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Robin Williams

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Summary

With his twinkling eyes, boundless energy and unrivalled natural wit, Robin Williams was the comedian who brought laughter to a generation.  Through roles in cherished films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin and Hook, he became the genial face of family comedy. His childlike enthusiasm was infectious, sweeping viewers away. Allied to his lightning-quick improvisation and ability to riff lewdly off any cue thrown at him, Robin was that rare thing - a true comic genius who appealed to adults and children equally. He could also play it straight, and empathetic depth came to him naturally. A poignant performance in Good Will Hunting won him an Academy Award whilst his masterfully chilling turn in psychological thriller Insomnia shocked audiences and hinted at a darker side.  What truly caught the imagination, though, was his good-heartedness. Warmth radiated from him on-screen, but he was legendary for his off-screen acts of selfless generosity. Where most Hollywood A-listers demand outrageous pampering in their contract riders, he always insisted that the production company hire a full quota of homeless people to help make his movies.  But behind the laughter lay a deeply troubled man, and tragedy would follow. At midday, on 11 August 2014, Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. The verdict was suicide. He had battled depression and addiction for many years and was allegedly beset by financial difficulties.  Emily Herbert's sensitive and thoughtful biography celebrates his genius and warmth but also attempts to understand what could have driven such a gentle and gifted man to so tragic an end. This is Robin Williams, the life, the laughter and the deep sorrow of the man who made the world smile.

©2018 Emily Herbert (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Marston York
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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Lady Gaga: Queen of Pop

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Summary

Everything you need to know about the rise and rise of the First Lady of Pop. A detailed account of Gaga's rise to fame, from her early life when she was known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, through to her current super-stardom. It begins with her birth in 1986, covers her time at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York, her early quests to nightclubs with her mother to perform at open-mic events, and her brief foray into the Tisch School of the Arts. Germanotta took on the name "Lady Gaga" from the song by the rock group Queen called "Radio Ga Ga"; she released her first album The Fame in 2008. Lady Gaga: Queen of Pop describes the musician's success in the industry, noting her business collaborations and appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2009.

©2010 Emily Herbert (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Eloise Oxer
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Michael Jackson

Summary

On July 25, 2009, breaking news revealed that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was dead. Fans and the media watched in shock as the story unfolded: doctors had lost the battle to save him after he had collapsed from a heart attack. In a cruel twist of fate, he had passed away before he got the chance to make his final curtain call in the form of 50 planned sell-out shows at London's O2 Arena.

From a very young age, Michael's exceptional musical talent was clear. He stood apart from his four brothers when they performed together as the Jackson 5 and, in 1974, he embarked upon what was to become a monumental solo career.

A string of chart-busting albums and singles followed, with the Thriller album selling 47 million copies worldwide and yielding seven top-10 singles. It is belived that, in his lifetime, he sold around 750 million records, making him one of the most successful entertainers ever.

This in-depth and affectionate biography traces the rise of the man, from child prodigy to tortured megastar. It is the definitive portrait of a pop legend whose strange and brilliant life will never be forgotten.

©2009 Bolinda Publishing (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing

Narrator: Andre Blake
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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