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

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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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"The book draws from [Dave] Itzkoff’s interviews with Williams for The New York Times as well as his talks with relatives, friends and fellow comics...to create a vivid portrait of a man whose successes never seemed to loom as large in his mind as his insecurities. In this Itzkoff is aided beyond measure by Berman, an Audie-winning narrator who captures Williams’ rat-a-tat style of speech and makes you feel that when he reads the quotes, it might almost be Robin talking." -Providence Journal

"[T]otally engrossing biography of Robin Williams." -Booklist

About the Author

Dave Itzkoff is the author of M ad as Hell, Cocaine’s Son, and Lads. He is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

Fred Berman is a five-time winner of the AudioFile Earphone Award for Audiobook Narration and the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He has read a number of audiobooks for young listeners, including Judy Blume’s Soupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One and Andrew Clements’s The Last Holiday Concert. He has also narrated the audiobooks for Robert Kirkman’s popular series, The Walking Dead.

Berman is an accomplished actor of both the stage and screen as well, performing on Broadway as Timon in The Lion King and off-Broadway in Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and King Lear. On television, Berman has had roles on NBC’s hit series Smash as well as All My Children and Law and Order. He lives in New York City.

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Daffy Du
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Must-read for Williams fans
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2018
I''m not usually a fan of celebrity biographies, but Robin Williams was something special--a singular talent whose intellect and wit that were off the charts. I may have seen only a handful of his movies and never watched more than a few episodes of Mork and Mindy, but if I... See more
I''m not usually a fan of celebrity biographies, but Robin Williams was something special--a singular talent whose intellect and wit that were off the charts. I may have seen only a handful of his movies and never watched more than a few episodes of Mork and Mindy, but if I saw he was going to be on a talk show, I seldom missed it.

This exhaustively researched book,written by NY Times reporter Dave Itzkoff, delves into every aspect of Williams''s life, from his lonely but privileged childhood, to his early successes and his later uneven career in films, to his demons, philandering and substance abuse and finally his gut-wrenching suicide after developing Lewy body dementia.

In the public eye, Williams was larger than life, but in private he was an insecure little boy, desperate for adulation and attention and willing to do almost anything to get it. His judgment was often flawed, whether cheating on his wives, choosing to make movies that were duds, or descending into addiction at the expense of his family. At the same time, he was brilliant at stand-up and in the right roles, unforgettable on the big screen ("Good Morning, Vietnam," "Dead Poets Society," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and Good Will Hunting," for which he finally won an Academy Award).His career was in decline when he died, but, oh, the legacy he left!

Robin is a behemoth of a book--439 pages of text, several more selected work and awards, and over 50 pages of notes.sourcing pretty much everything in the book. (The acknowledgements give you an idea of just how many interviews and how much research was required to produce it/) This is, as the cover copy declares, the definitive biography of Williams, warts and all, and in its own way, it''s as unforgettable as its subject.
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Franklin the Mouse
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The Kid From The Attic
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
My concern about Mr. Itzkoff''s ''Robin'' was that the book would simply be a hagiography, because so little time has passed since Mr. Williams committed suicide. Emotions are likely still raw for many of the people who knew the comic genius when interviewed by the author.... See more
My concern about Mr. Itzkoff''s ''Robin'' was that the book would simply be a hagiography, because so little time has passed since Mr. Williams committed suicide. Emotions are likely still raw for many of the people who knew the comic genius when interviewed by the author. Glossing over Mr. Williams''s less appealing qualities was a distinct possibility. Fortunately, Mr. Itzkoff shows a great deal of professionalism by giving a balanced portrayal.

At 440 pages, the book is more an overview than a deeply in-depth work such as James Kaplan''s two-volume biography about Frank Sinatra. I''d imagine that if anyone were to undertake such an exercise about Mr. Williams, a decade or so will have had to pass for a less misty-eyed evaluation. It is understandable. Mr. Itzkoff''s portrayal shows the life of a true artist who, as his first wife states, was a stimulus junkie and a brilliant gentle soul. There is a lot to admire about the late Robin Williams and some aspects that are more sad than accusatory. His genius was unique but seemed to come along with some less than desirable traits of self-destruction. The biography covers such topics as his peripatetic childhood, comedy clubs, his rapid rise to stardom, methods behind his improvisation, his three marriages, the various reactions by critics to many of his movies, some details about the creation of his more successful films, the accusations of plagiarism, his relationship with famous friends like Billy Crystal, John Belushi, Christopher Reeves, and Richard Pryor, Comic Relief, becoming a parent, his idol Jonathan Winters, his philanthropy, and the creation of ''Mork & Mindy.'' Mr. Williams''s more destructive actions such as drug use and infidelities are touched upon but the author mostly avoids giving salacious details. The last thirty-five pages linger upon the reactions of Robin Williams''s suicide, the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, and the conflicts over his estate by his third wife and the Williams children.

