Written by:
Dave Itzkoff
Narrated by:
Dave Itzkoff , Fred Berman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
16 hours 16 minutes
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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Brent Smith

Book is great, and the narrator gave a fantastic job. Best narrator I’ve heard for audiobooks!

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Nick H.

Great book to listen to.

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Carliss D.

A very insightful look at what happened to a true comedy genius.

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Andrew C.

Everything about the book was great. The narrator was able to match Robin's speech cadence and his idiosyncrasies down perfectly.

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What an amazing way to learn about the man behind the comedy and the genius actor who seemed to belong to the entire world, but who truly meant so much to those closest to him. This was such a well written biography and the narration was really perfect. No other celebrity biography or autobiography has truly been as timely as this for me. “Robin” touches on the most vulnerable and honest parts of a beloved celebrity who truly always seemed like his work resonated with every important time of my life. Hearing the stories behind the celebrity part of the man he was just made him more beloved and gave his tragic death much more clarity. RIP Robin.

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Janet G.

an interesting look at the inside of celebrity. narrator did a great Robin Williams voice but i found his natural voice a little irritating...

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Arlen G.

As a comedian of 23 years 5 months a week and a day, I thought Fred Berman did an amazing job of narrating this title. At some times you could actually SEE ROBIN because of his voice work. I was on a plane the last 2 chapters weeping like I lost a family member. I knew the ending and still cried in the end. Amazing job on this one to the author Dave Itzkoff as well. Arlen “GRIFF” Griffij

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Nick B.

Itzkoff does a good job on this one. I would definitely recommend, although the general tiring left leaning tendencies of Hollywood types is pervasive in their Bio's. The author does not add to it, he just collected a ton of info and laid it out in a comprehensive way. The narrator, Fred Berman, actually evolved as a voice of Robin as it went along. He did a better than average job on vocal inflection, which really made him sound like Robin Williams at times, thereby adding to the enjoyment.

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