one of the best
Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller)...a personal memoir, which is my best description of this book...
The Other Side Of Rob Lowe
I grew up alongside him, but in rural NC. It was very interesting to imagine where he was during his life as I was living mine. His personal stories make me want to go rent all his movies and TV shows...hope he writes more.
I must admit I do get very eye-roll-y about obsession with pop culture, like we actually know and care about these famous people - I mean really. However Rob Lowe's book is just a story about trying to make a living in a tough industry. It is human, intimate and interesting. I really enjoyed it. I loved that Rob Lowe read himself. It was terrific, even if you aren't familiar with his work (and history).
Say something about yourself!
Rob Lowe's narration was amazing - I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book half as much as listening to it. He does all the voices so well. Zelig like life story.
The audiobook is excellent as it's read by Lowe himself, so it has the perfect inflection. The stories are interesting and amusing, and it runs at a good pace, full of Hollywood characters and just enough "behind the scenes" to keep you listening. You do get the sense that a famous guy is trying to re-craft the image of himself, but he does a great job and his perspective is totally worth hearing. He relates stories about his entire career, ups and downs included, and he tells them well.
I definitely laughed and I appreciated how seriously Rob Lowe took the reading.
The best part of this book was that it was read by the author. Thats not always a plus....I had an experience with a story I was really interested in and it was read by the author and I absolutely could not get through it. Thankfully it was later made into a movie which I enjoyed. Anyway.....to hear about Rob Lowe's experiences from his voice with its inflection and tone was extremely entertaining. He is very entertaining and he really is able to make you feel his experiences....perhaps its the actor in him. I have always liked him, but was not an adoring fan....you don't have to be to enjoy this book. Its warm and very honest; he lays his faults right out there with his gifts. Extremely entertaining....great read!
Well Rob of course
Reading doesn't give you the voice inflection, tone and emotion of the experience.
Could not put it down...so to speak. Yes, I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting!
Really good book and you don't have to be a Rob Lowe fan to enjoy it. Although I must say after listening to this book, I AM a fan and I hope he writes another.
I have seen Rob Lowe in many movies, but did not know the depth of the man. I so enjoyed getting to know him and his many stories. This was a wonderful book. Written well and told with excitement. I loved this book.
Yes, Rob Lowe had an interesting life and tells a honest entertaining story.
Frank Langella's "Dropped Names" is truly outstanding. Two actors from humble beginnings, a generation removed, who tell very interesting stories with drop dead narration.
A must read
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.