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.
I like to think of myself as a compulsive learner, avid sportsman and a sucker for a good piece of music, book or a chat.
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.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother.
If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience.
Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching (I cried at times) and hysterical (a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me). As he describes his relationships, he is respectful of most everyone, and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him.
His life, for the rest of us, is fairly surreal. Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities, playing for your favorite baseball team, etc.? The answer is: almost no one. But Crystal can, and has, and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart-felt.
I look forward to his next book.
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.
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.