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Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like "Buying the Plot" and "Nodding Off," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever "test positive for Maalox"), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.


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Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like "Buying the Plot" and "Nodding Off," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever "test positive for Maalox"), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

30 review for By Billy Crystal Still Foolin' 'Em:still foolin em billy crystal: Still Foolin' 'Em Audiobook [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged by Billy Crystal]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Your reaction to this memoir will depend on how much you like Billy Crystal's comedy style. I'm meh about him, so I'm meh about this book. Other reviewers who adore him liked this book a lot more than I did. Billy is now 65, which he will tell you over and over again, and several chapters are devoted to his shtick about getting old. There's nothing new here, except discovering that Billy has become a cranky old man, cursing about social media and teenagers and politics. Speaking of cursing, it wa Your reaction to this memoir will depend on how much you like Billy Crystal's comedy style. I'm meh about him, so I'm meh about this book. Other reviewers who adore him liked this book a lot more than I did. Billy is now 65, which he will tell you over and over again, and several chapters are devoted to his shtick about getting old. There's nothing new here, except discovering that Billy has become a cranky old man, cursing about social media and teenagers and politics. Speaking of cursing, it was a bit shocking to hear Billy drop so many F-bombs. For decades now Billy has nurtured the persona of the sweet, goofy, schmaltzy, aw-shucks guy, and I was surprised to hear him swear so much. Despite the F-bombs, Billy's comedy style remains firmly stuck in the 80s and 90s. Some of his jokes have punchlines that date back to then, and I rolled my eyes at the preciousness of it. He also relies heavily on Jewish humor -- numerous tired quips are about how much Jews love food, and he ends several chapters with an exaggerated Oy! -- plus there's a lot of baseball jokes. (Billy is a Yankees fan, which he will never let you forget.) But I'm focusing too much on the negative. The parts I liked were the stories of how he got started in comedy and the behind-the-scenes anecdotes of his movies and TV shows. He talks about making "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers," "The Princess Bride," about hosting the Oscars and about visiting Russia for the comedy special "Midnight Train to Moscow." He also had good stories of his famous friends, such as Mickey Mantle, Sammy Davis Jr. and Muhammad Ali. One of Billy's early famous bits was his impression of Ali, and the two men became close, with Ali calling Billy "Little Brother" whenever they'd meet. Billy also shared some nice family moments, such as the day his first daughter got married, and how much he likes being a grandfather. There were some emotional chapters, like when his dad died when Billy was 15, and how he later wrote those childhood memories into the Broadway show "700 Sundays." I listened to this book on audio CD, and parts of it were performed in front of a live studio audience. Again, your reaction to this will depend on how much you like listening to Billy. He reprises all of his famous impressions, including Ali, Mantle, Sammy, Howard Cosell, "You look MAH-valous!" and the voice of Miracle Max. While I enjoyed most of the performance, at times I found it tedious and wished he would wrap it up already. Oy. Rating: 2.5 stars rounded up to 3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Though I don't listen to audio books often, this was a hit as it is narrated by Mr. Crystal in all his splendor...imitations and all! Covering his life thus far, from birth to the big 65, this is a delightful view into the life of one of the top entertainers who has somehow remained humble and seemingly normal! I laughed out loud and choked back tears as I traveled along with this talented, fortunate and grateful man. One who values family and friendships above all else. The way he talks of the Though I don't listen to audio books often, this was a hit as it is narrated by Mr. Crystal in all his splendor...imitations and all! Covering his life thus far, from birth to the big 65, this is a delightful view into the life of one of the top entertainers who has somehow remained humble and seemingly normal! I laughed out loud and choked back tears as I traveled along with this talented, fortunate and grateful man. One who values family and friendships above all else. The way he talks of the dreams he had as a child and young man and then seeing them come true is inspiring. If you didn't like him before, you will after reading this! Full of life, witty and heartwarming. (and very age appropriate for many of us "older folks")

