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.
My introduction to Billy Crystal was on the show Soap. Like many I thought his character was real in life, which goes to prove how good an actor he is. I enjoyed his comedy throughout my life, and this book is a great inside look as to his struggles and successes. A great listen or read.
Billy has a very up beat and positive approach to telling a story
Hearing about Billy's family
I really enjoyed how he read a few chapters through his stand up routine.
This book made me laugh and cry. The way billy describes his relationship with his wife seems so uncanny for an actor. I sure hope it's true!
Among biographies, this has inspired me more than any other in my life.
On the scale of important biographies, compare it to Leonard Bernstein's or Sargent Shriver's.
Hey, it's Billy Crystal. Just say thank you.
Get the Audible version of this book right now. Of course it is funny. It's Billy Crystal! More importantly, it's the most inspiring biography I've ever read. He is 65. I am 68. I enter my next part of life right now with the Billy-inspired mantra: I have yet to create and perform my best work.
Folks, you will laugh and cry throughout the book. If you lived in the 20th century, you will visit favorite people, places and events. You learn about idols from Mohammad Ali and Joe DiMaggio to Johnny Carson and Sophia Loren. You re-learn that it takes character and discipline to be great. Nobody is born great.
I don't want to spoil it for you. There are many reasons to buy the audio version...to begin with, Billy's imitations of Ali and Cossell.
Hilarious autobiography. Very well performed with much emotion and humor. I have always
liked Billy Crystal but love him now after hearing this book. Easy to listen to a little at a time
because it is a series of stories told through out his life. Highly recommended.
Billy Crystal is one of the best story tellers there is. I particularly enjoyed that some chapters were performed before a live audience. And I found from my wife that you can jump in at anytime and find it enjoyable.
So...for 8 delightful hours Billy Crystal spent quality time with just me! Oh, were other people listening? He is funny, he is tender, he is dear. This book is perfect.
Endearing. Funny. Friendly.
Jane Lynch's Happy Accidents. The successes and triumphs are presented as information, not gloats. The stories are honest, interesting, and loveable.
N/A - But I really enjoyed learning about the characters he created with his children.
Get to know him all over again...
Yes, much more. It is narrated by Billy Cristal and there are some chapters with audience. Excellent audiobook.
His interpretation is priceless.
Several, it is a very moving book.
Self narrated autobiographical humour.
Not anyone thing. Overall excellent.
Life at 65
Not a prude however way too many uses of the f__ word. Detracts from humour and not necessary for impact.