Although I haven't read the print version, I can't imagine there's anything better than hearing an autobiography from the writer's own voice, especially when the writer happens to be a highly talented actor. Frankly, I had no idea Rob Lowe was this versatile.
Loved when he met Liza Minelli. Insights into "The Outsiders" and "West Wing" were terrific.
I actually scoffed when I saw this book on the store shelves because I really dislike all the celebrity autobiographies basically celebrating their already inflated egos and I associated Rob Lowe with the whole pretty boy image. But after reading reviews, and liking good biographies, I gave it a chance and I was not disappointed. It was a quality book both with entertainment value and philosophical insight. I've started watching "West Wing" on Amazon streaming since I actually did not see the series when it aired on TV - although my husband was a fan and named a daughter after a WW character! Highly recommend this audiobook.
Rob Lowe is a good reader.
This isn't really applicable for this book. It is, after all, a memoir.
Most anytime he mentions Martin Sheen and entering the West Wing Oval Office set. But most of all when he leaves rehab and his counselor said, "You can be like other celebrities and come back here again and again or you can just stay sober. It's up to you." I think it's a mantra about just doing what's hard and right.
Yes. But I saved it for when I was working out so I would continue to work out. I also only listened to it when I walked my dog so I would walk her for a longer time -- to her delight.
As a sometimes actor, this book helped me realize why I never became a serious working actor. I just never had the drive necessary or passion to make it happen.
I felt like I was getting real insight in to some of the most interesting people of the last 30 years. Rob Lowe is a very likable and seems very down to earth. His life has been extraordinary but he seems so self effacing. I finally realized why I always like his characters-he's a nice guy.
His perspective seems very unbiased, you feel like your getting a behind the scenes peek. Although Rob didn't seem bitter over his West Wing departure I now am-I was a huge fan and the producers (or whoever made the stupid decision) messed up a great show by allowing Rob & the writer to get away. I laughed out loud at several of the stories & I really enjoyed this book.
Tell us about yourself!
The insight of a person that millions think they know when in fact, they don't know at all.
I can not imagine how difficult (yet liberating) it was for him to write this piece of his history. I wish that we could read the story in its entirety (all the parts that were cut out). I find his personal journey facinating. I have never had a problem with alcohol or drugs. My co-dependency extends to coffee and chocolate. I could hear the rawness in his voice when he spoke about his intimate demons. Facinating.
Anything and everything about his Mom, Cheryl, Matthew and John.
Yes. Probably will again.
For someone with so much talent, on screen and off, who has been scrutizined for his past and yet is still humbled and grateful for his experiences and willing to continue to grow, learn and yearn to be a better person, I am a bigger fan and have more admiration and respect for Rob Lowe than I ever did when he was pinned up on my wall almost 30 years ago.
Those who are quick to demolish the value of a person based on common mistakes, do not have mirrors in their own home.
I hope he writes another book. I will be first in line. Thank you Rob Lowe, from a fan of your life, not just your work.
Life in the Thumb
Who knew that Rob Lowe was so much deeper than a pretty face??? I really enjoyed this entertaining and enlightening autobiography that Lowe penned. His self-deprecating manner, his spot-on imitations of Robert Wagner, Cary Grant, Emilio Esteves, Mike Myers (the list could go on forever), and his vulnerability made this a top audio read for me.
Recommend? If you enjoy autobiographies, were a teen when Rob Lowe hit Tiger Beat magazine, and just enjoy getting the inside scoop of an interesting person's life, then I do believe you will enjoy this. I loved listening to Rob tell his story and I'm glad that he made it through the maze of Hollywood success and all of its trappings. He came out on the other side with a loving wife by his side, two sons that he clearly adores, and realizing that family, sobriety, and keeping your integrity are more important that anything stardom can offer!
Six Sentence Bookish Thoughts #104
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I remember very vividly having Rob Lowe's posters scattered all over the walls of my teenage bedroom. I was a huge fan of The Outsiders, St Elmo's Fire, and pretty much anything in which the "cute guys" from the Brat Pack appeared. Even so, I was apprehensive about this title despite the reviews. I think I was still envisioning Mr. Lowe as the sweet faced boy on my wall rather than an accomplished actor or talented author. How wrong I was! So glad I took a chance on this one. I found this book to be wildly entertaining and upon completing it, I almost felt like I'd been reunited with childhood friends.
Rob Lowe narrates his live excellently. How his life intersects with so many names and faces is amazing. Great to listen to. No sappy stories, just interesting and engaging.
picky old lady
The title of this book is perfect for the Audible format. Let me preface by saying that I'm only peripherally aware of Rob Lowe's work, not a groupie-personality, and bought the book based on other reviews.
It 100% feels like a friend telling you a story from their own experience, and can be listened to one anecdote at a time with each being well-crafted, interesting and very well-told. Completely enjoyable. My recommendation: if you're interested in the book, buy it in AUDIO format. I'm glad I did.
Great background stories to the Hollywood headlines we all saw on the news or read about. The story of Hollywood actors sure seem removed from reality, but the way Rob told his story makes it all relate-able to the average normal american boy.
I would absolutely recommend this well told, delightful, poignant story.
Rob's ability to be articulate, but also down-to-earth and showing his human fears, joys and foibles.
No, I have never listened to, read or truthfully, even watched any of his movies. After listening to this, however, I have made it a point to watch.
Well Done, Mr. Lowe!