Entertaining, with bits of insight about life, growing older, loss and love. The parts in front of a live audience work quite well. I would recommend it to fans and non-fans alike. Though I would say that you will enjoy it more if you have some interest and knowledge of his work.
It is wonderful to listen to him tell his life's story and the emotion comes through. A book would not compare to hearing this great man tell of the high and low points of his life.
The most memorable part to me was when he found himself on the Yankee Field in uniform and all of the thoughts that were running through his head.
Only on television and the by far exceeds any show he has been in or work he has done on television. You come away after laughs and sad moments with him and feel you know the man.
Yes, but I could not afford myself that luxury.
Best time and money I have spent in a good while.
This is the first audiobook I have ever purchased and it was one of the best decisions I've made. Mr. Crystal is sentimental yet hilarious, making me cry through both the up's and the down's. If you are a fan of his wit, crass, and uncensored humor, then you will love this book. If you have a love for family, friendship, and all things sentimental you will have a place for it as well. It does not disappoint.
Say something about yourself!
I picked this title based on the Editors' conclusion that it is one of the best listens ever. They understated the situation. Addicted to making each person he touches smile and feel better for a while, he thinks the comic mask hides the immensities of the joys and sorrows of his uniquely rich life. Do not be fooled! This one will make you laugh and cry and you may end up a fan of Billy Crystal and the NY Yankees.
Billy Crystal is a consummate artist, and the "live bits" are the best part. He is entertaining to listen to. I just wish there was more here. Some of the stories are great, although some of the opening about grandkids etc was a little precious without being personal. I wanted to know more about his father, and his relationship with some of the early Jazz greats. Oh well. There's a lot of humble bragging (lots of famous close personal friends) which got on my nerves after awhile. But I liked it, and I think you will too. It's got enough gold amidst the rubble.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I wasn't sure, at first, if I could enjoy 8 hours of Billy Crystal. The beginning of the book had many laugh-out loud moments as Billy discussed growing old. It particularly resonated with me, as Billy and I are very close in age and grew up in nearby Long Island towns. Billy alternated chapters of his autobiography with standup comedy routines about the joys (or horrors!) of getting old. He also ranted about people's behaviors that frustrated him, many of which I could identify with.
Billy is a very likeable guy. He couldn't have made so many wonderful and amazing friends without having a genuinely great personality. I really liked his ability to look on the bright side of life and not focus on the negative. I also found it amazing that Billy has been married to his sweetheart, Janice, since 1970! You just don't see this happening in Hollywood any more.
This was a fun, easy listen for me, and I am glad I purchased this book. It was an unexpectedly pleasant listening experience.
I never was a big Billy Crystal fan before I listened to this bio. Funny. Entertaining. And what a charming reader. I've listened to it several times already while taking my daily walk.
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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.
So far, Mr. Crystal has joined the ranks of the greats reading their own books; Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, Tim Conway...these are stories from my favorites. I can't imagine anyone else reading his story...why would anyone even listen to it?
There's nothing like it; it's unique because it's one mans life!
You live the story! Mr. Crystal is so descriptive, at times, I could imagine myself there. He brought so much heart and warmth to certain moments; I admit, I got a little emotional at times. My late father loved Billy...I thought of him often and wanted to share the stories with him.
Billy's experience with the death of his Uncle, and letting go.
There's been some negative responses to Billy's language in the book; this is the real Billy Crystal...as fans, we want to know who they are...we were warned, we're adults...don't knock the book or man because he doesn't talk like Billy Graham.
Billy Crystal's performance in this book was perfect. I often listen to books while at work and I found myself laughing out loud while my co-workers looked at me as if I were loosing my mind. I could relate to many of the situations in the book. I will definitely listen to this book more than once. I plan on sharing the audio as well has purchasing the book to give as gifts.