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?
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.
The book tried too hard to be a comical autobiographical novel. The intermingled stand up comedy and reality fell flat.
I am a longtime fan of Billy Crystal's. I listened to his stand up album, "Mahvelous", over and over and over again, I never missed him on SNL and I saw "When Harry Met Sally" in the theatre 13 times! Once married I introduced my husband to his comedic genius by dragging him to see "700 Sundays". My husband was hooked.
This book did not disappoint. It had all of the hilarious observations and impersonations you know and love. But also poignant (and really funny) reflections on each decade of his life. I related to so many of his stories, to his point of view on family and treasuring your memories, to how absurd life can be.
Buy it, listen, laugh, cry and enjoy.
The wsy this story was read is sumply amazing! Billy was soooooo much fun and very engaging. I feel in love with him. I couldn't and didn't want to stop listening. His story was so amazing. it made me laugh, cry, and think. I love this auduobook and Love Billy even more!
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I enjoy Billy Crystal, but the main reason I purchased it was because it looked like it focused on aging. Given that I am in my early fifties, I thought I could relate and might get a laugh or two (needed as menopause is a bitch!). What I did not expect, was all the other emotions that Billy would make me feel. I alternated between laughter and having a lump in my throat. I looked forward to my commute to work each day so that I could enjoy more of the stories!
Billy Crystal of course! It is an autobiography after all. I walked away thinking that he truly was a decent man who had his priorities in order despite his huge success.
No question the the end of the book when he speaks of his wife and wanting to do it all over again. I had to remain in my car for a few minutes before heading into work in order to regain my composure.
No, only because I enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end!
Well done, Mr. Crystal.