I think Rob Lowe has lived a charmed and interesting life. I enjoyed his storytelling and found him to be real and surprisingly wise. His love for his family and his craft rang true throughout the book. My long ago school-girl crush has turned into adult admiration.
If you're a Rob Lowe fan, do you really need to know more than the fact that he reads his book himself? But if you do, I found this to be an interesting look into the life of a Hollywood actor of my generation. I enjoyed all the behind-the-scenes moments and Mr. Lowe is only generous and positive about all (and there are many) his Hollywood co-stars -- no snarkiness here. Best of all are Mr. Lowe's impressions of other actors. I've listened to this twice. Start listening already!
Rob !! are you going to write another book?? I hope so!! we will be waiting , dont take too long!! please you have this superb talent to tell stories, !! please keep writing!!
I read the reviews and didn't know what to expect. What an amazing life he has led. Fan or not, you will appreciate the story of his life.
It turns out that Rob Lowe is a great storyteller. I bought this because I read a chapter in Vanity Fair. Lowe's story of his experiences in the entertainment industry are fascinating. He's honest without being mean-spirited.
The intelegence of the narration. The actuall story itself is amazing, but the insight and delivery are superb. Not only did I learn about the amazing life Rob Lowe has had, but he gave me pause to reflect and put into perspective things I have dealt with in my own life.
To quote Rob himself, the difference was "a game changer". To have someone with so much talent read his own life story, you truly feel what he was feeling in a way you could not if you read it yourself. Unlike others I was not amazed by all his impressions, but thought the effort was great. It brought personality to the story and a sense of knowing what Rob's take was on the person he was imitiating was endearing.
Goosebumps, I would have to say this was my most common reaction. Not only to all the amazing things that happened but to his ability to reflect back and put everything in perspective. He is near my age so must of the times he was living through I was relieving through as he told the story.
I love how he is able to stay so positive. He seems genuine in his description of others and never derogatory. He seems honest about phases in his life and the perspective they bring.
The one thing I kept thinking while listening to his story was I would love to have a PG rated version to give to my 12 year old son. He is so able to express how he struggled and felt different and outcast as teen and how he was able to be his own person and still manage to rise above it all. So Rob if you ever think about writting again, you can do fictional, but create a tween or early teen and put your insight and perspective into how to survive those difficult years.
Rob L words will be inspirational to all who take the time to open there harts and mind to a beautiful and enterprising story of a man who in the end surrenders to god and then lets god tell his story. I really enjoyed it Rob and I do believe you took me back to my home town of Youngstown.....where I can now hear Red ROVER red rover let Gary come over. Thanks Rob Great job God Bless ODAT Gary H
This book is a great example of how we think we know "celebrities" but don't have the first clue.
Lowe's story is the stuff of magic. They say luck is where opportunity meets preparednesss; and this heartening tale of big dreams, hard work, human nature, and earnest ownership of one's choices proves that we can go through turmoil and come out the other side better for it, and richer in character.
Lowe as a narrator is unsurprisingly enchanting, vulnerable, genuine, and, as it turns out, a delightfully gifited impressionist, who breathes life into the supporting characters featured in his incredible anecdotes - Christopher Walken being my personal favourite.
Rob Lowe has always been easy to like, but after reading his book, now I know why - and no, it's not just because he's easy on the eyes (and ears). If you aren't already a Rob Lowe fan, I doubt you could listen to this book and feel the same way. I sincerely hope for a follow up to Stories I Only Tell My Friends, as I expect there's so much more to know.
In our house, I made it 1/3 of the way into it and got my partner listening to it, too. Somehow, me managed to finish it before me, and it's kicked off a Rob Lowe-a-thon (Thank you Netflix and West Wing DVDS), not to mention, a biography-a-thon as we now plan to put our audible credits to learning more about the colleagues and friends included in his stories, like Patrick Swayze, and Michael J Fox.
With no malice or insult intended for Rob Lowe...but if anyone said I would 1. Ever want to read a book about Rob Lowe or 2. Ever want to read a book by Rob Lowe ...I would have thought it a joke...that said-on the suggestion of my son I did read and and it was great-on many levels . He is a GREAT story teller and all I can say is I am very grateful that somebody convinced him to share this book with more then just his friends. Not at all a waste of time...he is much more then a pretty face....much more.