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Stories I Only Tell My Friends Audiobook
Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Written by: 
Rob Lowe
Narrated by: 
Rob Lowe
Stories I Only Tell My Friends Audiobook

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

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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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    rick boston,ma 01-22-16 Member Since 2014

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    I would not have gone to this book but the ratings were so good I bought it. I really enjoyed it and Rob's honest and smart perspective were great. I am about the same age as Rob so it was fun to hear the story behind the stories. The book has me rooting for Rob and his family.

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    SoCal Denise 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Rob is a class act"

    So glad to have read this book. I found it to be an engaging, funny, candid and insightful story told in an honest and emotionally open way.

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    Dale 01-15-16
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    "Easy and enjoyable listen"

    I listened non-stop on my daily commute. I've seen and enjoyed many or Robs movies and the West Wing. I was disappointed when the book was finished!

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    melissa kay wilkins 01-14-16
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    "Fantastic book!"

    rob Lowe is a fantastic writer and story teller along with his many other talents. This is a great book!

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 12-27-15
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 12-27-15 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Made me like him"

    At first I didn't like the simplistic way this was told. It came across as very honest. Despite it not revealing any great secrets or shocks, it made me like Rob Lowe a lot more (not being a fan of his previously).

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    louis alred 12-23-15
    louis alred 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    loved it! Rob Lowe's story telling was very interesting and will definitely read his second book.

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    I feel like I'm left here, holding the ball, and everyone's gone,!!! needs more depth.

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    Amazon Customer Georgia, USA 12-19-15
    Amazon Customer Georgia, USA 12-19-15

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    "Interesting but self indulgent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    Interesting to hear the climb of an actor, from kid to adult . A bit self indulgent on the type of person he is and sweeps over areas he would do well to reconsider later in his life. Well read. Interesting.


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

    Inside thoughts - or not?


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    James A. Bretney Houston, Texas 12-13-15
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the performance. I grew up watching Rob Lowe but really became a fan of his midway through his career watching him on West Wing but enjoying most in the Austin Powers movies. Since then I cannot thing of a single performance that I have not enjoyed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is autobiographical so Rob Lowe really opens up about some of his flaws and things you did not necessarily know about him. His relationships with his parents are the most haunting.


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

    I think his voice and his emotional content in reading this to us is the bigger seller that the book would not have.


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

    Other than the playboy mansion vignette? I think if you look at his life and you look at Charlie Sheen's life, you see two different careers with distinct choices made.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book and Rob Lowe is a GREAT ACTOR!

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    T. McDaniel AZ 12-05-15
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    "a great listen!"

    couldn't put it down and while I liked him before I can honestly say I'm a true fan now!

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