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Robin

de Dave Itzkoff

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Biography & Autobiography. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:

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's 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.

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Dave Itzkoff gives readers a fair and honest look at the roller coaster life of Robin Williams in this biography. The book deals primarily with Williams' adult years and gives readers copious amounts of material about his life that will probably be new to them - even Williams' most ardent fans.
It's a heartfelt look at one of America's most creative, spontaneous, and brilliant comedic minds. Losing Williams in his 60s deprived millions of Americans (and the world) of the kind of belly laugh that we all need more of today. ( )
  coachtim30 | Jun 15, 2024 |
A thoughtful, well-written book about a beautiful man. I love and miss him so very much. ( )
  pagemother | Apr 5, 2023 |
I have loved Robin Williams since Mork and Mindy. When critics didn't like his movies, I loved them. When my husband told me that Robin Williams had died I screamed. I told him he was a liar. I didn't believe it. I couldn't believe it. I cried. Robin Williams was a wonderful man and a genius comedian and actor. I was sad and angry that he was gone.
When I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it. This book is very well written. I listened to it on audio and the narrator did an amazing job. This is a wonderful look into Robin's life and work. It is a real look at what Robin's life was like and what he meant to people. It shows how Robin wasn't perfect, but he knew he wasn't. The saddest chapters were the end of his life. What he went through in his own mind towards the end of his life and how he tried to reach out in his own way, but couldn't is heart shattering. The signs were there that something was seriously wrong, but no one saw it. Those that possible did see him reaching out didn't know how to help. I cried again at the end of this book. I felt like the world had lost him all over again. I hope he knows that he was truly loved and is missed.
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  LVStrongPuff | Nov 30, 2022 |
Biography of Robin Williams, including his childhood, schooling, comedic performances, relationships, children, television shows, movies, substance abuse issues, recovery, and health issues. His suicide is covered in a respectful manner. Dave Itzkoff provides an in-depth profile. He includes many direct quotations from Robin’s friends and several family members.

The book seems candid, revealing Robin’s foibles as well as his gifts. It gives the reader a sense of the factors that may have contributed to his death. Robin is portrayed as a caring person with emotional insecurities and an agile mind. The book is well-organized and informative. I could have done without the discussion of the legal hassles regarding the settlement of his estate.

I listened to the audio book, brilliantly read by Fred Berman. Berman reads at a quick pace, and when quoting Robin, does a passable impression of his manic style. Recommended to those who are curious to learn more about the life of this unique and talented man.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
I've lived long enough to have experienced some significant deaths over the years, beginning with JFK's assassination when I was 13 months old (and yes, I actually have some very dim memories, but ones that have been corroborated with family members). Since then, while many famous people have died, only four others truly affected me.

John Lennon
David Bowie
Tom Petty
Robin Williams

Robin's death just about broke me. He'd made me laugh for decades, and from the second I saw him, he was always at the top of my "funniest comedian in the world" list. He still is.

I hesitated to read this book, because I was scared that it would tell me things that I didn't want to know about a person I'd idolized all these years. And I also didn't want to relive his death again.

But Itzkoff handles Robin's story well. He doesn't pull punches, but he does set the framework, and does a good job of explaining the circumstances leading up to, and surrounding some of the crappier things Robin did through his life. And really, who among us can say we never did anything bad? First stone throw goes to anyone who can claim that title.

I think the things that came through the most from this book was Robin's caring, his insecurities toward his own talent, and, above all, his humanity.

And yes, reliving his death was as bad as I expected, but again, Itzkoff handled it well.

Robin, we'll never see another like you. You were a singular talent, and you brought a lot of laughter to my life.

Highly recommended book. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:

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's 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.

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