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Love Life | [Rob Lowe]

Love Life

Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS Southern Ca. 04-15-14
    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS Southern Ca. 04-15-14 Member Since 2012

    L. Doheny

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    "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    If you could sum up Love Life in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, loving and compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 04-09-14
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good, But Not Great"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 04-15-14
    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Extraordinary work - well done Rob Lowe!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love Life to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the stories and how he tells them. His self awareness is refreshing.


    What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for sharing your stories and lessons Mr. Lowe.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 07-14-14
    Trish Virginia 07-14-14 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Welcome Back!!"

    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!!**

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 05-03-14
    Jason 05-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "There IS such thing as a benevolent narcissist"
    Where does Love Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten of all the books I've listened to here.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The showmanship is great and the intellectual insight is unexpected from an actor


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

    Tom Sizemore


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he thought he would be shot dead dressed as bigfoot.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be downloading his other book also.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Blacksburg, VA, United States 08-27-14
    Michelle Blacksburg, VA, United States 08-27-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Better than the last...."
    What made the experience of listening to Love Life the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Love Life to and why?

    Nothing that I have read compares to Love Life.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Lowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love Life, between the sheets and into the night!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Ogawa Loveland, CO USA 08-24-14
    B. Ogawa Loveland, CO USA 08-24-14 Member Since 2008

    artglasslover

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    "I loved the first book book"
    What did you like best about Love Life? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Rob Lowe’s story?

    I was bored to the point where I couldn't go on. There was so little substance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Bozeman, MT, United States 07-27-14
    Emily Bozeman, MT, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "entertaining, but not as good as his first one"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I preferred his first one, which was more Hollywood-anecdote laden


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    well they're not really "characters"...


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    nothing.. he's a really good reader of his own writing


    Any additional comments?

    there was more than I really care about his family and philosophies of childrearing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 05-04-14
    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Winner"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Torrance, CA, United States 05-01-14
    Matthew Torrance, CA, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Welcome back, Rob"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Love Life to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Lowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Sasquatch story was very sweet and hearing about Bernie, as a larger than life character, was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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