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)
Rob Low does an outstanding job telling his story with all seriousness and humor in appropriate places. And as Rob is the narrator, it feels as if he is a friend, sharing his story. Very interesting and entertaining. And I can't express enough how much I admire his love of family especially in the middle of a business world that values the next best thing more. Great job!
Rob Lowe, obviously! He is genuine, has made mistakes and doesn't blame anyone else for them, he doesn't take himself so seriously that he can't laugh at himself and at life.
I loved when push came to shove with his relationship with Sheryl. I love that she was strong and level headed enough to be able to walk away if it wouldn't work for both of them. I love that they ended up married and still have a strong and loving marriage today!
Fantastic read and life.
Who knew Rob Lowe was such a great story teller!! I was never a Rob Lowe fan for no particular reason but after this book I found myself really feeling like he's one of the good guys. It was interesting to see that we all have struggles and disappointments in life when things don't turn out how you had hoped and worked for them to, even when you are an 'A' lister. Well done Mr. Lowe, well done!
Rob Lowe has a wonderful voice and so it was a wonderful book to listen to. His expression of his experiences is so genuine and he is the most elegant name dropper :-) Also, his view of life is inspiringly positive throughout. A wonderful listen from beginning to end!
As someone who grew up in the 80s watching Rob Lowe's movies , I found this book such an interesting read !
I like him even more after listening to his stories he sounds like an amazing man.
Great narration too !
I hadn't realized how much I always enjoy Lowe until listening and being made aware of his huge body of work (much of which I've seen and loved already).
His voice, his manner of story telling and WOAH the stories, themselves.
Grateful to hear such strength from inside an industry that isn't always perceived as strong.
Excited to listen to his next book.
I've also added every film & tv show to my Amazon Prime Watchlist
yes- heartwarming and far more depth than I anticipated
his views on his sons
I loved Lowe's ability to impersonate others- listening had to be a million times better than reading it. I had no idea he had this much depth to him. It was warm, honest, funny, touching. I appreciate him so much more as an actor now than previously.
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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