A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.
Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.
The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics, both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the 80s, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.
Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.
©2011 Rob Lowe (P)2011 Random House AudioBooks
I say surprisingly brilliant, but I had seen the customer ratings and read a couple of reader reviews so it may not have been a total surprise.
I bumped into Lowe's autobiography while browsing for 80s cinema related books on Amazon. Admittedly Lowe had never rated that highly on my radar, but I noticed it had a solid star rating and decided to investigate further. This was to be my first of many books here on Audible. It is my favorite audiobook so far, out of 10 or so, due to both excellent performance by Lowe as a narrator and his brilliant storytelling.
Lowe tells us the story of his life so far, holds nothing back and seems to omit details only when it might otherwise hurt someone who is, or has been close to him. Lowe's pacing is great, he gives just enough detail to never become boring and somehow manages to make the ordinary events of his early life seem just as interesting as his later years as a movie star.
Insightful, witty, FUN
His experience on the set of the outsiders. I felt like I was right there with them, a fly on the wall.
With his tone, he draws you in with him. Like you were having the conversation over a glass of pinot.
When he couldnt cry and Tommy gave him that little touching speech.
Halfway through it I purchased the movie the outsiders and watched it. Bawled! Stay Golden Rob!
This wonderfully written story is fascinating and moving, often at the same time. I bought the audiobook as I didn't think I'd have time to read the print book any time soon (lots of other things to read!) and I'm glad I chose the audio version because hearing Rob read it, as well as his spot-on impressions of his co-stars and directors, is hugely entertaining. Even if you read the print book, you should get the audio just to hear him read it - it's that good.
Yes, even the moment I'd just finished listening I wanted to replay.
It wasn't a story of one person, it was a story about a range of characters that I could relate to. Rob Lowe was not arrogant at all, as I sometimes find in memoirs. I felt he was 'factually telling a story'.
As its a memoir, when I hear 'I' or 'my', I believe it. Also his character voices that he put on were able to assist me understand the different layers of people who we come across in life.
Made me look at actors and other members of the film industry as humans, people and artists. I'll be getting the movies that he refers to in the book and watching from a different perspective.
Good on you Rob. I thought nothing of you before. Nothing positive, nothing negative. I now have a new found respect. Its warming.
I was sceptical at first not being a huge fan but the story telling was awesome and he has a very pleasent voice to listen too. I am a big fan now!
well, I can only agree with NY Times' review that "Throughout this book Mr. Lowe emerges as a canny observer of both himself and others, and as someone whose instincts have grown increasingly sharp over time."
probably a ton of other biographies, which the Time Magazine reviewer did, with this one coming out on top.
Lowe's reading his own stories, of course brought perfect intonation - which is something that's really crucial to my being more captivated than irritated when listening - but his mastery of accents & impersonations was a much appreciated bonus. just to pick one, his Bill Clinton was spot on!
several, the narrative had me giggling as well as tearing up more than once, and without giving anything away I was very impressed with how Lowe portrayed his mother & his relationship with her.
for this admitted movie & TV-series buff, the fascinating descriptions of his work experiences prompted me to (re)discover Lowe's performances in "the Outsiders", "St. Elmo's Fire" & "About Last Night" (one of the most watched flicks in my VHS-library 8) as well as the pilot of "the West Wing", which all still held up to me - at least accompanied with this read ...
Rob Lowe tells a good collection of stories, written in a wry and unaggrandising way. The narration is memorable and includes good impersonations (Christopher Walken is one of my favourite examples). I was struck not only by the range of extraordinary people that Rob hobnobbed with - having been one of the most high-profile teen stars of the 1980s - but also by his circumspect way of recounting things, sometimes with years of hndsight. This book is time well spent because it's packed with interesting and often uncannily timed moments, offering intelligent insights into the pitfalls as well as the dazzling experience of fame. A pioneer of intelligent autobiographical writing about the "Brat Pack".
Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock
All the anecdotes about growing up in Malibu in LA, all the name dropping... All the inside stories about movies and stars I love... Read this if you grew up in the eighties!
I couldn't stop... I listened to the entire book in two days... Lowe has a great reading voice and stories to match.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Live and learn
Telling what happen to various high school acquaintances was both sad and amazing. What a life.
He is really easy to listen to. I miss judged him. I will now re-watch his movies and TV performances with more interest.
I don't think Rob Lowe got his just rewards from the TV series 'The West Wing', yet he does not seem to hang onto this. He has moved on, grown and looks at his time on the show with reverence and a growth experience. I am impressed.
I thought Rob Lowe was a 'Pretty Boy Clown'. I enjoyed some of his movies but thought he was spent. Mr Lowe, I have a new respect for your work. I liked your book, don't know why I bought it, but I ended up listening to it and enjoyed it. Thank you for this work and thank you for your body of work. I hope the best for you in the future.
