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Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Chicago-born, Williams started as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. He is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as an alien called Mork in the TV sci-fi sitcom series Mork & Mindy, Williams established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills. 

After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred or co-starred in various films that achieved both critical acclaim and financial success, including Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, The Birdcage, and Good Will Hunting. He also starred in widely acclaimed films such as The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Awakenings, The Fisher King, One Hour Photo, and World's Greatest Dad, as well as box office hits such as Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Night at the Museum

Williams won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as psychologist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Grammy Awards throughout his career. 

On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California, at the age of 63, which his wife attributed to his struggle with Lewy body disease.

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What listeners say about Robin Williams: The Life of a Comedian, a Biography

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Narrator was annoying

I felt the narrator was a bit annoying. He sounded angry or too excited. Was distracting.

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Definitely worth every star...

This short bio is very informative. If you're a fan like me, you probably already know most of what's said about his film career. I found the parts about his personal life the most fascinating. I had no idea Robin was with John Belushi the night before John died. This book also gives a pretty detailed account of what was going on in Robin's personal life at the time of his own death. From failed marriages to addiction issues, I now have a better understanding of what led to his demise. It was such a shock the way the lights dimmed on this vibrantly bright star. This book gets to the heart of the public Robin we love and the real Robin we only thought we knew. Kevin Theis always does such an excellent job narrating and there's no shortage of his talent in this book. I think all Robin Williams fans should add this little gem to their collection of book's. I was given a free copy of this book and have voluntarily decided to leave this review.

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Wikipedia nonsense

for starters, the narration was dreadful.
secondly, the information could have been found on Wikipedia or through a quick Google search.

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total waste of time and money.

the worst waste of a minute never mind 90. just trying to make money off his name

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voixe

humorless voice
basic info of Robin the geniix
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no depth

after listening to this book, it is just a surface level pandering money grag. pass... do not buy this book.

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very disappointing on many levels

Perhaps my mind was not open to this biography because I really was not a big Robin Williams fan. However I felt it might give me some insight into this character whom others seem to treasure and love. Disappointingly, the insight I received only took me away from the Robin Williams, the person. His drug addiction and other mental situations was sad. However his openly groping of women should not be ignored as it was Just because he is now dead. It is a sad life and a sad ending. I am glad he was able to entertain so many for the years he did. Definitely an innovator. The reader of this biography was a poor choice and sounded like a hawker at a carnival show. What came to mind is "....step right up ladies and gentlemen...." all in all not a good listen for me but I'm glad I chose it and I'm glad it was short.

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Awful.

The narrator screams the whole time. It is painful to listen to. I love Robin Williams, but this was a major disappointment. No depth. It felt like it was thrown together in an afternoon.

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...meh...

the writing style is like somebody copied and pasted a whole bunch of Wikipedia facts about Robin Williams and they exclamed, "good enough!" Robin Williams life was very interesting and fun to learn about however I feel like the execution of this autobiography could have been done a little bit better.

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Disappointing

The prose was at times awkward leading me to wonder if Justin Kirby is a native English speaker.
Or maybe he just needed a better editor.

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  • 02-06-21

Interesting but without emphasis

Unfortunately the narrator is rather monotone so whilst the information about Robin Williams life is interesting it is really let down by the narrator.

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  • Adamall
  • 10-03-20

anything about robin i love, however....

it was ok but it was nothing i didn't already know about the awesomeness of Robin, in fact it felt like the book was a reading of newspaper clippings. if you want the overview of Robins life then this is it, if you want something a bit deeper them look at something else. i found the voice guy very much like troy McClure you know that character from the simpsons, i just couldn't take the voice seriously.