Audie Award - Audiobook of the Year, 2014
Audie Award Winner, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014
Audie Award Winner, Humor, 2014
Nominated for a 2014 Grammy in the Spoken Word category!
Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians, now that he's 65, and a look back at a remarkable career.
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.
Still Foolin' 'Em includes a portion recorded in front of a live studio audience.
©2013 Jennilind LLC (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Suburb walk through the life of Billy Crystal, with laughs all along the way.
I was surprised by how many celebs Billy knew as he rose to fame and yet he presents them with grace and humility.
Also he faces his age with a joke and a smile and helps the listener do the same.
What other author can poke fun at his own life with such style?
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
Educational, Wise and Entertaining
There really was only one character with this book and HIS world of characters.
I liked that he was so personable. Besides just reading from his book, parts are taken from live performances he has done-you can hear the live audience. I love the fact that he's famous and all but he has the same "kid issues" that we have as parents/grandparents-just a regular guy, but knows so much. Is it from growing up in Brooklyn where sports, music and family were all rolled into one and makes you wish you'd grown up there too, 'cause you might have (and probably did) missed something?
This was a book we listened too mostly all in one sitting-on a long drive heading to New York.
Sometimes the recording was a little difficult to hear-especially when he was whispering a thought.
Billy Crystal has always been one of my favorite entertainers. Reading the book might be fine and well, but listening to him in the studio or to an audience reading the chapters of this spirited biography is a joy and good medicine. I hope he feels like writing and reading what he writes more and more. Also, I hope he brings his play to San Francisco. I had to work over the holidays with hardly anybody in the office. Having his voice in my head for the last 3 hours on the Friday after Christmas while I worked on org charts and calculated numbers made me happy and sorry it ended. I love hearing about his family and famous friends. I had a ball listening to him describe meeting his dream girl (You will have to read or hear it. I am not spoiling anything.) He is so poignant it imitating people to comic and poetic effect. I didn't want to miss a word and will listen again.
This whole book is wonderful. He is a talented, rich, famous guy who has talented, rich, famous friends. However, he is a guy who loves his family. Also, I giggled a lot when he talked about his dream girl.
You want to hear him reading this book. He has a great voice. Then there are all the other voices - including his dream girl. His writing communicated love and joy, but you hear him live it.
I love what he writes about his mom and how she would call him on his birthday. I love every mention of his wife. What a partnership! That had me welling up while I was trying to move an org chart around. I giggled a few times and imagine giggling more when I remember him meeting his dream girl. I felt chills in the chapter about "letting him go."
If Billy would have focused on his life and comedy and not attempted to throw in political comments that were mean-spirited and extremely biased.
I did not buy this book to hear Billy's political opinion. Some comedians make fun of all politicians. Obviously, they are fair game, but Billy's political agenda and opinions were quite obvious. I don't care. I'm not interested in what you think politically.
The first half of the book was quite funny. The second half became almost maudlin and depressing. Yes, I know that none of us are going to get out of this life alive - but this part of the book went beyond funny. It seemed obsessive.
That's not really applicable since the book was all about Billy.
This book was just a great listen - charming story of Billy's life along with his thoughts on getting old. I have always been a big fan of his work and his sense of humor and knowing a little more about where he came from makes me love him even more!
I loved hearing about the relationship that he had with Mohammad Ali
The live performances of some of the chapters where great - his interaction with the crowd was really funny.
When he was talking about his daughters wedding.
This was a really interesting story about an interesting comedian. I laughed through the whole book - and would listen to it again - especially the live chapters.
A great audio book read by Billy. Includes some stand up as well. I preferred the parts just read by Billy rather than the stand up. An amazing story - he has achieved so much and is still is a down to earth person, Some swearing but in context. Very funny and sad in parts - Highly recommend.
BIlly is a great comic and does some wonderful voices
Billy Crystal drew me in with his life story which of course is funny. But then he lasso's you in with a tale of wide ranging wisdom about family, children, parents, life long friends - all of which happens as he brushes against famous show business people and places. He was attracted to the life and the people and they were attracted to him and his fundamental solid roots and morals. I have already ordered the written version of the book for family and friends as a gift. They say humor is a manifestation of intelligence. In that case Billy Crystal is a genius.
Right at the top. I listen to many different types of books. This one ranks right at the top.
There were definitely some sad moments. I think Billy was looking for the ....I laughed, I cried book. I am not easily moved to tears and I was not here however I could see where some might be.
When I finish a good book a part of me gets sad its over, wishing for maybe one more chapter! This book was no different.
Thanks for sharing your life Billy!
He is one of the funniest people on the earth today. I was completely charmed by how he is
still so impressed by other greats in his field and others. He tells one great story after another, chronicling his life. Highly recommend.
top 3 atleast
seems way too many to list just one, I guess I will say his recollection of raising his children.
the personal touch, I really think one would seriously miss out if they simply read this book, just incredible
yes and yes! and laughed again and cried again, and laughed again, and cried again, just THE BEST!!
I just can't say enough about this book, my only regret is that its finished, I just wish he had vol.2.
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