  3. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review: Better than Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen Degeneres, nowhere near as good as Tina Fey. Some funny parts, some interesting parts, but overall, Billy grates on you. He seems to have this obnoxious personality, and I don't always find him all that funny. Sometimes, he's an outright arrogant @$$. His "Conservative" chapter in particular made me want to punch a wall - smarted of Old White Man whining about getting Old. WAH. I think you're opinion of this will depend on 1) how much of Billy C Bullet Review: Better than Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen Degeneres, nowhere near as good as Tina Fey. Some funny parts, some interesting parts, but overall, Billy grates on you. He seems to have this obnoxious personality, and I don't always find him all that funny. Sometimes, he's an outright arrogant @$$. His "Conservative" chapter in particular made me want to punch a wall - smarted of Old White Man whining about getting Old. WAH. I think you're opinion of this will depend on 1) how much of Billy Crystal's career you've followed, 2) whether you LIKE Billy Crystal to begin with, and 3) whether you like Billy Crystal's style of humor. My answers where 1) almost none, 2) a little, 3) eh? Full Review: This book will make the fourth autobiographical book about a comedian I've read, the third in audiobook format. And since I LOVE LISTS, the ranking would be as follows: Seriously...I'm Kidding! Is It Just Me? This Book Bossypants Seriously...I'm not kidding. Is it just me or "Bossypants" is the absolute best, most interesting, most FUNNY autobiographical book from a comedian?! Or am I still fooling 'em? *ducks tomatoes* All right, I'm no comedian myself, so I guess I shouldn't be one to judge. I'm also hard to make laugh, or I laugh at incredibly stupid things, so maybe I shouldn't be judging comedy. It's all up to interpretation. This is one of those books that I never would have picked up in a million years had it not been for my book club. My knowledge of Billy Crystal and his career begins with "Princess Bride" and ends with "Monsters University". I know he did "When Harry Met Sally", but have never seen it. I know he has done Grammy Awards and SNL and a bunch of other things, but have never seen any of them. He's funny and all, but I've really never felt that drive to see every last thing he's been in. The enjoyment of this book depends on how you fall in the Billy Crystal Recognition Spectrum: do you follow his every movie and TV appearance? Or can you barely pick him out in a lineup? Oh, and do you like Billy Crystal's humor, which can tend to rely on the crowd-favorite penis jokes and Old White Man Complaining about How Awful His Privileged Life Is? When Billy Crystal is focused on HIS LIFE and making some jokes that aren't just body humor, we get a killer combination of funny and interesting. I did like learning about his life, though his life is nothing like many stars - in and out of rehab, married and divorced multiple times, illegitimate children, etc. Actually, Billy seems a rather stable guy, and good for him! But listening to Billy is like being in a 4 hour lecture with the tenured professor who wrote the book for your class - there is only so much bullsh!t you can deal with before you want to either club the teacher or fall asleep. Sometimes, he really isn't that funny. Sometimes, he's an arrogant @$$. And sometimes, his stories really aren't that interesting - his life isn't that much different than many of our lives, except he's been on TV more. That said, it really depends on where you fall on the Billy Crystal Recognition Spectrum - I come from the far right, "Who is Billy Crystal again?" So yeah, it wasn't necessarily my thing from the beginning - but I *DID* learn quite a bit that I never knew.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Listened to my very first audio book today and DID I LOVE IT!!!Billy Crystal does a wonderful job of narrating some special moments of his life in Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys. If you are an older adult, (or not) like baseball, the great movie "When Harry Met Sally" (who can ever forget the infamous orgasm scene) enjoy the Oscars, and want to know about Billy's "affair" with Sophia Loren, you are in for a treat. The texting acronyms for "old Listened to my very first audio book today and DID I LOVE IT!!!Billy Crystal does a wonderful job of narrating some special moments of his life in Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys. If you are an older adult, (or not) like baseball, the great movie "When Harry Met Sally" (who can ever forget the infamous orgasm scene) enjoy the Oscars, and want to know about Billy's "affair" with Sophia Loren, you are in for a treat. The texting acronyms for "older adults", absurdities of doctor and dentist visits at age 65, and challenges of grand-parenting are a crack-up!Although not a Yankee fan myself, I am a huge baseball fan and love, love, loved hearing about Billy's close relationships with Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and even Derek Jeter. His experience of actually starting as lead-off man for the Yankees in a preseason game (uniform and all) is downright hilarious. I laughed more often than not and decided to take a bit of advice from our narrator too.....to do something special on each and every birthday that I have left.Eight hours of decorating, cleaning and wrapping gifts today just flew by, and when the book came to an end, I had a big smile on my face and felt pretty good too. Listening to Billy Crystal's memoir was a positive experience for me. Highly recommend!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother. If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrate Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother. If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience. Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching (I cried at times) and hysterical (a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me). As he describes his relationships, he is respectful of most everyone, and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him. His life, for the rest of us, is fairly surreal. Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities, playing for your favorite baseball team, etc.? The answer is: almost no one. But Crystal can, and has, and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart-felt. I look forward to his next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    So fun and made a long car trip fly by.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Char

