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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a prologue and epilogue read by the author.

From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive audiobook biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. 

But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. 

Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression - topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews - and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

©2018 Dave Itzkoff (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Oh Robin...

I thought this book did a great job at letting us into the man that was Robin Williams. I grew up watching his films (am I one of the handful of people that actually like Popeye?) and I never realized how many "losses" he went through in his career. I will say that I felt sad the whole time listening to this book because obviously, we all know how it ends.

I do WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with the review that brings up the narrator saying Marin wrong. It really irritated me every time I heard it. It's MAH-RIN, not MARE-IN.

Aside from that one quip and that I think some of the transitions between Robin's life/movies could've been better, overall it was a great purchase for me!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing but worth a read

This book is both terrific and disappointing. It is told very much from the perspective of someone looking in. A great recollection of many parts of Robin’s life, career and family. But, it never explores anything from a psychological or creative perspective. This is the key to this great man and any work omitting this is doing a disservice to the reader.

Also, Robin’s suicide affected the world immensely. But, the author has no perspective and presents nothing or no one familiar with suicide. His treatment of suicide is shallow and inaccurate.

Also, the impersonations of Robin are unnecessary.

All in all a decent read and one worthwhile for fans of Robin Williams

51 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Mispronounced many words!

This narrator would have gotten a 5 star rating had he pronounced certain words correctly. The one he repeatedly mispronounced was “Marin.” It is a very well-known county near San Francisco. Every time he said Mare-In, rather than Ma-RIN, I cringed. It really distracted me from the story.
He also mispronounced Tom Poston’s last name,prevalent, eligiac, ribald, conscience for conscious,etc. He also kept saying woulddint and coulddint.
Someone should be listening to every Audible recording before releasing it to the public so this doesn’t happen.

34 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen

Such a great book about a beloved and missed legend. I only wish the narrator pronounced Marin properly. It annoyed me. But it did not take away from the story but felt like a miss.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Respectful

Narrator does a great job suggesting Robin through cadence and nuance without trying to imitate him.

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Every emotion

Beautifully written story of the man behind the jokes. It's wild, funny, sad, light and dark. We learn why he did the things he did.. especially his last act. If he ever made you laugh, think or cry, I recommend this book. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams. You are and will be forever missed.

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Fred berman

Does an amazing job bringing RW emotion to the pages. It’s like sharing a long coffee with an RW savant

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I am speechless

I don't have a critique. It's more of a feeling. Wishing to see him again

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Missing Robin all over again

Superb job! This biography truly brought all the facets of Robin Williams’ life out on display, where those of us who’ve admired and even “loved” Robin Williams over the years could pick them up adoringly, like some of his most cherished toy soldiers, look at them, marvel, and respectfully return them to their rightful places.

David Itzcoff’s portrayal of Robin captured the man, the father, the husband, the comedian, actor, and philanthropist as best one can possibly ever capture an ephemeral being. He made me feel Robin Williams’ presence all over again, and made me miss him all the more. If only by our will we could have created another ending...

Thank you, Mr. Itzkoff, for bringing him back to us all one more time.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A must read for any Robin Williams fan.

It was a wonderful book, excellent narration and a truly beautiful story of a hero.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful