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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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    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


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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!

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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.


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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.


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    Karen BOLINGBROOK, IL, United States 12-26-12
    Karen BOLINGBROOK, IL, United States 12-26-12
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    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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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    I feel truly fortunate for being allowed to hear the stories of Rob Lowe. I went into listening to his biography with some trepidation. I didn't know much of his past, hadn't watched much of him in The West Wing. In fact I know him best from his times on Parks and Recreation. "Ann Perkins!"

    Regardless Rob chronicles his life in such a way that you feel your sitting in a room just having a conversation. It doesn't hurt that Rob has some incredible stories to tell from his times with the young Sheen's to his time visiting the President in the oval office.

    I immensely enjoyed my time listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends and think anyone with any interest in Rob or the trials and tribulations of actors will enjoy this as well.

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    Aishwarya United States 12-20-12
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    "Lovely read. Lowe's narration is welcoming"

    I started paying attention to Lowe during Parks and Rec. A little late for a star that has been known for decades.

    I was drawn into this book. I found his voice soothing and story enticing. His narration rings true. I believe him. No regrets buying it.

    His struggles are easy to relate to and a good lesson in chasing your dreams.

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    stephen 12-12-12
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    "surprisingly interesting and honest."
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    surprisingly interesting; honest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't care much for hollywood people but Mr. Lowe definitely surprised me with his candid honesty and intelligence.


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    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 12-10-12
    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 12-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "So surprised that this became one of my favorites!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it is narrated by the Author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob Lowe.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    It felt honest.


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

    I loved the part about the outsiders.


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