    What an excellent audio book! In his mid sixties now, Billy Crystal recounts his life by decade, (my twenties, my thirties, etc...), interspersed with portions set in the present which were performed in front of a live audience. What an interesting man! Starting with his early home life, the death of his father and his first career milestones, Billy tells his story with warmth, humility, humor and poignancy. Recounting his relationships with Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell, Johnny Carson and Mickey What an excellent audio book! In his mid sixties now, Billy Crystal recounts his life by decade, (my twenties, my thirties, etc...), interspersed with portions set in the present which were performed in front of a live audience. What an interesting man! Starting with his early home life, the death of his father and his first career milestones, Billy tells his story with warmth, humility, humor and poignancy. Recounting his relationships with Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell, Johnny Carson and Mickey Mantle, this is a behind the scenes look into building a successful career and family life. The live audience portions of this performance were all about the aging process- they were very funny and all true. Towards the end of this autobiography he addresses the big issues-the loss of extended family members and facing one's own death. There is a real focus here on family and I enjoyed that. It also lent a sense of poignancy when he discussed the losses his family has experienced. Funny and genuinely interesting, I enjoyed the hell out of this audio book. I laughed out loud, I teared up and I learned a lot. What more could a reader ask for? Highly recommended!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    Listened to the audiobook read by Billy Crystal himself. This book is touching at times as he shares personal stories of friends, family, and his career. Being a comedian though, he also does some standup comedy, impressions, and pokes fun at aging. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much. What impressed me most of all was Billy’s love for his family. It really comes through in the book. Favorite quote: ”…Do something special on your birthday. Wh Listened to the audiobook read by Billy Crystal himself. This book is touching at times as he shares personal stories of friends, family, and his career. Being a comedian though, he also does some standup comedy, impressions, and pokes fun at aging. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much. What impressed me most of all was Billy’s love for his family. It really comes through in the book. Favorite quote: ”…Do something special on your birthday. Whatever you do, celebrate the fact that you’re here and people love you and you love them. We only do this once.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    I think Billy could read me the phone book and I would sit in my chair and be totally enthralled. I loved his story and the way he told it. He made me laugh and cry and made me feel honored to be able to listen to him tell his story about his family and friends. Billy, I hope you go on living, laughing and loving for a long, long time to come.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. This audiobook was waiting in my Overdrive wishlist for aaaaages. Every time I scrolled through to see what I wanted to listen to next, I wondered if I even liked Billy Crystal enough to bother. In fact, I almost deleted it. I mean, sure -- I've seen Princess Bride, City Slickers and Throw Mama From the Train, but did I really want to listen to 8 hours of Billy Crystal? As it turns out, yes. I enjoy biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. This one is now, by far, my fa I thoroughly enjoyed this. This audiobook was waiting in my Overdrive wishlist for aaaaages. Every time I scrolled through to see what I wanted to listen to next, I wondered if I even liked Billy Crystal enough to bother. In fact, I almost deleted it. I mean, sure -- I've seen Princess Bride, City Slickers and Throw Mama From the Train, but did I really want to listen to 8 hours of Billy Crystal? As it turns out, yes. I enjoy biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. This one is now, by far, my favourite. I laughed (a lot), I cried (a bit), I wanted to do something special on my birthday, I reflected on my own life; I was inspired to be more fun as a parent and just a better person all around. I can understand that not everyone might like this. There were a few jokes that didn't do much for me, but they were few. He uses the "f" word, but I happen to be fond of that word. He talks about the body and how it changes; I thought it was hilarious -- I've heard jokes on that plenty of times, yet I never laughed as much (or at all). He is a huge baseball fan and I don't care for any sports, yet the baseball talk didn't bother me in the slightest. I actually think I might kind of like it now. Well... okay, maybe not. But, still! His love for it was so pure and so sweet. {His 'Conservative' chapter was pure gold.} I'm SO glad I listened to this, and I HIGHLY recommend it -- although there's no way the book could compare to the audiobook. Audiobook all the way!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Just started and have already fallen into a couple of fits of hysterical laughter. So crass but so funny.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Patrick

