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.
I LOVED this book. Of course, the narration by Rob Lowe brings a wonderful immediacy to the text, but the book itself is very enjoyable. Lowe tells one fascinating story after another. I tried this book based on the great reviews, still not expecting much, but there were times I sat in the car after I got home just to hear how one of his stories turned out. Great book!
This audiobook was pretty good. I found myself getting distracted easily, but it turns out I didn't miss much. It's a typical celebrity book. I thought it was odd that he discussed politics and JFK jr, so much. But overall, ok. easy listening.
Carol Deming Casey
Rob's writing is intelligent, witty, and strikingly honest. Merely based on his vocabulary, he is a man of above average intelligence. His ability to descriptively paint a picture as he is telling his story is remarkable. He wrote is such positiveness, it was nice to not hear negativism, whining, and bemoaning. He is fortunate and he understands as well as appreciates this. He characteristically brings his story full circle to give these small chapters of his episodic life closure. He has always been an actor I admired. Now it is clear I have yet another reason to admire him. As a novice writer myself, his talent of writing and telling a story engrossed me. His interpretations and insightfulness contribute to his remarkable talent. It isn't every day I read (isten to) a book written by someone who is popular in Holywood. It is clear that I made the right choice in reading this book. My Thanks to Mr. Rob Lowe for giving me the opportunity to hear those stories you only tell your friends. Thank you. I look forward to more writing from you in the future.
I've been in LOVE with Rob Lowe since my adolescence, and this audiobook has only enhanced my crush (and I'm 41). The story is chronological, engaging, rich with detail, humor, and self-deprecation. Lowe is an excellent storyteller and shows himself to be intelligent and funny; I'd heard before reading this book that he is an incredible mimic, and his imitations of assorted celebrities and personalities are incredibly dead-on.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I also really, really loved that it wasn't smarmy, negative, or rude towards anyone. I highly recommend this book, especially in audiobook format.
Christopher L Gerardi
Very fun to sit back and hear all the interesting stories from Rob Lowe's treasure trove of experiences. Kind of felt like he was sharing over a glass of wine, very entertaining and quite enjoyable.