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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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    C. Mitchell Montana USA 08-02-14
    C. Mitchell Montana USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Still Crackin' 'Em Up"

    I'm almost through with this book and have enjoyed every bit of it. I find myself smiling as I drive to work or home. Crystal is the consummate comedian and entertainer. His love of the Yankees is complete as well as the love of his family and making people laugh. He has a lot of famous friends and has had opportunities that most of us regular joes will never have, but he tells those stories well. I've seen most of his movies and all of his shows on HBO and it's great to hear the back stories. He'll be the grand old man of comedy at some point - if not now! This book is only 8 hours and is a great break from some of the heavier and longer books I've listened to recently. I promise you'll enjoy it.

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    Jeff 07-28-14
    Jeff 07-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny and heartfelt all the way through"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's like listening to a stand up act or good storytelling in one of his movies the whole time. Enjoyed every bit of it. Plenty of funny stories and laughs.


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    Amazon Customer 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved It!"
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    I have never laughed or cried so much while listening to an audio book. Billy Crystal is at his best, and I enjoyed learning about his life. I love his passion for his family and life. I purchased a hard copy of the book for my father, because I thought that he would enjoy reading this book.

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    Sam G 07-04-14
    Sam G 07-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "From Genitalia to Theology..."
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    You'd think that a book by Billy Crystal narrated by the author himself would be truly entertaining. Unfortunately, its moments of entertainment are rare, and made all the more ephemeral by Crystal's rushed and emotion-free delivery. Much more glaring are his frequent references to his own genitalia, his lack of compassion for others, and his utter lack of respect for others' religious views. His die-hard fans just might make it through this one with a thirst for more. The rest of us had to force ourselves to finish the book.

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    P. Rollins Northern Virginia, USA 06-24-14
    P. Rollins Northern Virginia, USA 06-24-14 Member Since 2014

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    "What an amazing life! And soooo funny!"
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    The ease of listening to this man tell his life story. He is very likeable, very funny and I was sad when it ended.


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

    None compares! It is my first comedy biography (I love history) so it set the standard high.


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

    no. I will have to download them!


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

    mutchkis!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend! Love. Love. Love.
    Oh, and try not to drink coffee when you are listening to this. I spit more coffee that way!!!

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    J. Bauman BC Canada 06-22-14
    J. Bauman BC Canada 06-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Billy Crystal the greatest of all time hmm"

    What a wonderful book. I listen to him on my way to work. I think I have listened to his book about 8 or 9 time now. His impersonations are so real and entertaining and the stories he tells are funny and heart warming when he impersonates the people he talks about. I have seen all his movies and loved every one of them. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.

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    Tami Port Allegany, PA, United States 06-18-14
    Tami Port Allegany, PA, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2009

    I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.

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    "Do not use heavy machinery with this book"

    It can be slightly dangerous to listen to Billy read this book, especially while driving which is when I usually listen to audiobooks.. But reading it yourself isn't near as entertaining, hilarious, poignant, thought provoking and sometimes, just provoking. Billy tells the story of his life and takes you on the journey with him. I'm here to tell you it is quite a ride.

    You get an insider's look at life as a successful comedian, as an actor/director, and as a family man. He's unflinchingly honest about himself and the people he's met in his life.

    At it's heart, Still Foolin Them is vintage Crystal and that is enough for me to listen. Never mind that I almost went up a telephone pole while listening. It was worth it!

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    Herstory buff San Antonio, Texas 06-18-14
    Herstory buff San Antonio, Texas 06-18-14 Member Since 2013

    biography fan

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    "I Couldn't Stop Laughing"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    The author truly performed it.


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

    700 Sundays as it is also a performance


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

    Mohammed Ali


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

    It made me laugh and cry. Crystal touches your heart deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    His humor is so philosophical, not raunchy. He is a real icon to me in the world of humor.

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    Michael A. Kearney High Springs, FL United States 06-16-14
    Michael A. Kearney High Springs, FL United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm actually Judi Kearney and an avid audible listener. My listening time is constrained by the weather in that I am a small, organic farmer who needs to "make hay when the sun goes in!" I am also a quilter so I keep busy with that indoors when the weather is too hot to be outside here in Florida.

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    "A poignant and funny peek into Billy's life."
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I am exactly his age and I could relate to so many things he said.


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

    Is "700 Sundays" a book? That was marvelous also.


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

    Ricardo Montalban


    Any additional comments?

    More, please

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    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 06-13-14
    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Good but overrated"

    I'm a Billy Crystal fan. I enjoy his movies, and I liked this book.

    That being said, I think that it got a lot more praise than it deserved, and I think that reading the book in front of a live audience should have disqualified it from being eligible for "best narration". It was amusing, but half of it was essentially a comedy album. Not really a fair competition.

    Anyway, I enjoyed Crystal's stories, but like all comedians of a certain age, his humor frequently felt flat. It was rehashed jokes I've heard other places for years now.

    Crystal's life was interesting, and the book held my attention. But the book was also about growing old, and was frequently depressing and sad. Like the movie "Mr. Saturday Night", referenced in the book with much self-awareness, I found it depressing to see a comedian I love grow old. Maybe that's not fair reason to downgrade my rating... and maybe it's a reflection of my age that I'm just not ready for a poignant swan-song from one of my favorite celebrities.

    Anyway, It's an excellent performance, and pretty good story. If I didn't feel it was being vastly overrated, I would have given it an additional star, but in this case, I do feel it needs to be knocked down a peg.

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  • 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.

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 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 :)))


    1 of 1 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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beccy
    8/20/14
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    "More than worth the credit!"

    From a very funny man comes an extremely funny story of his life, what he's experienced and what he learned along the way. Was laughing in the first minute and it only got better from there. I brought this on a whim, not my usual 'listen' but i'm so, pleased i did.

    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...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joan O Ireland
    Ireland
    10/7/14
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    "Laughed out loud on the train"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    Did not buy the print version.


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

    Up Till Now


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    His description of his family now and young life is touching.


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

    I like to listen to books over time so it was long enough to enjoy over a few days when I had time. Played it twice.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that Billy is the narrator is great because it is his own story, so many books are ruined because someone else is putting their slant or accent on them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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