    One of the best, one of the funniest, one of my favorites.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Billy Crystal is a man I'd like to have as a friend. Unless he's really fooling lots of people, he's a real mensch. There's nothing to date in all that I know of him to give any other indication. Caring, funny, married to the same woman since he was 23, devoted to his friends and family, and able to make the world laugh. A few things that stood out for me in this book: the people he calls close friends, who inhabit every walk of life, his love of baseball, his athleticism. There were some storie Billy Crystal is a man I'd like to have as a friend. Unless he's really fooling lots of people, he's a real mensch. There's nothing to date in all that I know of him to give any other indication. Caring, funny, married to the same woman since he was 23, devoted to his friends and family, and able to make the world laugh. A few things that stood out for me in this book: the people he calls close friends, who inhabit every walk of life, his love of baseball, his athleticism. There were some stories I'd heard before, others that were totally new to me. Some particularly resonated (his bar mitzvah, the passing of his mother, his interactions with Mohammed Ali, the show in Russia. Good book. If I ever get to have that fantasy dinner, I hope I remember to invite Billy Crystal.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ira Therebel

    I am not a huge Billy Crystal fan but I liked most of the movies with him. I like biographies and love humor so this seemed like a good book to read for me. His life isn't like most celebrity lives I read about. Keith Richard's for example had lots of drugs and drama. Billy Crystal on the other hand had a very smooth and "normal" (as normal as a life of a movie star who is friends with other celebrities can be). He got married when he was 21, is still married to that woman. Had kids. Started his I am not a huge Billy Crystal fan but I liked most of the movies with him. I like biographies and love humor so this seemed like a good book to read for me. His life isn't like most celebrity lives I read about. Keith Richard's for example had lots of drugs and drama. Billy Crystal on the other hand had a very smooth and "normal" (as normal as a life of a movie star who is friends with other celebrities can be). He got married when he was 21, is still married to that woman. Had kids. Started his career in his early 20's and kept on moving up. But a "boring" life can be a good thing. It does seem to be a happy life. And one can see that he is a good writer and comedian because he still managed to present it all in a pretty entertaining way. I don't like baseball but I still liked the passages where he talks about it. It isn't an outrageously funny book. He concentrates a lot on getting old in the chapters between the ones where he describes his work and life in one of the decades of his life. So it is a mixture of humor and sentimentality. In my opinion it was pretty well balanced and I did enjoy it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mediaman

    This dull "memoir" is a poorly-done Cliff Notes version of the star's life and movies which tells the reader very little. Crystal brags a lot, makes a lot of outlandish false statements (which makes the whole book seem fake), tells little-to-nothing about the behind-the-scenes of his movies, and talks way too much about Mickey Mantle and the Yankees. It's a major flop. The book opens with him spewing four-letter words and talking about sex. It makes no sense. Some chapters are just unreadable. Hi This dull "memoir" is a poorly-done Cliff Notes version of the star's life and movies which tells the reader very little. Crystal brags a lot, makes a lot of outlandish false statements (which makes the whole book seem fake), tells little-to-nothing about the behind-the-scenes of his movies, and talks way too much about Mickey Mantle and the Yankees. It's a major flop. The book opens with him spewing four-letter words and talking about sex. It makes no sense. Some chapters are just unreadable. His chapter called "Conservative" is where he spews his liberal political views without any substance. He claims he is "drifting to the right" because he believes mass murderers should maybe be killed. Otherwise, his beliefs are solidly liberal and shallow. He comes across as a bit brainless. He tries to be humorous but much falls flat. Because he mixes exaggerations with his facts it's hard to know whether what he tells is the truth. Overall it's not very funny. There are a few good stories and a he does a great job slamming Lorne Michaels (who appears to hate Crystal), criticizes a few other "friends" like Rob Reiner & Jack Palance, and takes credit for the success of When Harry Met Sally & the 1998 Oscars (which he claims was the "highest rated Oscar show of all time"--a complete falsehood that's easy to look up). I came away thinking less of Crystal after reading this book. He's glib, smug, distant, and full of himself. A guy who thinks his childhood love of the Yankees needs to constantly be part of any conversation. And he's not that funny. So he is still foolin' people with this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cedric Hendrix

