The narration by Billy Crystal is outstanding. This is a combination of his life story as well as his feelings about aging. It was funny and moving, as he shares his emotions about family and death. Only Billy can make someone laugh as he is talking about a somber subject. Well done and interesting!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I'm a Billy Crystal fan. I enjoy his movies, and I liked this book.
That being said, I think that it got a lot more praise than it deserved, and I think that reading the book in front of a live audience should have disqualified it from being eligible for "best narration". It was amusing, but half of it was essentially a comedy album. Not really a fair competition.
Anyway, I enjoyed Crystal's stories, but like all comedians of a certain age, his humor frequently felt flat. It was rehashed jokes I've heard other places for years now.
Crystal's life was interesting, and the book held my attention. But the book was also about growing old, and was frequently depressing and sad. Like the movie "Mr. Saturday Night", referenced in the book with much self-awareness, I found it depressing to see a comedian I love grow old. Maybe that's not fair reason to downgrade my rating... and maybe it's a reflection of my age that I'm just not ready for a poignant swan-song from one of my favorite celebrities.
Anyway, It's an excellent performance, and pretty good story. If I didn't feel it was being vastly overrated, I would have given it an additional star, but in this case, I do feel it needs to be knocked down a peg.
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.
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.
While the humor in the first few chapters wasn't for me, I'm glad I continued to listen. Great narration, insightful sharing of his interesting life, poignant moments, and told so that I smiled and laughed.
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!