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'm a law student and I love books.
His stories, characterizations of other celebs/well known people
Very similar to his first book, obviously, with new stories, some new characters.
I can't say this enough of this book and his first one: HE DOES THE VOICES of all the famous people he talks about. In this book, he does Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warren Beaty, Hugh Heffner, Tom Seizemore and others. He does spot-on impressions, and is very funny.
He does address some emotional stuff... his experiences in rehab, people he met there, etc.
My absolute favorite part was when he talks about the ending of 'The Lyon's Den.' Makes me want to see if someone from Finland or Azerbaijan has uploaded it to YouTube.
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.
Smooth, thoughtful, solid
The stories and life wisdoms.
His reading of his own story with the appropriate flow.
No. I like breaking it up.
His stories of relatable even when he talks about a lifestyle most people will never experience. He is also a great narrator.
I really enjoyed Rob's first book, I felt like we were besties when I was finished. He is such a fantastic story-teller and writer that it makes the book very engaging. The overall point about us needing to love life was a great one. Enjoyable read.
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.
Wonderful recollections and musings from this child of the 80s (like me). I am so glad I purchased the audiobook because Rob's narration is EXCELLENT - - warm and engaging. Thoroughly enjoyed having Rob with me during my work commute! Thanks, Rob!
I would recommend this audio book. He's an actor so hearing it read in his own words and his descriptions, etc. etc. is fun. Plus the more personal parts regarding his kids - I could FEEL his sadness. He was trying when he read those parts but I could feel it and it's very personal and very sweet for a dude to be so vulnerable. Turns out there's more to Mr. Blue Eyed Pretty Faced Actor in Mr. Lowe, but if you read his first book you'd know that. It's impossible to review the second book without a mini review of the first: a must read for any actor, a must read as a coming of age story set in a world with all the people we grew up watching, and a must read for, surprisingly fathers. Cut to the second book, Lowe's passionate descriptions and colorful narrative makes the stories jump off the page. His love for his two sons is, frankly, admirable. Any new father should read this book for that. I loved those parts. In the first book Lowe stayed away from the falls many actors make - sounding full of themselves. In this one his is careful to go there and points out the obvious that this is what actors do though in parts I found myself loudly talking to the car radio "c'mon Lowe move on..." to his credit, he quickly did. He is a wonderful writer. His passion for life is truly inspiring as well. We all have our own journey and this isn't some mumbo jumbo or him forcing beliefs to you but rather putting it out there. He claims he's far from perfect but its clear years of rehab and therapy have left him searching. He's a complicated and interesting man and again much more than that pretty face we've all gotten used to. My one criticism, and it's hard to find any, was making a certain comparison or even talking about it in the same breath when his first endeavor producing a television show were uttered in the same breath. That'll play fine in Los Angeles and New York but I, liking Mr. Lowe very much and loved his first book so much, shuddered at the rest of the world reading that part. But you know what? That's his reality and it's all out there for you. I know Mr. Lowe has a THIRD book in him, so will look forward to reading that one as well. Buy it.
Yes I would for all of the reasons stated above.
When he was having so much trouble with his son going to college; when Warren Littlefield called to cancel his show JUST AS fire was coming down surrounding where Lyons Den was shot --- at a PAINT WAREHOUSE (oh my gawd).
Love Life.... Because You Only Get One.
Can't wait to read his third book, get writing Rob.
compassionate, soulbaring, helpful
Tommy Lee's Autobiography
BILLY IN ST ELMOS FIRE
I DID...YET I WOULD MAYBE HAVE NOT REACTED OUTWARDLY SO EMOTIONALLY HAD BEEN LISTENING IN THE PRESENCE OF OTHERS..I DID NOT. IT MADE ME LAUGH AUDIBLY AT TIMES, GIGGLE SNICKER AT OTHERS, I AM FOND OF SARCASM AND SELF-DEPRECATING COMMENTS, AND SINCE I DO THIS TO MYSELF, I CAN LAUGH AT OTHERS...ITS A FORM OF ZEN BUDDHISM TO ME.
I RECOMMEND THIS AS A VERY GOOD CASE-STUDY IN WHAT CAN ACTUALLY OCCUR TO A PERFECT LOOKING YOUNG MAN RAISED BY HIGH INTELLECT LEVEL ENGLISH TEACHER MOM ( AND YOU DONT HAVE TO BE ONE TO BE ON THAT LEVEL)...HOW IT CAN CAUSE DIFFICULTY FOR HIM TO FIND ACCEPTANCE BY THE JOCKS AND RUGGED ATHLETES. MANY GREAT MOMENTS IN THIS BOOK...
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