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Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends

February 12, 2013

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

The acting bug bit Rob Lowe when he was a young boy in Dayton, Ohio and he pursued it doggedly, even when it made him seem odd to others.  During his middle school years, his family moved to Malibu where acting was more acceptable and there were more opportunities available.  With little help from his family, Lowe worked hard to get the early roles he landed and, before he knew it, he was “The Next Big Thing.”  Excited by his success and with no mentor to guide him, he made mistakes along the way.  Luckily, he matured and learned from his mistakes.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Rob Lowe‘s memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so I was anxious to read it.  I do enjoy Lowe’s acting but haven’t followed his career closely, so I wasn’t sure I would love this book as much as other readers have, but I love memoirs so I still wanted to give it a try.  I’m happy I did, because this book exceeded my expectations.  I thought it was well written and fascinating from beginning to end.

I don’t want to say too much about his life story because I think it’s best to read the book and discover it for yourself, but Lowe is candid about his mistakes and celebrates his triumphs.  He was a teenager when his career took off and freely admits that he enjoyed some of the benefits of his success – maybe a little too much.  When he realized things were getting out of control, he decided he needed to make changes in his life and, with the support of his wife, he turned things around.  Many of the stories he tells include other actors – they’re often funny and never mean-spirited.  Since I knew who most of the actors are, I thoroughly enjoyed the peek into their lives.   I got a little teary-eyed at the end of the book because it’s obvious just how much Lowe loves his wife and sons.

I listened to the audio version of Stories I Only Tell My Friends and it’s expertly narrated by Rob Lowe himself.  If his acting career takes a nosedive, he has a future in audiobook narration.  He does an outstanding job and is a great mimic – his accents and voices are fantastic!  I recommend this book on audio!

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37 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2013 5:57 am

    I’ll bet you did enjoy this book. I love your review.

  2. February 12, 2013 6:00 am

    I think it’s one of my favorite celebrity memoirs (although I haven’t read many). I also listened to the audio and thought he did a wonderful job with the narration. So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. thewrredhead permalink
    February 12, 2013 6:05 am

    I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve loved Rob Lowe since he was Sam Seaborn on the West Wing…haha.

  4. February 12, 2013 6:24 am

    I love reading star gossip. I guess that’s why me and a gazillion jillion others subscribe to People and US and all that!

  5. February 12, 2013 6:53 am

    Glad you liked this one. I do like when the author reads their own memoir generally.

  6. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2013 7:00 am

    I”m going to see if my library has this one. Sounds terrific!

  7. Beth F permalink
    February 12, 2013 7:23 am

    I agree, it sounds great. I’m usually not that big on celebrity memoirs, but I bet I like this one.

  8. February 12, 2013 8:26 am

    I totally loved this one, and especially loved the audio with Lowe’s narration. It felt like he was telling me his story instead of reading a book.

  9. February 12, 2013 8:48 am

    This one sounds good. I don’t know much about his career either.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    February 12, 2013 8:58 am

    Yay! You liked it. I loved it. Those imitations he does are SO spot on. And didn’t you just love all the tidbits about his famous friends and acquaintances.

  11. February 12, 2013 9:25 am

    I loved Rob Lowe on West Wing, so I’m thinking I’m going to have to give this one a read. Sounds like such a good read!

  12. February 12, 2013 10:05 am

    I’m glad you liked this one Kathy…you know how much I did! I think I could listen to his voice all day.

  13. zibilee permalink
    February 12, 2013 10:44 am

    This is one that I would love to check out on audio. I have had a longtime crush on Lowe, and it would be interesting to see what life was like for him, both during his acting heyday and now. I’m so glad you loved this one, as now it is going on the top of my audiobook selections list. Very alluring review today!

  14. February 12, 2013 11:50 am

    I’ve loved Rob Lowe from way back. I’ve thought about getting this book for a while, and since reading your review I’ll get the audio version. Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. February 12, 2013 12:03 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  16. February 12, 2013 1:11 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much. Excellent review, Kathy! 🙂

  17. sandynawrot permalink
    February 12, 2013 1:20 pm

    Alright. I’m going to get this one. I actually have not intentionally followed his career but have seen A LOT of his movies, and am aware of his struggles. I love it when somebody falls down and picks themselves back up again.

  18. February 12, 2013 2:22 pm

    I definitely want to track down the audio of this one! Lowe is so funny on Parks & Rec and I’ve followed his career since The Outsiders. Glad he does so well with the narration. Your review has me more eager to read/listen to it!

  19. February 12, 2013 3:13 pm

    I’ve heard great things about this memoir and I’ve followed his ups and downs for a while, so this one would be up my alley.

  20. February 12, 2013 3:15 pm

    I still recall fondly some of my favorite movies from the eighties in which Rob Lowe starred. He was oftentimes the bad boy, but usually one that had a good heart.

    And in recent years, I’ve enjoyed his maturity in the roles he has chosen.

    I do want to read this book, so I probably won’t try the audio version; however, it would probably be great to listen to his narration.

    Thanks for your review!

  21. Patty permalink
    February 12, 2013 3:56 pm

    He always seems to be kind and thoughtful when he is interviewed…and someone who is using his life wisely now after learning his lessons…

  22. February 12, 2013 4:47 pm

    I need a book written by a celebrity for one of my challenges, and I think you may have just given me on. Loved your review.

  23. February 12, 2013 6:47 pm

    I was so in love with Rob Lowe….your review sealed the deal for me. I’m off to use a credit and add this to my listening library!!!

  24. February 12, 2013 7:43 pm

    Someone else I know really enjoyed this on as well. I’m not usually a fan of celebrity memoirs, but I may break down and get this one anyway.

  25. February 12, 2013 9:31 pm

    I have heard so many good things about this book. I have never listened to an audio book, but maybe this should be my first one! Either way, I need to read it. I a fan of Rob Lowe!

  26. February 12, 2013 10:53 pm

    Books like this are never ever going to come to my part of the world so I do so enjoy reading about them. Thank you for the review.

  27. February 13, 2013 7:29 am

    This book has been on my TBR for awhile. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

  28. February 13, 2013 12:37 pm

    I’ve always liked Rob Lowe as an actor and I have heard really good things about his book especially the audio version. I keep meaning to pick it up!

  29. February 13, 2013 9:45 pm

    I’ve wanted to read this one and while I’m not a great audio book fan, I think this one would be a good one to listen to, from all the reviews I’ve seen.

  30. February 14, 2013 1:52 pm

    This has been on my to-read list. Now I’m definitely going with the audio.

  31. February 14, 2013 9:31 pm

    I loved this one as well.

  32. swright9 permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:25 pm

    What about his days with Melissa Gilbert? Was it Little House on the Prairie gone up in flames?

  33. February 17, 2013 7:27 pm

    I’ve heard great things about this memoir – it’s definitely on my list. Now I am going to look for the audiobook!

  34. February 17, 2013 10:08 pm

    I’m really not into celebrity memoir, but I’ve heard fabulous things about this, and no matter what it might be worth it to listen to Rob Lowe in my ears for 9 hours.

  35. February 18, 2013 3:12 pm

    I’ve been curious about this book and remember the highs and lows of his career. I’m glad you liked the audio version and I’m going to look for it because of your recommendation. Thanks!

  36. February 19, 2013 11:52 pm

    I’m so glad you loved this one too. It was a complete surprise to me that he could tell his stories so well. And his narration was perfection. Being a huge Cary Grant fan that may have been one of my favorite stories 🙂

  37. February 22, 2013 4:23 pm

    I was wondering how this book would be ~ so glad you enjoyed it….I have an audible credit to use up and think I’ll download this one!

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