There is a great deal within ''Robin'' that was news to me. Mr. Itzhoff has a nice clear writing style which made the book an enjoyable read. However, while the comic had his ups and downs, the last third of the biography becomes more and more melancholy. If the reader is anything like me, you will come away from ''Robin'' with an appreciation of his genius and compassion as well as sad about his less admirable qualities. The humble artist was truly in a league of his own.
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Neil Roberts
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A bit uneven and some issues glossed over, but overall well-written and informative.
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
Five stars for first half - three stars for second. Starts off with well-researched details on childhood, relationship with parents, influential icons and psychological issues sowing seeds of personality. Excellent narrative explains early days in comedy clubs in SF, LA &... See more
Five stars for first half - three stars for second. Starts off with well-researched details on childhood, relationship with parents, influential icons and psychological issues sowing seeds of personality. Excellent narrative explains early days in comedy clubs in SF, LA & NY. Fascinating insights into the evolving Williams, and his relationship with friends, women and first two wives. We get the inside scoop on the "big break," the ensuing TV series and blast-off into super-stardom. Through the chapter on "Good Morning Vietnam," this is a riveting portrayal of a genius; a man with many faces. However, from this point on, the book seems to brush over family issues, many of his films, and Williams'' behavior during the second marriage. What was the cause for second divorce? return to drinking? having affairs? something else? Not made clear, and this is a defining moment in his life. Additionally, why does author rush through films: "What Dreams May Come," "Jumanji" "Birdcage" "One Hour Photo" etc.? It''s understandable that not all films (plus recordings and shows) could be delved into, however too much time spent on "Aladdin" and "Fisher King" and not enough on others. Too much Billy Crystal. Not enough on overlap between second and third wives. Few insights into third wife''s level of affection, empathy and care-giving which may have contributed to depression and suicide.
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Too many details bury the genius he was.
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2018
I don''t often read biographies because there are usually too many details that I don''t find interesting or relevant, at least not to me. This biography fills that bill. I don''t know how a story about Robin Williams could manage to overshadow his genius with details of his... See more
I don''t often read biographies because there are usually too many details that I don''t find interesting or relevant, at least not to me. This biography fills that bill. I don''t know how a story about Robin Williams could manage to overshadow his genius with details of his spotty life but this one manages to. Yes, he''s a self-made tragic figure working as in the guise of a fool but his talents were, nevertheless, pretty astounding and this overall too lengthy biog. makes him boring which he was not, i.c. the genius part of him not the tortured and ruined by fame person he also was.
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E.M. Bristol
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A man who "seized the day"
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2018
In his new biography "Robin," author Dave Itzkoff relates an anecdote in which while he is doing a story on Robin Williams back in the day, he and Robin visit a comic book store together - an offer that Itzkoff initially doesn''t take too seriously as that kind of... See more
In his new biography "Robin," author Dave Itzkoff relates an anecdote in which while he is doing a story on Robin Williams back in the day, he and Robin visit a comic book store together - an offer that Itzkoff initially doesn''t take too seriously as that kind of thing is not uncommon with celebrities. However, when the two do go, a customer bumps into Robin and stares open-mouthed at coming face-to-face with a legend in the flesh. In "Robin," Itzhoff gives fans and just those who are interested in learning more about this unique, mercurial comedian/actor a multi-dimensional look that often makes you feel as if you are really meeting Robin in the flesh so to speak. Using extensive interviews with Robin''s family, friends and colleagues, Itzhoff traces Robin''s development from a young stand-up comedian, to a TV star thanks to "Mork and Mindy," to a struggling actor who at last made it big in Hollywood. In addition, Itzhoff portrays a man who was a flawed individual but one who constantly strove to be better - whether it was as a husband, a father or a friend.

