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Celeste

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  • Professional Idiot: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, David Peisner
    • Narrated By Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, Stu Sone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little that Stephen “Steve-O” Glover wouldn’t do for attention. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving into a pool full of elephant crap, or routinely risking death invading the private lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, almost nothing was out of bounds. And as the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace.

    Rob says: "Steve-O narrates 1st 53mins then you get a new guy"
    "Surprisingly Inspirational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Professional Idiot in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring. Resiliant. Surprising.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    (other than Steve Glover) Johnny Knoxville. He just came across as someone Steve really looks up to and an all around class act.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover and Stu Sone – was your favorite?

    He only voiced his own.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to bungee jump off bridges (If you listen you'll know why).


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen maybe one episode of Jackass, and I didn't watch or read any of the press about Steve-o, so I was probably more surprised by most of the book than others would have been. I don't want to say it's basically a recovery book, because its not basically any one thing, but being a recovering addict is a huge part of the book.

    Steveo is basically a hyperactive entertainer, who was a performer and professional clown before being drafted into Jackass. He viewed drugs as another way to up the ante, and because of his really amazing immune system, he was able to do a lot more than most people could handle. That's the ride "up" so to speak.

    The ride "down" (or up, depending on how you view it), begins with the end of jackass, the alienation of his family, and the spiraling of his drug use. His friends intervene on him, and after many months in rehab, he really does decide to change his path. The book is written once he is clean, and when talking about the past you can feel the regret and shame in his voice (Steve avoided his mother to some degree when she was dying a slow death).

    One thing is, a few hours in Steveo says that he is going to stop narrating at that point and someone else is going to take over. I was like- wth, if he isn't even interested in his own story, why should I be. It is later explained that he didn't want to "relive" the drug years because he is new to recovery and it is too painful for him to talk about. Which is understandable. But wierdly enough, it seems like after like 20 mins, he resumes reading for the rest of the book. I was confused, but glad to have his voice back.

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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (2841)
    Story
    (2830)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "A Man Objectified"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    idk, I didn't read the print version. Obviously.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Him imitating Tom Cruise when talking about The Outsiders. It was hysterical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Outsiders part.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Male Model


    Any additional comments?

    Basically, Rob Lowe's one is a story of conflict between who everybody thinks he is, or might be, and who he really is. Rob Lowe is known as being "pretty", but being objectified understandably made him very uncomfortable. People assumed that because he looks like that, there wasn't much inside, 'just a pretty face', But they couldn't be more wrong. At heart Rob is an English teacher's son, a sort of loner, socially akward, and a one woman guy who has been married for a long time. But his 'image' of being a hollywood hunk made for a really uncomfortable juxtposition.

    In interviews about this book, almost every interviewer asked him questions like what's it like to be so beautiful. Point.made. Also, on Oprah, he brought his wife, and then people from the audience were like catcalling him and asking him questions like "Why are you so sexy?" In front of his wife!

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