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?
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
I'm a Billy Crystal fan and I found this audiobook to be a disappointment. I liked his stories about his relationships with Muhammed Ali, Mickey Mantle and all his celeb friends, and the behind the scenes looks at his professional and creative life were exceptionally engaging but the parts about his family weren't very interesting at all, in that he sounded, by his recollection, to have had a normal and loving life that didn't seem to be all that different from anybody else.
I really liked the live audience part but the rest of the narration seemed like Billy was reading rather than relating about his life . . . and he seems like such a competent conversationalist in his act . . . and this reading sounded somewhat stilted and nervous.
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Can be very funny. The best chapters are the one where Billy performs live. He needs an audience.
paced just right
may have been better if all was performed in front of an audience.
This book was funny, engaging and insightful all at the same time. The fact that Billy Crystal narrated the book the whole way through was a bonus! Classic Billy Crystal!
My headline above should make sense if you read or listened to this book/performance. Mr. Crystal gives some good performances (and some not so great), demonstrating what his success is based on. The live performance parts indeed are the better ones, the studio-read ones ... not so much (and the changing quality of recording at times is distracting).
A good book lives on a a good story. You may think that what better story could there be than the life of the author telling it himself? Unfortunately Mr. Crystal cannot make up his mind whether to bring up an anecdote to present a punch line OR to tell you something about himself, his life, "where he's been and where he's going to". When in doubt, he'll always choose the laugh.
That may be what his FANs are after.
I personally love the films I saw him working in, so I admire Mr. Crystal's work. I see how great he is as a stand up comedian. I get a glimpse of how he may be as a family man (although this somehow slips through my fingers in this book). But what do I REMEMBER of the story after I finished listening to the book?
Not much. In fact, I only remember a few good one liners.
For a biography that isn't enough, be it presented as congenially as it is.
I would actually like to listen to Mr. Crystal reading good books that tell a great story. Are there any? Please let me know.
As I said above: Mr. Crystal is a great stand up comedian. So the life performances recorded here live and breath, his interaction with the audience, the TIMING you get there, are just great.
Well, if Mr. Crystal was plaid by, let's say, Mr. Crystal, I surely would love to see a move starring Mr. Crystal performing as Mr. Crystal. I fear it would need a good screen writer to work at the dramatics :)
Yes,I Always loved billy crystal .
I loved when he talked about his grandkids and how they called him grandpa MIke after they saw Monster Inc. Or, grandpa miracal max from princess bride. And, in turn the loving grandpa that (I really think he is) he talked to them using those character voices.
All of them.
One of my favorites
the timing, it was like having a friend tell you a story
memories, life and laughter
Warm, hilarious, insightful!
It's hard to make a listener laugh out loud but Billy Crystal can pull that off.
I felt like he was talking to me over a cup of coffee. I wanted to hug him after listening to the book.
The chapter about his debut with the Yankees.
Tell us about yourself!
yes, Any man with a sense of humor, children and over the age of 40 will enjoy this book. Billy is honest, sincere and uses his sense of humor to deal with the many milestones of life like the birth of your child, turning 40, 50 and so on. It is not series of jokes, but insightful stories that open up the life of this comedian for all of us to share.
Billy is both a comedian and storyteller and he does both on this audible book
I have enjoyed his standup for years and have many of his performance on my Ipod
When talks about his daughter getting married and the evolution of her from child to a woman. I have boys, but can identify strongly with the emotions he shares.
I wish I could thank Billy personally. I have listened to other comedians books and have often been disappointed by just a repeat of jokes their famous for in their performance. I really felt I knew Billy a little better through his book
I loved hearing about Billy's relationship with his wife and family. His adventures with athletes and fellow comedians make a great listen!