This was well worth the time. Good story well told. Only weak part was when he bragged about the "today we will talk like this" scene in WHMS- which threw off the flow of the movie. He should have apologized for that.
Yes. I always liked Billy Crystal but now I am an even bigger fan. He comes off as someone who is humble and seems like he thinks everyone is a bigger star than he is. Very talented
Billy is a great narrarator. It was great hearing the book from him
I don't cry easily so I didn't. I laughed a lot and I will say it was almost enough to cry at the end when he talks about his wife. Its refreshing when big stars love their wives and care so deeply for their children.
THE STAPLE IN SOPHIA LOREN'S STOMACH
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
I LAUGHED OUT LOUD LISTENING. HIS STORIES ARE WONDERFUL - EVERYTHING FROM FUNNY TO TOUCHING. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS NEXT BOOK.
Kidding, who doesn't love Billy Crystal? I'm only 31, and I think my parents would connect to the book a little bit better, especially the stories on aging, but it's still really fun!
The live performance chapters really stand out, and I wish the entire book was done that way. There is more energy and he's a great storyteller. This isn't a deep introspective look back on his life, it's just a fun story from a great comedian.
SPOILER: If you don't decide to get this by far the weirdest fact in the book, Billy was high school friends with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yeah, crazy, right?
Funny, Touching, Familiar
Being of the same generation and background as Billy Crystal, I related to many of his experiences. His description of his older relatives sounded like he was talking about my own family and his love of the New York Yankees equals my own.
Yes, I've seen him perform and watched several of his interviews on television. The book is very similar to what I've heard from him in the past with a lot of repetition of his old stories. But I didn't mind that at all. His recollections are just as funny/sad/touching when hearing them for the second (or even third) time.
When he talks about missing his father. My own father died over 30 years ago, and I still miss him. You can relate if you've lost a beloved parent.
I think that the best parts of the book are those that he performed in front of a live audience. I sort of wish he had done the whole book that way. But either way, I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry......and remember my own background as a Jewish kid growing up in New York.
I can't emphasize enough how much my husband and I enjoyed listening to this book. We laughed; we cried; we identified with so much of what Billy had to say. I can't imagine reading this book. The narration by the author, brought so much pleasure to the text!
I will definitely listen to this again.
I love the fact that he included live performances. It was wonderful to hear his timing in response to the audiences response to the book.
Everything. I cannot imagine just reading this book. It was like Billy Crystal was in my living room telling me the story of his life.
I definitely laughed. He has a way at looking at life that puts a funny spin on normal aging.
Again, I cannot imagine just reading this book. Billy's narration added so much. I will listen to this over and over. I am looking forward to a road trip next month so I can listen to this again.
Book contains too much information about Billy's life. A lot of it is meaningful, but a lot comes across as just filler. Best parts are those done before a live audience. Humor gets very weak when Billy is telling about his life as if reading from his book.
Probably not. Found this book a little boring. Was not able to get through all of it. Quit about 2/3.
No. Too much in it already.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I listened to this book because, like Billy, I grew up in Long Beach in the fifties and sixties. He is three years older than me and was in my late brother's class at Long Beach High School. I remember playing softball with Billy at the East School playground. He was short back then too. I was hoping he would make a reference to the temple across the street from East School on Neptune Boulevard. A long softball drive would make it across the boulevard and hit Temple Emanuel. "Hit Emanuel" was one of our war cries. In softball terms it was the equivalent of a tape measure homer by Mickey. The book was memorable because I could personally identify with many of the references Billy made to his hometown. Beyond that, I learned many new things about Billy and the trip that brought him to where he is today. A funny and talented guy, he made me laugh, cry and remember. The live portions of the narration before an audience were like listening to new material in comedy record albums. Overall, a great listen.
it's billy crystal - i expected funny. apparently, the alliance of 'funny' and 'billy crystal' is a creation of good copywriters. it turns out that billy crystal, at least to the extent demonstrated by this book, is not a good copywriter. who knew?