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Stories I Only Tell My Friends Audiobook

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

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Publisher's Summary

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

Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, 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-1970s 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 80s, 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 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

©2011 Rob Lowe (P)2011 Random House AudioBooks

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    Andrew M 21/08/2016
    Andrew M 21/08/2016
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    "Excellent!"

    A great story. Interesting how connections made at random were such a big part of how his career was formed

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    Mrs 07/08/2016
    Mrs 07/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "TRULY GREAT!!!"

    I was captivated by Rob's story. It's very well read and had me interested from page 1 until the very end. The only negative was that it DID end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lacee 27/06/2016
    Lacee 27/06/2016
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    "Just wow"

    What an incredible life Rob has lead. This book illustrates just how normal he is, even when his life was surreal.
    I loved that he read it to his audience/fans, it gave his words more context, feeling and meaning.
    I was a teenage fan and I am even more a fan of the authentic person he is under the star label.
    Keep being true, loving your family and never stop being you.
    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla 29/03/2016
    Carla 29/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Had high hopes"

    As a child of the 80s I was really looking forward to listening to this book - I just found it really dark and did not enjoy it. No doubt that Rob has lived an interesting life and it was fascinating to see how many celebrity connections he had early on without even trying. But i found this a real struggle to get through with such a heavy subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 08/12/2015
    Margaret 08/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed this title"

    Great book to listen to on morning walks. Rob is funny and insightful. Took me back to my youth!

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    johan Double Bay, Australia 04/07/2014
    johan Double Bay, Australia 04/07/2014
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    "Insightful and awesome"
    What did you like most about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    I love how he grew up and went to school with what came to be the hollywood elite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob Himself of course. And maybe Martin Sheen


    What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Its told in his voice which makes it more genuine. And he is a fantastic story teller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Jayne 28/05/2014
    Amanda Jayne 28/05/2014
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    "Great!"
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    Yes, Its like sitting down and listen to a friends stories about life so entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he spoke about his relationship with JFK JR


    Any additional comments?

    This book was surprisingly amazing and I downloaded the excerpt randomly when I was just testing out the iPhone App for the first time. Plus his voice the way he speaks its like you are really there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Björn
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    18/11/12
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    "A surprisingly brilliant book"

    I say surprisingly brilliant, but I had seen the customer ratings and read a couple of reader reviews so it may not have been a total surprise.
    I bumped into Lowe's autobiography while browsing for 80s cinema related books on Amazon. Admittedly Lowe had never rated that highly on my radar, but I noticed it had a solid star rating and decided to investigate further. This was to be my first of many books here on Audible. It is my favorite audiobook so far, out of 10 or so, due to both excellent performance by Lowe as a narrator and his brilliant storytelling.
    Lowe tells us the story of his life so far, holds nothing back and seems to omit details only when it might otherwise hurt someone who is, or has been close to him. Lowe's pacing is great, he gives just enough detail to never become boring and somehow manages to make the ordinary events of his early life seem just as interesting as his later years as a movie star.

    Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • maryam
    abuja, Nigeria
    8/08/12
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    "Utterly fun!"
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, witty, FUN


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    His experience on the set of the outsiders. I felt like I was right there with them, a fly on the wall.


    What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    With his tone, he draws you in with him. Like you were having the conversation over a glass of pinot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he couldnt cry and Tommy gave him that little touching speech.


    Any additional comments?

    Halfway through it I purchased the movie the outsiders and watched it. Bawled! Stay Golden Rob!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    Mosman, Australia
    2/06/11
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    "Definitely worth listening to the audio version"

    This wonderfully written story is fascinating and moving, often at the same time. I bought the audiobook as I didn't think I'd have time to read the print book any time soon (lots of other things to read!) and I'm glad I chose the audio version because hearing Rob read it, as well as his spot-on impressions of his co-stars and directors, is hugely entertaining. Even if you read the print book, you should get the audio just to hear him read it - it's that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    18/09/16
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    "Amazing read"

    Well written, fantastic memoir from one of my favourite Brat Pack actors from the 1980s

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  • Zoe
    16/04/15
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    "Really interesting!"

    I loved this book and getting to know the story behind one of my favourite actors was great. It being narrated by Rob Lowe himself made it all the better!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    20/02/15
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!"

