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
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
Smooth, thoughtful, solid
The stories and life wisdoms.
His reading of his own story with the appropriate flow.
No. I like breaking it up.
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!
This is my second experience with a Rob Lowe authored and read selection and I'm pleased to say "Love Life" was on par with his autobiography - a personal, reflective, often humorous, and in this case, family-focused read.
Rob, of course. Yet, not in the way many of us can fully define depending on the era we became familiar with him. I was taken into his characters as well as the public and private person keeping me engaged as the stories are told.
The missteps that failed to lead to roles and opportunities he would have easily entertained had he had the chance.
Keeping it in Perspective
I enjoyed this book a great deal except for the very end. Because of the very loud piano, I could not hear what Lowe was reading at the end. Really annoying.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to Lowe's first book and loved it... couldn't wait to download the second book and it is perfect. I don't typically read or enjoy memoirs, so I can't compare it to others in the genre. Forget whatever you think you know about Lowe. The book is thoughtfully put together and full of emotional and funny stories. As he praises masterful writers and skilled actors, you will be blown away by his descriptions and insights. The emotion in his voice as he reads his own words is breathtaking. He genuinely is filled with joy when his friends and family succeed. His love for his family and friends is deep and true. It is a heartwarming and entertaining book and I find myself telling other people stories from it as I listen.
The title of the book captures it perfectly - and it isn't what you think. I highly recommend it to all.
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.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
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.
Rob is not only interesting and articulate, but somehow deeply connects while baring his soul to you. There is nothing phony about him or his books. This is the 2nd one I have listened to and I hope he writes a dozen more.
Yes, I listened to his first book and this is every bit as engaging and I could, literally, hardly put it down.
Laughing and crying both. And as he so eloquently describes his emotions, I found myself mimicking what I imagined would be his face at the time.
Learning more about Rob and his family
Dropping off at college and his feelings about that.
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