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Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography | [Rob Lowe]

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Prepare to be amazed by the many ways this book and its author are better than you thought they would be. Everybody knows that Rob Lowe is very handsome, and that he spent a long time being a Hollywood wild child. Now in his 40s, Lowe’s reflections on his life thus far demonstrate a remarkably responsible perspective and a refreshingly self-deprecating look at how he ended up in the better state of mind he inhabits today. While the headlines and high notes may come and go, Lowe remains a devoted husband and proud father.

This listen is a small miracle for many reasons. It’s not simply the fact that Lowe reveals himself as capable of compelling writing, which he certainly does. It’s also not merely the path of the narrative that’s intriguing, though that’s definitely the case. Whether he is spending several chapters thoroughly reminiscing about the many lessons he learned during The Outsiders or sharing a quick anecdote about trying to meet Liza Minnelli when he was a little kid, Lowe indeed offers up a terrific set of insights about both life and stardom. He proves himself as a generous spirit, with strong thanks for Martin Sheen and solid praise for Patrick Swayze.

His narration is clearly heartfelt, and never comes across as phony or acted. This listen feels like a casual dinner conversation, minus the slick descent into rumor-mongering that usually rears its ugly head in memoirs of this variety. Lowe manages to steer clear of the blame game when analyzing the simultaneous blessing and curse of the Brat Pack label or his decision to leave The West Wing, and even finds some gracious adjectives for Tom Cruise. Be on the lookout for eerily spot-on impersonations of many stars, including a particularly good Christopher Walken and Matt Dillon.

In the end, it’s hard to put a finger on what makes this book so utterly fascinating. There isn’t anything shocking in the subject matter; there isn’t any mud-flinging in the tone; there is very little that stands out as an exclamation point. Yet the total package undeniably and irresistibly triumphs at being genuinely charming. This is ironic, because the book then actually sort of mirrors Lowe’s career. He’s spent the last two decades trying to upend the idea that he is simply a pretty face. The book succeeds in that endeavor, just as his several iconic film roles have done, and yet the shallow type-casting of Rob Lowe somehow too frequently persists. It’s true that he is a very dreamy guy, but this memoir absolutely proves that he is also intelligent, worldly, witty, and political. It’s an excellent listen that ought to once and for all put an end to the notion the Rob Lowe’s charisma is only skin deep. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye. 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 as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio who was uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-70s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood. The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics, both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the 80s, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

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.

©2011 Robert Lowe (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Lowe] writes viscerally and insightfully...He looks back at the aberrant highs of his heart-throb days, the changing nature of stardom in Hollywood, the trade-off he has made between high life and home life, and the step-by-step effort behind his show business survival. He looked like the callowest kid in the "Outsiders" crew. Now he looks like the sturdiest of them all" (The New York Times)

"A fresh pop-culture history of Hollywood in the ’70s and ’80s from the point of view of the man who lived it…[Lowe] is as funny as he is thoughtful. This is the best type of celeb memoir, because its author is as interested in the world as the world is interested in him." (People Magazine)

"A lovely autobiography, equal parts dish and pathos.” (Vanity Fair)

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    J. Proulx Montreal, Canada 09-16-13
    J. Proulx Montreal, Canada 09-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Surprisingly entertaining"
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    Fun and well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would never have thought that I would have enjoyed listening to and be thoroughly entertained by an admittedly simple story that is devoid of grandiose surprises and twists. I really enjoyed Rob's soothing voice and fun stories and recommend it as an 'easy' read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keri Hillsboro, OR, United States 09-16-13
    Keri Hillsboro, OR, United States 09-16-13
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    "Nicely done!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Reading this book yourself or listening to Rob tell it is amazing! it felt like you were there with him telling the stories in person! He does such a wonderful job telling his own story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I just loved Rob narrating. He has a knack for it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he is telling the story about filming The Outsiders


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Combermere, Ontario, Canada 09-02-13
    Gary Combermere, Ontario, Canada 09-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a surprising and intimate autobiography"
    What did you love best about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Rob Lowe's accomplished storytelling, often expanding personal experiences into larger events and issues.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    His self-effacing humor, remarkable in most "star" autobios.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa B 08-26-13
    Teresa B 08-26-13 Member Since 2013

    ttchoups

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    "Wonderful Storyteller and Writer!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Suprise me, this book is expertly written and told. I HIGHLY reccommend this to everyone. You will want to listen to this many times. It keeps you entertained and wanting to hear more.
    I wish I were so good, then I could do better at this review.
    BUY IT NOW. Listen Now.
    You'll feel better.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Especially liked how he spoke of lows and highs in his life. Imitations were a special treat. I laughed out loud, while biking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of John Kennedy, 9/11, losing his friends. I cried.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Banks 08-25-13
    R. Banks 08-25-13
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    "Wonderful Surprise"
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    I highly recommend listening to this book. I felt like I was sitting with Rob Lowe while he was telling me about his life. He is an amazing story teller with a delightful sense of humor. I laughed out loud, cried and had a wonderful time.


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

    There were so many, I can't think of one I enjoyed best.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    He has a easy conversational style, it did not feel as if was reading, he was just talking causally.


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

    A Pleasant Surprise


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and listen to this book, you won't regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Celeste Wallkill, NY, United States 08-17-13
    Celeste Wallkill, NY, United States 08-17-13
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    "A Man Objectified"
    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Shelby, NC, United States 08-11-13
    Lori Shelby, NC, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing book...a gifted storyteller"
    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What other book might you compare Stories I Only Tell My Friends to and why?

    Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller)...a personal memoir, which is my best description of this book...


    Have you listened to any of Rob Lowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    none


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

    The Other Side Of Rob Lowe


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up alongside him, but in rural NC. It was very interesting to imagine where he was during his life as I was living mine. His personal stories make me want to go rent all his movies and TV shows...hope he writes more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
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    "Guilty pleasure"

    I must admit I do get very eye-roll-y about obsession with pop culture, like we actually know and care about these famous people - I mean really. However Rob Lowe's book is just a story about trying to make a living in a tough industry. It is human, intimate and interesting. I really enjoyed it. I loved that Rob Lowe read himself. It was terrific, even if you aren't familiar with his work (and history).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamah Redondo Beach, CA, United States 08-03-13
    Tamah Redondo Beach, CA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Surprisingly interesting."
    Any additional comments?

    Rob Lowe's narration was amazing - I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book half as much as listening to it. He does all the voices so well. Zelig like life story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cate BRONX, NY, United States 07-30-13
    Cate BRONX, NY, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny, interesting, boastful. Just like Rob Lowe!"
    What did you love best about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    The audiobook is excellent as it's read by Lowe himself, so it has the perfect inflection. The stories are interesting and amusing, and it runs at a good pace, full of Hollywood characters and just enough "behind the scenes" to keep you listening. You do get the sense that a famous guy is trying to re-craft the image of himself, but he does a great job and his perspective is totally worth hearing. He relates stories about his entire career, ups and downs included, and he tells them well.


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

    I definitely laughed and I appreciated how seriously Rob Lowe took the reading.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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