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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.
It was a real joy listening to this comic genius, Being only 5 years older than me, his walk on the path to fame and the paralleled real life made me feel like he is a friend! I still remember him doing Ali and Cosell on a show I never missed, Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast. Of course there was Soap, which was brilliant and his stint on SNL. He will always be remembered for his role opposite Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally", However, hands down, my favorite Crystal film role was his "Mitch" (also my best friend and Army buddy's name) opposite Jack Palance's "Curly". I am an old movie buff and I was thrilled to see Jack get the oscar, finally, for his body of work shows his real talent, even when the script were "B" rate material. There is so much this man has accomplished in his 65 years, I could write for hours. His delivery alone, made this a 5 star performance on audiobooks and I think he never fooled anyone. Billy, you are a genius!!
His character "Mitch Robbins" from "City Slickers". It was playing opposite "Curly" (Jack Palance) that gave this movie teeth. There was a chemistry which was palpable.
This is one of his best! But it is like asking a classic rock fan, like myself, what was Led Zeppelin's greatest song!
His moments, both comical and otherwise, with his friend of one of my own boyhood idols, Mickey Mantle. I too was devastated, which Billy handled so well, which hit us all so hard, the demise of an American legend.
Yes, I would. To celebrate turning 65.
The bit where he talks about his experience of working with Robert Deniro.
No, I haven't.
Are we there already?
Must hear for anyone wondering how it feels to be old in numbers and not spirits.
Can't express how much I really loved listening to Billy Crystal read this book. He is truly one of the great comics of our time. Now at age 65 he not only has some hilarious comments, but also important, poignant things to say about life and death. Looking forward to listening to it again some day soon.
I like the fact that as he weaves through his own life history, he is telling the story of so many baby boomers who seem to be at point in their lives asking, "Was it worth it?"
So personal. So real.
The little Jew who Could
Hoping Billy has many more performances to share with us in the future. Would love to see him work with Steve Martin someday.
Could not stop listening
When he talked about keeping the horse from City Slickers and his meeting with Mickey Mantel for the first time.
The performance was easy to listen to and showed a lot of emotion.
When he talked about the love he had for his family, his wife and his mother.
I do not usually write reviews but I had to with this book. I recommend it to anyone. Great book and narration. I could not stop listening. The book is easy to listen to and entertaining. May times I had to stop the narration because I was laughing so hard. It also has very personal moments that are easy to relate with.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your life story.
Thank you SO much for writing and reading it!
I highly recommend this book to anyone!
Thanks again Billy.
I loved being able to hear some of his stand up act along with his life story
The appreciation Billy has for his family, friends and career. No whining, no sob story, just great entertainment.
So many to choose from but one is when he played with the Yankees.
And he just keeps getting better.
I think I've fallen in love with Billy Crystal as a man, not just an entertainer. His love for his wife is so real and so obvious through this book. And the voices he does - pure entertainment.
It depends on the friend. I would have very few younger friends that are interested enough in comedians to listen to this book. His jokes were very hit and miss. It was like his standup act but nothing was edited out. I also think some of the jokes were reused from his career. His stories about his career and life was the best part. His performance was one of the reasons I finished the book. I don't think I would of been able to get through the actual book, but his timing made it.
I feel like I heard enough jokes about old age to last me until I'm 65...If he lives to 80 I might listen to it though.
If you aren't over 50, only comedian mega fans need apply. Also, it helps if you like baseball.