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)
Well, I wasn't at all sure I'd like this. Rob Lowe is of my generation, but I had never thought much of him one way or another. I saw him in many 80's movies and remember the "Brat Pack". I don't watch "West Wing". But then I started watching him on Parks and Recreation. What a hoot! So I listened to his book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have told family and friends about it. I do believe you are doing a terrible disservice to yourself if you only read the book though. The audiobook is unsurpassed. His gift of mimicry is wonderful. I loved hearing stories of making movies....movies that I loved as a young adult. The people that he crossed paths with is something I found VERY interesting.
I also admire him for the love he has for his wife and sons. Listen to this one...do not pass it up. You will NOT regret it.
I loved this book so much more than I thought I would! I listened to the audible audio book, which Lowe reads himself. I heard about the book after watching Rob on Oprah. I saw how sweet and loving he was with his wife and I thought, heck I want to hear his story.
Stories, is a funny, insightful and honest look into one of the Brat Pack - which is totally my generation. I loved every minute of this stories and all his spot on voices of the actors he met with. Nothing felt gossipy. Nothing felt preachy. It was just like meeting a new friend.
I might listen to it again!
I have never been a fan of celebrity autobiographies; I'm generally just not that interested. So, even though I have always liked Rob Lowe's acting (especially on the West Wing), I wasn't particularly interested in this book. It was the incredible reader reviews that changed my mind, and I am so glad that I did. This book is as thoroughly charming as the author appears to be. What an incredible life he's had, and what a great storyteller he is. I'm about to go and tell all of my friends to read this book, but most of all, I'm going to recommend it to my mother, who stopped watching The West Wing when "Sam Seaborn" left. If you're interested in a life well-lived, with few regrets and lessons learned, you'll love this book.
Rob Lowe is not only an excellent writer, he is an excellent reader. His stories and life are quite interesting and without any malice or "tales out of school". Just honest and upfront about his life, good and not so good. And he is easily one of the best "readers" of any book I have listened to. His impersonations are really amazing. When he did Christopher Walken, you would think it was Chris Walken himself reading the passage. Very entertaining and highly recommended.
Say something about yourself!
What a great writer he is. And funny! To have him narrate too is fabulous. Its like he is talking to you. Makes me want to rent all his movies.
I am a guy in his 40's, not exactly your average person who would care about Rob Lowe. But for some reason I got this book and ended up LOVING it. Lowe has such a nice voice and mannor about him. His stories are so interesting, yet simple and never forced. His voices are hillarious and I even teared up a bit at the end of the book as he described his current life, family and future goals.
Get it..you will love it also.
I was one of those 80's fans and a bit skeptical due to Brat Pack image--
What a surprise of a book it was...Rob has matured into an introspective intelligent good guy and he sounds like a great father and husband! And, the experiences it took him to get to that point are also compelling...glad he was able to get past his demons and at a good point in his life!!
I found Rob Lowe's autobiography to be a very enjoyable listen. I found he balanced insider information of the industry nicely with his own progress and experience. And of course he is a wonderful reader.
This is probably one of the best books I've listened to years. I honestly felt like I was right there with the author and the number of times this brought out true emotion in me was more than I can count on both hands. I'm so glad I listened to it rather than read it.
I loved Rob's narration. I could not stop listening to this well done biography. 40 somethings will enjoy!
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