Few people have been blessed to live such a fascinating life; making a lasting contribution to the world of entertainment & surviving both the rewards & pitfalls of fame while growing in humility & wisdom, as Mr. Lowe most assuredly has. I listened to his first book, Love Letters on a whim because I've always admired his acting & fearless choices in roles. As was the case with that book, I throughly enjoyed Stories I Tell My Friends & will highly recommend it to those within my sphere of influence. His transparency is refreshing & his self-deprecating humor & spot on insights made me laugh out loud with no care for my surroundings or the responses it created. I especially enjoyed his reflections on & descriptions of the complications of families of origin, pursuit of career & the unrelenting lessons to be found in self discovery & awareness. He's obviously a man who isn't afraid to freely voice his love & admiration for his wife & for this & so much more, I'll remain a loyal fan of his work & his positive attitude towards life & humanity. May God's blessings of peace & hope follow you Mr. Lowe, & may you continue to bless the public with your talent & exuberance for life.
Rob Lowe has always been a Hollywood fixture to me- but as a bad guy. As a 35 year old my first into to Rob was in Tommy Boy in my teen years! I've since watched him in countless roles, my favorite being on Parks & Rec. I found this book in my "suggested" titles and I can't thank Audible enough for that intro. I loved every minute of this production. It's so hard to see Hollywood actors as husbands, fathers and something besides the characters they've played. This incredible man is so amazing, deep and still down to earth I am in awe that he's been under my nose this whole time and o had no idea how cool he is. This book is packed with hilarity, emotion and quite a few surprise appearances in the life of the author. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love for real people who have succeeded in Hollywood.
I did not expect to love this book but I did! I have always been a Rob Lowe fan but had no idea how interesting he was. This book really gives you an inside look at acting and all it entails...well worth your time. I will be starting his other book today. :)
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.