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.
If you enjoy the typical celebrity memoire, then this book is for you. It’s bursting with antidotes about Billy Crystal’s charmed life, his rise to celebrity, and lots and lots of name dropping. As a bonus, he includes some stand-up sets performed in front of a live audience, which are okay, but contain mostly reheated jokes about growing old.
If he writes a comedic book of fiction, yes. Another biography like this one, no thanks.
No. I like biographies and hearing stories I didn't hear on a talk show but I really don't like rich people whining about their politics and pet peeves when many of their opinions come across as hypocritical or condescending.
Annoying during complaints.
Anger and disappointment.
Growing up, I loved watching Billy on SNL. I loved Billy in most of his movies and I can't think of a better host the Oscar ever had...granted I've only seen a few clips of Bob Hope doing it. He's the kind of person you'd be proud to tell people, "Hey I know that guy". I still like Billy and I know I should just accept the Hollywood mentality and focus on the things I like about him but he makes it hard in this book. I love comedy and I watch a lot of talk shows, stand up, roasts, what have you...and the whole Fake Jewish thing is getting old. Billy very early on in the book tells us that he doesn't believe in God. He keeps bringing up examples of older Jewish entertainers being kept from rich country clubs and every now and then brings up the holocaust. As if not getting to golf everywhere you feel like it even remotely compares to suffering genocide. Gentiles aren't allowed to suggest that Jewish people have great positions of influence in this world and we are constantly reminded of how tough it is to be Jewish but I keep hearing from all these people that they're Jewish and yet they don't really believe in God. If it is tough to be Jewish and you don't like the traditions and you don't believe in the history behind them, then why are you calling yourself Jewish? Maybe just maybe when it comes to having a sturdy ladder to success it actually helps to let everyone know you're Jewish. It amazes me that a man as seemly as bright and witty as Billy doesn't see the contradiction. Have you ever heard anyone say, "I'm a Muslim but I don't believe in Allah" or "I'm a Christian but I know Jesus never really existed"? No. You probably haven't because identifying yourself with something you think to be a ridiculous fraud is ridiculous. Why doesn't he believe in God? Because the world is a tough place in which bad things happen. Maybe but judging by your boring book, Mr. Crystal you've led a great life so "STOP". Oh and please don't whine about republicans mentioning Jesus in their speeches. Those politicians only care about money and power and wouldn't know Jesus from a hole in the ground but let's face it... you're never going to vote for a republican for president so WHY THE HECK DO YOU CARE? You're tired of hearing the names "Jesus" and "Christ" in public forums. Are you a comedian or a vampire? If you don't believe in God why pick a favorite religion. It's like saying you hate baseball and telling everyone you're a die-hard Yankee's fan. Billy also let's us know what a nice guy he is by letting us know how little he thinks of fat people, comparing them to stuff stuck in his teeth. Billy calls "the Passion of The Christ" a snuff film for it's violence, as if Schindler's List wasn't equally if not more disturbing to watch. If you hate the movie because it's about Jesus then just say so. Don't pretend like you don't work in an industry that makes huge money off of violence in movies and video games. Having gotten this off my chest, I would finish by saying I still like Billy and I wish him a long healthy life and much future success.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I'm a Billy Crystal fan. I enjoy his movies, and I liked this book.
That being said, I think that it got a lot more praise than it deserved, and I think that reading the book in front of a live audience should have disqualified it from being eligible for "best narration". It was amusing, but half of it was essentially a comedy album. Not really a fair competition.
Anyway, I enjoyed Crystal's stories, but like all comedians of a certain age, his humor frequently felt flat. It was rehashed jokes I've heard other places for years now.
Crystal's life was interesting, and the book held my attention. But the book was also about growing old, and was frequently depressing and sad. Like the movie "Mr. Saturday Night", referenced in the book with much self-awareness, I found it depressing to see a comedian I love grow old. Maybe that's not fair reason to downgrade my rating... and maybe it's a reflection of my age that I'm just not ready for a poignant swan-song from one of my favorite celebrities.
Anyway, It's an excellent performance, and pretty good story. If I didn't feel it was being vastly overrated, I would have given it an additional star, but in this case, I do feel it needs to be knocked down a peg.