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
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.
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!
The author truly performed it.
700 Sundays as it is also a performance
It made me laugh and cry. Crystal touches your heart deeply.
His humor is so philosophical, not raunchy. He is a real icon to me in the world of humor.
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.
I am exactly his age and I could relate to so many things he said.
Is "700 Sundays" a book? That was marvelous also.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
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.
There were some area's where I thought this was not the right choice for me. Specifically the section on sex and parts of the bit on baseball but overall, this is a funny and interesting summary of his life. I never knew about all of the friends he collected in the sports world and never really thought I would care but he told these stories with energy and gave an encouraging view of the world and how good it can be if you use your personal passion to live it. He came from and created a great family which is rare for anyone in Hollywood so that too was refreshing. He's got the energy and spirit of someone much younger but with the respect for those mentors that have gone before.
After seeing Billy do his one-man show on Broadway, I just needed to get this audio book. Rather than read it, I knew this would be so much better if Billy did the narrating.
And, I was NOT disappointed!
What an experience. This audio book is worth thousands in entertainment value. Also, learning how Billy's family was part of entertainment history (I won't spoil this for you!!) is astounding!
The history, the acting the laughs. And, I learned so much about human nature from this book. What an experience.
Billy... it's all Billy. Oh, and Howard Cosell. LOL
I'm speechless. This was one of the best purchases is years. Thank you, Billy Crystal.
Just get it. Really. Just get it.
Sure, who doesn't want to hang out with Billy Crystal?
Not so much. Here's why: this is the true-to-life Billy. He curses and sounds dumb when he does. He waxes poetic about his wife and family and it's sentimental instead of touching.
Just take out the curses. He's not Louis C.K. or Louis Black and the "Angry Old Man" thing doesn't work for him. It's like listening to a six year old curse; there's no real edge, it just makes you cringe.
Oh, my god, yes. And Billy should play ALL the parts. I would love to see him do a movie about his life. He has no idea how much he is adored.
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.
All of the touching personal moments he shared about his family.
Both!!! Although I cried more often than I anticipated.
Listen to this book!
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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