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)
I enjoy listening to audio books because they entertain me while doing other mundane life's chores!!! I am taken to other places and have an eclectic taste!
Refreshing story...I am not normally a celebrity watcher whatsoever, but this looked interesting and Rob Lowe conveyed that even though he chose acting as a career, having a normal life with friends and family is after all what people need to have a happy and healthy life!! I really enjoyed peeking into a world we know nothing about in my family....and yes. We are just as lucky, too!! Thanks, Rob Lowe, for your story. I am reading and watching the Outsiders now because of this listen as well.
Having little understanding of an actor's life, Rob delivered for me a sense of the journey with candor and humility.
Francis Ford Coppola. Clearly he lives in another dimension.
Patrick Swayze. Rob Lowe projecting a Texas twang was entertaining.
Rob's accounts of John Jr. Could get you to tear up.
Yes, honest, fun, interesting and entertaining autobiography.
Enjoyed hearing about the other actors and people he grew up with and met along the way.
Great hearing him tell his story, like he was in the car with me.
It was had to stop at times, but I didn't mind a few breaks.
Say something about yourself!
Good job rob, or whoever wrote this.
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Yes I would listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again because it was a very entertaining book. I think people that do not like autobiographies would still love listening. Rob Lowe has had a charmed yet challenging life. My message to Rob would be that I am sure his Mother is proud.
I wouldn't compare this book to others I have recently read.
This was the first one. I would be interested in hearing more.
Made me smile and do some soul searching.
Glad I read it. Very enjoyable.
This was my first audio book and it was the perfect choice! I love Rob's animated and sincere narration and his stories were entertaining and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire 9 hours and it left me wanting to hear more. Thanks Rob!
Excellent! A funny and entertaining account of growing up first as an outsider, and then becoming part of and working his way through Hollywood. The audiobook is narrated by him and was engaging to listen to. It's a great peek into the inner workings of the world of TV and movie, and has many touching stories about growing up, learning life lessons and loving, along the way.
Learn about Hollywood and being a child star in the 80s and 90s through the eyes of Rob Lowe. I always liked him as an actor but knowing his story I have a greater appreciation for him and what it takes to make it in Hollywood. The story is fast paced and entertaining and Rob's narration is energetic as always. Fun read.
First grade teacher and Mom of 4, ages 22,18,5,&3.
Growing up with the "Brat Pack" it was interesting to listen to an insiders account. The underlying story made me think about life and what I do as a person in my personal and business life. The short memories of the experiences the author had are humorous and exciting.
Having him reading his own words made the story come to life. He was, after all, the one who experienced the life he is describing. He knew first hand which parts should be funny and which should be serious.
I was pleasantly at the humor in the book. There were several times where I literally laughed out loud.
Rob Lowe's book is fascinating. It was like looking back through your life hearing an up close and personal view of things you watched from a distance. His reading of his life story kept me captivated, and my mind never wandered while I listened to this book. I would definitely recommend it to others!
I think it was his voice, it was mesmerizing and you could actually see the events unfolding as he described them. His impressions of others was right on.
I both laughed and cried. It was one of the best audible books I have listened to. You felt you were right there watching the events unfold.
I would give this book 10 stars!
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