Thursday, May 3, 2012

Audio Review: Stories I Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Title: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Author: Rob Lowe
Genre: Memoir
Format: Unabridged Audio
Challenge: Memorable Memoir Reading Challenge

Let's be honest. It wasn't necessarily all the glowing reviews of this title that prompted me to listen to this. It was this cover of Vanity Fair.

Oh I knew he had written a memoir. It was great and wonderful and it was definitely on my list. I must say though, I had forgotten about Rob Lowe. I hadn't caught up with the rest of the world in watching The West Wing, or Parks and Rec or Tommy Boy. My relationship with Rob Lowe started shortly after Outsiders and Youngblood and ended right after St. Elmo's Fire and About Last Night.

There were just too many others to fawn over at that time, mostly going by the name of Corey.

So, this fabulous cover shot ( Way to stay up on it Rob!) zoomed Mr. Lowe squarely in the center of sight. As I was on an audio kick, I thought hearing his smooth voice would be an awesome way to spend time driving in my car.

I was right.

These  discs were filled with candid, funny, heartwarming, sad, hopeful and sarcastic stories of his life in the spotlight. Starting from his Midwest upbringing with dreams of being an actor to his transformation into the stereotypical Hollywood party boy, I loved it all. He goes into great detail over some of his times in his life especially during the making of the Outsiders, his big break. I have always loved that movie and it was a blast hearing tales of all of those well known names.

Though he has had his share of bad times overall, you do get a very blessed life story. He managed to reign it all in in time, meeting the love of his life, his wife Cheryl, raising a family and managing to reinvent himself after a stalled career for over a decade.

Rating: Recommend
I'm glad he chose to read his own memoir. It would have seemed off it someone else was narrating it. His voice was warm and inviting and it was indeed like you were sitting next to him listening to him tell his stories to his friends. Children of the 80s would probably appreciate this more but even if you are simply a television and movie fan, this is an awesome listen.

Book Club Pick?
Sure. It's a fun one to "gossip" about.

Happy Reading (or Listening) and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Tales of Whimsy said...

SO glad you liked it!!!! :) Great review.

Lisa said...

Oh he is yummy! Loved him on West Wing and Brothers & Sisters so I think I'm going to need to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I may have to read this someday. I always liked him and thought he was cute. My, my but he's hot on that cover. Yes, he's still got it!

Great review!

Paula Calvanico said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I always see him in St.Elmo"s Fire.


Stacy at The Novel Life said...

i am still drooling and know i'll be having some great dreams, um, fantasies...tonight!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I just loved this audio book!