Billie crystal says all the things about growing older that most of us know, but are still convinced it's only going to happen to someone else!
I perferred hearing the book as opposed to reading it because you have the benefit of hearing Billy Chrystal tell the story. I felt very drawn into his life and was amazed by some ot the experineces he had and the intimate contacts he had with famous people when he was a young child. His story and the way he told it made me like him even more. I was thoroughly entertained from the first page until the end.
This is the most enjoyable audio book I have ever listened to. Billy Crystal takes us on a journey through his life without an over focus on the success or struggles. Billy grabs our attention from the start and holds it through the entire book. My enjoyment of this book was slightly tarnished by his mini-rants, perhaps entitled “Stop It” at the end of the book. If not for this, I would say this book is perfect.
oh yes........the inflection in Billy's voice, the tenderness, the love.....of family, of comedy, of creating the comedy...........loved every minute, wanted more
every word, his detailed descriptions of events, story telling at it's best. The visual picture one gets thru the spoken word......thru Billy's spoken words.....We listened as we were driving the NYS Thruway laughing and giggling and sometimes tearing up. Never a dull moments. Made the trip go by so fast.
The only person to tell his story......LOVE BILLY!!!!!
the chapters of his family.......mom, dad, kids births, weddings, grandchildren, death......movies, tv shows, baseball, Mohammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Yankees,
OMG I just loved this book, will revisit it sooner rather than later
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. THE MAN IS GENIUS and he's my generation.
When I started this book I was concerned it was just going to be a long stand-up act. Then I thought, well how bad could that be if it were? As it turns out, Crystal brilliantly mixes the story of his life, with humor and some good advice. This is a book where the audible format far out performs the printed word. He keeps you on your toes all the time, chapters vary widely in length which I liked because he spent whatever time necessary to convey a thought. I laughed through the entire book but in the end I realized that I knew so much about Billy Crystal. I would summarize him as a bright man with all the insecurities of most comedians, who loves his wife, children and grandchildren deeply, he looks for humor in everything that happens and is an expert in finding it.
I read many good books but this is the first one that I said to myself that I needed to listen to it again in a year.
Good job Billy!
With a quick up and back that was 6 hours each way Billy kept us entertained and reflective upon our own path as he shared his life, career, friendships, family and lessons learned, missed, and forgotten along the way. My wife suggested he could leave a few f-bombs out and achieve the same message...I would concur but that applies in most instances of the word's use nevertheless that's the comment she wanted to add. Nice work and far more chuckles and laughs as we too reach the age where the rear view mirror has quite a bit longer view than the road ahead.
Great to hear Fernando again, and the entire story around Mickey Mantle and of course his family.
Suburb walk through the life of Billy Crystal, with laughs all along the way.
I was surprised by how many celebs Billy knew as he rose to fame and yet he presents them with grace and humility.
Also he faces his age with a joke and a smile and helps the listener do the same.
What other author can poke fun at his own life with such style?
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
Educational, Wise and Entertaining
There really was only one character with this book and HIS world of characters.
I liked that he was so personable. Besides just reading from his book, parts are taken from live performances he has done-you can hear the live audience. I love the fact that he's famous and all but he has the same "kid issues" that we have as parents/grandparents-just a regular guy, but knows so much. Is it from growing up in Brooklyn where sports, music and family were all rolled into one and makes you wish you'd grown up there too, 'cause you might have (and probably did) missed something?
This was a book we listened too mostly all in one sitting-on a long drive heading to New York.
Sometimes the recording was a little difficult to hear-especially when he was whispering a thought.
Billy Crystal has always been one of my favorite entertainers. Reading the book might be fine and well, but listening to him in the studio or to an audience reading the chapters of this spirited biography is a joy and good medicine. I hope he feels like writing and reading what he writes more and more. Also, I hope he brings his play to San Francisco. I had to work over the holidays with hardly anybody in the office. Having his voice in my head for the last 3 hours on the Friday after Christmas while I worked on org charts and calculated numbers made me happy and sorry it ended. I love hearing about his family and famous friends. I had a ball listening to him describe meeting his dream girl (You will have to read or hear it. I am not spoiling anything.) He is so poignant it imitating people to comic and poetic effect. I didn't want to miss a word and will listen again.
This whole book is wonderful. He is a talented, rich, famous guy who has talented, rich, famous friends. However, he is a guy who loves his family. Also, I giggled a lot when he talked about his dream girl.
You want to hear him reading this book. He has a great voice. Then there are all the other voices - including his dream girl. His writing communicated love and joy, but you hear him live it.
I love what he writes about his mom and how she would call him on his birthday. I love every mention of his wife. What a partnership! That had me welling up while I was trying to move an org chart around. I giggled a few times and imagine giggling more when I remember him meeting his dream girl. I felt chills in the chapter about "letting him go."
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I would recommend this is as an audio-book since it is narrated by Billy Crystal who is laugh out riot. There are segments that are not part of the book but seem to be taken from his stand-up comedy shows. I don't know if this is the same case in the book, but those segments were probably my favorite bits.
Billy Crystal knows how to add both humor and depth to his narration, and at 65 he is honest, especially about his fear of aging and dying. He talks about his family, the death of his father (when Billy was 15), his wife (the love of his life who he got married to in his early 20s and has spent his life with), his daughters, his grandkids, their house, his roles (When Harry met Sally, Analyze This, him being an Oscar host, etc.), his friendship with Muhammad Ali, and mentions of people such as Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, David Letterman and others.
There is the feeling that Crystal believes in family ties and networks in a "each side sticks to their own" kind of way. In that sense, he represents the successful American Jew who raised good kids who got married the way they should get married and got grandkids they way they should while he "made it in show business" and played with the yankees, which is all great and admirable. His mother had always reminded him to "do something special" on every birthday and most of his generous tips and reflections are sweet and helpful, but again they do not sound very relatable nor should they be if readers have other aspirations in life than "making it" in the big business and "settling down" with the permissible people to settle down with. It is surely a fun listen and got me laughing out loud a few times, but while he wanted to remind us that we all die at the end, he also reminds us that, well, he's Billy Crystal.