I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Rob Lowe has never been on my radar. I purchased this book after reading a well-written and interesting excerpt in a magazine. The book did not disappoint. It is honest and moving, and he is a wonderful narrator. Lowe decided as a child to become an actor, and he benefited from enough serendipitous events--such as his mother relocating from Dayton, Ohio, to Malibu, where he fell in with a group of boys who also wanted to be in the movies (including Martin Sheen's sons). Lowe had little adult professional support, unlike most youngsters wanting to break into show business who had enjoyed some early success--no "Team Lowe," as he calls it--to help him make decisions. His mother became increasingly incapacitated with mental illness. Lowe earned success anyway. He wanted to be taken seriously by journalists, but he was asked banal questions because he's so pretty.
Lowe talks about hitting bottom with his wild lifestyle, and I was constantly surprised when he gives his age throughout the narrative because he always seemed so terribly young when compared to his experiences.
His anecdotes couldn't be better--a veritable who's who--a political-activist bus trip with Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Whoopie Goldberg, and Michael J. Fox; the making of The Outsiders, which launched the career of so many enduring stars; Cary Grant, at whose house Lowe watched his own starring role in an after-school special; the romance with Princess Stephanie of Monaco; Francis Ford Coppola, Dick Wolf, Andy Warhol . . . the list goes on.
I highly recommend this wonderful memoir--one of the best I've read.
I love that Rob Lowe narrated this book himself. When I first heard he had written the book, I was doubtful that it would be any good. Nevertheless, after hearing a few reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how he got his start and his associations with other well-known actors and directors. In fact, before I finished listening, I had to find a copy of The Outsiders to watch again.
Rob Lowe's memoirs are quite interesting, and, as he indicates in title, told in the style of stories or vignettes usually with a surprising or unexpected twist to them. I suspect this book would be highly entertaining in written form - Lowe is a sensitive and intelligent writer, with a surprising gift for storytelling - but, given a choice, I would have to say that this Audible version is really the way to go. It is hard to beat hearing tales from his childhood or early auditions in his own voice, but as he is a really gifted actor, he succeeds like few other writers could in giving voices to all the other people in his life as well. This book is worth listening to for the impressions alone.
I particularly enjoyed his story because he is only a few years younger than me, so I got a kick out of hearing him talk about growing up in the 70s. But I would recommend this book to just about anyone who enjoys autobiography and learning about another person's journey of self-discovery.
Frankly, I didn’t expect that much from this book. I’m glad I gave it a shot, though. I knew Lowe was intelligent, and I knew he’s an actor I very much enjoy (especially in The West Wing), but I didn’t know how good a writer he is.
He crafts lush sentences forming compelling stories with beautiful emotion. I suspect he could put together a well-told biography of even the most pedestrian of lives, but his life’s remarkable story makes this an autobiography not to be missed. I was sad when it ended.
Rob Lowe is a great celbrity impersonator. I knew an audio book with his dulcet voice would be easy on the ears, but who knew he could bust out spot on vocal impersonations of Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise and Bill Clinton? Highly recommend this experience to my non-audio-bookie friends.
The author's emotion whild reading his story.
The author's experience with Andy Warhol.
The entire experience of the author's audition to The Outsiders movie.
It made me laugh out loud - every chapter of the book was amusing and entertaining
The book was a total surprise. I thought I would hear fluff, but instead got an earful of an amazing life told in rich style.
YES - hearing the words as written by the author is amazing.
The emotion and passion are for real.
There were two. The trip to Fiji and his realization that he was with his life's companion and reconnecting with his mom.
I did not know about his true passion for politics and I admire his desire to pursue meaningful connections with people rather than revel in the adoration of the masses.
This book was really a wonderful "listen". Full of anecdotal stories of how Rob life intersected with many of today's biggest stars long before anyone of them were famous. Rob and all of the other '80s Brat Packers were big time celebrities when I was in high school and in my young adult life are oh so familiar to me. I always enjoy hearing the author narrate their own books and tell their own stores. Well done Rob, well done.
...but lacking a lot of detail in parts I was hoping to hear more about, especially the West Wing years. I know Rob mainly from WW as Sam, so I was a little disappointed when he spent so much time talking about projects like The Outsiders, and so little time on the WW. Still, it was an interesting listen, though I would probably only recommend it to people who already have an interest in Lowe.
I've listened to hundreds of books, for years, and this would rank in the top 10%.
I was surprised by his writing skill and how engaging his story is. I thought it would be OK, and it caught me off guard with it's quality. I was already a Rob Lowe fan, but not a fanatic, and like bios but was skeptical.
Many time his simple, but thoughtful, observations about everyday situations was what interested me, not so much the "mingling with the other stars".
Rob is better at descriptions than me: I'd just say give it a try and you'll likely enjoy it as I did. I appreciate his honesty.