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Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys | [Billy Crystal]

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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    Jennifer 06-04-14
    Jennifer 06-04-14
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    "How can you not love Billy Crystal"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am honestly so glad that I chose to listen to this book over reading it. To hear Billy tell the stories of his life and crack jokes, was humorous, touching, and made for a great overall experience. If I could have Billy Crystal tell me stories all day long, I think that I would. My love for this great just grew by leaps and bounds after listening to this book.


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

    All of the touching personal moments he shared about his family.


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

    Muhammad Ali


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both!!! Although I cried more often than I anticipated.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book!

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    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 06-01-14
    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Maybe the BEST Audible book ever!"

    I laughed so hard I cried, then I cried at the poignancy of his stories, and smiled at the memories he shared. What a life...and a great book!! Well done, Mr. Crystal.

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    Terri COLOMA, MI, United States 05-16-14
    Terri COLOMA, MI, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    fun biographical background


    Which scene was your favorite?

    discussion of how it feels as a couple to consider burial plots


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

    Billy's relationship with his family - I love to hear a family man express how it feels to cherish a wife, children and grand children


    Any additional comments?

    I loved hearing how Mr. Crystal's career developed. I appreciate the choices he made over the years that had much less to do with career and much more to do with family.

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    D.A.P. Temecula, CA USA 05-10-14
    D.A.P. Temecula, CA USA 05-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughed til we cried..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Both my husband and I loved this audiobook. Billy Crystal is so down-to-earth and FUNNY. We related on all kinds of levels and loved getting to know him as a person.


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

    When he got to be a Yankee's player for a day. But the Sex at 65 had us doubled over in laughter.


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    Richard Brown Pendleton, IN 04-29-14
    Richard Brown Pendleton, IN 04-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't Even Finish It"
    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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    Mary augusta, GA, United States 04-26-14
    Mary augusta, GA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2011

    Thank God for a mother that read to all the time. Now I can not go anywhere without iPod and headphones. Books allow me to be an armchair traveler, student and audience.

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    I had just seen his HBO special and really liked it. When I started listening the story became a totally different animal. I no know it takes Crystal's stge movement and faces to mke it work. I have always liked Billy Crystal but see him on stage. The book is dry,slow and I wish I had not purchased it. Sorry Billy.

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    Mary United States 04-18-14
    Mary United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Loves audio books, movies, the theater and a great glass of red wine.

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    "Love Billy Crystal??? You will love this book"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes yes yes! Billy Crystal is a fantastic comedian and actor but an even a bigger success as a human being. His story is just so enjoyable and he reads it so nicely that I felt I was sitting right along side of him as he shares his story.


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

    Don't know


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    700 Sundays. Fabulous


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

    The way he talks about his wife Janice and how he talks about his daughter and grandchildren.


    Any additional comments?

    I lived this book so much I was sad when it was over

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    Gregg Thomas Stokes Reno, Nevada 04-17-14
    Gregg Thomas Stokes Reno, Nevada 04-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Designer, Dreamer, Digital Doer. I love to take walks, garden, and putter around while listening to a good book.

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    "A true storyteller with a photographic memory."
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is worth the listen. After listening to some rather heavy stuff, this book is the right mix of wonderful and relaxing. He is truly funny brings his observations to life with his great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Billy's uncle.


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book ranks up there with Tina Fey's book. I reality you always kind of overlook Billy Crystal...he hosted the Oscars and was in some funny movies...but this guy is classy and only makes any project he is in a better. He works hard at his craft and is shows.


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

    Are you shitting me?


    Any additional comments?

    What an enjoyable book. Billy spares no emotion as he steps you thought his fantastic, wonderful, lucky life.

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    CrisRod7 04-17-14
    CrisRod7 04-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it and gave it out as gifts"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    The absolute best part was hearing Billy's voice (after the book, you feel like you're on a first name basis with him) telling you all his stories. Worst part? The fact that I listened to it at work and often got caught smiling to my self or straight up laughing!


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

    I think when he tells about getting to play for the Yankees. Or when he meets Sophia Loren....or when.....just kidding, but seriously, there's a lot of great moments. After listening to it on audible, I bought the CDs and gave them to my mom. She loves them and keeps telling my brother the stories and now he really wants to listen to them too!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughing! Some strong smiles. But some cries or at least, pretty sad moments are there too.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an absolute delight, and I think it's one of the top books I've listened to. Billy is not just a great comedian and actor, he's a great person, and it comes through in the way he tells his story. Listening to his voice, it feels like you and he are best buds by the end.

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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 04-11-14
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 04-11-14

    Cosmic Dreamer

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    "Maybe the greatest of all time"

    Like his friend Muhammed Ali, Billy Crystal might be the best at this genre, the humorous memoir. After hearing Billy read this book, I'm sorry for those you had to actually read it and only pretend they were hearing his voice. Crystal covers his life from birth to his 65th birthday, March of 2013. Although there is a lot of laughs, this book has a number of serious moments. And they are very moving.
    When he discusses Ali and Howard Cosell he does their voices and you will bust out laughing. But I also thought it was interesting when he talked about being an atheist (doesn't use that word but he defines it nicely). Then later throughout the book he references heaven and God and having a soul - but then later reaffirms that the life you see is the only life you get. So do something special on your birthday - listen to this book.

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  • Jackie
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    4/10/14
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    "I hated this"
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    I used to like Billy Crystal years ago so in need of some light relief I thought I'd listen to this. Talk about tiresome! I think maybe if you are a Jewish American baseball fanatic with significant knowledge of the working of the film and TV industry it may resonate more with you but I lost the will to live - which was the opposite of what I was hoping for.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A. Arrowsmith
    Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.


    0 of 0 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 :)))


    0 of 0 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    United Kingdom
    3/29/14
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    "Not what I was expecting..."
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I love Billy Crystal as an actor, still do.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Not so keen on him as 'him'; too 'in your face' for me from someone who I still think of as Harry...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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