I have never been a fan of celebrity autobiographies; I'm generally just not that interested. So, even though I have always liked Rob Lowe's acting (especially on the West Wing), I wasn't particularly interested in this book. It was the incredible reader reviews that changed my mind, and I am so glad that I did. This book is as thoroughly charming as the author appears to be. What an incredible life he's had, and what a great storyteller he is. I'm about to go and tell all of my friends to read this book, but most of all, I'm going to recommend it to my mother, who stopped watching The West Wing when "Sam Seaborn" left. If you're interested in a life well-lived, with few regrets and lessons learned, you'll love this book.
Rob Lowe is not only an excellent writer, he is an excellent reader. His stories and life are quite interesting and without any malice or "tales out of school". Just honest and upfront about his life, good and not so good. And he is easily one of the best "readers" of any book I have listened to. His impersonations are really amazing. When he did Christopher Walken, you would think it was Chris Walken himself reading the passage. Very entertaining and highly recommended.
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What a great writer he is. And funny! To have him narrate too is fabulous. Its like he is talking to you. Makes me want to rent all his movies.
I am a guy in his 40's, not exactly your average person who would care about Rob Lowe. But for some reason I got this book and ended up LOVING it. Lowe has such a nice voice and mannor about him. His stories are so interesting, yet simple and never forced. His voices are hillarious and I even teared up a bit at the end of the book as he described his current life, family and future goals.
Get it..you will love it also.
I was one of those 80's fans and a bit skeptical due to Brat Pack image--
What a surprise of a book it was...Rob has matured into an introspective intelligent good guy and he sounds like a great father and husband! And, the experiences it took him to get to that point are also compelling...glad he was able to get past his demons and at a good point in his life!!
I found Rob Lowe's autobiography to be a very enjoyable listen. I found he balanced insider information of the industry nicely with his own progress and experience. And of course he is a wonderful reader.
This is probably one of the best books I've listened to years. I honestly felt like I was right there with the author and the number of times this brought out true emotion in me was more than I can count on both hands. I'm so glad I listened to it rather than read it.
I loved Rob's narration. I could not stop listening to this well done biography. 40 somethings will enjoy!
I came to select this book from what very little I knew about Rob Lowe: the sex scandal in the 90’s and his character in a show I watch, Brothers & Sisters; honestly, outside of those, I was unfamiliar with his early work and his abilities. Lowe spends half of the book recounting the experience of filming The Outsiders with Francis Ford Coppola and the group of young actors he worked with on this journey, all of which ended up with successful careers in the aftermath (Swayze, Cruise, Estevez, Dillon). This is a book to listen to, not read. Lowe brings such nuances and rhythm to the narration that you can visualize and place moods, setting, imagery and sound into the text. Every single character he gives voice to is spot-on, the impersonations, especially of President Clinton at the end of the book (when discussing The West Wing section) is as if you’re actually listening to Clinton himself. I wished for Lowe that he would have spent more time telling the story of what he endured at the grip of alcoholism and his darker days instead of spending the entire first half on The Outsiders, but he does maintain a consistent optimism throughout the storyline which sometimes gives it the tone of a self-help book (not a bad thing, as a listener, it’s refreshing to tune into something uplifting – especially when unexpected). I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would, and came out of it wanting to know Lowe – actually feeling as if I know Rob – personally. A great listen.