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
English major. Love to read
I never would have read the first one of Rob Lowe's books but I did because my daughter told me I would like it. I loved that one. This one not so much -- I still think he is a great writer and his self-effacing manner in regards to describing his life is so delightful, so one might say "what is there not to love?" It's the story - he preaches a bit too much. He took a good thing and stretched it too thin on another attempt. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for him because I learned quickly in his first book that he is waaaay more than just a pretty face, but this one didn't measure up.
Never without an audible book on my phone!
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.
Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.
I would say the audio version would be better than the print because you hear all the stories in his voice. There is one story in particular, that you just have to hear. He also does wonderful voices.
I loved his first book and thought, what a great story teller. I recommended it to my son and husband, who loved it as well. Originally, I decided to listen to the first book because we are about the same age and I have seen his career path. I thought it would be interesting, no expectations. With the second book, I HAD expectations because I enjoyed the first one so much. It delivered! I wasn't sure in the first chapter but I got what I expected a wonderful behind the scenes stories that are told in a warm, self-effacing way. I hope he keeps writing!
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.
Last year I read Rob Lowe's first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. It was one of the best autobiographies I've ever read. Rob Lowe is an actor I really never followed until he joined the Parks and Recreation cast and became the star of that show. His character on Parks and Recreation was one of the main reasons why Jenn and I sticked with the series. He played the extremely positive boss/health nut who "literally" never had a bad thing to say about anyone.
Rob Lowe recently released his second book, this one titled Love Life. I thought going in that this might be a deeper look into his teen idol sensation which made for some of the most interesting stories in his first book, but it really wasn't. More then anything Love Life was actually about his deep love and passion for life. The book jumps all over the place, from his days as a child, to minutes before he finished the first draft of the book. Unfortunately unlike the first book this one just jumps around so much that its hard to understand what his main goal was for this book.
That's not to say that it wasn't highly entertaining, because even with the books shortfalls its still a very entertaining book. Having got the audio version, Rob Lowe reads his own novel and for me that really makes an autobiography. You can hear his love for his family, his deep devotion to his friends, and the genuine honor he feels for the life he's lived.
Unfortunately even with all the good vibes, Love Life just feels like the cut/missing chapters of his first novel. There still highly entertaining but lack the substance and the structure to make it a lasting memory like his first novel. Rob Lowe has a sincere talent for writing and I cannot wait to see what else he writes in the future.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
Lowe's first autobiography was such an unusual and remarkable sensation. It seems that most people like myself bought that first book due to all the over the top reviews, many of which started with lines like - "I never buy books like this but...." or I dont even like or even know who Rob Lowe is but....." Many listeners like myself belong in both of these camps and others like- I never read things related to Hollywood, movie stars or anything else even related to the entertainment industry BUT....
So essentially this auto-biography escaped its inherent narrow target market of "fans" and stood on its own two feet as an enjoyable, interesting, and worthy read/listen. For me it was a very effective break from my usual heavy fare of History,Science, Classics and major biography's,of historical figures.
. obviously this kind of success will make a sequel a given- even if the first book was an autobiography. I have to admit I was looking forward to another book from lowe and having grabbed it on 1st day of release was looking forward to another effective mental vacation from my usual stuff.
So is the book worthy?? Obviously once you've written your autobiography, especially if it was just a few years before, you've used your best bits and story's and are left primarily with what has transpired recently combined with the left over bits from your previous best bio effort.
Like most sequels, it has the same flavor but the high notes and originality are kind of used up. I would say if you haven't read the first book don't bother reading this one- but if you did read and really liked the first book you will enjoy this one but not as much as his first effort.
I blew through the book so fast that its left me feeling like I just read an article but I enjoyed it while it lasted. As lowe is just 53 (my age) another biography will surly be coming at some point and yes- ill probably get that one too.
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!!**
I used to think that he was a Dick head when he was a kid just another teen idol. This is the second book I read by him turns out I was wrong. Can't judge a book by its cover and that's the truth about Rob. I believe he's wasting his time acting and he can do more for this country with his brains. Because the idiots that are in there now are scary. This is a man that can go all the way if the people would know what it really is after listening to his two books I like the way he looks at this world and the way he tells the truth and that's what we miss in politics today. Keep up the work Rob keep writing I will purchase your material if it stays like this all the time thank
Rob is totally into telling great stories, complete with voices and sound effects that will make you laugh, cry and feel completely alive.
Rob's first book was simply amazing! I would highly recommend reading (or listening to) that one. too. Perhaps, his first book was one of the best autobiographical accounts ever by anyone. This is equally entertaining, emotional and touching with all new stories.
He's authentic - a rare commodity in Hollywood these days.
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