Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

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!

Book Extras:
Macmillan Book Page (excerpts, reviews, etc.)
Rob Lowe official website, Twitter

About the Book:
Audible Audio Edition
(Also available in eBook, Paperback, and hardcover editions)
Listening Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

*Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this audiobook.

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Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I just finished this too and loved it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Another one I really loved Alison, I agree - I was pleasantly surprised and I learned so mu ch about him by listening to this amazing audio.

Anne said...

I loved this book too. I was also struck with how down to earth he seems now and I loved the parts where he talked about his love for his wife- so sweet!

sara said...

Red it, loved it. Great actor, great writer and even greater man.

bermudaonion said...

I've never watched West Wing, but I enjoy looking at Rob Lowe. I mean, watching him act, of course. I'll have to look for this on audio.

Zibilee said...

This is a book that I really want to check out and listen to. I really like Lowe, and think that hearing him tell his story in his own words would be really enlightening. So glad that you loved this one. Fantastic review today!

Kwizgiver said...

I have this in my queue, maybe I should get the audio book instead.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Rob Lowe. I have both the book and audio book. Definitely not disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree it was awesome and I felt like Rob Lowe was telling me his story.

Doug Bratton said...

OK, I may be the only one writing that doesn't have a crush on Rob Lowe - but I must give a plug here for his hilarious turn on Parks & Rec. If you don't watch it already, make sure you check it out!

Momof3boys said...

I really enjoyed this book. It was like Rob was riding along with me. It was my first audio book and now I am hooked on them.

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