Actor, producer, and New York Times best-selling author Rob Lowe offers up a collection of personal stories in an honest and celebratory memoir about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.
Actor Rob Lowe is an entertaining raconteur whose best-selling first audiobook, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography, was hailed as "self-deprecatingly funny" (The New York Times) and "thoroughly entertaining" (Time) and earned the author the cover of Vanity Fair.
Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.
Among the many adventures Lowe describes in Love Life are what it's like in the trenches as both the star and producer of a flop TV show; how a visit, as a 20-year-old, to Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion led to a surprise in the hot tub; how an actor prepares for a role, as well as the practical, boots-on-the-ground details no drama or film school would ever teach you. You'll delight at the hilarious account of the time a major movie star stole his girlfriend, and of coaching a kid's basketball team dominated by omnipresent helicopter parents. The story of coming to terms with his son's departure to college for the education his father never got will touch anyone with a family.
Building on Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Love Life is the literary equivalent of returning to a favorite restaurant to savor a completely different, delicious new dish. If you love life, you'll love this audiobook.
©2014 Rob Lowe (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
Thoughtful, loving and compelling
Congratulations to Rob for yet another biography that is filled with warmth, humility and love. So many young actors are emotionally stunted by the endless attention their good looks and talent affords them at too young an age. Clearly Rob navigated his early years fairly deftly, with only a few self admitted bumps along the way. He found his footing early on, and putting one foot in front of the other, is leading the life he has worked so hard to achieve. The stories he shares of his journey thus far, reflect a maturity and determination that is both impressive and inspiring.
Rob Lowe's first book set the bar super high and it's still one of my all time favorite Audible books. I was really excited about this new one. I would've loved for him to go into more detail about his early life in Malibu and tales from movies sets. As a sophomore effort this was just ok for me. I felt like it was a lot about his family life, more serious stories that would probably interest someone who is trying to be an actor and his struggle to deal with his kids leaving home for school. Although well written and read I just wasn't into it.
I did not think he could top his first book, but this is terrific. Thoughtful, honest and funny. I want to meet his wife, Cheryl and spend an afternoon hang out with them at a BBQ. I highly recommend this next series of stories.
All of the stories and how he tells them. His self awareness is refreshing.
Hearing his stories in his own words and voice. It brought an honesty and warmth that just added to the book. Somehow he connects with his listener in a way that just reading it, would not have done.
Yes, I laughed and was so touched by the story of Buck. I felt a kindred spirit to what he has learned about himself at his age.
Thank you for sharing your stories and lessons Mr. Lowe.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I adored Rob Lowe's first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and it is still one of my very favorite audiobooks. I also enjoyed this second memoir, possibly a tiny bit less than the first, but still laughed along with Rob at some very human stories and experiences. As expected, the narration is wonderful once again!
In case you're looking for--or looking to avoid--the love life details, they're not here. Rob Lowe loves and embraces the life he has chosen, and I'm glad he continues to open the door and invite us to peek inside!
**If you listen to the credits, his son wrote and performed the music on this audiobook production--very cool!!**
Top ten of all the books I've listened to here.
The showmanship is great and the intellectual insight is unexpected from an actor
When he thought he would be shot dead dressed as bigfoot.
I will be downloading his other book also.
Rob Lowe truly let us into his private life. When he talked about his oldest son going to college, I felt like it was my daughter. He is an artist but also very human.
Nothing that I have read compares to Love Life.
I more than enjoyed Rob Lowe's first book. His voice is very easy to listen to. Both had me laughing hysterically and crying like a baby. This is someone we can all relate to.
Love Life, between the sheets and into the night!
Again Rob Lowe has welcomed us into his private life. I loved every minute of this book. His voice is so dynamic. I cried when he cried, I laughed when he laughed. Most of all I fell in love again.
I loved Rob Lowe's first book, and couldn't wait to listen to this one. But I didn't find this one to have any of the charm of the first book.
I was bored to the point where I couldn't go on. There was so little substance.
I preferred his first one, which was more Hollywood-anecdote laden
well they're not really "characters"...
nothing.. he's a really good reader of his own writing
there was more than I really care about his family and philosophies of childrearing.
I don't know how you could listen to both of Rob Lowe's memoirs and not admire him. Forget that he is a great story teller and narrator. What really makes his work shine is his honest self reflection. And, through his words, we get to know someone that, like all of us, is not perfect, but has striven for conscious awareness and self improvement. I will be interested to read the memoir he writes when he is 75.
I really enjoyed Rob Lowe's first book and had been waiting to hear this one for the past few months. The title implies it would get a bit more into some of his relationships with women in the early years, however, that is not the case. What I did like about this book is hearing the stories about the craft of acting (my daughter is learning lines in a school play and I related to her the technique that Lowe uses to recall lines); hearing about the commitment he has for his family; his long-term sobriety; and just being a strong professional in his field.
I just listened to Crash and Burn by Artie Lange. This would be the exact opposite. Where Artie let his addiction consume him and had a bleak message, Rob seemed to have brought things under control and was muuuuch more positive.
Yes, and this was probably better than Lowe's first book from a performance standpoint. Lowe really got into his mimicking voices and 'Ohio scream' which was great.
The Sasquatch story was very sweet and hearing about Bernie, as a larger than life character, was nice.
I would like to have heard more about Parks and Rec. The writing was tight and articulate and I look forward to some more stories from Mr. Lowe in the future. It was a terrific audiobook and it was is hard to stop it to get out of the car.
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