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

    One of those books I was going to be embarrassed to admit I had read. I was wrong. This is one of the best autobiographies I've come across in a while. Rob Lowe's life has certainly been interesting. Most memorable for me was the Brat Pack period. I, too, was in my early/mid 20's during the 80's and I remember that time with fondness, how we thought we had it all figured out. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Rob Lowe is actually quite a gifted storyteller, and his narration is outstanding. His voice is soothing, and his diction is impeccable. I would recommend listening to this book much more so than reading it, as I believe some of the essence would be lost on a mere printed page.


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    "One of my Favorite Audible books"
    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    I loved hearing all the behind the scenes of the "brat pack" this was all happening when I was growing up, young adult years, and so fun to look back and remember these movies, movie starts, and all that Rob went through.
    His Narration is so fun, really adds to the book.


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

    I can't pick just one. But I couldn't put the book down (or on pause) during the Outsiders chapters! I loved every minute! I got everyone around me hooked, including my husband and his cousin on a 3 hour drive!


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

    From a guy who doesn't have time to read books, I had a wonderful time listening to this story. I would sit in the car after I got to the office just not wanting to stop listening.


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    Well written, enjoyable, and personable. I like how Rob Lowe says the interactions he appreciates and looks for the most are sincere ones and connecting with people on a deeper level. He demonstrates that through his story-telling. His book has a feeling of openness that makes one feel like old chums.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. Took a gamble on this title since I'm not particularly interested in celebrity memoirs, but the great reviews sealed the deal. I'm so glad I purchased this remarkable book. Rob Lowe is a great articulate story teller and captured my attention right away. He has a true gift in translating details and making them interesting, relevant and poignant to the storyline. At the end of chapter 11, the great crying scene, Rob had ME in tears! I was also surprised by his intelligence, quite frankly; and even though we are political polar opposites, I respected the portrayal of his views in a non-threatening, non-grandstanding, and very atypical celebrity style. His memoir is fresh, funny, humble (whoda thunk?) and brilliant. My one and only criticism... Rob, honey, please... It's "height" not "heighth." Cringed every time you mispronounced the word, which seemed unnecessarily often. Other than that... your book is pure gold. Enjoyed it. Thanks!


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

    interesting, enlightening, and suprising


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

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    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.


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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


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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.


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    Teresa B New Orleans, LA United States 08-26-13
    Teresa B New Orleans, LA United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2013

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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.


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