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Still Foolin' 'Em Audiobook

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Marc Slavin NY metropolitan area 10-23-15
    Marc Slavin NY metropolitan area 10-23-15 Member Since 2007

    sag actor

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    "Shmaltzy Ego"

    10 hours of Billy Crystal telling you (in the words of Fernando) How Maaaaarvelous! he is.

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    john 10-21-15
    john 10-21-15 Member Since 2015

    Erudite!

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    "Poignant comic profile of a life"

    Good comedy on a depressing subject; aging. Billy Crystal is surprisingly insightful while yucking it up as he brings us down. He has some backstage views of some Hollywood and cultural icons. In the end a nice mix of comedy and insight.

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    Roger Perrault Westmount, Quebec Canada 10-12-15
    Roger Perrault Westmount, Quebec Canada 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Billy's Story"

    I enjoyed the book overall, Crystal has amazing stories to tell and boy he does it well. The live segments were variable and the obscenities seemed gratuitous adding nothing to his tales. An excellent raconteur with interesting observations on life. I have seen several of his films and his behind the scenes observations encourage me to see the films that I may have missed.

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    Kbkcord New York, NY United States 10-12-15
    Kbkcord New York, NY United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Audible book I've ever listened to."

    Not having been an especially huge fan of Billy Crystal, as he became that talented funny genius that I always took for granted, his book which he narrates also, is a delight in every way. I love this man, for his honesty, integrity, capacity for love and appreciation of all the right things, and mostly his genius!

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    Teresa Mount Juliet, TN, United States 10-12-15
    Teresa Mount Juliet, TN, United States 10-12-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Poignant, funny, touching"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant
    Funny
    Touching


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, the honesty, the openness. Crystal didn't shy away from the bad or tragic. He embraced it all. He connects with the listener on a very human level.


    What does Billy Crystal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent, his inflections and his tone. He places the emphases where he intended them to be.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You'll laugh so hard you'll cry... and when you cry tears of sadness, you'll smile through them


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Very raw, which made it easy to associate with, even though I myself am not a Baby Boomer.

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    Ashlee 10-12-15
    Ashlee 10-12-15
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    "couldn't get better"

    caught myself laughing out loud. no one could read this like billy crystal. he adds so much to the book. so glad I listened to this. now I want everyone I know to listen! too funny. sweet and sentimental. so good

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    Agnieszka Kruk 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining, moving, uplifting."

    Listened to it twice on a raw. Fantastic audiobook! Really well put and the performance is just first class.

    Parts of the audiobook are read with live audience. Made me smile, laugh out loud and cry a couple of times. I've already recommnded it to several friends of mine.

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    Patty 07-31-15
    Patty 07-31-15
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    "Very well done!"

    It was funny, moving and heartwarming. I recommend it to middle aged people who can relate to Billy's experiences! Thanks Billy

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    BunnyDee 07-16-15
    BunnyDee 07-16-15

    Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny

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    "I wish he had left the politics at home"

    I adore Billy Crystal. This was wonderful, overall. I wish he didn't assume we are all Democrats. Other than that, it was lovely and charming. I would recommended it to any fan of his.

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    MT64 07-13-15
    MT64 07-13-15 Member Since 2015

    Laughing is part of my daily workout.

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    "Made driving to work very enjoyable!"

    Didn't know much about Billy until now. But since I liked several of his performance decide to give it a chanche and I am happy I did. This book took me in a journey of laughs and tears which is what I expect from a good book. Made driving ro work fun.

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    8/28/14
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    "Billy, you never fail us!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Honest Funny Family


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Any autobiography that is honest, funny, heartwarming, humble and entertaining.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Oo, ermmm, tricky one that! His early days with Janice? All encounters with Mohammed Ali? They will do for starters :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talks about his wife. He so clearly adores every bone of her.


    Any additional comments?

    Billy, I wish that your life had been 1000 years already as I could listen to your exploits, adventures, thoughts and anecdotes for a very long time before I got even close to putting on a kettle.

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  • Mr
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    8/1/14
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    "Simply very Billy Crystal"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, touching, engrossing


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Nothing compares to this, he is genius...


    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favourite?

    Has to be Magic Max


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Billy describes the worst part about death


    Any additional comments?

    An utterly captivating and thoroughly entertaining performance, made all that funnier by Billy himself delivering much of it in front of a live audience - absolute comedy gold, with a very personal and heart-warming feel to it. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    7/7/14
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    "Loved it. Billy is funny and human"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Billy manages to be charming, funny and down to earth without a trace of arrogance. He tells his story with humour and in a way I could totally relate to. His voice is such a pleasure to listen to and I just loved this book.


    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favourite?

    I have always been a Billy Crystal fan, but this book made his so much more real. It felt like I was listening to an old and dear friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Billy's recounting of his daughters and in particular, the eldest one's wedding really touched me. I felt like it could have been our home, our daughters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Merril
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    6/29/14
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    "If you write it, I will read!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, fun,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Light hearted look at life


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    It feels a very personal reading, like a good friend talking to you in your living room. He is a good story teller, and I didn't realise until now what a good mimic he is too. A very entertaining listen, especially for those of us who are in our fifties - he outlines all those things we have to look forward to :)))


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Clare Mead
    Kent
    6/22/14
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    "Brilliant, Loved the actor but now love the man!"
    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favourite?

    I would have to say that all the voices was good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    They way that family is everything, the love that he feels for his family


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    4/8/15
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    "engrossing"

    Billy crystal nailed the narration. brilliant stories and very laugh out loud moments. A must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Choo
    3/24/15
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    "Vastly entertaining"

    Funny, witty, insightful with fascinating peeks into Billy Crystal's personal life and private moments with family and friends. I found myself smiling throughout the book and even laughing out loud in many places. I hope Billy Crystal continues to entertain us in his inimitable way for a few more decades to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G.
    Kent, UK
    2/24/15
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    "Billy Is The Best!"

    Brilliant! Nothing better than listen to the exuberant tones of Billy Crystal, narrating a wonderful life... Touched with humour, emotion and great anecdotes. Superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    2/22/15
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    "Amusing but better for an American audience"

    The bonus in this book is that some sections are live in front of an audience - which adds vitality. The best sections are about Billy's personal life and are much more heartfelt. There are short sections where Billy 'performs' in the voices of people he is know for impersonating - those I found less engaging. As an English reader, the sections on baseball and sports were not of so much interest to me - but that's a subjective thing - and is not meant as a criticism - just a note for other UK readers. An amusing read with varied sections that will appeal to different groups of people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LE BROOKS
    2/8/15
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    "Love Billy Crystal say no more"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy reading the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Foolin' 'Em?

    Just how grounded he is, one wife, one house


    What does Billy Crystal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His unique voice


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, laughed so many times, only half way through and already feeling sad because it will end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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