Love Life. Finished July 2, 2014, rating 4/5, memoir, pub.2014
Unabridged audio read by the author
When Rob Lowe’s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.
I loved Rob Lowe’s first memoir about his start in the movie industry (Stories I Only Tell My Friends). It even ended up on my favorite list at the end of the year. Here’s what I said about Lowe’s narration at the time, “the audio is definitely the way to go with this one. Lowe’s charm and intelligence come through loud and clear and I looked forward to getting in the car and visiting with him every day because that’s what it felt like. He was very conversational and it was just a fun and easy listen.” This is again true with this second memoir.
This one is a little less focused than the first, with stories ranging from acting to fatherhood to marriage, but no less engaging. He still does lots of name-dropping, but the stories are told with respect and they aren’t always easy to hear. I’m thinking of the one when he went to rehab and his experience with other well-known celebrities; it broke my heart. His stories about his boys growing up and leaving home, as well as his love for his wife, might have left a tear or two in my eyes. But, for the most part I was smiling and chuckling.
If you want inside info on the movie industry or enjoy hearing fun stories about famous people then I recommend this one with both thumbs up. And if you like those things I say listen to the first one too 🙂
I checked the audio out from the library.