well, I can only agree with NY Times' review that "Throughout this book Mr. Lowe emerges as a canny observer of both himself and others, and as someone whose instincts have grown increasingly sharp over time."
probably a ton of other biographies, which the Time Magazine reviewer did, with this one coming out on top.
Lowe's reading his own stories, of course brought perfect intonation - which is something that's really crucial to my being more captivated than irritated when listening - but his mastery of accents & impersonations was a much appreciated bonus. just to pick one, his Bill Clinton was spot on!
several, the narrative had me giggling as well as tearing up more than once, and without giving anything away I was very impressed with how Lowe portrayed his mother & his relationship with her.
for this admitted movie & TV-series buff, the fascinating descriptions of his work experiences prompted me to (re)discover Lowe's performances in "the Outsiders", "St. Elmo's Fire" & "About Last Night" (one of the most watched flicks in my VHS-library 8) as well as the pilot of "the West Wing", which all still held up to me - at least accompanied with this read ...
Rob Lowe tells a good collection of stories, written in a wry and unaggrandising way. The narration is memorable and includes good impersonations (Christopher Walken is one of my favourite examples). I was struck not only by the range of extraordinary people that Rob hobnobbed with - having been one of the most high-profile teen stars of the 1980s - but also by his circumspect way of recounting things, sometimes with years of hndsight. This book is time well spent because it's packed with interesting and often uncannily timed moments, offering intelligent insights into the pitfalls as well as the dazzling experience of fame. A pioneer of intelligent autobiographical writing about the "Brat Pack".
Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock
All the anecdotes about growing up in Malibu in LA, all the name dropping... All the inside stories about movies and stars I love... Read this if you grew up in the eighties!
I couldn't stop... I listened to the entire book in two days... Lowe has a great reading voice and stories to match.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Live and learn
Telling what happen to various high school acquaintances was both sad and amazing. What a life.
He is really easy to listen to. I miss judged him. I will now re-watch his movies and TV performances with more interest.
I don't think Rob Lowe got his just rewards from the TV series 'The West Wing', yet he does not seem to hang onto this. He has moved on, grown and looks at his time on the show with reverence and a growth experience. I am impressed.
I thought Rob Lowe was a 'Pretty Boy Clown'. I enjoyed some of his movies but thought he was spent. Mr Lowe, I have a new respect for your work. I liked your book, don't know why I bought it, but I ended up listening to it and enjoyed it. Thank you for this work and thank you for your body of work. I hope the best for you in the future.
Rob Lowe has always been one of my favorite actors. I thought that he would be too young for an autobiography, but I was wrong. He has written about the first and second act, I can't wait for the third.
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
Rob Lowe talks about his childhood upbringing an acting career. There is a great deal of non malicious but delicious gossip about people I've heard of. Rob Lowe's voice is glorious, and his story is entertaining.
Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.
I was enthralled from start to finish. It is honest, real and a great story. This is the best book I have listened to in years. I have purchased hard copies and given them to all my friends.
The raw truth. The stories are surreal but not. The inside view into the world of fame and hollywood power plays is stranger than anything you see in the movies.
Sorry can't say, I loved them all.
I ca not think of everything that would do it justice but I feel confident Rob Lowe would come up with the perfect line.
Rob Lowe is an amazing narrator and I do not believe it would have affected me as deeply if I had read the book. His personal touch made the experience exceptional.
Yes, Great to hear Rob's story in his own voice, of course can not be done in print version.
Rob Lowe shares his Stories - in a refreshingly honest and straight forward narrative. From a young child who found his acting passion early and the amazing determination he applied at a young age, to growing up in Malibu, to landing his first feature film.
Rob's story is full 'I can't believe that happened moments' and if you grew up around this time, it is very interesting to hear how Rob and other actors reached for their dreams.
Yes, several nights I stayed up too late listening, when I should have been sleeping.
If you grew up in the 80's and 90's and watched any of Rob's films or the West Wing, well well worth a listen!!
I was so sorry that this book ended... I loved the whole thing from start to finish. Forget acting Rob your impersonations are fanbloodytastic....that is the only thing I would say that I think you would miss when you read the physical book. Well narrated, interesting and although he talks about himself and talks about all the right people he never over does it doesn't feel like name dropping. He has alot more to live and I am sure there is more in his career to write about down the track...I will be ther first to get a copy.