Growing up in the 80's Rob Lowe was one of the many heart throbs of the generation. As a teen my friends and I would read teen magazines just to get a glimpse of his life. This book filled in all the gaps. Listening to Rob narrate the book you feel like your having coffee with him and he is just an ordinary human being trying to figure life out. Many of the topics made me smile I remember hearing about that. I do not normally listen to audio books but I am glad I found this one.
I always try to choose autobiographies read by the author so as to enjoy hearing the book how the author intended, and no one epitomizes this more than Rob Lowe. When you want to hear the intended inflection, the emotion, the exact level of a terse word, Rob Lowe performs the best of any narrator you are going to find.
Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez "Along The Way". Both books focus on the making of a particular film in detail while also covering years of the actors lives. That is the comparison. The contrast is that Stories I Only Tell My Friends was much, much better and more enjoyable both in material, writing, and narration. And when you can beat Martin Sheen in narration, you have accomplished something!
Rob brings you to tears more than once in this book, which is extremely rare for me when listening to a book. But this is more than a memoir. This is Rob taking you into the highs and lows of his life and truly allowing you to share in the moment. He doesn't tell you the story. He brings you into it. And in that, your emotions can become as raw as his. That is rare, but so is this book. A great listen.
If you are a Rob Lowe fan, a Francis Ford Coppola fan, a fan of The Outsiders, or a movie fan in general, you should treat yourself to a tour of Hollywood you simply cannot get in any other way.
The story and the performance are excellent. I had no idea what Rob Lowe's back story was. thought he was a privileged Malibu kid and it all really started with the Rat Pack. Very eye opening. And his impersonations of the people throughout his life are fantastic! looking forward to hearing him read his next book which I've already downloaded.
The journey from someone who was seemingly a happy child in a middle class family, through family divorces, the struggles of chasing his dreams, stardom, then a sense of unfulfillment...back to what seemed to make him happy as a young child....having a loving and cohesive family life.
The strength that he now has as a family man. He now lives as someone who can be respected, not just someone you "like".
No, but it's heartening to see how someone can see, feel and appreciate the things that are good and Godly, after so many years of debauchery.
I appreciate his love and candor about how he feels about our country.
I'm not a huge fan of Rob Lowe. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm happy that he found the path to fulfillment in his life through family and work. I'm also happy to hear someone in show business acknowledge God.
I was hooked from the beginning to the very end. Rob Lowe has a way of bringing you with him as he takes you on a journey through his life. And what a fascinating life he has had. It's a great audio because it's his voice that tells it. I didn't realize he does great impersonations!
A wonderful book. Rob Lowe is a very interesting man and breathes such life into his tales that you never want to stop listening. This is his second book however, so if you missed the first make sure to listen to that first. The first is actually a little better than this one and it has some stuff he continues speaking about in the new book that you might be confused with if you haven't heard the original first. Don't misunderstand though. This book is great. Highly recommended. Totally relaxes you and let's you drift off into thought as though you are really there in his stories. After a while it feels more like reminiscing with a friend than hearing about someone else's life. Truly hope Rob writes a 3rd book. So stop missing out. Get this today!