I am a busy executive who has a passion for reading, mostly novels. This passion was passed down to me (and my brother) by my father who was never without a book in his hand. I regularly have two or three books going at the same time..always have audible books in my ear during long car rides in Los Angeles.
I don't normally read biographies, and quite frankly, except for the West Wing, I wasn't a huge fan of Mr. Lowe's. But because of the rave reviews on Audible, I purchased this book and I was not disappointed. Not only has Rob had an amazing life and career, he has added awesome author to his otherwise impressive resume. I have recommended this book to every person I know and after telling them it is one of the best books I've ever read, my friends often respond with a look of doubt on their face and a response like "Really? Rob Lowe?" And I say "Yes! Rob Lowe". Read It and then wait for the next phase of Mr. Lowe's career. Personally, I think there is an Oscar in his future for Best Screenplay!
This was one of the best narrations I've heard in all my Audible listening. Rob Lowe gives a great performance in sharing the anecdotes of his life. He is witty, honest, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply insightful at times. The book is well-written and I was impressed by Lowe's ability to tell some of the more "scandalous" events in his life in a tasteful way. By the end of the narration, I felt like I knew the author not only as an actor but as a person. I also found it entertaining to hear about the many celebrities, actors and otherwise, that make cameos throughout the author's life. I highly recommend this Audiobook, it will not disappoint!
Audible addict since 2001. Avid Reader who loves to exercise. I started listening to books in 1997 & now I can't goto sleep without it.
This is a must read for anyone who graduated high school between 1982 and 1991. I grew up with Rob Lowe, the Sheens and the Penns. I never read non-fiction unless it is required. A girlfriend gave my a Vanity Fair magazine this book was featured in. I read the article and could not wait to buy the book to continue a great story. Rob lowe comes across as genuinely nice, funny, smart and kind. I loved the way he explained his own weaknesses without dragging his friends and family down. He took blame and did not take advantage of this platform to gossip about his peers or politics. This was a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who ever wore a banana clip, stirrup pants, shaker sweaters, sweater vests or parachute pants.
I really enjoyed this book. The seduction of Hollywood is always an interesting tale, but when it's told through such intelligence and charm, as does Lowe, it also can feel like magic. This book reads like what Forrest Gump was to Americana, Rob Lowe was/is to Hollywood. His fate intertwines with some of the most interesting people and legends of our day, usually entirely by accident.
For example (mini-spoiler), after someone saves him (and his brother) from angry baseball fans at a game because they were wearing NY baseball caps to the park, this someone says, "you kids are alright. Hey—maybe you should come to work with me one day!". Later that week, the were ushered into a soundstage while they watched Jim Henson and Frank Oz rehearse a song called "The Rainbow Connection" for a new movie, THE MUPPET MOVIE. That nice man was the puppeteer for Scooter.
Events like this happen to him over and over throughout his charmed life and it's almost a who's who carousel of celebrity and dominating personalities that help shape Lowe's career (the 1980s) and life (the 1990s).
I'm not sure what my expectations were when I purchased this audio book but Rob Lowe totally impressed me. What an amazing story teller. His stories have substance and really give you a glimpse into the type of man he is. He is a caring, intelligent man with integrity. I highly recommend this book. If you weren't a fan before or even if you were a fan of him in the 80's, this will totally change your perspective on him and give you a glimpse into the depth of his being. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Rob! Hope to see another book from you in the future!
This book not only gives you the perspective of someone famous, talented and privileged but has great anecdotes the entire book. He had/has his demon's just like the rest of us and comes from a broken family which makes his climb to fame even harder. I truly felt he was telling the stories he would tell his friends. And they are great stories.
For anyone who's impressionable years were during the 80's and 90's this is a peak into the movie-making industry and the lives of young actors during that period. But its also much more. its a non-self-promoting story about his struggles as a serious actor.
Narration: I'd give the narration 5 out of 5 stars. *****
The narration is the best I've ever heard. He impersonates several people in his book that are just right-on. If i had the choice between reading and audio I would definitely pick the audio for his impersonations and hearing the story in his voice.
I doubt there are many people in the world that have had the privilege and experiences Mr. Lowe has had.
And they make for a great story. They are very classy, non-trashy true stories from every genre: intrigue, love, fun, drama, politics...
I have a feeling he could have elaborated a little more on the salacious sexual encounters but this book is presented with much class.
5 star on the writing and organization of the book.
Well written and well spoken. His voice is mesmerizing and I looked forward to long drives in the car to continue with his stories. As in all good stories, I was sorry to have it end.
Who new..Rob Low is not only easy to look at. He writes and speaks like it was his true calling from the beginning. If you are a product of being a teenager in the eighties you will truly appreciate this read. It is extremely well written and it wouldn't be the same in any other voice.
Say something about yourself!
Very nice written and narrated book. Little bit of history behind some famous movies, little bit of unknown details about life of famous people, all good stuff, a lot of humor. And It made me go back in time and watch all movies of Brat Pack again, and fall in love with 70-80ties all over again. Great actor, and great book.
Highly recommend this autobiography. As a fan of Rob Lowe's in the 80's and even today, it was a very interesting listen. With the scandal seeking world of today, Rob Lowe's autobiography was anything but tabloid. The stories about other famous people: Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze just to name a few, were not scandalous, but extremely heartwarming and funny. No one except the writer himself was "thrown under the bus", as every story was told in a way that truly shows that respect of family and friends is what has made this life so remarkable. The stories are not your typical run of the mill type, but the majority leaves the listener with goosebumps, a tear, or in most cases a laugh. One of the best autobiographies I have listened to and/or read. This books certainly does not disappoint, in fact it left this listener wanting more. Rob Lowe has certainly mastered the art of story telling, a time honored tradition which has fallen by the wayside. The title alone, "Stories I only Tell my Friends" is very prolific. Afterwards, you feel as you have been brought into his inner sanctem.