I purchased this because of the stellar review, however I was not interested AT ALL! I just wanted something different. Am I glad I gave Rob's autobiography a chance. Within the first few minute, I was captivated by his voice and story telling. I look forward to reading more (maybe some fiction, Rob?)
I've recommended this book to anyone who will listen. I think this book is more enjoyable in audio, than reading. Mostly because Rob has such a wonderful voice.
I would listen to it again. He talks a lot about his personal growth. It was uplifting & interesting.
I think that as an actor, that Rob would have used his voice more. Sometimes it seemed a little monotone, and so I found my mind wandered. But the story was so interesting and there were so many interactions with famous people that I would be pulled back in.
I was moved and inspired by his trip to rehab, and how seriously he took sobriety.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in celebrities, and learning more about the behind the scenes stories. I also enjoyed learning about how seriously he takes his acting and how far he will go for a part he loves. He is passionate about acting, and that shows through. I feel like I learned so much about who Rob Lowe actually is, and it is quite different than I thought. He is someone I would love to meet and hang out with.
I think it's a lot of fun, and you learn a lot about the industry, and it's history.
Rob is a great study of human charter, and he explains people with simple depth. In short he humanizes people.
When Rob Meets Martin Sheen for the first time.
His explanation of why his Pictures got on the cover of George.
interesting side note: With Rob's Hight praise of west Wing, I decided to watch it for the first time. I was kind of surprised to realizes that robs charter is just not that compelling, vary like-able, but really is not all that... but then again... is it because I feel I understand him, kinda like a friend, and I am hyper critical of him now.
....I remember being a college student and for the 4 years I lived in the dorm I had this HUGE poster of Rob in a white wife-beater and khakis that was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, hanging right next to my bed. Every night I would tell him 'Good night' and hope that one day he would be mine....obviously I'm not his wife Cheryl....and I'm okay with that!
While reading this book....it was so much fun to go thru the years with him....I remembered where I was and who I was with when he talked about each movie he made....I loved the way he was so candid and open about all the choices and mistakes he made in his life. He also did great impressions of other celebrities (he did Christopher Walken and I was rolling while Rob was relating this incident). In fact....Rob is a really funny guy.......I found myself laughing out loud many times as well as I admit to crying a few tears, especially at the end....I did NOT want this book to end.....I truly felt like his friend, that I was just hanging out with him and talking about the good ole days.
This book was fascinating in the way it talked about making movies and the steps you had to go thru. The people he met along the way.....even when he was very young he was running into future actors/actresses along with big time stars. This told me that he was meant to be a movie/tv star....he would just be in the right places at the right time without even trying....it really was quite amazing to think about. He was also very candid on how vulnerable he was and how he struggled to be the cool guy when he was basically known as a 'nerd'.
There are so many things I could say about this book but I think I will leave it to you to jump in and read it. It will be a guilty pleasure...I can guarantee that. There is a part about 9/11 and his experiences in the days following it that will absolutely stun you. Rob Lowe has lived a fantastic roller coaster ride of a life and yet he has still learned how to live a semi-normal life outside of television and movies with his wife and 2 sons. He writes of his love for his family....his wife is his best friend and his genuine sincerity caused me to cry a few tears. I am sooooo glad I decided to read this book because it just strengthened the admiration and affection I have for Rob....he has been a part of my life since I was a young teen and I know that I will be watching him for a long time coming. Thank you Rob for making me feel like a true friend and sharing your stories with me!...
It ranks very highly. But first off: who knew? Who knew Lowe could do such spot-on vocal impersonations? Who knew he was a recovering alcoholic 14 years sober? Who knew he was successfully married (what a rarity in Hollywood) with two teenaged boys? Who knew he was pretty much chased out of "The West Wing" by being the only cast member to not get a re-negotiated payment package?Of course, I am probably the last one who would have known any of this. Besides West Wing, the only other project of his that I ever saw was "Wayne's World." That's right: rock on, Garth.There was nothing earth shattering in this book. He mentions a lot of people (and speaks their dialog in "their" voices!), but I realized later that he didn't mention the folks he really didn't get on with. Without saying it, he pretty much was following all mothers' advice: if you don't have something nice to say about someone, don't say anything. Yes, somethings were rather glossed over. But, you know, I really wasn't interested in sleaze. It was a fun listen and I am glad I chose it. Five stars reflects that enjoyment.At any rate, my best advice in choosing an audio book is to choose memoirs read by the author.
Getting to "know" someone I previously only new by reputation. And then only vaguely. Lowe's collection of anecdotes were so much fun. My favorite: (no spoiler alert) Runnymeade!!
His actual voice! I have never been disappointed listening to a memoir read by the author, even those who weren't very good readers. They know where to place the emphasis, where to place the "smile." And, in Lowe's case, omg! He does such great impersonations!
I listened to it in the car or while walking--about half hour increments. There were times I was sorry to press "pause," but chapter at a time was enough.
Maybe it's because I'm the same age as Rob Lowe, and, naturally, had a bit of a crush on him back in the day, but I was curious about this book. After reading so many positive reviews, I decided to give it a try. All the reviews were right! He's a great story teller, and, let's face it, he's lived a pretty interesting life. I generally read mysteries so this was a bit of a departure for me. He does do a lot of great impressions as mentioned in other reviews.
Thanks for sharing, Rob! Much appreciated.
This is definitely a book that you are better off listening to rather than reading, not only is it him telling his own story, but he does that exceedingly well.
I listened to this over vacation and really enjoyed it. I loved hearing about his rise to fame with other superstars like Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estavez, Charlie Sheen, and Michael J. Fox as well as his many lovers over the years. I was also a huge fan of West Wing so I thoroughly enjoyed his version of his time on West Wing.
Learning more about life as a movie star.
When the policeman pulled over the bus filled with actors campaigning with Jane Fonda in Northern California after Rob and Michael J. Fox were hanging out the emergency door in the roof. I also enjoyed his stories about Princess Stephanie of Monaco and falling in love with his wife.
There are many funny scenes that made me chuckle.
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.