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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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    Raghavendra Ramesh 08-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Discovering the Power of Reading by Listening !

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    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Oh yes, I just need to randomly listen to Billy narrating any chapter and that should set me off and lift my mood.


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

    Oye (you will know this only if you read the book / listen to it in this case)


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

    Sophia Loren


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

    Mind blowing narrative skills by Billy !! Engaging and Entertaining!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Billy lends his voice for more books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zeus Miami, FL, United States 08-08-14
    Zeus Miami, FL, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A Great Listen! Made Me Forget I Was Stuck Traffic"
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    This is a terrific audio book! Billy Crystal is honest in his sharing. There were moments I laughed hard and others that hit close to home and brought a tear to my eye. When an audio book can make not mind being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, that's a winner! Billy Crystal shares his thoughts, fears, concerns as he ages and asks questions me and guessing many are afraid to ask out loud. I couldn't wait to get back to the book when I got in the car.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Crystal can play many characters but I enjoyed Billy as a father and husband. You come to see that he has the same concerns and life moments you have and listening to how he navigates them helps me visualize how I can better play those moments in my own life.


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

    This is the first.


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

    Nothing wrong with his title! It's on point!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audio book! It's done in a heartfelt way. Being a former NYer myself, I found myself daydreaming and remember my dad and wishing he were still here.

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    Charlo Maurer 08-06-14 Member Since 2002
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    "A very entertaining funny book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've been laughing a lot listening to this Billy Crystal biography. It is really a mix of live recordings of him reading certain chapters with audience laughter and chapters when he goes through his life chronologically, telling the reader about his career. I particularly love the live sections, but it is all good. He is as funny a writer as he is an actor. Or maybe funnier.


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

    It could be compared to a David Sedaris book as he makes fun of his own life and circumstances.


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

    His voice and timing of the reading is perfect.


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

    Yes, it certainly caught me up, but it's also a good one for reading in parts because each chapter is a good independent story by itself.


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    Art Bensenville, IL, United States 08-04-14
    Art Bensenville, IL, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Very entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy's performance. Very moving and funny.


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

    Steve Martin's and Tina Fey's autobiography are similar.


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

    Have not so can't compare.


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

    Sure.


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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

    LilMamma3

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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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