top two or three ranking; best autobiography (winning out over Anthony Bourdain)
Rob speaks of his experiences on the television series "The West Wing" with tremendous reverence. It inspired me to watch it on instant video. I had no interest in political drama when it originally aired. I would like to personally thank him for turning me on to the show. Thank you, Rob.
The birth of the Lowe's son.
I got weepy-eyed in a few places, chuckled often, and laughed out loud a few times. It was just right.
This book is read by Rob Lowe and I'm happy to report he does a good job--authors are not always the best readers. It is appropriately name-droppy, and unlike the habit of some name-droppers, he gives the reader enough information to know the subject's full name, title if any, and other pertinent information before he would call, for example, Robert Wagner, "RJ". He has one annoying writer's habit, however. He does long build-ups, revealing the name of the mystery person or event until the end of the paragraph. ~sigh~ I get it. Maybe it is "good storytelling" but, personally, I find it annoying. That is my only criticism, and being subjective as it is, not worthy of removing a single star.
I got this audiobook based on a recommendation from a friend, and it was a wonderful surprise. I don't know what I thought Rob Lowe's memoir would include - more bros? - but his storytelling is surprisingly warm, humble and endearing. I did not know he struggled with addiction, or knew about his heart-warming marriage, or thought much about his varied and intentional career. I just thought he was a funny, cute actor from my youth and present. But, I managed to enjoy his stories and life lessons. I think it's a little too well-polished or one-sided in some places (I bet the other side of the story could be different), and almost too earnest (often a by-product of addiction recovery. Doesn't bother me one bit, but I think some folks could be cynical about it.). But all in all, it was entertaining to hear all his funny and interesting stories, and surprised how relatable and engaging his storytelling was.
Because I was reluctant to read yet another celebrity biography, I was reluctant to get this book.
I read all the reviews and decided to give it a go.
I wasn't disappointed.
It gives a new face to Rob Lowe. I would definitely recommend.
Rob Lowe has a great reading voice and is easy to listen to. Since I'm not in that life, it gave me an insight as to how difficult it is for someone to attain stardom. Some of the comments seemed like sour grapes but I imagine he payed dearly for his life.
His formative years as a young aspiring actor.
The stories that he tells kept me quite entertained; the fact that he narrates them himself makes this audiobook really stand out!
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Excellent audiobook! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Definitely recommend it to others!
My husband and I listened to this book together... we laughed, we felt some sadness and remembered the people and the stories. Rob... not only are you a great actor, you are a fabulous writer and an entertaining narrator!
The honesty... Rob's opinion, I have a lot of respect for him.
Hearing his voice was exciting, reading his own story was fabulous. In addition, he immitated some of the characters very well... enjoyable!
I love the title!
As someone who grew up with Rob Lowe and watched his career with interest, I found this book very well written and informative.
I loved his insights into Hollywood and how things are run.
He nailed Tom Cruise. FUNNY!
Great read/listen! If you grew up in the 80s you can appreciate this entire book!
It was a fantastic telling of real stories... Love how it interconnected all of Hollywood as made it so real.
Entertaining, Enjoyable, Engaging
I have not listened to Rob Lowe before, but I felt like I became a friend of his and could just invite him over if he comes to my area.
From the heart.
I really feel like I got to know Rob Lowe from this performance and really enjoyed the story.