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Robin

Auteur(s): Dave Itzkoff
Narrateur(s): Fred Berman
Durée: 16 h et 15 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 évaluations)

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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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Not quite what I expected

I purchased this audio book since I am very fascinated by Robin's character and I wanted to know more about his life and how he got where he got. This book is good if you just want to know a sequence of his life events, marriages, kids, divorces, moves, etc. However, it moves on the surface and does not go into much depth. It was almost as if the writer only pasted together what was published in papers and magazines on Robin, with a lot of quotes from Robin's interviews here and there. Some details presented were unnecessary. For instance two chapters at the end of the book were about legal fights of the family on his assets after his death which had nothing to do with Robin and was somehow demeaning for such a cherished character! It's really sad that we can't yet really know deeper than this book about Robin. He deserves to be known better! #Audible1

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a wonderful book

if you've enjoyed Robin Williams. Then you need to have this insight. The author has done a great job at portraying this gift who is called Robin Williams

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Left me feeling like I knew him personally

Dave Itzkoff provides just the right amount of detail and balance in this biography of a modest, loving, generous genius. Robin had time for every fan and treated everyone with kindness and respect. Of dozens of biographies I have read, this is the only one that left me cheering at the subject's successes and wincing at his failures. Itzkoff's sensitive description of Robin's final decline and death made me feel like I had lost a friend -- a level of intimacy that reflects a truly great biography.

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Sensitive and Respectful

I never know before I read a celeb bio if it's going to be like an Entertainment Tonight expose with unreliable sources for interviews and quotes etc...
it is kind of a crap shoot.
This sensitive and lovely biography gave me new hope and an appreciation for David Itzkoff. It is as if written by a close friend...very respectful and sensitive but informative.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Robin

A well written and seemingly full account of Robin Williams' life, which was well performed. Great listen for a comedy fan. #Audible1

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Beautiful

A great listen. Very thoughtfully written and beautifully paints a picture of the life of Robin Williams. I didn’t realize how many challenges he had in the beginning of his career, all you ever hear is the success. I only wish the narrator was a little more expressive when reading quotes from robin. #audible1

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Appreciating a beautiful but flawed human being

As someone who enjoyed Robin William's work, I never earlier had an appreciation for his struggles, demons and life's challenges. This book is very well narrated and captures some of Robin's frantic mania so well that it sounds like Robin himself.

I now have an increased appreciation for Robin, not just as an artist, but as a very special human being who will be remembered (and mourned) for a long time to come.

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So simple yet so complex

Very well written! A story about a loved comedian who was a very complex person and yet so real and open! Robin seemed to be a very giving person and really wanted something back, but simply could not feel comfortable taking something back.
I really loved his story! Thank you!

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  • Leigh
  • 2018-05-24

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!

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  • Joseph L. Moore
  • 2018-05-18

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

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  • Patricia Puett
  • 2018-05-19

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.

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  • Gayle Webb
  • 2018-06-12

Robin

Cracked my heart open with my memories that were narrated by Robin Williams’ career. Thanks for the wonderful story Dave Itzkoff

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  • jacquie
  • 2018-06-12

interesting

this audio book held my interest throughout the whole book. The performance was well done. I would definitely recommend it!

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  • Kayle
  • 2018-06-09

Fully packed reveal

This book reveals the underbelly of such a complex human being. There were times I laughed out loud and and then cringed with disgust. Dave Itzkoff has created a splendidly thorough work of Robin’s life. The narration is just right.

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  • Cindy
  • 2018-06-08

10/10 Would Recommend.

I loved Robin Williams, still do! And I wasn't able to pause this for long!❤

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  • Leslie Angel
  • 2018-05-23

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.

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  • Carl Hungus
  • 2018-06-12

A must read for any Robin Williams fan.

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-06-08

Eye opening

Loved hearing about Robin's life. He is greatly missed but will always be remembered in our hearts.

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