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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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    Ruth Trendel 10-11-14
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    "Funny and relateable."
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites


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

    the timing, it was like having a friend tell you a story


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

    memories, life and laughter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 09-26-14
    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Funny!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, hilarious, insightful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's hard to make a listener laugh out loud but Billy Crystal can pull that off.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    I felt like he was talking to me over a cup of coffee. I wanted to hug him after listening to the book.


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

    The chapter about his debut with the Yankees.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Helena, Montana, United States 09-25-14
    Scott Helena, Montana, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Funny, Insightful and full of heart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, Any man with a sense of humor, children and over the age of 40 will enjoy this book. Billy is honest, sincere and uses his sense of humor to deal with the many milestones of life like the birth of your child, turning 40, 50 and so on. It is not series of jokes, but insightful stories that open up the life of this comedian for all of us to share.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy is both a comedian and storyteller and he does both on this audible book


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

    I have enjoyed his standup for years and have many of his performance on my Ipod


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

    When talks about his daughter getting married and the evolution of her from child to a woman. I have boys, but can identify strongly with the emotions he shares.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could thank Billy personally. I have listened to other comedians books and have often been disappointed by just a repeat of jokes their famous for in their performance. I really felt I knew Billy a little better through his book

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    Patricia United States 09-25-14
    Patricia United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "As a fellow "Babyboomer" I really enjoyed this!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I loved hearing about Billy's relationship with his wife and family. His adventures with athletes and fellow comedians make a great listen!


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    Terry Coy Glen Carbon, Illinois 09-17-14
    Terry Coy Glen Carbon, Illinois 09-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "He's still got it!!"
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    This book takes to "backstage" to many of Billy's great career moments - as well as touching personal stories. It made me laugh until I couldn't breathe and at times, it brought tears to my eyes with the poignant, personal stories he shares. Presented in his own voice it feels like an old friend sharing a story over a bottle of wine (or two).


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

    Stories of his appearances on SNL, in movies like When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride and Analyze This - brought those movie memories to life.


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    crystal 09-16-14
    crystal 09-16-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Terrible language"
    Would you try another book from Billy Crystal and/or Billy Crystal?

    No I think he thinks he is funny but he isn't


    Would you ever listen to anything by Billy Crystal again?

    No this might be funny for another old guy but as a women....terrible


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't


    Could you see Still Foolin' 'Em being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Never...


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    Anna 09-10-14
    Anna 09-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "All but ONE thing."
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Great book, wonderful performance. This is a book to be listened to so that one can enjoy the humor in his characters, impersonations... The ONE thing that got me was when he said he didn't like fat people. He pretty much believes that fat people take up space in the world. Not everything in one's mind needs to be shared. This one comment will forever color my feelings for Billy Crystal. Shame on you, sir!


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    Grant Torrance, CA, United States 09-09-14
    Grant Torrance, CA, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Maaavalous!"

    It was a nice mixture of Billy just reading and readings from live shows that added some energy and excitement to the book. I just wish I could see photos of people or situations that he spoke about. Not sure if they are in the printed book, but would love a PDF of images from books to be delivered with audio books. I know some do, but I wish it was all of them.

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    Laurie Pleasanton, CA, US 09-06-14
    Laurie Pleasanton, CA, US 09-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I would love to be Billy Crystal's friend!"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book, the best! I felt like he was talking to me and telling his interesting stories. I've been a fan but now I am an even bigger fan! He is a funny guy but also sweet, sentimental, tenacious and smart. Who wouldn't want to know him?


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

    Bossy Pants by Tina Fey was similar.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance - he's an actor and comedian.


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    Ralph Centennial, CO, United States 09-04-14
    Ralph Centennial, CO, United States 09-04-14
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    "I was so disappointed"
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    Less vulgarity


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Instead of the solid humor that Billy is known for, he has sunk down to the gutter-talk that prevails on amateur night at the local comedy club.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this as an Audio Book. In my opinion, nobody delivers comedy like Billy Crystal. And that's why I was so disappointed. It should be noted that I never listened to the majority of the book - I stopped listening after about 30 minutes. Instead of the solid humor that Billy is known for, he has sunk down to the gutter-talk that prevails on amateur night at the local comedy club. Prior to writing this review I did not read any other reviews, but I did notice that this book has received a bunch of 4-star and 5-star ratings; this is a mystery to me. Perhaps if I had endured and listened to the whole book I would have given it a higher rating. Nonetheless, if you purchase this book be prepared for something less than what you have come to expect from Billy Crystal.

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