Absolutely a must in Audio vs. print. You lose so much without Billy Crystal's voice leading you through the book.
Classic Billy Crystal comedy - it was awesome.
Absolutely! Wonderful story told in a very entertaining way.
Billy! A consumate storyteller, he draws you in and you feel like you are sitting with him and he is personally telling the story. I could see him in my mind while he was talking.
I have had the pleasure of seeing him live and own some of his recordings. Just as engrossing as ever!
His chapter on 9-11 brought me to tears, was so happy that his uncle got out. But his chapter on his daughter's wedding was beautiful and painful, since I have two daughters as well and can relate to his feelings at that time.
Some would think a story of a man who had a good childhood, a happy marriage, wonderful kids and a successful career would be boring. Where is the scandal, the addictions, the affairs!? Although his life wasn't perfect, Billy Crystal tells a engrossing, and very funny tale that should be read. Not everyone has to touch bottom before they reach the top and Billy has. Plus, he is still adorable after all these years!
If you listen to one book all year, make sure it is this one. the narration by billy crystal is funning, interesting and I was sad when the book ended. It is upbeat, funny, sad all of these things.
Don't get me wrong...Billy Crystal's standup is great, but when the first chapter (very funny) was done with an audience and more as a standup routine, I almost didn't go on. I was so disappointed. I wanted a story, not a routine.
And then it happened. I went on with the book to find myself interested, entertained, and surprised by Billy's life, ethics, and personal insights. I couldn't wait to listen to more.
The problem with Billy is he makes everything look so easy. That's what incredibly talented people do. And therefore you take him for granted. I was reminded of his amazing body of work and have a whole new respect for a man who is about giving and loving and entertaining.
Thank you Billy, for many wonderful hours with you.
Yes. It was such a pleasure to read about a normal family. I loved learning about Billy's family, the love he has for his wife and children.
Billy. He is such a nice person and funny to boot,
All of it.
I find humor, but rarely laugh out loud. As I walked my chocolate lab all over town while listening to this book, I was laughing out loud.
When I finished the book I wish I knew more about his life. I learned later that he's written many books, so now I just need to go and read the rest. Billy is a Clipper fan and I had season tickets to the Clippers for a year. I always saw Billy at Staples Center. He never mentioned going to the Clipper Games.
I had to make myself keep going through the first 3 chapters. I'm not a fan of penis humor. But am glad I did. His stories are great and in places where it could come off as braggadocio it somehow falls just short of that and remains an enjoyable bio.
More than one. Princess Bride and other Rob Reiner stories. His appreciation of family, friends and the talent of others.
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?