Never without an audible book on my phone!
What surprise. I took a chance because Audible listed this as the sleeper hit of the year. Who knew that Rob Lowe was such a fantastic writer and storyteller? His narration is top notch and the tales he has to tell are very intriguing. You have to admire the fact that he was able to pull himself out of the drug and alcohol scene at 26...and he never went back. Bravo.
I've always loved Rob Lowe, and hearing him read his autobiography was a real treat. As I came of age in the mid-1980s, I was a little disappointed that he spent so much time talking about "The Outsiders" and so little time talking about "St. Elmo's Fire," but it was a great listen.
At first I wasn't sure I would like this book. It started out with a melancholy tone as Rob told about his childhood; about feeling like he never fit in, and about the break up of his parent's marriage. But a few chapters later it switched to a more neutral tone. Rob brought up many of his antics and relationships as a young man, but this wasn't a tell all. If you're looking to get any juicy details you'll be sorely disappointed because he doesn't elaborate much on the controversies or relationships in his life other than to acknowledge them.
What he does elaborate on, however, is how he got into the acting, and what it was like for him behind the scenes on the Outsiders and a couple of other movies. I especially enjoyed his accounts of meeting Liza Minnelli, and of his relationship with John Kennedy. These "rest of the story" vignettes are packaged like little surprises throughout the book and they are such a delight. Also, Rob Lowe is the narrator and he does some amazing impressions of Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze; an added bonus for listeners of the ebook. Overall I enjoyed this book and am proud of the man that Rob Lowe has become today.
I purchased this book because of the reviews and they were all correct. This is a smart book. I really enjoyed his style of writing. I didn't get the feeling that this book was written to be a "tell all" of hollywood but to tell the story of how Rob Lowe became the Rob Lowe of today. I actually found myself using some of his advice to his younger self for my 14 year old son, "Don't worry, it will all work out. When it's time for you to have a girlfriend she will show up." If you grew up in the Brat Pack era, like I did, you will find it interesting to hear some of the stories about the movies of those times. Oh, and I loved Rob's voice as the narrator, very pleasant.
This was a great audio and to have his voice made it even better. Takes you through the 60's and 70's and since I grew up in this neck of the woods, it was even more endearing. I grew up in Santa Monica and graduated from Samohi and I never knew there was so much pain with young people going on in Malibu. Rob is so honest about his lifestyle and getting his act together. Yes, families and posterity is what really matters - leaving a legacy. Thank you for sharing your story
I don't normally read biographies, and quite frankly, except for the West Wing, I wasn't a huge fan of Mr. Lowe's. But because of the rave reviews on Audible, I purchased this book and I was not disappointed. Not only has Rob had an amazing life and career, he has added awesome author to his otherwise impressive resume. I have recommended this book to every person I know and after telling them it is one of the best books I've ever read, my friends often respond with a look of doubt on their face and a response like "Really? Rob Lowe?" And I say "Yes! Rob Lowe". Read It and then wait for the next phase of Mr. Lowe's career. Personally, I think there is an Oscar in his future for Best Screenplay!
This was one of the best narrations I've heard in all my Audible listening. Rob Lowe gives a great performance in sharing the anecdotes of his life. He is witty, honest, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply insightful at times. The book is well-written and I was impressed by Lowe's ability to tell some of the more "scandalous" events in his life in a tasteful way. By the end of the narration, I felt like I knew the author not only as an actor but as a person. I also found it entertaining to hear about the many celebrities, actors and otherwise, that make cameos throughout the author's life. I highly recommend this Audiobook, it will not disappoint!
Audible addict since 2001. Avid Reader who loves to exercise. I started listening to books in 1997 & now I can't goto sleep without it.
This is a must read for anyone who graduated high school between 1982 and 1991. I grew up with Rob Lowe, the Sheens and the Penns. I never read non-fiction unless it is required. A girlfriend gave my a Vanity Fair magazine this book was featured in. I read the article and could not wait to buy the book to continue a great story. Rob lowe comes across as genuinely nice, funny, smart and kind. I loved the way he explained his own weaknesses without dragging his friends and family down. He took blame and did not take advantage of this platform to gossip about his peers or politics. This was a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who ever wore a banana clip, stirrup pants, shaker sweaters, sweater vests or parachute pants.
I really enjoyed this book. The seduction of Hollywood is always an interesting tale, but when it's told through such intelligence and charm, as does Lowe, it also can feel like magic. This book reads like what Forrest Gump was to Americana, Rob Lowe was/is to Hollywood. His fate intertwines with some of the most interesting people and legends of our day, usually entirely by accident.
For example (mini-spoiler), after someone saves him (and his brother) from angry baseball fans at a game because they were wearing NY baseball caps to the park, this someone says, "you kids are alright. Hey—maybe you should come to work with me one day!". Later that week, the were ushered into a soundstage while they watched Jim Henson and Frank Oz rehearse a song called "The Rainbow Connection" for a new movie, THE MUPPET MOVIE. That nice man was the puppeteer for Scooter.
Events like this happen to him over and over throughout his charmed life and it's almost a who's who carousel of celebrity and dominating personalities that help shape Lowe's career (the 1980s) and life (the 1990s).
I'm not sure what my expectations were when I purchased this audio book but Rob Lowe totally impressed me. What an amazing story teller. His stories have substance and really give you a glimpse into the type of man he is. He is a caring, intelligent man with integrity. I highly recommend this book. If you weren't a fan before or even if you were a fan of him in the 80's, this will totally change your perspective on him and give you a glimpse into the depth of his being. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Rob! Hope to see another book from you in the future!