    My reading tends to get too heavy. Books on politics, presidential biographies, history, Game of Thrones ... the weight of the words can be too much at times. So it was refreshing to read Billy Crystal's memoir, which I flew through in just a couple of days. It was just what my literary mind needed: something lighter, but with substance. I don't consider myself a die-hard Crystal fan, per se. He just has a knack for showing up in projects I have enjoyed over the years, like Running Scared, The P My reading tends to get too heavy. Books on politics, presidential biographies, history, Game of Thrones ... the weight of the words can be too much at times. So it was refreshing to read Billy Crystal's memoir, which I flew through in just a couple of days. It was just what my literary mind needed: something lighter, but with substance. I don't consider myself a die-hard Crystal fan, per se. He just has a knack for showing up in projects I have enjoyed over the years, like Running Scared, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally ..., Monster's Inc., 61*, and Analyze This. His delivery reminds me of Jackie Mason, if slightly edgier. His book is written in much the same way. I could hear Crystal's voice in my head as I read. Either by coincidence or by design, Crystal's narrative seems to mature as he ages in the narrative. The dirty jokes and knowing winks give way to genuine introspection and occasional melancholia. But he finds a way to make it all funny in the right places. I don't like to use the phrase LOL, but I found that I did quite a bit of that as I read. While not a tell-all in the truest sense of the word, Crystal does spin more than a few interesting yarns about the famous people he has encountered. Good story or bad, one thing is certain: Billy Crystal has led a remarkable life. Take a little time and check it out. You won't regret it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable? The fact it's narrated by Crystal himself. If you're a fan of his stand-up or movies, you will love this book. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I laughed and cried in almost equal measure. This is a deeply personal piece for Crystal and you can feel the emotion and meaning in every line. You can't fail to be moved and you'll be laughing out loud despite yourself. I wouldn't s What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable? The fact it's narrated by Crystal himself. If you're a fan of his stand-up or movies, you will love this book. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I laughed and cried in almost equal measure. This is a deeply personal piece for Crystal and you can feel the emotion and meaning in every line. You can't fail to be moved and you'll be laughing out loud despite yourself. I wouldn't suggest reading it in a public place! Any additional comments? Man, does this guy love baseball! Taken from my original review on Audible.co.uk Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Interesting book, one that I found in terms fascinating and redundant. I listened to this on audio, with Crystal doing the narrating. In the case of this book, I should call it performing, though. The book begins with Crystal recorded performing in front of a live audience, and he’s not telling stories of his life, he’s doing standup about being old. And to my taste, not very good standup – I didn’t get any chuckles out of his live performances. But the book takes a turn toward the more interest Interesting book, one that I found in terms fascinating and redundant. I listened to this on audio, with Crystal doing the narrating. In the case of this book, I should call it performing, though. The book begins with Crystal recorded performing in front of a live audience, and he’s not telling stories of his life, he’s doing standup about being old. And to my taste, not very good standup – I didn’t get any chuckles out of his live performances. But the book takes a turn toward the more interesting as Crystal changes to telling the story of his life and his career. That part was good, interesting anecdotes and funny bits. He ends the book with more kvetching about aging which I could have done without. The anecdote I find most memorable (and I find this very strange on reflection) is his story about coming up with a one-liner while hosting the Oscars and cutting off Hollywood old-timer Hal Roach who was speaking from his seat so no one heard him clearly “Well, it’s only fitting. He got his start in silent films.” Crystal does his impersonations along the way, and you hear his Ali and Mickey Mantle a lot. The Mickey stories are truly poignant. The saving grace is that Crystal seems shocked that he was as lucky in life as he’s been, and he sounds so appreciative throughout. I found this one hard to rank -- one star for the bad standup combined with four stars for the life story, but I’ll round up to 3 because his stories are so memorable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ricky McConnell