Takeaways: The son of a well-to-do executive who had two older half-siblings who did not live with him growing up, Robin had a somewhat isolated youth, especially as his family frequently moved (although he apparently had no problems making friends). After the family moved to California while Robin was a teenager, he found himself exposed to a much more liberal environment in school. Here he also began to consider becoming an actor, a career that his father was not thrilled about - at least not unless his son came up with a practical fallback. Because of this, as Itzhoff notes, Robin saw the concept of "family" and "home" as fluid - it could be wherever you chose to make it. Like many artists, Robin also struggled at times with mood swings, substance abuse, insecurity and envy, although he took steps throughout his life to seek help and generally did not let personal resentment stand in the way of supporting other comics and actors. As "Robin" also meticulously traces the ups and downs of Robin''s acting career, which was a decidedly rocky road, it likely won''t seem surprising to the reader that the subject struggled to overcome these obstacles. Finally, "Robin" takes a look at the actor''s fatal illness which would be posthumously diagnosed as Lewy''s body dementia, and the final days leading up to his death. Overall: "Robin" is a well-researched (sometimes a bit too extensive) portrayal of a complex man who changed many lives for the merrier and from whose example to seize the day (like his "Dead Poets Society" character),we could all do well to follow.
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Duane Schneider
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Concise, Moving Bio
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
It''s always nice to finish a biography with greater respect for the subject. That doesn''t always happen, but it did for me after "Robin." I was a fan of many Robin Williams movies prior to coming to "Robin" but had always felt he was somewhat manic in interviews and not... See more
It''s always nice to finish a biography with greater respect for the subject. That doesn''t always happen, but it did for me after "Robin." I was a fan of many Robin Williams movies prior to coming to "Robin" but had always felt he was somewhat manic in interviews and not always funny. But as multiple people point out in Dave Itzkoff''s "Robin," the actor was a genius with a photographic memory. Fellow actors and comedians repeatedly mention that Robin Williams was the best improv actor/comedian of his generation. Aside from some of the flash in the pan internet celebrities and reality show celebrities of our era, most celebrities become famous through a combination of singular talent and relentless hard work. This was certainly the case with Robin Williams. He was a great high school student, though torn by his father''s pressures to find a practical career. Then he discovered acting in college, and went on to do improv and later to attend Juliard, where he met Christopher Reeve, a lifelong friend. The rest, in a sense, is history. Williams landed the role of Mork in "Mork and Mindy," a "Happy Days" spin-off. Then he went on to movies and acted in comedies and crowd-pleasers along with dramas like "Awakenings" and "The Fisher King." Williams proved his acting chops but remained a stand-up comedian throughout. He would often make surprise appearances at various nightclubs to perform. The actor was not without his vices. He dated multiple women, some at the same time, and was sued by a former girlfriend who claimed he gave her a venereal disease. He ended up being married three times. He also struggled with drugs and alcohol. When someone has a genius mind like Williams'', it is probably tough to shut it off. That isn''t to excuse his bad behavior but maybe to explain it. People were ultimately shocked why the actor would take his own life. He was a vibrant person who loved people. But he''d been suffering from a disease--maybe Parkinson''s, maybe a form of Alzheimer''s--that was robbing him of his mobility, his wit, everything that made Robin...Robin. I found Itzkoff''s account of Williams'' death to be both moving and tasteful. While reading, I was saddened all over again by the actor''s passing. Overall, Itzkoff handles Williams'' life expertly. "Robin" seems well organized. We learn about Williams'' upbringing without extensive asides about his family lineage. Itzkoff covers the actor''s schooling, his TV background, and the major films while bypassing lesser films that don''t need to be covered in depth. Readers get a good sense of Williams'' wives and children and of his friends, many of them fellow actors and comedians, and how much they loved and appreciated him. Perhaps a best, and lifelong, friend was Billy Crystal, who was clearly enriched by his friendship with Williams and shaken by the actor''s death. Itzkoff relies less on written sources, which are probably more appropriate for the bio of a nineteenth-century general (and it seems Williams didn''t do a lot of writing), and focuses on the many interviews he conducts. From these accounts, he artfully pieces together a vision of Williams'' life. The writing is always strong, always respectful without being worshipful. I came away from "Robin" with a renewed respect for Robin Williams, a sense of nostalgia for his early work, and a desire to go back and re-watch the many great movies he made.
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GauthicKnight
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Absorbing, Fascinating, & Heartbreaking
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
Dave Itzkoff’s ROBIN is a biography that does not feel sensational and is respectful and honest about its subject. Like Itzkoff, Williams was a hero to me through his work and his death truly rattled my world. I had often felt a kinship with Williams in the way I can free... See more
