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Stories I Only Tell My Friends Audiobook

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Björn Reykjavik, Iceland 11-18-12
    Björn Reykjavik, Iceland 11-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A surprisingly brilliant book"

    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.

    Highly recommended

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    maryam abuja, Nigeria 08-08-12
    maryam abuja, Nigeria 08-08-12

    amazing

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    "Utterly fun!"
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, witty, FUN


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    His experience on the set of the outsiders. I felt like I was right there with them, a fly on the wall.


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

    With his tone, he draws you in with him. Like you were having the conversation over a glass of pinot.


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

    When he couldnt cry and Tommy gave him that little touching speech.


    Any additional comments?

    Halfway through it I purchased the movie the outsiders and watched it. Bawled! Stay Golden Rob!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie Mosman, Australia 06-02-11
    Sophie Mosman, Australia 06-02-11
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    "Definitely worth listening to the audio version"

    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.

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    Paul 09-18-16
    Paul 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing read"

    Well written, fantastic memoir from one of my favourite Brat Pack actors from the 1980s

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    Zoe 04-16-15
    Zoe 04-16-15
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    "Really interesting!"

    I loved this book and getting to know the story behind one of my favourite actors was great. It being narrated by Rob Lowe himself made it all the better!!

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    Paul 02-20-15
    Paul 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!"

    One of the greats of the 1980's shares his career and personal life. A fantastic book, very well written with great lough out loud moments.
    Sit back and enjoy stories about The Outsiders, The West Wing, St Elmos Fire and my personal favourite Youngblood!
    Paul Aladjadjian - Sydney Australia

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    Audible Listener Australia 02-11-15
    Audible Listener Australia 02-11-15
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    "Interesting Life"
    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's very interesting. I found the story to be engaging and well paced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Lowe himself! After all.... That's who it's about


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

    His reading of the story is great. You get the sense that he's speaking to you


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    sibarit 10-24-14
    sibarit 10-24-14
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    I have always avoided books written by celebrities (or ghost writers) . But this book.. I think it's a combination of Rob Lowe voice , the stories and the obvious passion for movies. Buy it, you will not regret it .

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    Leonie 03-28-13
    Leonie 03-28-13
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    "LOVED IT!!!! Want to press replay."
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    Yes, even the moment I'd just finished listening I wanted to replay.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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'.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Good on you Rob. I thought nothing of you before. Nothing positive, nothing negative. I now have a new found respect. Its warming.

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    Phil Newcastle, Australia 01-24-13
    Phil Newcastle, Australia 01-24-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "This was a great listen!"

    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!

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