With a quick up and back that was 6 hours each way Billy kept us entertained and reflective upon our own path as he shared his life, career, friendships, family and lessons learned, missed, and forgotten along the way. My wife suggested he could leave a few f-bombs out and achieve the same message...I would concur but that applies in most instances of the word's use nevertheless that's the comment she wanted to add. Nice work and far more chuckles and laughs as we too reach the age where the rear view mirror has quite a bit longer view than the road ahead.
Great to hear Fernando again, and the entire story around Mickey Mantle and of course his family.
Suburb walk through the life of Billy Crystal, with laughs all along the way.
I was surprised by how many celebs Billy knew as he rose to fame and yet he presents them with grace and humility.
Also he faces his age with a joke and a smile and helps the listener do the same.
What other author can poke fun at his own life with such style?
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
Educational, Wise and Entertaining
There really was only one character with this book and HIS world of characters.
I liked that he was so personable. Besides just reading from his book, parts are taken from live performances he has done-you can hear the live audience. I love the fact that he's famous and all but he has the same "kid issues" that we have as parents/grandparents-just a regular guy, but knows so much. Is it from growing up in Brooklyn where sports, music and family were all rolled into one and makes you wish you'd grown up there too, 'cause you might have (and probably did) missed something?
This was a book we listened too mostly all in one sitting-on a long drive heading to New York.
Sometimes the recording was a little difficult to hear-especially when he was whispering a thought.
Billy Crystal has always been one of my favorite entertainers. Reading the book might be fine and well, but listening to him in the studio or to an audience reading the chapters of this spirited biography is a joy and good medicine. I hope he feels like writing and reading what he writes more and more. Also, I hope he brings his play to San Francisco. I had to work over the holidays with hardly anybody in the office. Having his voice in my head for the last 3 hours on the Friday after Christmas while I worked on org charts and calculated numbers made me happy and sorry it ended. I love hearing about his family and famous friends. I had a ball listening to him describe meeting his dream girl (You will have to read or hear it. I am not spoiling anything.) He is so poignant it imitating people to comic and poetic effect. I didn't want to miss a word and will listen again.
This whole book is wonderful. He is a talented, rich, famous guy who has talented, rich, famous friends. However, he is a guy who loves his family. Also, I giggled a lot when he talked about his dream girl.
You want to hear him reading this book. He has a great voice. Then there are all the other voices - including his dream girl. His writing communicated love and joy, but you hear him live it.
I love what he writes about his mom and how she would call him on his birthday. I love every mention of his wife. What a partnership! That had me welling up while I was trying to move an org chart around. I giggled a few times and imagine giggling more when I remember him meeting his dream girl. I felt chills in the chapter about "letting him go."
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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.