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Richard Brown

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  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1950)
    Performance
    (1780)
    Story
    (1773)

    Billy Crystal is 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, and 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. Listeners 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.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Couldn't Even Finish It"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less cursing, better stories, not recorded live in front of an audience.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A better autobiography than this one to help settle my disappointment.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I disliked most of it being in front of an audience. The audience and his offhand comments to them was distracting. The stories weren't that funny or interesting. I love Billy Crystal and enjoy his movies, but this was horrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Still Foolin' 'Em?

    Most of them. I barely chuckled during the half of the "book" that I listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to listen to an older comedian tell the same stories about growing old that you've all heard a million times with lots of cursing, annoying audience interaction, and maybe a chuckle here or there, then this book is for you. If you were looking for an insight into Billy Crystal's life and history, with some funny bits in there, you will be disappointed.

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