Rob shares stories and insights to
He shares the story of getting his start in
I LOVE that he took the time to read this book himself. It makes it so believable. And if it wasn't really a true biography, there's no WAY he would have read it. So it's nice to know you are
So much moved me in this book. It was so REAL. It takes a brave person to share all of the personal experiences and emotions that he shares in this book.
I want to thank Rob Lowe for writing this book! I haven't even followed his career closely. I was a huge fan as a teenage girl, as were most, but haven't even really known what he's been up to. After seeing him on Oprah, and seeing the way he spoke about the love of his life, his wife Cheryl, I had a new curiosity to find out what kind of man he grew up to be. I'd have to say,
S. J. Swan
Yes, you don't get the full impact of this story if Rob Lowe wasn't reading it.
American on Purpose or BossyPants.
I liked when he spoke of his childhood. It gave him depth and humanity. We all went through trying times at those ages. My favorite story was when Rob is acting up on Halloween and runs into a very scary Martin Sheen dressed in camo.
Mr. Lowe paints an expansive picture of his journey to and through Hollywood but I got the impression that while his life and all the people he met and worked with were interesting, he himself is not so much - or at least he wasn't going to reveal anything too deep to us in this book. He delivers his story casually, covering every chapter of his life, but he does so flatly, without very much emotion. Yet he seems to be rushing to finish telling us his story, as if he knows we are going to be bored, and let's just get it over with. The best parts of his delivery were when he was impersonating others (which he is quite good at).
Overall, it's an interesting insider's look at Hollywood - from one who is inside yet removed. He does seem unaffected, despite all of the big names he's rubbed shoulders with (watch your toes, there's a name dropped every minute, folks!) and his recovery from alcoholism.
I enjoyed hearing his tale, but wanted more depth, more emotion. It would have been better to have more details of select chapters of his life, then this all-inclusive time line of the history of Rob Lowe. If these are the stories he only tells his friends, perhaps his friends don't know him well at all.
Fast, American, Staccato
As a Brat Pack fan, its a good listen.
Even after all these years, the term "brat pack" conjures up images of pretty boy Rob Lowe. I was never interested in him as an actor, and thought he was just another self absorbed celeb writing a tiresome tell all. The book got such glowing reviews that I decided to give a listen. I was amazed to discover that Lowe has had an interesting life, writes well, and did an amazing job of the narration. In fact, Audible should consider him for future work - his accents are great! Well done, Rob.
No. I only listen to books once.
When he talked about the West Wing and the meetings with the Presidents. I have never seen the West Wing but I could really picture what he was talking about. And I liked that he has such respect for politics in general and the Office of President, regardless of his personal views.
No. I don't know he had read any other books.
He has a gift for imitating other peoples' voices. I loved that. I have always liked him as an actor, but most especially when he does parts like the one in Tommy Boy. That was my first time seeing him in a non-dramatic roll and I was impressed because it really made me laugh. His love for his family is so apparent in this book. It's just nice to hear some personal things about an actor who takes responsibility for his shortcomings, but is basically just a nice guy who loves his wife and kids. He went through a lot to get there, but he got there, and that's important.
This was my second autobiography that I choose to listen to. I was really impressed with how well the stories were told. I felt like I was at a book signing in a coffee shop listening to the author narrate the story.
The most memorable moments for me, was when he was sharing his personal life. Like meeting his wife, when he talks about his kids, his siblings, his mom and the holistic approach she took.
When the person that writes the book, reads the book, you really get the true emotions of the moments. It set the bar for future autobiographies.
This was definitely a book that I wanted to listen to in one sitting.
Yes I would. I probably would get some more out of it. It was a great lesson in Movie History. An update into some of the ins and outs of life infront of the camera.
I thouroghly enjoyed the story as told by the author. Not sure it would have been as good if someone else had of narated it.
ROB! ah duh!!! Cuz the story was about him.
The nuances and quirks that he provided with his voice, The voices he did when talking about some of the other characters in the book. He does a pretty good Clinton.
Rob shares his stories with you, his friend.
Audio versus print....it's an individual preference. I use audio books for long drives and listening on the beach.
I really liked the insider view on filmmaking (complete with accents for different directors)...and, the stories of growing up in Malibu.
Loved his use of accents to get a deeper insight into famous directors and overall, he does a great job in engaging the listener.
Meet the Brat Pack!
I have a renewed interest and respect for Rob Lowe and appreciate his candor in discussing his life.
Wow! This was better than I expected. The stories of how and where he grew up and his childhood friends were fascinating. Since I am in the same age group, it was that much more interesting to hear about the actors, movies and tv shows I grew up watching. Rob Lowe is an excellent writer and he tells gripping stories without being salacious. I was pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend this book to anyone of the "Brat-Pack" era or a fan of Rob Lowe. Enjoy!
Told by Rob Lowe, complete with the more memorable voices of icons like Francis Ford Coppola and others, Stories I Only Tell My Friends is a worthwhile listen. I am generally not interested in Hollywood goings-on, but I'm glad I took a chance on this memoir. Lowe's stories are insightful, often funny looks into a lifestyle most people do not intimately know: what it's like to be a young, aspiring actor moving up the ranks into the big leagues, and then learning to navigate the disingenuous movie business. Acting is, to say the least, not my thing, but Lowe artfully pulls the listener into this world so it feels like some parallel, odd and inviting life.