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Robert Downey, Jr.

The Biography
Narrated by: Philip Ormond
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Find out about his film debut at age five playing a puppy in one of his father's cult underground films, his attempt at becoming a comedian during his ill-fated stint on comedy show Saturday Night Live, how he burst onto the scene with his moving performance in Less than Zero and how he charmed Hollywood with his Oscar nominated turn as troubled funny man Charlie Chaplin.

With a life that has had more twists and turns than the plots of some of his acclaimed movies - Robert Downey Jr's journey from hell-raiser to Hollywood royalty - is a shocking, moving, funny, and inspirational one.

©2010 John Blake Publishing (P)2013 Prospero Media

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Off the charts loved the story and his comeback

Loved this book, Robert Downey Jr story starting his career at a young age, lots of hardships but stayed on the path to become a big name in Hollywood really inspiring. Written by Martin Howden brilliantly narrated by Philip Ormond :)

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Excellent book

This is an excellent book showing the story behind and struggles living the life of an addict. I love how it tells the story of the arrogance before hitting rock bottom, the humility needed in the rebirth and the successes achieved ongoing in sobriety.

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completely outstanding!

amazing! one of the best reads/listens in a long time! relatable struggles in modern society!

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  • Craig
  • 10-11-15

You are never down and out unless you think you are

Inspiring to learn Downey's story. Even the challenging times in our lives have purpose and his life proves that. Met Robert twice and now actually understand why there is a glow when you are around him. If you like him as an actor, after listening to the book, you will admire Robert even more as a person. The book is entertaining and motivational.




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  • Samantha
  • 29-06-16

Wow I really didn't know?

Robert Downey Jr. has been like the guy in high school you always had a crush, on for me. Then everyone goes their separate ways. Say 20yrs later there is a class reunion. And you find out all he's done and all he's been through you never knew. And you fall back in love with the grown up Robert Downey Jr. all over again. Great book if you like Robert Downey Jr. Then you should listen to this book. You'll like him even more!!

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  • Miguel Feliciano
  • 04-11-15

A Roller Coaster Ride

I was amazed of RDJ's, one of my favorite actors to date; roller coaster ride through life. There are "highs", lows, and a lot of loops. He is a great example of how anyone can hit rock bottom more than once, claw their way out, reform their life, and really prosper in a way that you can see their light; RDJ's light is bright.

I've seen and grown up with most of the films he's been in and was blown away to learn about his personal life and all the crap he's been through.

The narrator is perfect for this bio and really helped to keep me engaged in the story. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who's a fan and not a fan of RDJ.


This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • Jane A Lindsay
  • 18-12-18

A little biased

My review is biased because I really enjoy anything about Robert Downey Jr. With that said, I found this book interesting and easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-18

What a successful Adventure!

Motivational life to listen! Love listening to behind the scenes of Robert Downey Jr. . He defiantly lived life to the fullest and still is; he makes the best in life even he had the worst of his days and after grew successful for the better. Touch that has never been touched and lived the hard way of life to experience himself; lived through it to tell the tale of his adventures! 💜

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  • Moon702
  • 07-01-16

Robert Downey Jr. .... Next installment, please!

I have always been a fan of Robert Downey Jr & always cheered him on , standing on sidelines of his movies and headlines. It was enlightening to know some of the grit going on behind the curtain - in each chapter. The only thing that would've made this 5 stars on performance is if it was narrated by Robert Downey Jr. I think "The Judge" is one of his best performances yet. I love that he's either all in or all out- there is no "trying-grey, in the middle". I am SO happy he has Susan Levin in his life and his partner. I am sorry it didn't work out between he and Sarah Jessica Parker, but endearing how they went through heartbreak at such a young age and still remain enamored with wanting the best for each other and recognizing each other's attributes. Everyone can take a page out of their book regarding that! I hope there will be an additional installment from where this book ends and moving forward!

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  • kris
  • 05-11-14

He Won Me Over

Where does Robert Downey, Jr. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely a top 3 of celebrity memoirs

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course him. Honesty, humor, interesting life. What's not to love?

Which scene was your favorite?

The life between Jessica Sarah Parker and Downey is so special.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I practically did, save for a few interruptions from my own life's obligations.

Any additional comments?

I was never a fan of RD Jr but after seeing him on Ellen I thought I'd give his book a try. I have a totally different perspective of him now.
PS I wish his son the best.

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  • Lane Willson
  • 09-09-14

Incredible ... for today at least

What I find the most uplifting about Downey's story is his ability to find humility and sobriety for today. It is a theme he repeats over and over, and regardless of talent or life circumstance, one any addict must cling to in order to remain clean and sober. At least that's what my sponsor tells me. I'm so glad his talent is one we can continue to enjoy and be inspired by. This telling of his story, as well as it's performance on the audiobook, was very enjoyable!

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  • Myron A. Kurywczak
  • 03-03-18

Cool insight

This is an interesting insight into Robert Downey Jr's life and is very well narrated.

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  • Jessica
  • 12-03-16

Loved the narrator and the story!!

I was quite inspired by his story, and it was delivered in such a steady engaging fashion. I think fans will really enjoy it.

The author interviews so many people in his life, which added so much to the story. It was so satisfying to get so many points of view.

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