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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

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

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!

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  • Sophie
  • Mosman, Australia
  • 06-02-11

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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Such a lovely Storyteller - not just a pretty face

I was enthralled by his caressing voice and rewarded to realise, yet again, Rob Lowe is far more that a pretty face. I was surprised by how easily I fell into the story and how well I was held to the end.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-11

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.

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  • alexander
  • 02-10-14

Fun, insightful but no real gossip.

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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.

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  • melanie
  • 03-16-12

Enjoyable

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.

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  • Purple Haze
  • 10-29-13

Middle of the road

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not really...it's just that the story wasn't as exciting and interesting as I hoped it would be.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was rather relieved. The book was dull so it was nice to get to the end.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes - slow and dreary!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Robyn
  • 07-01-11

An easy listen

Interesting insight into a world so different to my own. Lowe's narration adds to sense of personal sharing. Not a whole lot of soul bared, but enough to give some understanding of the man/ his achievements, and have to admit, have made me really like him. (Jury was out previously - too good looking to be likeable?) I found his recount of his involvement with the West Wing interesting....

An easy listen - helps a few commuting hours fly by.

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  • Maxine Acton
  • 06-22-11

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!

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  • Loraine
  • 06-16-11

Loraine

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.

Highly recommended

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  • STEViE - One Bloke One Mandolin
  • 08-22-18

Outstanding and highly recommended.

Rob Lowe's reading of his book is so far one of the two best books I have listened to on Audible. It's not just read by the author, it is inhabited, as any autobiography should be but many are not.
A thoroughly enjoyable journey through the actors full and interesting life, warts and all.
His narration is emotive and when other characters are introduced, impressively voiced.
I'm certain I shall return to this again and again.
Bravo Rob Lowe and thank you. CHEERS !!

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  • eduardo
  • 07-10-18

What a lovely autobiography!

It is such a pleasure to negate Rob Lowe telling his story. He is serious about acting, serious about trying to be a good person and serious about being a good writer too. His funny stories are subtle and charming and he does the voices very well too being a natural mimic.

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  • Ben
  • 05-23-18

loved it

Purchased on a whim. A fab and honest account of a life so far, though more detail about his earlier years. would highly recommend this and would eagerly await another by him. Lovely performance with an easy listenable voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-18

An entertaining read

I really enjoyed this book.. To be honest I was expecting a bit more of the ‘nitty gritties’ of Rob’s journey but while he doesn’t delve right in he does touch on everything (sex, alcoholism, scandal) and you get a feel for what he’s been through.
I came away with a great admiration for Rob and he seems like a thoroughly likeable man who has grown into a loving and devoted family man.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-18

Highly entertaining

Really enjoyed this one. This is the first audio book I've reviewed. Well done Rob!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-17

Great Autobiography!

Interesting and insightful, it's made me want to rewatch all his movies and shows. Well worth a listen for Robs impersonations alone!

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  • Alia
  • 03-12-17

Starts interestingly..

A fun read but becomes a bit gaggy with the succession of name drops and veiled braggery.
Definitely an enviable life and boy does he let us know it.
Still enjoyable.

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  • James
  • 01-10-17

Loved it!

This was an excellent book! I loved every minute and actually found reasons to drive my car so I can listen to it. I've order his second book and find him very fascinating! Highly recommend.

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  • Cindy
  • 01-07-17

Good read Rob

Good book, great pace. But the White House is not THE most important office in the world and the US President is NOT the most important man in the world. Great book until that moment. That's why it got 4 not 5 stars.

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  • Andrew M
  • 08-21-16

Excellent!

A great story. Interesting how connections made at random were such a big part of how his career was formed

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  • Mrs
  • 08-07-16

TRULY GREAT!!!

I was captivated by Rob's story. It's very well read and had me interested from page 1 until the very end. The only negative was that it DID end.

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  • Lacee
  • 06-27-16

Just wow

What an incredible life Rob has lead. This book illustrates just how normal he is, even when his life was surreal.
I loved that he read it to his audience/fans, it gave his words more context, feeling and meaning.
I was a teenage fan and I am even more a fan of the authentic person he is under the star label.
Keep being true, loving your family and never stop being you.
Thank you.

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  • Carla
  • 03-29-16

Had high hopes

As a child of the 80s I was really looking forward to listening to this book - I just found it really dark and did not enjoy it. No doubt that Rob has lived an interesting life and it was fascinating to see how many celebrity connections he had early on without even trying. But i found this a real struggle to get through with such a heavy subject matter.