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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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    "One of the best audio books ever!"

    Billy Crystal narrating & performing his own auto-biography? Waddaya reading this review for? Download the book and settle in to laugh out loud and get acquainted with Mr. Crystal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek James 01-13-15
    Derek James 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "life story will blow u all away"

    I love it. I been fan of Billy crystal for years. very enduring. He still funny even after all these years. As a Senior citizen Billy still is funny. Talks about his career and family

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    Laura 01-11-15
    Laura 01-11-15
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    "Laughs and Life's Gifts"

    Loved this collection of Billy's memories and old timer stories of family. Heart warming and funny. He tells them all with a great sense of humor. Enjoyable read.

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    Cyn Sam USA 01-10-15
    Cyn Sam USA 01-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Lovely Funny Tearful Honest"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed listening. As always, Mr Crystal is a brilliant performer bringing every emotion to his story.


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    Charles Barletta Plymouth, ma United States 01-04-15
    Charles Barletta Plymouth, ma United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Made me think and laugh"

    I enjoyed this book very much I grew up with Billy and he will always be one of my favorites and this book really made me think and laugh which is what Billy is always done

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    Randy 12-28-14
    Randy 12-28-14
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    "I laughed I cried it's a great book!"

    Billy Crystal book had me laughing and crying thinking of my dad thanking God for my mom and my family. Haven't think about the small things down to the memories I thought I want forgot

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    Yvette M 12-16-14
    Yvette M 12-16-14

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    "Billy Crystal's book was addictive for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Hearing his story in his own voice. Haring him do all the impressions, the delivery. No comparison to a written book. This one is a MUST audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    His drive and strength and loyalty to his family.


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

    ??? so many? Favorite? Mohammed Ali. Jack Nicholson also. :-)


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

    When he brought Mickey Mantle's wife to the stadium after it was ready to shoot his movie '61'. Not to mention the work that went into that place so it would be perfect. I do not want to give anything away so I will not go into detail but I believe that is the kind of perfectionism that not only makes a great artist, it's also made obvious we are discovering a good honest man.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to laugh out loud and feel like you've made a new friend, get this audio book and then listen carefully.

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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-10-14
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Do NOT listen to this book..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    in public.
    you will gets lots of people staring at you for your inappropriate goofy grinning and laughing out loud out of the blue.
    There are parts that are so absolutely hilarious its embarrassing.
    There are some parts where I find he is a little full of himself, but overall, this was just hilarious, and as he says early in the book, he always leaves you with a little lesson. Really quick listen.


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

    why would you read a book when you can have Billy Crystal speak it to you? Comedy is so much about presentation...i have to think this is 2x as funny because he is the reader.
    Plus its so great to have an author read his own books.


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    Daniel Murray California 12-05-14
    Daniel Murray California 12-05-14 Member Since 2014

    The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.

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    "I laughed out loud — unexpectedly — a lot."
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    What a passionate and loving man he is. It came through every word. And, he is a tremendously talented narrator.


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


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    bookworm 12-04-14
    bookworm 12-04-14

    I only like to read n0n-fiction. Bio's memoirs, true crime, profiling, History of wars. I'm interested in the truth of things.

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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    I LOVED IT


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

    Penny Marshall's " My Mother was nuts"
    funny, interesting, very much like members of my own family.
    emotional, heart warming and I read both of them twice!


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

    It's in his voice and that's the best thing of all


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

    I did both


    Any additional comments?

    GET this book if you enjoy Billy Crystal's sense of humor, timing, and you enjoyed him in movies and TV
    You will NOT be disappointed.

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    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.

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  • Mr
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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!

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    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.


    2 of 2 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 :)))


    2 of 2 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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    4/8/15
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    "engrossing"

    Billy crystal nailed the narration. brilliant stories and very laugh out loud moments. A must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Choo
    3/24/15
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    "Vastly entertaining"

    Funny, witty, insightful with fascinating peeks into Billy Crystal's personal life and private moments with family and friends. I found myself smiling throughout the book and even laughing out loud in many places. I hope Billy Crystal continues to entertain us in his inimitable way for a few more decades to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G.
    Kent, UK
    2/24/15
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    "Billy Is The Best!"

    Brilliant! Nothing better than listen to the exuberant tones of Billy Crystal, narrating a wonderful life... Touched with humour, emotion and great anecdotes. Superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    2/22/15
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    "Amusing but better for an American audience"

    The bonus in this book is that some sections are live in front of an audience - which adds vitality. The best sections are about Billy's personal life and are much more heartfelt. There are short sections where Billy 'performs' in the voices of people he is know for impersonating - those I found less engaging. As an English reader, the sections on baseball and sports were not of so much interest to me - but that's a subjective thing - and is not meant as a criticism - just a note for other UK readers. An amusing read with varied sections that will appeal to different groups of people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LE BROOKS
    2/8/15
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    "Love Billy Crystal say no more"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy reading the story.


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

    Just how grounded he is, one wife, one house


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

    His unique voice


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, laughed so many times, only half way through and already feeling sad because it will end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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