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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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    Danielle SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-05-13
    Danielle SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An interesting look into Hollywood"

    Learn about Hollywood and being a child star in the 80s and 90s through the eyes of Rob Lowe. I always liked him as an actor but knowing his story I have a greater appreciation for him and what it takes to make it in Hollywood. The story is fast paced and entertaining and Rob's narration is energetic as always. Fun read.

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    Jean 04-01-13
    Jean 04-01-13

    First grade teacher and Mom of 4, ages 22,18,5,&3.

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    "Funny and Thought Provoking"
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpectedly funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Growing up with the "Brat Pack" it was interesting to listen to an insiders account. The underlying story made me think about life and what I do as a person in my personal and business life. The short memories of the experiences the author had are humorous and exciting.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    Having him reading his own words made the story come to life. He was, after all, the one who experienced the life he is describing. He knew first hand which parts should be funny and which should be serious.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly at the humor in the book. There were several times where I literally laughed out loud.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sonntag Tucson, AZ 03-28-13
    D. Sonntag Tucson, AZ 03-28-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Awesome book!"
    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rob Lowe's book is fascinating. It was like looking back through your life hearing an up close and personal view of things you watched from a distance. His reading of his life story kept me captivated, and my mind never wandered while I listened to this book. I would definitely recommend it to others!


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

    I think it was his voice, it was mesmerizing and you could actually see the events unfolding as he described them. His impressions of others was right on.


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

    I both laughed and cried. It was one of the best audible books I have listened to. You felt you were right there watching the events unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    I would give this book 10 stars!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lenore Bradford Bismarck, ND 03-25-13
    Lenore Bradford Bismarck, ND 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't wait to get back to it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare because I didn't read the print version I really enjoyed the audible version though


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

    The story he was telling about getting the part on the outsiders and all the different things that they had to go through


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

    Rob Lowe


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

    I don't really have an opinion on this


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and I have been recommending it to my friends thanks for the good stories Rob Lowe!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Dayton, ME, United States 03-25-13
    Donald Dayton, ME, United States 03-25-13
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    "What a great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audio version of this book. Rob Lowe does an excellent job narrating his book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The passion the author conveys telling the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His first movie "The Outsiders"


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend. This was my first audible book, not sure others will live up to my expectations after this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA, United States 03-23-13
    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful view into his life"
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    Possibly


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

    Nothing to compare it to honestly. I normally do not like autobiographies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing the stories of him as a kid, growing up with the other future brat pack members, story of meeting Martin Sheen for the first time.


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

    I normally only listen during my commute, but i found myself taking any opportunity I could to listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lesleigh 03-19-13
    Lesleigh 03-19-13

    Devout reader. Teacher by trade, currently acting as executive assistant to the Centers of Attention, Harper and Quinn. Lucky wife and mom currently living as an expat in Shanghai, China.

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    "Remarkable stories and unexpected depth"
    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most surprising listens I have had. I have long been a fan of Rob Lowe's work, and knew a little of his biography, but this book had me surprised even when listening to stories I thought I already knew. Having Lowe read the audiobook is fabulous, not simply because his voice is so compelling, but because it really does feel as if he is telling the listener, his friend, stories from his life and work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The content? I know it sounds silly, but Lowe has many poignant stories that concern other famous persons and historical figures; stories that did not might have made the news on the surface level, but Lowe uncovers a human back story that is compelling.


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

    The book has both highs and lows. I did giggle a few times- especially at tales of meeting Martin Sheen for the first time and filming The Outsiders- and many moments compelled a more serious emotional reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    A quick listen that had me eating more when it was over. Well-read and compelling. The title can easily be listened to in sections if needed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana CELEBRATION, FL, United States 03-11-13
    Diana CELEBRATION, FL, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "80's child loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    I loved hearing the stories of behind the scenes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved that it was narrated by the author


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    Laura United States 03-11-13
    Laura United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining"
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    If you are fascinated by the tales of Hollywood---this is for you. Watching these characters grow up --truly fun to see how it all started. Feels like Rob is telling you his story over dinner.

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    Tim Panama City, FL, United States 03-08-13
    Tim Panama City, FL, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Amazing life amazing story."

    This book reminds me a bit of the HBO Series Entourage. In fact, it made me notice how well written that series was!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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