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
A Traveling Listener
This book was not for me but friends of Billy might associate themselves with it and enjoy it.
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.
Billy Crystal did a fine job of narration. I do not think anyone would or could be any better.
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.
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.
The descriptions of ailments of the elderly in the first few minutes is ghastly, yet kind of funny.
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.
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.
I still haven't finished the last hour and a half because it's so boring.
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.
"I hated this"
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.
"Loved it. Billy is funny and human"
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.
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.
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.
"If you write it, I will read!"
Light hearted look at life
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 :)))
"Brilliant, Loved the actor but now love the man!"
I would have to say that all the voices was good
They way that family is everything, the love that he feels for his family
"Not what I was expecting..."
I love Billy Crystal as an actor, still do.
Not so keen on him as 'him'; too 'in your face' for me from someone who I still think of as Harry...
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content