Dave Itzkoff’s ROBIN is a biography that does not feel sensational and is respectful and honest about its subject. Like Itzkoff, Williams was a hero to me through his work and his death truly rattled my world. I had often felt a kinship with Williams in the way I can free associate and tell my colleagues at the school I teach at that Williams’s stand-up is an inspiration in the way I teach. I was eager and hesitant to read this book. I cannot say enough how good the book is. It’s honest portrayal shows a man who was ill at ease with himself for most of his life, who worked his butt off to attain the heights he attained but also fell short for a variety of reasons. The end of the book is, of course, heartbreaking. However, the personal epilogue brings a sense of hope to the whole book. Highly recommended for Robin Williams fans, or people interested in the entertainment industry.
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Marian
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Reads like a very well written term paper.
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
I wanted so much to love this book, but it reads like a very well written term paper. Items that would normally be citations or endnotes are included in the text. For anyone doing research on Robin, this is a valuable tool. For a book that gives a feeling of Robin, it falls... See more
I wanted so much to love this book, but it reads like a very well written term paper. Items that would normally be citations or endnotes are included in the text. For anyone doing research on Robin, this is a valuable tool. For a book that gives a feeling of Robin, it falls short.
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Ashley_james74
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not quite perfect. Shame.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2019
The definitive book on the life of Robin Williams. A collection of inside stories, snippets of interviews etc. The downside - I am a HUGE fan of Robin , and his varied body of work, however I couldn''t help thinking that this book focused on the negative side of his...See more
The definitive book on the life of Robin Williams. A collection of inside stories, snippets of interviews etc. The downside - I am a HUGE fan of Robin , and his varied body of work, however I couldn''t help thinking that this book focused on the negative side of his personality and behaviour too much. And the fact that Robins near obsessive love of cycling, and collection of bicycles , wasn''t even mentioned was unbelievable.
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Lorraine
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Very enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 4, 2018
Everyone aware of the work of Robin Williams should read this. Very well researched and as a biography of a person no longer with us is handled with care and affection but without that sugar sweet nonsense you get with some. Like most talented people Robin was complex...See more
Everyone aware of the work of Robin Williams should read this. Very well researched and as a biography of a person no longer with us is handled with care and affection but without that sugar sweet nonsense you get with some. Like most talented people Robin was complex seemingly but for those that mattered including his family and fans is greatly missed. Nanu Nanu.
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A REALLY DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2019
Enjoyable yet a heartfelt read as one learnt to understand the man named Robin Williams! I learnt so much about him and his life, which explained his actions and feelings. His children are so special in their love for him, also the very close friendships Robin had with a...See more
Enjoyable yet a heartfelt read as one learnt to understand the man named Robin Williams! I learnt so much about him and his life, which explained his actions and feelings. His children are so special in their love for him, also the very close friendships Robin had with a handful of people in the industry who loved him dearly. How Robin dealt with the really low ebbs both emotionally and physically just shows us how strong as was spiritually, even though he never thought of himself as being so. I feel honoured to now know at least this much about the genius and warm hearted man who walked on this earth named Robin Williams
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Philip Meers
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An eye opener...well worth reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2020
This biography is well written, and very detailed. I knew little about Robin Williams before I read it. I have found it quite a revelation as it includes a lot of his own words about himself, as well as comments from those who knew him well. I must admit that I found the...See more
This biography is well written, and very detailed. I knew little about Robin Williams before I read it. I have found it quite a revelation as it includes a lot of his own words about himself, as well as comments from those who knew him well. I must admit that I found the real Robin Williams to be less sympathetic than I expected. Certainly, I found myself wondering how those closest to him coped with the excesses of his personality. I certainly recommend this to anyone interested not only in Robin Williams, but also as an excellent window onto the entertainment industry in the USA. The Kindle edition is good quality, well laid out and free of errors.
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Mike
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Not sure we’ll see his like again
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2021
What a sad end to a wonderful man’s life . The documentary was interesting but appeared to tell the story only from his 3rd wife’s perspective. His children were notably absent . What is beyond doubt is that his talent and acts of generosity were of the highest order . May...See more
What a sad end to a wonderful man’s life . The documentary was interesting but appeared to tell the story only from his 3rd wife’s perspective. His children were notably absent . What is beyond doubt is that his talent and acts of generosity were of the highest order . May his memory be a blessing to all of those who knew and loved him .
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