    Billy Crystal is great. This is the second book I have read from him , and he has led a very interesting life. This book will make you re-evaluate what is important in your life, and appreciate family more. There are many great stories in this book, some about his movies, some about his stand-up comedy, and several about real life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I’ll go on record that I love Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally is still one of my favorite romantic comedies and the nine years he hosted the Oscars made for great television, in my humble opinion, still the best. That said, I’m not big on memoirs unless they’re a little bit offbeat and when this one began it was more old comedian playing the Berkshire circuit, especially since I was listening to it. I persevered and about a quarter of the way in he settles into the pattern of the book, chapt I’ll go on record that I love Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally is still one of my favorite romantic comedies and the nine years he hosted the Oscars made for great television, in my humble opinion, still the best. That said, I’m not big on memoirs unless they’re a little bit offbeat and when this one began it was more old comedian playing the Berkshire circuit, especially since I was listening to it. I persevered and about a quarter of the way in he settles into the pattern of the book, chapters relate each decade of his life in linear fashion, he marvels at and is grateful for the life he’s led and it comes through in the writing. The memoir portions are interspersed with essays and I enjoyed these little breaks in the narrative of a life. Overall, an enjoyable listening experience, trademark Billy, if maybe a little crankier at the indignities of aging, but with a sentimentality I hadn’t heard from him before. If you’re a fan, you’ll like it. If not, I might skip it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    A warm, insightful, crudely hilarious, and poignant memoir of sorts that reads like a collection of essays or comedy bits, mixed in with a loose autobiography. Do yourself a favour and pick up the audiobook - Crystal reads some sections in front of a live audience, where he is clearly most at home. It's a beautiful read of personal material, as funny as it is moving.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    Only on chapter 6, but I must recommend this book. So very funny! If you have the chance, listen to the audio version narrated by Mr. Crystal. Can't get any better!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I listened to this as an audio book. It was fun and charming and whimsical. I particularly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes looks at Billy's movies, and had no idea he'd rubbed elbows with so many famous people. It was particularly nice to hear Billy read this himself, as he was able to convey every thought and emotion as he intended, that could've been lost if just reading the book for myself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    I liked Billy Crystal. Then I listened to this audiobook. Now I don't like Billy Crystal. Wow, this is the epitome of what I don't like about "celebrity" memoirs. Self-indulgent, smug and dull. He's friends with Muhammad Ali. He loves the Yankees. He's friends with Mickey Mantle. In case you forget ... he reminds you that he's friends with Muhammad Ali continually throughout the book. Seriously. All the damn time. Did I mention that he's friends with Muhammad Ali? I don't want to hear about his pe I liked Billy Crystal. Then I listened to this audiobook. Now I don't like Billy Crystal. Wow, this is the epitome of what I don't like about "celebrity" memoirs. Self-indulgent, smug and dull. He's friends with Muhammad Ali. He loves the Yankees. He's friends with Mickey Mantle. In case you forget ... he reminds you that he's friends with Muhammad Ali continually throughout the book. Seriously. All the damn time. Did I mention that he's friends with Muhammad Ali? I don't want to hear about his penis, his balls or his "chubby" over Sophia Loren. I don't want to hear his impressions - honestly, you can just say what these people said without having to do their voices. I don't want to hear about the Yankees and I seriously don't want to hear any more about Muhammad Ali. He came across as so unbelievably full of himself. The book was one giant self-pat-on-the-back. I have a great marriage! I have raised wonderful children! I'm friends with Muhammad Ali! I am amazing! And then he gives advice on how to be a grandparent. Just no! His serious sour grapes over Joe DiMaggio not signing something for his wife (although DiMaggio did give his reasons why, plus gave him something else signed) was the final nail in the coffin for me. He came off sounding like an absolute spoilt brat. "Well I think -insert other baseball player I have no idea about- is the greatest living player." Really? You're 65. Grow the fuck up. And if it wasn't dull enough with all of the name-dropping and self-congratulation, he spent 5-10 minutes talking about something he didn't do. For reals. Nope.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carole P. Roman

