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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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    Ronda Homer Glen, Israel 10-27-14
    Ronda Homer Glen, Israel 10-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Best biography ever!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy. This is the most creatively written, entertaining bio I have ever read!


    Any additional comments?

    It was pure joy to listen to this bio!

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    Amazon Customer Durham, NC, United States 10-19-14
    Amazon Customer Durham, NC, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Retired SiFi fan. Steven Kink, Goonz, Koontz Tom Clancy

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    "Crystal crystalized"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Can be very funny. The best chapters are the one where Billy performs live. He needs an audience.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    paced just right


    Any additional comments?

    may have been better if all was performed in front of an audience.

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    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 10-19-14
    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Outstanding!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was funny, engaging and insightful all at the same time. The fact that Billy Crystal narrated the book the whole way through was a bonus! Classic Billy Crystal!

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    Marc 10-15-14
    Marc 10-15-14
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    "Don't feel guilty, Mr. Crystal, not your fault"
    What did you like best about Still Foolin' 'Em? What did you like least?

    My headline above should make sense if you read or listened to this book/performance. Mr. Crystal gives some good performances (and some not so great), demonstrating what his success is based on. The live performance parts indeed are the better ones, the studio-read ones ... not so much (and the changing quality of recording at times is distracting).

    But.

    A good book lives on a a good story. You may think that what better story could there be than the life of the author telling it himself? Unfortunately Mr. Crystal cannot make up his mind whether to bring up an anecdote to present a punch line OR to tell you something about himself, his life, "where he's been and where he's going to". When in doubt, he'll always choose the laugh.
    That may be what his FANs are after.
    I personally love the films I saw him working in, so I admire Mr. Crystal's work. I see how great he is as a stand up comedian. I get a glimpse of how he may be as a family man (although this somehow slips through my fingers in this book). But what do I REMEMBER of the story after I finished listening to the book?
    Not much. In fact, I only remember a few good one liners.

    For a biography that isn't enough, be it presented as congenially as it is.


    If you’ve listened to books by Billy Crystal before, how does this one compare?

    I would actually like to listen to Mr. Crystal reading good books that tell a great story. Are there any? Please let me know.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    As I said above: Mr. Crystal is a great stand up comedian. So the life performances recorded here live and breath, his interaction with the audience, the TIMING you get there, are just great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Well, if Mr. Crystal was plaid by, let's say, Mr. Crystal, I surely would love to see a move starring Mr. Crystal performing as Mr. Crystal. I fear it would need a good screen writer to work at the dramatics :)


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    Tad 10-14-14
    Tad 10-14-14
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    "Still Foolin' Em'"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes,I Always loved billy crystal .


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

    I loved when he talked about his grandkids and how they called him grandpa MIke after they saw Monster Inc. Or, grandpa miracal max from princess bride. And, in turn the loving grandpa that (I really think he is) he talked to them using those character voices.


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

    All of them.


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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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    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.


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    Scott Helena, Montana, United States 09-25-14
    Scott Helena, Montana, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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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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