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)
There is no such thing as too many books.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I grew up in the same generation as Mr. Lowe, and appreciated so many touch points. in this audio book his voice draws you in, but his writing g keeps you there.
I would recommend to a friend. Faster paced than other biographies, but I liked the compilation of stories rather than a detailed history. The ending was nice too.
If you liked Arnold's Total Recall you will love this book.
Bob is a gifted artist and it wouldn't surprise you that he is also a gifted writer and narrator.
I'll be looking forward someday for Tom Cruises book as well....
Rob Lowe has lived an intriguing life, and has incredible insight into his adventure into Hollywood is detailed, and he is eloquent in his recounts of early experiences. Most amazingly, he came across so many famous people also trying to navigate acting and performing like himself! Simply great.
Tina Fey's Bossy Pants, but even more detailed.
Does he have other audios? This is well worth the purchasing price.
Each chapter is a different story. It took me many instances to finish it!
BUY IT if you are interested in personal stories that recount growing up, mid-70's southern Californian lifestyle, Hollywood in the mid 70's to current day, and self-reflection.
I'll admit - back in the 80's I had a great thumping crush on Rob Lowe. So, when I saw this book and had an extra credit - I thought I'd give it a try. I had no idea what to expect. What a wonderful surprise!
The stories shared are entertaining and enlightening. I learned so much about Rob that I never would have guessed and came away from this book with a new respect for him and his work. This man is not just another pretty face floating around Hollywood. He's a hard working professional that isn't taking anything for granted. He has worked hard and never lost sight of his ultimate goal.
Of course, even the most beautifully written book can be squashed if the reader doesn't nail it - and this book was read so beautifully by Rob I was absolutely captivated. What a fabulous story teller!
I have to say, this is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time - and, I will admit that the crush I had back in the 80's is back - on a whole new level.
New to Audible....like to listen to things that make me forget I'm stuck on the CTA
Yeah I think I would actually. In this book, there was so much I didn't know that he shared. He seems to look back on a troubled time and has no regrets.
When he talks about dating Princess Stephanie and hanging out with that bodyguard. What a random story!
Too many to name!
oh yeah for sure! I listen to books on my commute and I remember one day just walking around the block a bunch so I could hear him finish the story about meeting his wife.
This was a great book. He's had a great career and its just so amazing he has managed to have a great marriage and years of sobriety to show for it.
Love a good zombie or end-of-the-world book. LOVE Ray Porter as a narrator.
I've listened to well over 200 books on my long drive to and from work each day and Stories I Only Tell My Friends definitely ranks in the top 5....probably #3. 3rd only to my first Autobiography of Tim Conway and my favorite "hero-series" of Joe Ledger.
Strange question for this book, but Rob Lowe, of course.
No, but I think I might.
Wow, that's a tough one. Maybe "An alcoholics journey through Hollywood" Or "Navigating the Hills in Hollywood.....one alcoholic superstar's journey" or "Full Circle of Hollywood"
I don't know - that's rough. So many ups and downs to highlight in the journey, there just isn't an easy way to boil it down into several words that highlight the full circle.
I came upon this book from a recommendation from my sister (who happens to be a license therapist, by the way). Although it wasn't even close to my usual audiobook themes that I like, such as hero's saving the world or zombie apocalypse stories, I decided to try it on a whim. Heck, I've never even seen an episode of West Wing, why would I listen to this? BUT - - I was so engrossed in this book from the first second and through to the very last. You know how some books just seem to stay with you? Well, I'm sure this one will be with me for the rest of my life. As I said, I've never really been a Rob Lowe fan, even though he was one of the top sex symbols of my generation. But I liked him in films such as The Spy Who Shagged Me and The Stand, so I thought maybe it could be interesting to hear more about those films. If it wasn't, then I'd just move on to the next one. This story has so many jaw-dropping moments that I had to hit the 30-secon rewind button time and time again. I can't believe some of the moments Rob has had in his life. Wow! The entertainment was there every moment, but I really liked the overall theme of how life throws things at you and what you do to handle them, makes you who you are. It was nice to see that someone else was on a journey to understanding themselves. I'm happy that Rob has found such a "sweet spot" in life and I struggle to get there myself. I will definitely use his implied advice to just go with what feels right and forget the rest. There are just so many ways to describe this book......heartwarming, surprising, depressing, shocking, well-written, hilarious, ...and what a fun ride! It was so well-written that I was able to share the emotional roller-coaster with Rob. A+++ and 5 Stars for sure. I believe that ANYONE can find entertainment in this book and be able to walk away with something that they can apply to their own life. Great job Rob!! I have a totally new respect for you and feel like you are a truly great friend. Strange to find such closeness with an author, but I feel like I could sit down with Rob and his family and enjoy a wonderful meal with hours of great conversation and not even remember that he is such a well-known and accomplished Hollywood actor. Bravo Rob, Bravo!
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