I'll admit, I'm not immune to celebrity gossip. I don't seek it out, and I'm not obsessed with it, but it is kind of interesting to hear the back stories behind personas. We see Celebrity A, and make assumptions based on same, but in actuality.... Lowe's book is great for that - peeks into the early careers of Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and others. He really gives a good feel for what it was like to break into the movies during that time, to be perceived as a "hunk" in both good and bad ways.
However, I felt like the story was censored. In a way, this is inevitable, even necessary, but all the juicy parts were glossed over by Lowe's recollection of his "bad boy" days. As he has since entered rehab and stopped drinking alcohol, he looks back on his past with a sort of self-righteous condemnation. While he is honest about his mistakes, I felt the whole book smacked too much of the After School Specials he used to star in: we'll tell you the dirt, but only to show you that it's bad, bad, bad.
All in all, it's an enjoyable listen, and Lowe even attempts some impersonations as he's quoting actors. No stark surprises or shocking revelations, but an amusing look at an acting icon.
Thought it was refreshingly honest, funny, and human. Too often we forget that actors are just people too. Thoroughly enjoyed it, recommended it to several friends and played it in the car for my husband to listen to as well.
I enjoyed every word and chapter written and read by Rob Lowe. I found myself remembering many of the movies and stories and loved hearing how his career and life started, and where it all took him. I am a huge fan, more now than ever. Thank you for an honest and entertaining peek into your life, Mr. Lowe. You are a class act.
I was surprised to find that Rob Lowe had such talent as a writer not to mention admirable self awareness. This book was a pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
Yes, since it is read by Rob Lowe.
Rob - story is about him.
no - I don't think there are any others
Yes, but do to the length, not possible
Rob is a good story teller.
About Heartthrob Rob. If you ever crushed on Rob like I did and you were a humble MidWestern Girl like me--you'll be transported to the Wild Eighties where rock ruled and sex was something you could talk about without getting your mouth washed with soap!
Rob reads his story with sincerity, needfully staying away from the ugly things to remain engrossing with his fascinating tailspinning in Europe, filming and career turns.
Rob's voice and his story played throughout my trip from racy Southern California to beautiful Moab, Utah. I have great memories of the beautiful scenery racing by me while listening to his narration of his traipsing through LA on busses to try-outs. It remains in my mind's-eye a pleasant memory.
Rob does an excellent job reading. Wish he would read more stories.
His voice conveys sincerity.
An 80s life.
Only in the eighties could raw talent meet talent. Rob is certainly the humble Ohio boy who 'made it'.
Great book...makes me want to have lunch with him and his family. (not because he is a star-he is just normal interesting guy) Well written and did a great job as the narrator!
Interesting Funny and insightful.
Well its about Rob Lowe, So it would be Rob Lowe
Everything, His voice and inflecttion attribute to the authenticity to the book.
Yes, I did. I couldn't stop telling people about it. It is hilarous and so insightful on Rob's part. I always liked him as an actor but I respect him more as a person.
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School Librarian, Cybrarian, Voracious Reader and Lifelong Inquirer.
Rob Lowe is a bright and articulate guy who (sorry to be trite) is so much more than a pretty face. It's almost heart rending that he's been written off as a pretty boy when he has a lot to say about politics, human nature, addiction, integrity and so much more.
Lowe recounts many, many fascinating and funny Hollywood stories. He dishes the dirt from behind the scenes without trashing anyone: very classy. But the best part: who knew he did such dead on impressions of just about everyone in Hollywood? I advise listeners that this is one book you'll want to listen to rather than read so you get the full effect of Lowe's take on Cary Grant, Patrick Swayze and many more.