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
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
"[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)
top rated for sure!
when he partied with Michael J. Fox and their bantering!
was never really a rob lowe fan..that has since changed! great job!
Yes, because it was very entertaining. I felt like I was sitting with Lowe and he was telling me about his life.
He did really great impersonations, especially Bill Clinton. He had me rolling.
When he talked about realizing how wonderful Cheryl was and how she changed his life.
I loved how he showed class in talking about his female co-stars as well as all of the ladies he wooed.
Engaging stories you feel like he's sharing with you in person.
You'll laugh out loud with his surprise, his awkwardness and assessments after-the-fact. You'll cry with his realizations, his hard-earned wisdom and of course, the love he has for his wife and children.
It had an air of sincerity to it. Rob Lowe read it well and you felt just how he felt. The stories were interesting and non sensational. Just real. (Or I hope they were) He is not the man I perceived him to be...or perhaps he was transformed by the time he wrote this.
I felt both on a few occasions.
Lowe's narration certainly added to the overall enjoyment. However it was the unexpected interjection of "the lessons I've learned" inside the stories that caught me off guard. I was truly taken aback, and then mesmerized by Lowe's stories and how he CHOSE to learn from each chapter of his life rather than just "write it off" as an event.
The full circle vision of Lowe on the couch with his sons (even though they are teenagers at this point) and how he preserved a very special relationship with them in spite of, or because of his life's journey.
I cried at times, not sure if it was his story or recollections of where my life was at the times he was illustrating.
A great listen and enlightening view into how we can control our surroundings or let them control us. Very happy that I listened to this book.
I loved the emotional honesty of Rob's journey from teen idol party boy to self-aware, mature adult. He not only survived the pitfalls of fame and adulation, but managed to have a committed marriage and family life while having an enormously successful career. I love his ability to tell his life stories in great detail with self-deprecating wit and lucid awareness.
His future wife Sheryl traveling 3 hours to visit him in rehab
So many: his mentoring with Francis Ford Coppola, his parties at the Sheen's house, his relationships with Jodie Foster, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Robert Downey, JFK Jr, his meeting with BIll Clinton at the White House
I wanted to listen to this book all the time - so much so that Rob Lowe's voice was in my head when I wasn't listening. Thankfully, my own voice is in my head now.
This book made me appreciate Rob Lowe as actor, human being, and husband and father to his wife and children. What a fascinating journey he's had to this point.
rob's drive to become an actor and how is life intertwined with many stars of my generation i.e. tom cruise, mat dillon, patrick swayze, jfk junior, emilio estevez, martin sheen etc etc
rob is a great writer, narrator and talented actor. i really enjoyed listening to this audio book and couldnt wait to get in the car to hear more.
A great depiction of Rob Lowe's star-crossed life, lots of funny and very detailed anecdotes with other famous folks. I especially enjoyed his voice imitations of some of his famous acquaintances.
Children's Librarian in Boulder, CO.
I loved that Rob Lowe narrated his book. Listening to these stories told by someone else's voice wouldn't work. He was funny and touching and not over the top. I have to admit, I was worried that it wouldn't be a good listen - but it really felt like I'd just sat down to coffee with Rob Lowe and he was telling me stories about his life.
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