming infuses the narrative with obscenities, puns, pop culture references and fairy tales, the latter appearing at crucial points in the plot as thinly veiled stories about Tommy himself…At the core of this book is a charming personality—intelligent, frolicking, sensitive and sexual.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Alan Cumming tells this tale with laughter, cries, moans, roars, and a rush of words and feelings. The Scots narrator gives Tommy an English accent—when he’s not putting on an Irish lilt as Tommy tells a fairy tale. This audiobook is raw and lewd, but if you imagine Tommy pouring his heart out on a barstool next to you, its immediacy and intimacy prove touching.”


  • “Scandalously hip.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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About the Author
Author Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as six Audiofile Earphones Awards. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.