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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
This book is/was SO far from my reading tastes , So why did I invest my second last credit on something so utterly outside my reading zone? I just couldn't get into my usual subject matter ( history, science, political biography and classics) Despite having 50 great books on my iPod I couldn't stick with any of them. I desperately needed something really different.
I remembered this book when it was so hot and all the amazing reviews, its glory seemed like it would never end- but actors and hollywood where/are not my bag so when I realized I needed a big change, this came to mind. Amazingly once I started I listened to the whole thing in 2 days.
What a breath of fresh air this was! I loved it! It was funny, touching, smart, insightful, honest and very well written. In short, a Totally enjoyable experience that lived up to all the hype. A week later it's still on my mind. I almost feel like Ive been on a great vacation, well actually I have, its just been a vacation for the mind. It was exactly what I needed. As far as the narration goes it was perfect. So if your now debating on whether to get this. I say DO IT, even if ( like me) you started off not even really knowing who the hell he is. Now I would really like to meet him- who would have thunk it?
Although Rob Lowe makes for a lovely narrator, I often felt that he was grasping at straws to make the reader understand just how wonderful and talented he is. The beginning started off well enough, and his stories of his family are the most interesting part. However, Rob Lowe begins to spiral into a name dropping, uninteresting chronicle of his successes. I found myself wishing that I was listening to an audiobook narrated by Lowe, but written by someone else. Overall, it wasnt a horrible listen, but not a great story, and I don't find myself going to listen to it again.
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.