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A Song for You

My Life with Whitney Houston
Written by: Robyn Crawford
Narrated by: Robyn Crawford
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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The New York Times best seller!

After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story.

Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all - her best friend, Robyn Crawford.

Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her memoir, A Song for You.

With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship.

Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

©2019 Robyn Crawford (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"As a narrator, Crawford is patient and deliberate, and almost completely without judgment.... She still has a glimmer of New Jersey in her voice, compressing Newark into 'Nawrk,' and her tone hovers between loving and knowing, with only flecks of exasperation." (The New York Times Book Review)

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I’m glad to Hear Robyn speak her truth.

I always wondered if Robyn would gone through with her side of the story. I don’t believe her to be anything but honest, thoughtful, beautiful soul who had to experience something so rare but yet relatable. I loved hearing about the real Whitney, and the dynamics of this complicated love. Bravo Robyn.

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Beautifully written!

I loved this book from the first page to the last. Robyn did a terrific job telling her story, her way. It was authentic and heartfelt all the way through. This book gets two thumbs up from me!! I’m definitely glad I made the purchase.

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I have to think of me now!

I guess some questions were answered. Robyn reads her story with truth and conviction you do feel that. The only thing that gets a bit tiresome, is she keeps saying "I have to think of me now" through the whole book. There's her truth Nippys truth and the truth.

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Fascinating and emotionally moving.

Bought this book to learn about Whitney but really became interested in Robyns own story too. It's good to hear the events from her perspective and very touching at times. If you're a big Whitney Houston fan than this is a must.

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Came off as a genuine account

Was an interesting listen. Applaud her growth and a discussions on preserving het own well being after all that she had experienced.

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So Many Emotions

I really appreciate Robyn Crawford sharing a part of her private life with the world. I really feel that her story is the closest to the truth than what was shared by others. Although I don't know any of these individuals personally it angered me when watching "Whitney" the documentary as Whitney's brother Gary described Robyn as a "nobody". Whitney's family's approach, body language and answers when asked about Robyn verses Robyn's approach, body language and answers when asked about Whitney's family reveal much more than Whitney's family are willing to admit to the world or maybe even to themselves. My heart hurts for Whitney because I feel that she couldn't accept herself as she was because her own family wouldn't accept her as she was and that's what truly killed her. Just like Bobby Brown said in the documentary drugs didn't kill her.

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  • Aaron
  • 2019-11-13

PHENOMENAL!

This story is jaw dropping! After all of the documentaries and movies made on the life of Whitney Houston, you think you heard it all, but this book gives even deeper insight! This is such a profound book. The storytelling is phenomenal! 5 STARS!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-13

Truth

First book that actually speaks the truth. Thank you Robyn for sharing your life with the beautiful Whitney.

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  • Michele Pierce Burns
  • 2019-11-13

Dignity&Grace!

This story is so beautiful and honors the memory of Whitney Houston. I listened throughout the course of 2 days and loved how like the great storytellers, you get to know and trust Robyn’s voice like that of a friend or family member.

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  • Flopsy1
  • 2019-11-13

Excellent and touching book !

I enjoyed this book very much. I think the author did a superb job of sharing with the listener the life she shared with Whitney, without it becoming a “tacky” tell all. Additionally, I think Ms. Crawford did an excellent job of narrating the book. She has a calming voice, without it being monotone. An all-around good book that is narrated very well. I am glad I purchased and listened to this book!

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  • WALTER E. MARION
  • 2019-11-13

Exceptional Read

OMG this book is so much better than all the movies that have been released. I have listened to Whitney since the 80's and consider myself a super fan. This book is awesome. I'm glad that Robin is the narrator. It makes the book feel more alive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-13

Excellent listen!

I absolutely love this book. I have already begun recommending it to friends. It's good when the author reads the book. Her voice is great and her ability to draw the listener is is even better. I felt like I was right there with Robyn as she was speaking. If you're still on the fence, get off and buy it. You won't regret it!

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  • KZE
  • 2019-11-17

Really Great Listen

I love when authors read their personal stories. Robyn makes you feel like a witness in the room, as if you were there too watching it all unfold and the years roll by. It was very touching, very real and sweet. Thank you for sharing your experience with her with us because I know that you didn't have to do that.

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  • Annie B.
  • 2019-11-24

Respectful and Honest.

Any book that offers an insider's view of a celebrity's life can ride the fence between salacious and propaganda. This book is not just a tell-all, but a love letter to Ms Whitney Houston. Ms Crawford is respectful and caring in the way she describes her two decade long relationship with Whitney Houston, from the beginning to the tragic end of her life. Questions finally answered with tact, class and reverence. I began listening to Ms Houston's music again, inspired by this book. We should all take a moment to appreciate the body of work and legacy of Whitney Houston and the people, like Ms Crawford, who help propel her to stardom. Thank you.

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  • Erica
  • 2019-11-13

So far, So Good.

I'm all in! You can here the honesty, sincerity, and love in Robyn's voice. I did listen at 1.5x speed. However, it was not hard to listen at regular speed. I think I am so interested in the story that I want to hurry the book up. (LOL)

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  • AngMo
  • 2019-12-01

Great perspective, so-so performance

I read/listen to a lot of memoirs so I just enjoy hearing behind-the-scenes types of stories and this book was no different. Of course I know about Whitney Houston, but hearing a true insider tell about her life and the people in her circle was even more eye-opening. Robyn tells her stories fairly and I applaud her for not sparing the feelings of those who had done Whitney wrong. My only real complaint is that the performance wasn’t spectacular. Her mispronunciations and choppy reading started to annoy me, but it did not stop me from listening.

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