Rob Lowe turns out to be a great writer and narrator. Perhaps because of his extraordinary good looks, one expects him to be shallow. He is anything but. This is by far the best Hollywood (auto)biography I have ever "read." It is real literature, which is not to put anybody off. It is not in any way stuffy or boring. It is filled with riveting episodes and insights. I could not stop listening!
Well, I never was a particular fan of Mr. Lowe, but I did enjoy his work on The West Wing. With that said, I took a chance on a recommendation of a friend and 'read' the book. Who knew that he's lead such an interesting life. Truly great stories and his impressions of the characters of his life are very entertaining.
I'm not sure why I downloaded Rob Lowe's book initially. I have never particularly been a fan. I wasn't not a fan, but I guess I figured he was another shallow, pretty faced aging kid actor.
Whatever struck me, I'm glad I listened to this book. In it Rob talks about the stress and thrill of being hounded by hoards of adoring fans and admits that while he loves people, the mindless mob can steal your soul (not a quote, but my summation). However, his true affection and admiration for the interesting cast of characters who have populated his life make him seem like a deeply caring, thinking, fun person I would enjoy chatting with. And I feel like I had the opportunity to do so.
I hope he wasn't just acting this part... I believed him. If you're a Rob fan, you must read this book. If you're not, but you have at least a mild interest in the who he is a a human being, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Hey Rob, thanks for sharing.
An amazing "read", wonderful story telling, you will not want it to end. I now have more respect and appreciation for this self described pretty boy. Wonderfully narrated by Rob Lowe himself this is a steal!
I never knew much about Rob Lowe but now I do. He wrote a candid book and I found the real him inspiring. I never knew how hard he worked and he knew what he wanted to do since he was 8 years old and was single minded. The last paragraph made me cry for two reasons...one...the book was over and two...the beautiful way he summed up his life to this point. I have already told everyone I know to get this book. I loved the behind the scenes stories of the movies he made so much so I had to buy each of the movies from ebay just to watch them again. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
English major. Love to read
Guess it is again a time not to judge a book by its cover. I consider myself to have high standards so when my daughter read this book and suggested I do, I think I guffawed. So too my friends when I told them I was not only reading this but loving it. I majored in drama and this is a possible teaching piece for young actors. It's a fascinating and often brutal world in Hollywood and it's fascinating to read someone's story of being in the middle of it - someone with integrity and insight. And he's a good writer! This is obviously not for everyone but if you are a bit intrigued, you won't be disappointed.
I felt like Rob was actually telling me stories in a sit down conversation with him thus its easy to see why the book was titled as it was. I enjoyed all the stories he told and especially was impressed with his vocabulary and the way they were told. Very, very good listen and highly recommend it.
Well, I wasn't at all sure I'd like this. Rob Lowe is of my generation, but I had never thought much of him one way or another. I saw him in many 80's movies and remember the "Brat Pack". I don't watch "West Wing". But then I started watching him on Parks and Recreation. What a hoot! So I listened to his book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have told family and friends about it. I do believe you are doing a terrible disservice to yourself if you only read the book though. The audiobook is unsurpassed. His gift of mimicry is wonderful. I loved hearing stories of making movies....movies that I loved as a young adult. The people that he crossed paths with is something I found VERY interesting.
I also admire him for the love he has for his wife and sons. Listen to this one...do not pass it up. You will NOT regret it.
I loved this book so much more than I thought I would! I listened to the audible audio book, which Lowe reads himself. I heard about the book after watching Rob on Oprah. I saw how sweet and loving he was with his wife and I thought, heck I want to hear his story.
Stories, is a funny, insightful and honest look into one of the Brat Pack - which is totally my generation. I loved every minute of this stories and all his spot on voices of the actors he met with. Nothing felt gossipy. Nothing felt preachy. It was just like meeting a new friend.
I might listen to it again!
I have never been a fan of celebrity autobiographies; I'm generally just not that interested. So, even though I have always liked Rob Lowe's acting (especially on the West Wing), I wasn't particularly interested in this book. It was the incredible reader reviews that changed my mind, and I am so glad that I did. This book is as thoroughly charming as the author appears to be. What an incredible life he's had, and what a great storyteller he is. I'm about to go and tell all of my friends to read this book, but most of all, I'm going to recommend it to my mother, who stopped watching The West Wing when "Sam Seaborn" left. If you're interested in a life well-lived, with few regrets and lessons learned, you'll love this book.