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Review: Love Life

July 8, 2014

Love Life

Rob Lowe is back with Love Life, another memoir of sorts.  This time, it’s not a straight-forward telling of events from his life but rather snapshots or vignettes that show readers just what his life is like and why he loves it.  Sure, parts of his life are glamorous by most standards, but much of it is ordinary.

A few of the stories are from Lowe’s early days in show business but the stories that truly stood out to me are the ones about Lowe’s family.  He writes from the heart when he writes about them and I was moved to tears as I read about the love he has for his wife and the loss he felt as his older son left home for college.   It’s those stories that most people will be able to relate to and they made the book for me.

Once again, Lowe does an outstanding job narrating the audio version of his book.  Listening to it was like sitting back, hearing an old friend talk about his life.  His narration definitely enhanced the book so I recommend experiencing Love Life on audio.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2014 7:31 am

    I don’t know what I think of relatively young people writing memoirs. Because I know I am always changing my analysis of my own life. I wonder if they do too.

  2. July 8, 2014 7:56 am

    I got to meet him at a book signing for his first book, which I thought was wonderful. I’m going to get this one too.

  3. July 8, 2014 9:01 am

    I loved his first memoir (listened to it) and am glad to see you liked the new one. I’ll put it on my audio list.

  4. Patty permalink
    July 8, 2014 9:30 am

    I might be able to listen to this one just because it’s him…telling about himself…lol…

  5. July 8, 2014 10:58 am

    I loved Lowe’s first memoir and this new one. He just really knows how to capture you attention and keep it with his honest and open storytelling. I’m like you – I really enjoyed the parts about how much his family means to him, too. Would definitely read a third book by him 🙂

  6. July 8, 2014 11:26 am

    I listened to this one too and thought the narration was wonderful.

  7. July 8, 2014 11:51 am

    I agree that Lowe’s stories about his family were very meaningful in this book. I teared up when he left his son at college too. Hope he writes another book!

  8. July 8, 2014 12:26 pm

    Everytime I see Lowe’s name in relation to a memoir I think “really?” But his works get such praise. Next time I’m looking for an audio I’ll try one of his memoirs. Glad you enjoyed this one!

  9. July 8, 2014 12:39 pm

    I can see why the more personal every man stories appealed so much to you from his memoir. I think they would me too. As you said, those are the stories we can most relate to.

  10. July 8, 2014 1:55 pm

    Oh, I just got it in print from the library, but hey, I think I will still enjoy it. Thanks for the review. Sounds good to me.

  11. July 8, 2014 2:04 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for a good audio, and memoirs can sometimes be so good in audio. I’ll keep this one (and his first, too) in mind the next time I feel like listening to a memoir!

  12. July 8, 2014 2:38 pm

    I usually don’t love celebrity memoirs, but I’ve heard good things about this one from a number of people!

  13. July 8, 2014 5:42 pm

    He has lived such an interesting life. I can’t wait to hear this one.

  14. July 8, 2014 6:52 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of his! I have a few of his books I want to read if I can ever get to them.

  15. July 8, 2014 7:05 pm

    I am not too familiar with Rob Lowe so I may just give this a pass. Still, it does sound like an enjoyable book, especially if it has more ordinary than glamorous stories.

  16. July 8, 2014 8:13 pm

    I’ve always had such a crush on him. . .I need to pick these up and hear his story myself. wonderful review!

  17. July 8, 2014 8:25 pm

    I’ve been curious about this one. Glad you liked it.

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  18. July 8, 2014 8:59 pm

    This one sounds heartfelt.

  19. July 8, 2014 10:33 pm

    I can imagine him being a great narrator for his book. I like when memoirs are narrated (well) by their authors.

  20. July 8, 2014 10:51 pm

    I am sure at some point I will read his books, but it just hasn’t happened yet

  21. July 9, 2014 1:33 pm

    I think I would love this one too, especially when you mentioned how Rob talks about his feelings for his family. Will look for it at my local library.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    July 9, 2014 2:33 pm

    I can’t wait to listen to this one! I also need his first book based on what I’ve heard from a few people.

  23. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    July 9, 2014 5:52 pm

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy. My daughter is always telling me how sentimental I am (about her anyway), so I think I could relate to that part of the book. And, this is shallow, but I wouldn’t mind staring at that book cover for awhile!

  24. July 9, 2014 9:08 pm

    I finished this one last week and really liked it, not quite as much as the first, but I think that’s because the first was so unexpectedly good! Hopefully I get my review up next week. Oh, and I totally agree, the sudio is the best way to experience it.

  25. July 10, 2014 12:56 am

    I’ve heard raves about both his memoirs and it kind of surprises me. I’ve loved his acting. Adored him on The West Wing. I need to rede this when I’m in the mood for audio memoir.

  26. July 10, 2014 7:15 pm

    I had already listened to his first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, which I really enjoyed. This one — not so much. It seemed at times that some of these stories might have been left out of the first book. With the success of the first book, he may have thought he had enough captivating material left for a second. I really liked his narration, though. He knows how to tell a story and his impersonations are terrific.

  27. July 10, 2014 7:29 pm

    This sounds like he would make a great narrator…maybe because it is his own story?

  28. July 11, 2014 6:42 pm

    I loved his first memoir and I have this one from audible. I’ll definitely be listening to it soon!

  29. Jennifer permalink
    July 11, 2014 8:28 pm

    I read the piece about Lowe watching his son graduate and I was deeply moved by the piece. He definitely captures the profound sense of loss I’m sure many parents feel in that moment.

  30. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 7, 2014 2:57 pm

    I need this one ASAP. So glad to hear it’s good.

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