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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,899 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rob Lowe Narrator: Rob Lowe Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At age 47, which seems young to write an autobiography, Rob Lowe nevertheless manages to enthrall us in Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography with reminiscences of his early days and the way in which his life has changed since then. A member of what has now come to be known widely as "the brat pack," Lowe originally hated this appellation because it made the brat packers seem like they were not serious about their craft and only interested in partying and having a good time. Unfortunately, it seems, from Lowe's autobiography, that this was largely true.

After becoming famous at a very early age for movies such as The Outsiders and St. Elmo's Fire, Lowe started partying heavily and drinking to excess. He was also involved in a scandal regarding sex with an underage girl when the sex tape of said encounter went viral. This was one of the first sex tape scandals in Hollywood and Lowe is up front about everything that happened, taking responsibility for his own endless partying and sexual promiscuity while maintaining that he had no idea the girl was underage, having met her in a club that only admitted those who were twenty-one and up.

The scandal only served to help him in the long run because it took him to rock bottom, a place from where it was only possible to go up. It was at this time that Lowe took charge of his life and entered rehab. He has now been sober for twenty years and is married with two sons.

This book is honest and Lowe doesn't attempt to hold anything back, but the most interesting part of it is all the celebrity gossip—Lowe's encounter with Tom Cruise and his ruthless perseverance when it comes to acting, his perception of Diane Lane as one of the prettiest girls he had ever met, his relationship with Charlie Sheen who doesn't believe in rehab etc.

Rob Lowe is a well-known actor and member of the brat pack who was raised in Ohio but moved to California after his mother's second divorce. He is best known for his breakout roles in movies such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues and St. Elmo's Fire but he has also been in several TV series including, most notably, The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. He is married to Sheryl Berkoff and the couple has two sons.

Download Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography and learn more about this iconic figure who managed to turn his life around from his early brat pack days.

A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, 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-seventies 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 eighties, 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 twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

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  • Lowe's narration is personal, warm and skilled…His brief vocal characterizations of well-known figures such as Bill Clinton, Cary Grant, and entertainment impresario Bernie Brillstein are remarkable. This audiobook is much like a good film: absorbing as well as entertaining. AudioFile Magazine, winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Lowe not only has great timing, but proves a skilled mimic of well-known figures ranging from the spacy-sounding Coppola to fast-talking superagent Bernie Brillstein. Which makes the book not only fascinating, but a joy to listen to. The Providence Journal
  • It's one thing to read Rob Lowe's memoir, intriguing as it is. However, it is quite another to hear his life recounted in his own voice. Hearing his words in his engaging, expressive voice seems to actually bring the listener into his world, much as if one were sitting across the table from him…Many of us may remember him primarily for his iconic role on ‘The West Wing,' but after listening to history we're sure there's a great deal more to come. Beauty by the Books
  • This book truly surprised me. I knew I'd enjoy it, but I wasn't counting on how much. 5 Minutes for Books
  • A lovely autobiography, equal parts dish and pathos. Vanity Fair
  • [Lowe] writes viscerally and insightfully...He looks back at the aberrant highs of his heart-throb days, the changing nature of stardom in Hollywood, the trade-off he has made between high life and home life, and the step-by-step effort behind his show business survival. He looked like the callowest kid in the "Outsiders" crew. Now he looks like the sturdiest of them all The New York Times
  • I really enjoyed it...Thoroughly entertaining: the Brat Pack years, the Wayne's World years, the Alcoholic Obscurity, the Glamorous Romances (Princess Stephanie of Monaco!), the Inevitable Rehab, and the Triumphant Comeback on The West Wing. Time Magazine
  • [Lowe's] charming, honest, even affectionate memoir is the story of strong guts behind a strikingly handsome face...A book to recommend widely. Booklist
  • A fresh pop-culture history of Hollywood in the '70s and '80s from the point of view of the man who lived it…[Lowe] is as funny as he is thoughtful. This is the best type of celeb memoir, because its author is as interested in the world as the world is interested in him. People Magazine
  • The world would be a better place if more stars' memoirs were like Lowe's--chatty, dishy, and with celebrity walk-ons (Tom Cruise! Sarah Jessica Parker! Princess Stephanie of Monaco! Martin Sheen!) galore. As entertaining as a Brat Pack film festival. Parade

  • “Read by the author, who does killer imitations of every star he's met, this memoir is pure delight. People

  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Niki Murray | 2/20/2014

    " What Hip E. said....I thought the exact same thing about this book....I even got it after reading the Keith Richards book like him! HA! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth Blakely | 2/10/2014

    " I realize that running in the circles he has for most of his life, he's met LOTS of famous people. But it still felt like a book full of name dropping and bragging. It's was a mildly entertaining book, glad I can read it for free from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cobi | 2/8/2014

    " what can i say? i've been a rob lowe fan since i was 14 yrs old (i mean, he's dreamy!)-this was an interesting read and reminder that just because people are famous, doesn't mean their lives have always been easy... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathryn Mitchell | 1/28/2014

    " Rob reading his own book..I listened to it in the car on the way back from LA..really enjoyed it! But I don't think he was honest about what happened on the West Wing..all a bit too vague! "

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