Rob Lowe has always been one of my favorite actors. I thought that he would be too young for an autobiography, but I was wrong. He has written about the first and second act, I can't wait for the third.
"One of my best audiobooks so far"
Really enjoyed this - very thoughtful, well-written and read, and gets the balance about right between respecting some confidences and telling you some of the more salacious details. As another reviewer has noted, the later years are covered in far less detail than the earlier ones - more on the West Wing years in particular would have been nice.
But I don't want to nitpick. Some audio books can feel a bit of a chore to return to but I always looked forward to getting back to this one. I hope he writes more.
Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, biography from birth to present or anecdotes? Rob Lowe just tells stories from his exciting life most of it about famous friends but also about his family. I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to hear the stories in Rob Lowes own voice. Sometimes it feels as if he is bragging and name dropping but i got past that and really got into to the telling of this book.
"Fun, insightful but no real gossip."
Rob describes his long climb to showbiz success in a highly descriptive fashion, this is very welcome particularly as he begins to breakthrough and we meet the "bratpack". There are some nice stories and i particularly enjoyed the depth of the background tales giving us detail on casting, off set and on set. As you would excpect the narration by the subject is faultless and indeed this is one of the cases where its perfectly read. I personally didnt know that much about Rob Lowe before but i feel i really do now, the great aspect is the introduction of so many other people in his story. Michael j Fox , estevez, Sheens etc, i now want to go and find there books to piece it all together.Really great story, if you like movies this will impress you.
"Middle of the road"
Not really...it's just that the story wasn't as exciting and interesting as I hoped it would be.
I was rather relieved. The book was dull so it was nice to get to the end.
Yes - slow and dreary!
I have always had a soft spot for Rob Lowe and although that hasn't changed after listening to this audiobook I am afraid I feel like this was a waste of a credit. The story was slow and Rob's voice unemotional and unfeeling. It was easy to switch off from listening, which is a shame as I wasn't expecting that.
"Personal Stories Well Told!"
I thoroughly enjoyed this - my first autobiography. His stories are light-hearted in the main with the occasional 'heavy' moment. I would not have been a particular fan of his but having seen him interviewed about this book I thought I would give it a go for a change. His recollections of his fledgling career and the careers of his peers are entertaining and insightful in some cases. I would have liked more on his career currently but in the main I recommend this book - lovely sitting in the car listening to Rob Lowe telling me about his life!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and like the Michael Caine biography having the author narrate their work added greatly to my enjoyment. Mr. Lowe is easy on the ear (as well as the eye)! Whilst I loved Michael Caine's chuckles in his narration Rob Lowe's impersonations of other celebrities are quite excellent - Mr. Lowe may just have missed out on selling another of his not inconsequential talents.
The stories Rob has to tell about his younger life were amazing, his problem with his parents then moving to Malibu, meeting lots of up and coming stars that I had heard of...Great
From Elephant to Hollywood..Michael Caine or Last night at the viper room..River Pheonix, constant mention of other actors or celebrities makes it more interesting for me to listen to
The audition for the Outcasts with P Swayze. T Cruise etc
Lots of moments
Rob tells a very funny story through out the book and his impersonations of his actor friends are hilarious and very good,
"Blimey! He's got a few yarns to spin"
.....which was nice
Too many unbelievably fortuitous situations to recollect
Personal experience allows the the narrator to give correct emotion at every step
I definitely wanted to know what happened next
This book is so jam packed with implausible meetings and situations that it could easily be a work of fiction in the style of Forrest Gump or ZeligThis a huge part of its charmNeedless to say - Rob had the last laugh
Couldn't stop listening to this book from the word go. Would liked to have heard more about his time in 'The West Wing' as there is more to the story. Great to hear about his early acting career. I feel this book has only scratched the surface.
As this is my first audio book I was not sure what to expect. I downloaded it ready for my holiday thinking it would be perfect for the 9 hour flight and perfect it was. Narrated by Rob Lowe himself, it feels like you are in a room with him listening to his stories. An honest account of some of the key moments in his life from his troubles in his early years in the industry to his days on the West Wing. It does at times feel like he's holding back a bit and he doesn't go into too much detail about some of his problems and addictions. In my opinion it is covered as much as it should be for such a painful and troubled time in his life. But none the less, it is a well put together collection of stories that kept me hooked throughout my travels. I am keen to purchase more audible books in the future but certainly feel that the key thing with an audible book is who the narrator is. Rob Lowe's narration made this book what it is and I believe it would not have been the same if it was narrated by anyone else.
Highly recommend for any Rob Lowe fan!
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