    Delightful and funny trip down memory lane with Billy Crystal. At sixty five, he writes a fascinating and touching memoir that resonates with every baby boomer. Never mind that he is a creative comedian, a brilliant writer, a movie star, baseball fanatic; Billy and the reader have much in common, there is something there for everyone. He is able to tap into your very heart finding the common bonds of society, whether it is as a spouse, parent, grandparent, brother or son. This is a people's biog Delightful and funny trip down memory lane with Billy Crystal. At sixty five, he writes a fascinating and touching memoir that resonates with every baby boomer. Never mind that he is a creative comedian, a brilliant writer, a movie star, baseball fanatic; Billy and the reader have much in common, there is something there for everyone. He is able to tap into your very heart finding the common bonds of society, whether it is as a spouse, parent, grandparent, brother or son. This is a people's biography filled with episodes of a life that makes you feel as though you were there right beside Billy Crystal. His experiences become communal, his joys a shared triumph, his pain and anger as heartbreaking as your own. Crystal relates his history, explaining how he built his career with sacrifice and hard work.He is a devoted husband and father. His clever perceptions whether it's our aging bodies or the impending funeral choices are as insightful as they are humorous. He is the real deal, and as such it was a pleasure to spend the evening with him.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    I'm a big Billy Crystal fan. I've always thought he has been one of the few stars who seemed grounded and real. This book shows how much he is a family man and. I love that he and Janice have been married for over 45 years and have lived in the same house for that long. He still gets start struck and he hasn't let fame blow his head up. I enjoyed the live audience sections of the audio book. There were times in this book where I was laughing so hard I was snorting and had I been drinking I would I'm a big Billy Crystal fan. I've always thought he has been one of the few stars who seemed grounded and real. This book shows how much he is a family man and. I love that he and Janice have been married for over 45 years and have lived in the same house for that long. He still gets start struck and he hasn't let fame blow his head up. I enjoyed the live audience sections of the audio book. There were times in this book where I was laughing so hard I was snorting and had I been drinking I would have spit it out. There were times when he made me cry. There were also times where I just smiled because he took me back to a movie I enjoyed or a show I saw him on. The audio book is a must as Billy does a fantastic job reading it. When he talked about hitting for the New York Yankees I got on YouTube and looked up the footage. Probably one of my favorite nonfiction books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I was born in the mid 80’s right when Billy Crystal was becoming big. So I missed out on his comic genius when it was occurring, which makes me very thankful that I picked up this book (well listened to it on audiobook, because seriously you need to hear a comic read their own material) It was really fascinating listening to his life and his career. He was good friends with mega celebrities like Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. (Okay Billy Crystal was friends with almost everyone) His stories abou I was born in the mid 80’s right when Billy Crystal was becoming big. So I missed out on his comic genius when it was occurring, which makes me very thankful that I picked up this book (well listened to it on audiobook, because seriously you need to hear a comic read their own material) It was really fascinating listening to his life and his career. He was good friends with mega celebrities like Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. (Okay Billy Crystal was friends with almost everyone) His stories about his family were touching and the tales of his career were interesting and entertaining. And he’s also really damn funny. For younger generations who only know Billy as Miracle Max and Mike Wazowski, it’s defiantly worth the read (or the listen, serious borrow the audiobook) Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to reserve all of Billy Crystal’s movies from the library.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sisney

    Maybe because he's exactly one year and one day older than I am, I've always been interested in fellow baby boomer and Pisces Billy Crystal, so I knew I would enjoy his memoir. As I expected, his book was hilarious. I especially enjoyed Billy's descriptions of how age has changed him. What I didn't expect was how touching his book would be. He has written not only a comic memoir but also a love story. He expresses his love for sports and athletes, especially Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle, for e Maybe because he's exactly one year and one day older than I am, I've always been interested in fellow baby boomer and Pisces Billy Crystal, so I knew I would enjoy his memoir. As I expected, his book was hilarious. I especially enjoyed Billy's descriptions of how age has changed him. What I didn't expect was how touching his book would be. He has written not only a comic memoir but also a love story. He expresses his love for sports and athletes, especially Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle, for entertainment and entertainers, especially Sammy Davis Junior and friends like Robin Williams and Rob Reiner, and for his family, especially his parents, brothers, daughters, grandchildren, and most especially his beloved wife with the funny last name, Janice Goldfinger-Crystal.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ollies_Mom

    I thought I found Billy Crystal funny...until I picked up this book. I'm on page 44 and so sick of him talking about his peni$ (are we allowed to write that word on Goodreads?), that this is going back to the library today. If I could rate it

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Grace

    Absolutely hysterical. I love Billy Crystal in pretty much everything, and I adore him that much more for his exceptional writing. I kept stopping and starting this book for whenever I had a few minutes to giggle, but I'm glad I finally got around to finishing it. Really, truly hilarious.

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