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)
This book caught me totally off guard. I'd consider myself a casual fan of Rob Lowe's work - not in love with everything he has done, but appreciative of a lot of his roles, especially as he branched out later, from Austin Powers to the West Wing. It was reading an excerpt of his book in Esquire magazine that made me instantly grab my iPhone and download the audio book for a long drive home I was about to make. My wife and I were completely engrossed as we listened in the car, then I finished the book at every chance I could get. His storytelling, both written and spoken is of the highest level. His vivid description of the grueling try-outs for The Outsiders had me sweating bullets with him. Even if you're not a "fan" or think you're not interested in Rob Lowe's story, consider giving this book a try. Aside from his unlikely and interesting path in life, Rob's story offers a fascinating look into the business of film and TV, and what it takes to make it (personally and professionally) for the long haul. When it was done, I felt like I was saying goodbye to an old friend. Here's to your next chapter Rob! Great work! I wish you'd narrate more audio books for us. I can listen to you all day!
I enjoyed this from start to finish, I look at Rob Lowe in a new way, and not just as a pretty face.
I love the movie making with the neighborhood kids, jumping off a roof? Really? Well yes, I would have done it too.
I was touched by his honesty about his alcoholism.
Yes, but my job kept getting in the way.
I would recommend - it's entertaining, yet written more beautifully than you would except from your average celebrity memoir.
Lowe appears to write and speak honestly about his experiences - which are many - and his voice is captivating.
Not only kept me interested but also made me think - a great listen overall!
Who knew? Rob Lowe is a talented writer and storyteller! And his narration is spot on!
open honest & frank
not a life changing experience but definitely held my interest and was worth the time. changed my impresson of rob lowe.. i'm more of a fan now. he's an interesting dude.
I just loved this book, I had always enjoyed Rob Lowe but now I am just smitten with him, he tells some of the best stories, and this book had it all, love, comedy, and all the famous people has has worked with and met in his life. I would listen to this one again and again.
His love for his family brought tears to my eyes, it was so sweet and heartfelt how he talks about his boys and wife. Such a sweet man.
Rob Lowe of course has a voice that is as easy on the ears as his face is easy on the eyes. The book is honest without being cutting. You get the sense that his friends and family would listen and say, "Okay that's a fair interpretation of events." The over-arching theme is simple: "I've been very fortunate to meet some fascinating people." The piece is more like a series of short stories which makes for good car/airplane listening.
Maybe be in a few years because I already know the story.
I liked when he impersonated the people he was talking about.
I wouldn't say I had any extreme reactions but I did laugh a few times.
I thought the book was well written. It moved along at the right pace. It could have had a few more stories about other stars he interacted with but on the whole, I really enjoyed listening to this book.
Growing up in the 70"s, 80's and Beyond this recount and beautiful remembrance of this era is charming, alarming and familiar to those who grew up in this time of innocence, bravery, hard work and extraordinary moments in your life. The moments that make you reflect, breathe and enjoy the moment of life you are in! Thank you Rob Lowe for sharing your life in such and honest manner, this book was a pleasure to read.
Say something about yourself!
Absolutely. The story was funny, fascinating and charming. I would've never guessed Rob Lowe was so thoughtful, insightful and sensitive. I loved this book. He has had an amazing and fortunate life - and none of it has gone to his head.
The emotion you can hear in his voice and the thoughtful wisdom he shares.
Yes, I didn't want to get out of the car!
I've always been a Rob Lowe fan, but this blew me away. I will root for him to suceed in everything he does now!
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