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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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    p bellvue, CO, United States 09-20-13
    p bellvue, CO, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Rehash, Recap, and interesting only to the author"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was not for me but friends of Billy might associate themselves with it and enjoy it.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Don't get me wrong, I love Billy Crystal, but when I started to listen to the book it seem worn, cliche', and a rehash of his life. It was depressing instead of funny. The same old complaints when jokes are ok, but when woven into a "this is my life" story seemed cynical and sad.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Billy Crystal?

    Billy Crystal did a fine job of narration. I do not think anyone would or could be any better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Billy Crystal had written about his life instead of scripted his life from old Jewish jokes. I was very interested and prepared to enjoy this book. Instead I had to escape from the noise and shut it down after I was half way through.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Mobile, AL, United States 12-03-13
    Peggy Mobile, AL, United States 12-03-13
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    "Dissapointing language and subject"

    From page 1, not family friendly. Not what I expected after enjoying his stage work, maybe I only saw the PG material.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Big John Montana 10-18-13
    Big John Montana 10-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Starts out funny, gets factual and boring."

    I thought, billy crystal, telling stories, this ought to be great, and the book did start out pretty good, but it turned into a factual account of what he did and when about half way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Kristin LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly dull, even though he's so funny."
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    The descriptions of ailments of the elderly in the first few minutes is ghastly, yet kind of funny.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I usually find him to be a very funny guy, but when telling his own story, he brags a lot. It sort of reads like a long form career bio/brag sheet where he details his professional accomplishments in chronological order and also gratuitously mentions famous people, who he's admired greatly or always dreamed about meeting, that called him on the phone to congratulate him on how well he did on this or that performance.

    Even so, he did say things that were funny every so often, but the longer he talks, the funny becomes fewer and further between.

    I'm not sure what might have happened to him that made him so funny when he's performing, because in the book he just seems obsessed with pleasing people, basically getting approval.


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

    I was surprised that it stuck so closely to the resume. I don't imagine there are a lot of interesting secrets either, but it just seems there must be some more interesting day to day occurrences in his life - and not just things like what a proud parent he is.


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

    I still haven't finished the last hour and a half because it's so boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if he wrote a book about something else it would be really good, like world affairs or science fiction or something. I do love his sense of humor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jackie
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    4/10/14
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    "I hated this"
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    I used to like Billy Crystal years ago so in need of some light relief I thought I'd listen to this. Talk about tiresome! I think maybe if you are a Jewish American baseball fanatic with significant knowledge of the working of the film and TV industry it may resonate more with you but I lost the will to live - which was the opposite of what I was hoping for.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 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 :)))


    0 of 0 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    United Kingdom
    3/29/14
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    "Not what I was expecting..."
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I love Billy Crystal as an actor, still do.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Not so keen on him as 'him'; too 'in your face' for me from someone who I still think of as Harry...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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