Say something about yourself!
Polite, mildly entertaining, smartly written story of not only a "pretty" boy, but an intelligent and matured survivor--surprisingly free of self-importance and handled with class. I remember that video scandal--much more of a career derailer than touched on in this book--and admire the fact that Lowe realized, that in spite of the hubris-fueled "zeitgeist" of today, no one needed another lurid star tell-all....spewing raunchy details of sexual encounters, fun-with-drugs, or degrading name dropping and outting of colleagues. It is clear that Lowe doesn't relish those "good old days", but rather has gained enough wisdom to appreciate that he survived them, and that he values his life, opportunities, friends, and family.
Lowe shows real talent as a writer and does a nice job of narrating his work. He admittedly walked a hair-line tightrope between destruction and peace; it's not always about the journey--sometimes it is the destination, and he seems to finally be in a very very good place.
I watched him on some talk show and was intrigued. I then saw clips of his interview with Oprah and just thought he was too "good" and "smiley" to be true. I had a few credits on my account so I thought, "What the heck?". I am glad that I did.
His book is full of interesting stories and side notes. He reads it so well and kept me and my husband interested the whole time. During the final chapters, I kept looking at my Iphone to see how much was left. I didn't want it to end. Having just finished the book, it feels as if I had family come visit for a week and they have just driven out of the drive way. I smile because they were here but saddened that they are gone.
Good book....definitely worth the listen.
Audible Member Since 2003
I downloaded this book because of the good reviews and high customer ratings. I was not disappointed and was actually very impressed with the depth, humility, and intelligence of this memoir. Rob Lowe is so much more than just a pretty face. His writing is solid and articulate. His reading is perfect and I had no idea he was such a good impersonator. He nails every voice from Carey Grant to Robert Wagner, including spot-on mimics of Patrick Swayze, Christopher Walken, Matt Dillon, Bill Clinton, Francis Copolla and more.
This is a book that you do not want to stop listening to, whether or not you are a fan of Rob Lowe.
Who knew Rob Lowe could write? Who knew he could mimic just about any accent? Who knew he genuinely has a lot to say? This is one of those rare audiobooks thats grabs you at the first sentence and just keeps delivering.
What this book has that most celeb bios do not is heart and context. He shares the parts of his life that have meaning and weaves them into a cohesive whole. This makes for a much more engaging tale that a string of career highlights.
He clearly thought this book through before he wrote a word. It's a delight.
Lastly, while Rob Lowe is an actor of my generation, I would never consider myself a fan...so this review is not influenced by a previous crush.
He is a great writer and narrator. I loved hearing the journey of his life and his growth. His stories are all from my generation. So many of his stories made me stop and think..."I know where I was when that happened." Many interesting inside stories. Love how he changes his voice for the different characters! Now I want to go back and watch all his shows again.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and insight into a celebrity who seems to have figured things out about life. Nice that he reads it himself. Love his discriptions of celebrities he's met, how & where.
Having grown up in the 80's I was intrigued by this book by my former Teen Beat crush but went in not expecting much. I LOVED this book. Rob Lowe's narration following his career from his childhood through the video scandal to the West Wing has renewed my crush all over again and really put that sex video scandal in perspective. If it had happened now it would've restarted his career not stalled it!
This was actually an interesting autobiography, with very few dull moments.
In part because it was well-written. In part because Rob Lowe has led a fascinating, and some might say a charmed, life.
There is a lot of inside information on what Hollywood is actually like. Lowe has rubbed elbows with many A-listers early in their career, so it is interesting from that perspective as well.
I came away with the book understanding more about Robe Lowe the man and the actor, but cannot say that I personally "liked" him better. It felt authentic much of the time, but it also had long moments of name dropping, competitive jockeying, and setting oneself up to win (perhaps by writing this book and getting 'back in the public's eye' again).
Excellent narration by Mr. Lowe.
but he’s not telling things a good biography should.
This is Rob talking about his life and career from grade school forward. I was impressed with his desire to be an actor at an early age. During 7th grade he wrote a letter to Aaron Spelling (top TV producer) about wanting to be an actor. As a result of Rob’s early efforts he was in a TV show at age 15 and a major film at age 18. Rob did not have a stage mother or other adult helping him in the business. His parents were divorced. His mother was sickly and occupied with other things. Everything Rob did was self initiated and self motivated. He was not popular at school and considered a nerd. So he was surprised later when girls would throw themselves at him. He said “they wouldn’t like me if they knew me,” meaning other kids knew him as “not cool” at school.
I have not seen most of his movies and shows. But I was interested in what he had to say. He really cares about his craft.
As to content, this is mostly stories of Rob interacting with famous people. I wish he had “opened a vein” and told us pain and details about other things, for example: his sex tape scandal, his long relationship with Melissa Gilbert, anything about his brother Chad, his mother’s vague early illness issues, more details about things with the Sheens and other peers, were there drugs in his life (never mentioned), and other things that I don’t know enough about to ask. I’m reminded of the fabulous Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs. We got warts and all. Rob is not giving us that. This should be re-titled “stories I’m willing to tell the public.” His friends would get details that we are not getting.
One thing was annoying. For every actor, director, and other person in the business, Rob said they were great, classic, perfect, oscar winning, charismatic, one of the best, favorite, etc. Although I’ve not seen a lot, every actor I have seen on talk shows does this. It’s as if they are all politicking for possible future jobs. Or, forgive me for the elephant in the room, but is it possible that they want to be liked by coworkers because coworkers vote for academy and other awards? They all do this. It’s good to say nice things about everyone, or in this case great things about everyone, but I question the sincerity.
The only negative Rob said about anyone was the Prince of Monaco. When Rob was dating his daughter Princess Stephanie, the Prince was avoiding Rob at a fundraiser. At the same event, Robert Wagner said to the Prince and some other men “I think he’s banged every one of our daughters.” Oh! Rob had a very active sex life in his 20s. He would see a girl on TV, was able to get her phone number, invite her on a date, and she would go. I wonder if he was ever turned down? He didn’t say. Again he’s not giving us any pain - his or others.
Then he married Sheryl at age 27 and is still married today, twenty years later. That was unexpected and admirable. Prior to his marriage he had alcohol problems. He’s been sober ever since - again admirable.
PHYSICAL BOOK VS. AUDIOBOOK:
The physical book has pictures. Sadly there were none included with my audiobook purchase. I wish he would have included pictures in a downloadable pdf file for audiobook customers. Other authors have done that. Rob wrote and narrated this. He did excellent voice impressions for several celebrities which I enjoyed.
Even after all these years, the term "brat pack" conjures up images of pretty boy Rob Lowe. I was never interested in him as an actor, and thought he was just another self absorbed celeb writing a tiresome tell all. The book got such glowing reviews that I decided to give a listen. I was amazed to discover that Lowe has had an interesting life, writes well, and did an amazing job of the narration. In fact, Audible should consider him for future work - his accents are great! Well done, Rob.