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 love Rob Lowes insight and the way he sees and explains events and people.
The narration done by Rob Lowe is fantastic. I felt as though I was a friend and we were sitting and reminiscing.
I love the auditioning part with FF Coppola for 'The Outsiders'
Inspirational, hilarious and "REAL"
The entire book was memorable, but I found overcoming barriers, roadblocks and walls was prevalent throughout the book. I was amazed at how many times he was denied but remained positive and optimistic, even at time accepting. This did not sway him from his purpose and dream.
His wife's support while he was in rehab. The dedication, support and unconditional love she displayed in flying hours to visit him. The depths of her commitment to him, her selflessness and faith, standing by his side, being his rock really touched my heart.
The struggles his mom endured. His unconditional love for her.
My 1980's Misperception - a pretty boy who got thru life on his looks. My 2014 New Understanding - a man of deep passion, talent, and resilience. I LOVED this Autobiography. I laughed uncontrollably and wept tears of empathy. His journey was moving, funny, inspirational and insightful. A brilliantly written and narrated book.
just like I think about Rob Lowe this was a fun easy listen. Not too deep, but not all fluff it really made me much more interested in him than I was when I started. Made me a fan.
Just a grandmother. Nothing special.
Intriguing, heartwarming, touched
Rob Lowe of course. The book depicted a true account of what occurred in his life and I enjoyed the fact that he was reading his own account.
Rob was able to put a unique personal spin to reading his own life. He is very talented in impersonating the stars and would do so when quoting their conversations. I cannot imagine reading this in a book and coming away from it as intuitive as I did by listening to him reading it himself.
This was 9 hours long. Although, I wanted to listen to it in one sitting it was physically impossible.
I came away from it having a respect for a man that was really depicted as a womanizer. After listening to it, I realized how grounded of a person he is and came away with a totally different outlook about him. I really felt he was a victim of his "good looks" and forced to engage in a lifestyle he really didn't want. When he was able to come to grips with a normal lifestyle, it changed him forever. Very good, I enjoyed it.
I liked this much more than I ever expected to. Listening to Rob Lowe tell his own story gave it depth & expression that I really enjoyed. I found myself looking forward to getting back in the car so I could pick up where the story left off (& that's a first!)
Rob Lowe's is a really talented writer & his stories were excellent. About his childhood, trying to make it as an actor, the challenges he faced.
He is much more than a pretty face...very humble, likeable, & down to earth.
I was stunned to hear that he was onboard the pre-9/11 trial run flight. I can't imagine what that must have felt like.
Give this a listen...it won't disappoint!
I have already recommended this book and will again. I was never a Rob Lowe "fan" really. I only knew the book existed because I saw it had a sample available when I first downloaded Audible. The sample hooked me immediately, he's lead an amazing life!
Wouldn't compare it to another book, but it reminded me of the movie, Forest Gump. Hard to believe he was connected to so many memorable moments in history.
His voice is wonderful and his mannerisms come through in his story telling.
Never would have sought out this book to read it, but I'm so glad I did!
I was fascinated by Rob's life stories and to hear him narrate the book it was like he was there with you. Wish I could chat with him about some of his life experiences.
The best part for me was the growth in his life and how he overcame his fears.
Of course one of the best parts of Rob's narration is how he can do the imitation of many of the people in his book. His reading is superb.
I almost did listen to this in one sitting. I am sad it is over and now I plan to watch the West Wing series.
I was never a Rob Lowe fan, per se, but after listening to the first chapter free on my Audible app I decided to purchase the book. This book was fantastic. The stories are highly entertaining and were just the stories you'd want to hear from a celebrity. He does a fantastic job narrating as well. I was sad when the book ended and quite often think to myself that I wish I could listen to more of this book right now.
Harris L. Cohen
I do not know having only listened to it.
His reading was honest as would be hoped for from the actual person who experienced what is written about
What My Best friends Know
I read this book because I was interested in Rob Lowe after adoring him through the Brat Pack years. What I didn't realize is that his life so far has been amazing and the story of it is well worth telling. He's also a GREAT writer. The title is perfect - these truly are stories that you'd imagine he'd tell his friends and in hearing him read it aloud, I felt almost as though I was sitting in a group of friends hearing some really incredible stories. Five stars, for sure.
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