Brag, brag and more brag. Terrible, self centered listening torture with clear evidence of limited awareness that a good story is more than name dropping. It must be difficult to view oneself as the center of the world. It certainly was difficult to hear about it. My suggestion is to give this book a pass. Wish I had returned this mega dud.
It's okay - "People" is okay for 15 minutes in the dentist's office, and that's about how interesting this book is. I'll keep it and listen like I do to podcasts, but "Bossypants" is a much better book in this category.
Pretentious and name dropping from the start from a second rate actor trying to be a bigger deal than he really is..
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
Rob Lowe's excellent delivery made the experience of listening curiously addicting.
I did recommend it to everyone, up until I reached the second half of the book. Then I had to read it in short spurts, taking frequent breaks to listen to other books. While the first half (Rob's childhood and teenage years) was riveting due to his honest exploration of his hopes, dreams and fears as a kid, the second half felt both rushed and heavily edited. For example, no real discussion of the sex tape (how, why, who put it on the internet, did anyone profit?), and literally NO MENTION of his broken engagement to Melissa Gilbert, discovery of her pregnancy, or her miscarriage. And his heavy partying and womanizing years frankly became more than a little nauseating, like eating too much sugar. His objectification of women during those years was a troubling, never-explored undercurrent throughout most of the book.
Born to Act
The chapter on The West Wing will leave you furious with the show's producers for, in essence, forcing him to quit the show due to their consistently unfair treatment. How could he have been consistently left out of ensemble photo shoots and cast salary negotiations? Obviously someone WANTED him to quit, but WHY? I wish I knew. That question will haunt me.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Rob Lowe either had a talented ghost writer working with him or he is a very entertaining author. I think he actually wrote it himself. One of the things that made this most enjoyable was I listened to it on audiobook and Rob Lowe narrated it himself. He is an excellent narrator. He does gloss over a couple of events and circumstances that I wish he spent more time on, but all in all, the book was very satisfying. And he does a great impression of several of his contemporaries.
About a year before I read this book I read Robert Wagner's autobiography, You Must Remember This and after I finished Lowe's book I felt like they were bookends. I know Rob Lowe played a young Robert Wagner in the Austin Powers movies, but there are so many similarities to me, that it was almost like reading the same story, 30 years later.
I think Lowe is under-utilized in Hollywood. If he ever gets frustrated enough, he can always quit acting and write full time. He seems to have the talent to do so. I am looking forward to reading Lowe's second book. It is in my tbr stack.
It's not that this book is bad or boring...it's just kinda...middle of the road. And dare i say...pretentious? Lowe talks a lot about what a good guy he is and what an artist he considers himself, but glosses over his alcoholism and the underage sex scandal that was a huge black mark on his career. He paints himself as an "aw shucks", Hollywood innocent when he began his career, with only the occasional admission of hard partying and girls. Seems suspect, especially because I'm old enough to remember the 80s rat pack phenomenon.In any case, the best parts are when he talks about the "wild west of hollywood" back in the day, when he first arrived, and the auditioning process--the other not-yet celebrities he was friends and competitors with and how they were just kids having a good time in Malibu. It seems like such different kind of celebrity than what we are bombarded with today. Kinda interesting. I wish he had talked about his career after West Wing, which he devoted a sizable chunk to. I think my issue with the book is that I didn't get a real sense of who he is after it was all done. It kind ends abruptly after he leaves The West Wing and so seems a little dated, too. What about Parks and Rec and Brothers and Sisters? With that said, he's an excellent narrator. It is his own story, after all, but he doesn't over do it and he knows when to act out the other characters and does so convincingly.
Maybe I just thought he was a funnier guy. Is he interesting? I guess. Is he self-absorbed? Absolutely. A little more Number Two, Mike Meyers, SNL and a little less Poor me - my parents divorced, I was scared, I like politics would have been easier to listen to. I forced myself through this audio because I kept hoping it would pay off. No dice.
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.
Coming from the Brat Pack Era myself it was fascinating to hear 'behind the scene' stories from all those great 80's movies - from Outsiders to St. Elmo's Fire - and as I took the advise of a previous reviewer, I need to re-state that having Rob read his life story with all the WONDERFUL impersonations he does really made this book more memorable.
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.