I was expecting much more from the sample I listened too. I bought it for my wife and I to listen to on our road trip. We turned it off after chapter 2 or 3. I tried to suffer through it after the trip hoping it would get better, but finally gave up. Sad story after sad story littered with f-bombs.
Yes. I think he is a brilliant funny guy. Not here !
I'll give him one more shot.
I listened to half the book and could not stomach this fawning confection.
Save your money. Save your time.
The delivery was too fast, as if he's trying to read the book as quickly as possible. But the worst part is that you start disliking Billy, as he comes off self centered...and not in a good way.
Relax a bit and slow down the delivery.
He worships Ali and Mickey Mantle. Great, but he does it repeatedly. I know it's his book and his life, but it just wasn't an enjoyable read for me. But other people might like it just fine, it's just not my cup of tea.
I wish that he had not used the "F" word so much.
I really think he is funny in movies but I have not heard him doing stand up so I guess that I did not realize that he curses so much.
I wish that there was a disclaimer or rating system for the books so that I could be forewarned of explicit language. I feel like I wasted my money...
Boy! This one was tough. After reading a few of the reviews and from how I remember many of his on-screen performances I really thought I was in for something enjoyable. This book was disappointing to say the least.
To be honest, the book as a whole was a bit difficult to swallow. I loved the dialog in regards to Mr. Crystal's success, and how he got to where he is. That sort of stuff fascinates me! How he went from a struggling stan-up comedian to hosting the Oscars had my ear. Each step of the way was brilliant. His stories about his love for his parents and his own family were great and his relationship with the New York Yankees and baseball and the game of baseball was priceless. I just didn't enjoy the quips and jokes. They were stale and (I think) really took away from a very good autobiography. Maybe it was just me.
I have always liked Billy Crystal and his career has been amazing. I could've done without the humor and on-location stand-up used to augment an otherwise excellent story about his success.
Great Autobiography...but not very funny.
If you enjoy the typical celebrity memoire, then this book is for you. It’s bursting with antidotes about Billy Crystal’s charmed life, his rise to celebrity, and lots and lots of name dropping. As a bonus, he includes some stand-up sets performed in front of a live audience, which are okay, but contain mostly reheated jokes about growing old.
If Billy would have focused on his life and comedy and not attempted to throw in political comments that were mean-spirited and extremely biased.
I did not buy this book to hear Billy's political opinion. Some comedians make fun of all politicians. Obviously, they are fair game, but Billy's political agenda and opinions were quite obvious. I don't care. I'm not interested in what you think politically.
The first half of the book was quite funny. The second half became almost maudlin and depressing. Yes, I know that none of us are going to get out of this life alive - but this part of the book went beyond funny. It seemed obsessive.
That's not really applicable since the book was all about Billy.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 10-year-old daughter.
I listened to this book because, like Billy, I grew up in Long Beach in the fifties and sixties. He is three years older than me and was in my late brother's class at Long Beach High School. I remember playing softball with Billy at the East School playground. He was short back then too. I was hoping he would make a reference to the temple across the street from East School on Neptune Boulevard. A long softball drive would make it across the boulevard and hit Temple Emanuel. "Hit Emanuel" was one of our war cries. In softball terms it was the equivalent of a tape measure homer by Mickey. The book was memorable because I could personally identify with many of the references Billy made to his hometown. Beyond that, I learned many new things about Billy and the trip that brought him to where he is today. A funny and talented guy, he made me laugh, cry and remember. The live portions of the narration before an audience were like listening to new material in comedy record albums. Overall, a great listen.
it's billy crystal - i expected funny. apparently, the alliance of 'funny' and 'billy crystal' is a creation of good copywriters. it turns out that billy crystal, at least to the extent demonstrated by this book, is not a good copywriter. who knew?
Book contains too much information about Billy's life. A lot of it is meaningful, but a lot comes across as just filler. Best parts are those done before a live audience. Humor gets very weak when Billy is telling about his life as if reading from his book.
Probably not. Found this book a little boring. Was not able to get through all of it. Quit about 2/3.
No. Too much in it already.