If you're a fan of The West Wing, The Outsiders or simply love Rob Lowe, you must read this book. You might be surprised to learn, he is much more than a pretty face!
I fully admit it: I swoon over Rob Lowe. Making the choice to listen to him read his own book on audio was absolutely the best decision I could have made, as it added to my overall enjoyment of STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS. Ok, ok, so Rob Lowe could have read War and Peace and I would have swooned, but the man put together an intelligent, entertaining, and insightful book.
Even though I felt like I knew what I was getting myself into, I was wrong. I had prepared myself for humorous behind-the-scenes stories and bawdy after-dark tales of drinking, drugs, and women. Instead, what I got was a grounded man who reflected upon his life, and stood by his decisions, (the good and the bad) learning from them, and ultimately moving beyond them.
Maybe it's my obsession with actors and their craft, but I feel like this book was anchored by his experience filming his first film, The Outsiders, and his role as Sam Seaborne on The West Wing (I never missed an episode!). I love the stories peppered in between of Emilio Estevez, Melissa Gilbert, and especially JFK, Jr.
I have to talk about Rob Lowe's audio. Yes, I do love his voice, he's known for it, but I'm no stranger to audio books and have very high standards when it comes to the performance of an audio recording. Even the best of actors have trouble reading audio books - it sounds, well, like someone is reading it. Not Rob Lowe. I swear, it sounds like he's just talking - eloquent and smooth and very very personal. Ugh, here I go again, swooning all over the place. (This is getting embarrassing.) His voice is mesmerizing and natural, even when doing impersonations of his cast-mates and friends - like Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and (probably the best impersonation) Robert Wagner - or of his brushes with greatness - like Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, and Cary Grant. He is fearless in these impersonations, giving audiences a glimpse of the enormous talent that lurks beneath his "pretty" looks.
It's an honest book, and even more entertaining than I had anticipated. I found myself just as riveted to his stories of a high-maintenance-even-before-Risky-Business Tom Cruise calling his agent when he learned he had to share a hotel room with his Outsider castmates, as I was to the strange story of his grandparents awakening in the middle of the night to find three drunk teenage girls in their bedroom wondering if, "Rob Lowe lives here?" I am even more interested in reading The Outsiders and watching the director's cut of the movie, to see just how much of Soda Pop we missed the first time around!
I highly recommend STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS, and if you have a little crush on Rob Lowe, do yourself a favor and listen to the audio!
About the Book:
Audible Audio Edition
(Also available in eBook, Paperback, and hardcover editions)
Listening Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
*Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this audiobook.