Hearing the book read in his voice, and hearing all about the interesting connections he made throughout his life.
His relationship with Muhammad Ali
The chapter on raising kids and grandkids
Billy Crystal's story is brilliantly narrated by him, giving it a wonderful authenticity that one wouldn't get from simply reading the paperback. His tale of his everyday life challenges and growing older are realistic and relatable. This is an inspiring story that shows how one can live a good and meaningful life. I would recommend.
The narration by Billy Crystal is outstanding. This is a combination of his life story as well as his feelings about aging. It was funny and moving, as he shares his emotions about family and death. Only Billy can make someone laugh as he is talking about a somber subject. Well done and interesting!
Billy Crystal! He gave a private performance for me as "we" walked the causeway and while "we" drove to Ft. Lauderdale for my own gig. What a delight hearing his tales in his own voice! I'm new to audio books and I haven't stopped talking about how great it was to have this book read by the author himself. I believe, especially after hearing his book, it was just like him to want us to get the full meaning of each story... that might have been lost with someone else voice. I'm in the middle of listening to it for the second time and I marvel at how pleasant his voice is and the care he put into each chapter. He wanted to get it right...and I believe...well, lol, he did!
One? ONE? That's tough...Well, one was his conversation with Charles Bronson-nothing like the exact words to get the point(s) across... Then there's his 40th birthday, and when he met his wife, and lost his father and mother...
The warmth in his voice...he is talking to you one-on-one like a friend.
Both...tears all the way around...I laughed out loud, and at many points, tears were evident -which could have been embarrassing had I not had my ear buds in-and with some of the sadder moments my eyes filled with tears and made me feel the emotions those moments were meant to share.
There's not enough time or space...just listen to it...you'll fall in love with Billy if you're not already!
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-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.
The delivery was too fast, as if he's trying to read the book as quickly as possible. But the worst part is that you start disliking Billy, as he comes off self centered...and not in a good way.
Relax a bit and slow down the delivery.
He worships Ali and Mickey Mantle. Great, but he does it repeatedly. I know it's his book and his life, but it just wasn't an enjoyable read for me. But other people might like it just fine, it's just not my cup of tea.
This is a terrific book! Now, admittedly I'm over 50 so I found the humor most poignant... For younger readers this may be harder to relate to, but I would still recommend as it foreshadows what you're in for! In short- this is hilarious!
I was expecting much more from the sample I listened too. I bought it for my wife and I to listen to on our road trip. We turned it off after chapter 2 or 3. I tried to suffer through it after the trip hoping it would get better, but finally gave up. Sad story after sad story littered with f-bombs.
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?