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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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    Annika San Pablo, CA, United States 02-06-13
    Annika San Pablo, CA, United States 02-06-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the readers voice and the subject matter of the book. Rob Lowe is an amazing writer. It's been a while since a book has made me really feel for the character. Great job Mr. Lowe!


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

    I can't really compare it to other books because i've never read another book like it. I will more tun likely read anything else he writes or reads though.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

    His own. His life was not of the silver spoon variety that people often associate with celebrities. He persevered and fought for his dream even when he had little or no hope or support. That is an endangered quality these day and i love it!


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

    the moment he decided to go to rehab. Instead of saying "there are plenty of fish in the Sea" he said "This fish is special, and I wont let my addiction keep me from my happiness." I love it when love beats all.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope he writes more :D

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beth United States 02-03-13
    beth United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "AWESOME !!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rob Lowe is so interesting ,


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it :)


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

    I watched Brothers and Sisters , the Outsiders


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

    yes , cry when he spoke about John Jr.
    the way he spoke of his love for his wife .


    Any additional comments?

    Yes , ...... His voice was the best !!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CTAnnie 02-03-13
    CTAnnie 02-03-13

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish"
    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rob Lowe recounts his childhoold and random meetings with celebrities along the way, before they were celebreties. His young fortitude to just go knock on Liza Minellli's hotel door and ask to speak with her, and being let in for a brief visit. There is a section on how he moved to California and started at a new school with the likes of Emilio Estevez, Sean Penn and others, all while they were in junior high school. Rob Lowe talks about his friendship with JFK Jr. and gives a heartwrenching account of the day he died. I have to say that this is by far my favorite audiobook of all times. Rob does a phenomenal job of bringing us through his early years (and challenges faced by an unconventional mother) and the brat pack years, transitioning into his life today. He does it with humor and sincerity, the likes of which I have never "heard" before. I was incrediby sad when I reached the end... It was one of those books you just wanted to savor a little longer.


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

    I can't imagine anyone but Rob Lowe reading this book. He did a marvelous job, portraying his emotions of suprise, excitement and sadness.


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

    The day he learned of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s airplane accident.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone interested in celebrity biographies. It is the best one I've heard by far.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria Albert Waterbury, CT 01-30-13
    Gloria Albert Waterbury, CT 01-30-13
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    "Excellent Story and Fun to Listen To"
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    Yes. I have never been a huge Rob Lowe fan but I thought I'd give it a try. This story was unexpectedly better than I thought it would be. Rob did a great job narrating his tale and doing the many imitations of people he met on his journey through Hollywood. He was very moving and heartfelt in his explanations of problems he had to face and deal with in order to be at peace with himself, find true happiness, and have a meaningful and fulfilling life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His not fitting in with the surfer dudes and wanting to get into acting and meeting up with some neighborhood kids in Malibu who seemed to be into that, which ended up being Cris and Sean Penn and Emelio Estevez and Charlie Sheen......back when they were all nobody's. Loved it.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

    There were many......but I think Christopher Walken stands out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find myself not wanting to get out of the car so I could keep listening.......So, I guess the answer is , yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned, I was never really a big Rob Lowe fan but after listening to this book, I became one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. L. Johnson CA USA 01-17-13
    K. L. Johnson CA USA 01-17-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great first Audible book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has a wide appeal


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were several stories throughout the book as the title alludes. Some are funny, some shocking and many sincerely touching. Having the author read it made it even better


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

    No


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

    The book made me laugh out loud several times


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra owens Louisiana, USA 01-14-13
    Alexandra owens Louisiana, USA 01-14-13
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    "You don't want to put down the headphones!"
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    A great listen. Rob Lowe keeps you laughing and then has you thinking deeply about life right after. He has lots of great stories about his life in general, classic movies, celebrities, old Hollywood, new Hollywood and its well put together in a chronological tale about him coming to figure out who he is and what he really wants.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    The performance is fantastic, I wish Rob Lowe could read all of my audiobooks to me. He does perfect impressions of famous celebrities, even a Walken! He always puts a great distinctive voice to every character in the book. The narration is smooth & comforting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephane Gelinas Montreal, Qc, Canada 01-13-13
    Stephane Gelinas Montreal, Qc, Canada 01-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fastastic! Read by Rob Lowe himself!"

    An insider's look inside Hollywood seen through the eyes of sensitive and witty Rob Lowe. He's charming and funny. A very nice book to listen to!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 01-10-13
    Susan United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent listen"
    What did you love best about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    It was a surprising story about career and family and I really enjoyed it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katrina goleta, CA, United States 01-07-13
    katrina goleta, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An amazing well written Autobiography !!!"
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    I never knew anything about Rob Lowe, so I was not sure if i should even spend the time and money on it..Glad I did,!!! Great story, I never once had a second thought that i should of not purchased it. Well written and well told and very much kept me engaged in the entire story. I hope he writes again, for he has a talent not many of us have.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen BOLINGBROOK, IL, United States 12-26-12
    Karen BOLINGBROOK, IL, United States 12-26-12
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    "Very Good Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    The fact that Rob Lowe narrates this book really makes it extra enjoyable.


    What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It feels like Rob is actually sitting down and telling you about himself. It gives a good complete life story without bragging.


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

    When Cheryl breaks up with him, and he realizes he has hit rock bottom. I got a little choked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Rob impersonates voices of the other characters--he is really good at this. I also see Rob in a whole new light.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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