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.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
I'm a Billy Crystal fan and I found this audiobook to be a disappointment. I liked his stories about his relationships with Muhammed Ali, Mickey Mantle and all his celeb friends, and the behind the scenes looks at his professional and creative life were exceptionally engaging but the parts about his family weren't very interesting at all, in that he sounded, by his recollection, to have had a normal and loving life that didn't seem to be all that different from anybody else.
I really liked the live audience part but the rest of the narration seemed like Billy was reading rather than relating about his life . . . and he seems like such a competent conversationalist in his act . . . and this reading sounded somewhat stilted and nervous.
This is a terrific book! Now, admittedly I'm over 50 so I found the humor most poignant... For younger readers this may be harder to relate to, but I would still recommend as it foreshadows what you're in for! In short- this is hilarious!
Avid listener on my daily commute!
This is one of those few celebrity autobiographies that's so good it will take you twice or three times as long as the advertised run time to get through it because you will find yourself re-listening to whole chapters and replaying the more shocking or hilarious anecdotes for your spouse, kids, and friends. I especially loved the fact that the autobiographical material is interlaced with whole sections of the author doing stand-up comedy in front of a live audience. The chapter in which he lists and explains his pet peeves ("Stop!") is one I will listen to again and again. Ditto the true story of the famous actor (no spoilers here) who once called Crystal on the phone just to scream "F**k you!" at him, and the equally famous actor who once walked up to him in public and punched him in the stomach with no preamble and no warning. There are great Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle stories here that will delight even those readers who care nothing about boxing or baseball. But I think my favorite chapters are the one telling how director Rob Reiner allowed and encouraged Crystal to improvise in the role of Miracle Max during the making of The Princess Bride ("a nice MLT, mutton lettuce and tomato, where the mutton is nice and lean..."), and the one detailing the inspired collaborative creative process behind When Harry Met Sally.
This book was perfect as a light, pleasing listen for any time my current thriller was too thrilling or too dark and I needed a break. If you're a 65-year-old man who loves baseball, you'll love it even more than I did, but I think anyone would like it. Grade: A.
Billy Crystal is as entertaining as ever with the added bonus of being laugh out loud funny, insightful, inspiring and touching! Very enjoyable, don't pass this one by.
First we want to say "thank you" to Billy for writing such a poignant and entertaining story and sharing his sweetest, funniest, and most sincere memories with the listener. The fact that he did the narration was icing on the cake.
This is a beautiful audio book. I loved it. Billy's story is funny, poignant, fascinating and engaging. This book shows a man who has mastered the difficult art of comedy and has done so by tapping into everything that makes him a genuinely warm and earthy human being. I was enthralled as he shared his insights into the art-form that comedy truly is. I was spellbound by Billy's anecdotes on baseball greats, on Frank Sinatra and also the comedian who told him "always leave a tip". He shows, with great humour and graciousness (and irony) that it is true that "comedy is a very serious business." He mentions some very famous names but in such a way that the listener understands that he has made friends with legends because he is capable of being a deeply valued friend and not because they are household names. I adored this book. If you ever want to get a glimpse behind the veil, of a person who is at the top of their profession and who is so genuinely funny, particularly in spontaneous and improvised settings, this is the book for you.