    One of the greats of the 1980's shares his career and personal life. A fantastic book, very well written with great lough out loud moments.
    Sit back and enjoy stories about The Outsiders, The West Wing, St Elmos Fire and my personal favourite Youngblood!
    Paul Aladjadjian - Sydney Australia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Audible Listener
    Australia
    11/02/15
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    "Interesting Life"
    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's very interesting. I found the story to be engaging and well paced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Lowe himself! After all.... That's who it's about


    What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading of the story is great. You get the sense that he's speaking to you


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sibarit
    24/10/14
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    I have always avoided books written by celebrities (or ghost writers) . But this book.. I think it's a combination of Rob Lowe voice , the stories and the obvious passion for movies. Buy it, you will not regret it .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leonie
    LAVERTON, Australia
    28/03/13
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    "LOVED IT!!!! Want to press replay."
    Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

    Yes, even the moment I'd just finished listening I wanted to replay.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't a story of one person, it was a story about a range of characters that I could relate to. Rob Lowe was not arrogant at all, as I sometimes find in memoirs. I felt he was 'factually telling a story'.


    What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As its a memoir, when I hear 'I' or 'my', I believe it. Also his character voices that he put on were able to assist me understand the different layers of people who we come across in life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me look at actors and other members of the film industry as humans, people and artists. I'll be getting the movies that he refers to in the book and watching from a different perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    Good on you Rob. I thought nothing of you before. Nothing positive, nothing negative. I now have a new found respect. Its warming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    Newcastle, Australia
    24/01/13
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    "This was a great listen!"

    I was sceptical at first not being a huge fan but the story telling was awesome and he has a very pleasent voice to listen too. I am a big fan now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suffolk
    25/06/11
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    "One of my best audiobooks so far"

    Really enjoyed this - very thoughtful, well-written and read, and gets the balance about right between respecting some confidences and telling you some of the more salacious details. As another reviewer has noted, the later years are covered in far less detail than the earlier ones - more on the West Wing years in particular would have been nice.

    But I don't want to nitpick. Some audio books can feel a bit of a chore to return to but I always looked forward to getting back to this one. I hope he writes more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    10/02/14
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    "Fun, insightful but no real gossip."
    Any additional comments?

    Rob describes his long climb to showbiz success in a highly descriptive fashion, this is very welcome particularly as he begins to breakthrough and we meet the "bratpack". There are some nice stories and i particularly enjoyed the depth of the background tales giving us detail on casting, off set and on set. As you would excpect the narration by the subject is faultless and indeed this is one of the cases where its perfectly read. I personally didnt know that much about Rob Lowe before but i feel i really do now, the great aspect is the introduction of so many other people in his story. Michael j Fox , estevez, Sheens etc, i now want to go and find there books to piece it all together.Really great story, if you like movies this will impress you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • melanie
    Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom
    16/03/12
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    "Enjoyable"

    Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, biography from birth to present or anecdotes? Rob Lowe just tells stories from his exciting life most of it about famous friends but also about his family. I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to hear the stories in Rob Lowes own voice. Sometimes it feels as if he is bragging and name dropping but i got past that and really got into to the telling of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Curvy Girl
    Kent, United Kingdom
    29/10/13
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    "Middle of the road"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really...it's just that the story wasn't as exciting and interesting as I hoped it would be.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was rather relieved. The book was dull so it was nice to get to the end.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes - slow and dreary!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always had a soft spot for Rob Lowe and although that hasn't changed after listening to this audiobook I am afraid I feel like this was a waste of a credit. The story was slow and Rob's voice unemotional and unfeeling. It was easy to switch off from listening, which is a shame as I wasn't expecting that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine Acton
    22/06/11
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    "Personal Stories Well Told!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this - my first autobiography. His stories are light-hearted in the main with the occasional 'heavy' moment. I would not have been a particular fan of his but having seen him interviewed about this book I thought I would give it a go for a change. His recollections of his fledgling career and the careers of his peers are entertaining and insightful in some cases. I would have liked more on his career currently but in the main I recommend this book - lovely sitting in the car listening to Rob Lowe telling me about his life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loraine
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    16/06/11
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    "Loraine"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and like the Michael Caine biography having the author narrate their work added greatly to my enjoyment. Mr. Lowe is easy on the ear (as well as the eye)! Whilst I loved Michael Caine's chuckles in his narration Rob Lowe's impersonations of other celebrities are quite excellent - Mr. Lowe may just have missed out on selling another of his not inconsequential talents.

    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Macksoft
    7/11/16
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    "Very entertaining"

    Rob Lowe is a natural storyteller - and I found this story entertaining throughout. I would definitely recommend if you have an interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Parke
    31/12/15
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    "Great listen"

    Wounderful book well put together and gave a great insight into Rob Lowe life

    Very touching and as alway as some very good life lessons within very much recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • searls
    27/05/15
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    "Surprisingly good. Excellent narration."

    Did not expect it to be so engaging. You will be familiar with all or most of the characters. Worth a listen and well narrated by Lowe himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
    Ongar, United Kingdom
    27/04/15
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    "Really interesting story, but......"

    I loved hearing about Rob Lowes life in the movies and how he came to get there. But, it was a little too "poor me" - I actually started to feel guilty about liking him as an actor. Cheer up Rob, you had fantastic opportunities, that people can only dream of !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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