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 didn't care for the first 20% of this book for various reasons. But at a certain point, it got really, really good. Lots of action and a clever way to put all the possibilities of our wired and wireless world to a test of common mayhem and mutiny.
There are a lot of poor reviews of the narration on here. For me, I didn't care for one character's voice (felt very forced and abrasive/cliche) but the rest were enjoyable and they added to the experience of the book. Plus there are "computer voices" performed too that add nice texture to the sonic landscape.
I'm giving it four stars because the first 20% was not for me and also one of the main characters had a an unpleasant voice by the narrator. Other than that, it's a five-star book.
I liked it, but it's difficult to digest and retain all the action plan details. The action plans are where you act upon what you just learned. It's these parts of the book that are the most valuable, but are also least conducive to the audio format. I learned a lot, but have forgotten most of the steps I should take to live healthier.
If you want to know what personal events lie in the history of all the major players that contribute to Pixar's culture, both friend and foe, this is the book for you. It goes into many backstories of the Disney Feature Animation Studios, Apple Computer, Industrial Light & Magic and other such behemoths because they're all very relevant to shaping Pixar. I already knew much of this general story before reading, but I learned sooooo much more and found every chapter enlightening and reflective. I ended up buying this book as a gift for a fellow artist, I couldn't stop talking about it to him.
In short, if you enjoyed the Pixar Story on the WALL-E DVD, you'll find this even more delicious and much more detailed.
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