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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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    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 Member Since 2010

    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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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-26-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2010

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    "engaging comedy/memoir"

    Billy Crystal tells the story of his life in short vignettes. Some are stand-up comedy routines in front of a live audience; some of more serious (always with some humor) autobiographical pieces. This covers his growing up, his career in entertainment, life as a parent, middle age, turning 65, family, death, baseball, etc.. Rarely do these kinds of memoirs sustain my interest as something to listen to or read from start to end. While there were a few parts that felt repetitive, the next piece invariably touched me or made me laugh. You should know that there is no "tell all" aspect to this (except for his boy obsessions as a 13 year-old). Billy Crystal seems to be that rare entertainment star who had one wife and no children in trouble. Too perfect to believe? Maybe or maybe not. I did not let this bother me. His life is amazingly ordinary and extraordinary, and he comes across as such a likeable guy. I liked this quite a bit. Needless the say, the narrator (Billy Crystal!) delivers this book perfectly.

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    Nancy SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 03-21-14
    Nancy SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed Billy Crystal 's performance & story"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, Funny, Reflective


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

    Nicholas Sparks...Two Weeks With My Brother. They both share that unconditional love And Commitment of family.


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

    No, however, this one has peeked my interest to know if he has read his other books, too. I really thought that his reading the book made it even better, because the listener could hear his emotions, tone of voice, and humility.


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

    Yes. I saved it for a road trip. I belly laughed, slapped my knee laughing, clapped, and cried while driving from St. Louis to my cousin's in Lafayette, La.


    Any additional comments?

    It was my pleasure to read this book. Billy Crystal is a very talented person. I have a lot of respect for people in today's world of "nothing is ever enough" who manage to keep what is truly important as the center focus of how one lives life is commendable!

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    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 03-20-14
    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "On the whole, I liked it."

    Upfront - everyone with a sense of humor should listen to this book. His boyhood friendship with Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and later acqaintances and friendships with Mickey Mantle and Mohammad Ali would make a great book.

    There were moments that were awkward and you can tell that were somewhat awkward for him. He didn't seem that he wanted to talk about religion or W, but they were part of his life. And he decided not to hide anything. I give him credit for that.

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    Thomas Kailua, HI, United States 03-18-14
    Thomas Kailua, HI, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Billy at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Narration was superb and the story was funny and heartfelt.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    the inflection in his voice and the way he made humorous parts funny and warming moments vivid.


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

    his descriptions of meeting all of his heroes like mickey mantle and sophia loren were inspiring.


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    Trisha Hollifield Georgia, USA 03-13-14
    Trisha Hollifield Georgia, USA 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!!"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First on my list...Outstanding performance!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned little tid bits of his life I would never thought was true.


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

    He puts his personality in very sentance to make it as he is speaking directly to you.


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

    Where does he come up with all this stuff?


    Any additional comments?

    Just remarkable. If you have ever enjoyed any of Billy's humor, this brings the circle all together. The stories, personality, and true life stories give you a better insight of who Billy Crystal really is.

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    Mister Slippers Pac NW 03-12-14
    Mister Slippers Pac NW 03-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Probably good for my parents"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved Billy Crystal in the 80's & early 90's. Now he's much older and most of the jokes and stories in this (at least in the first hour) have to do with being old, viagra, etc. It's just not relatable to me, though I can imagine liking this in 30 years when I'm at his current age.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Billy Crystal? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd love to read or hear a book that he wrote in the 1980's, if such a thing exists.


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

    n/a


    Did Still Foolin' 'Em inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, try a different book.


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    Taun Ogle Miner San Antonio Texas 03-02-14
    Taun Ogle Miner San Antonio Texas 03-02-14 Member Since 2005

    Taunie

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    Laugh out loud funny! Thanks, Billy, for another priceless book! Please write another!

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