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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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    Grace Wellesley, MA, United States 02-28-14
    Grace Wellesley, MA, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done"

    While the humor in the first few chapters wasn't for me, I'm glad I continued to listen. Great narration, insightful sharing of his interesting life, poignant moments, and told so that I smiled and laughed.

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    Jana Bouc El Cerrito, CA USA 02-25-14
    Jana Bouc El Cerrito, CA USA 02-25-14 Member Since 2003
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    "TMI about Billy Crystal's genitals"

    Billy Crystal is a nice man, a loving husband and father and grandfather, a good friend to many. Got it. But I did not enjoy this "book" which is more of a series of standup routines than chapters of a book (and in the audio version much of it is actually presented as a stand-up routine before a live audience).

    I found myself cringing often throughout the book because of the TMI problem (too much information about his genitals and sexual urges that was meant to be funny but mostly wasn't--maybe it's a guy thing and male readers would enjoy it more) and because of the ageist humor. Despite his own aging, the book is full of stereotypes about aging, most of which really aren't even true of him: he and his wife are athletic and healthy. I also cringed at some of the humor based on Jewish stereotypes.

    I finished the book respecting and appreciating Billy Crystal but this book not so much. Maybe I'm just the wrong demographic for it?

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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 02-19-14
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    "I Adore BILLY CRYSTAL!"

    Billy Crystal is a funny man with a lot of insight about life in the fast lane and the slowing down that comes with the detours age makes while on the super highway. Very funny man. Could have listened to him for a lot longer. Great performance. Puts into perspective the fact that we are all trying to find our keys at this stage in life and a good laugh at all the ticks and tocks of life's clock helps make things bearable. I enjoyed this listen and recommend it. Caution not for young ears, adult language. Well worth a credit.

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    KC in the south 02-17-14
    KC in the south 02-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's different than a 'story' book - but so very entertaining….my husband and I both enjoyed it on a road trip recently. It's right up there with other favorites.


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

    Having Billy Crystal's voice made it great - you could just imagine some of his expressions if you are familiar with him. He really is a family man - very sweet stories.


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

    No, but we will.


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

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    It was a joy to listen to!

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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 02-15-14
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 02-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Didn't fool me a bit! Great book!"

    I loved this book! Billy Crystal has a funny story about everything, even where poignancy is involved. There were clips from his comedy shows as well, which were "earthy" in places, but funny, funny, funny. He made me realize that aging is something we all do, but we have to look at it with a twinkle in our eyes.

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    Gail United States 02-06-14
    Gail United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    If you need a good laugh and you are a Billy Crystal fan (even a little), you must listen to his book. Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been , Where I’m Going. He reads the audio version! I just started listening on the way to work this morning and literally laughed all the way to work. He has written essays about turning 65. While I am not there yet, I can relate and even if I can’t he is hilarious!!Warning…it is a bit bawdy.


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    Simon Balmain, Australia 02-01-14
    Simon Balmain, Australia 02-01-14
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    In 3 words... "Bloody funny Billy"


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

    His history with some of the most amazing people in the world; Mohamed Ali, Mickey Mantle etc


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book!

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    Lisa FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 01-30-14
    Lisa FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Love Billy Crystal you'll love this book"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its so close to listening to one of his standup routines. Definitely the best comedy book I've listened to.


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

    His narrative with his inflection is always better than you're reading his life stories.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. And I've listened to it a dozen times. Doesn't get old.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely buy this book if you love Billy Crystal. Hands down one of the best he's written by far.

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    Cameron 01-30-14
    Cameron 01-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    The memoirs part of this book was great. Billy has lived a fascinating life. The musings part of this book, read before a live audience, was mostly an unfunny stand-up act. I expected more from Mr. Crystal.

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    Susan Chatham, NJ, United States 01-28-14
    Susan Chatham, NJ, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Still Laughing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    This book has you laughing and crying. It is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, especially as Billy reads it! People must have thought me a little crazy as I walked the dog or drove in the car and I'd be laughing out loud!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing about his growing up years as I could relate to so many of the things he was talking about, even though I grew up in the Midwest. And, his love of family is so apparent.


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

    I loved the end when he talks about dying and his wife Janice. I was very moved by his words of love for her.


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