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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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    J. Price Escondido, CA United States 09-16-13
    J. Price Escondido, CA United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Uplifting, Funny, Heartfelt"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    The audio is DEFINITELY better than hard copy would have been for this book, with Billy Crystal reading.... it was like an 8 hour AMAZING show.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    He was genuine, funny, transparent. I'm not sure if I sniffled and got choked up any less than I laughed out loud. Very moving story, wonderful writing, incredible performance. Highly recommend.


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 09-19-13
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "For the Billy Crystal fan in all of us"

    This is a fun diversion from the history / lecture series' I normally listen to. A warm uplifting book fill with Billy's memories.

    The BEST part of this book are Mr. Crystal's stories of the great Micky Mantle and Muhammad Ali. A human face is painted on these sports legends that very few have seen. The chapter on the filming of his HBO movie 61 was probably the best chapter in the book. As a youngster, my father took me to Yankee Stadium to watch these very same legends play. Tears swelled up inside.

    The book also has its slow chapters. One can sense that Mr. Crystal has a preoccupation with death. He deals alot with dying which detracts from the otherwise brisk flow of the book.

    This book is highly recommended,

    BTW, you look marvelous

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Melbourne, FL, United States 10-22-13
    Marilyn Melbourne, FL, United States 10-22-13
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    "Simply Marvelous...Sorry, but I had to say it..."
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy Crystal! He gave a private performance for me as "we" walked the causeway and while "we" drove to Ft. Lauderdale for my own gig. What a delight hearing his tales in his own voice! I'm new to audio books and I haven't stopped talking about how great it was to have this book read by the author himself. I believe, especially after hearing his book, it was just like him to want us to get the full meaning of each story... that might have been lost with someone else voice. I'm in the middle of listening to it for the second time and I marvel at how pleasant his voice is and the care he put into each chapter. He wanted to get it right...and I believe...well, lol, he did!


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

    One? ONE? That's tough...Well, one was his conversation with Charles Bronson-nothing like the exact words to get the point(s) across... Then there's his 40th birthday, and when he met his wife, and lost his father and mother...


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    The warmth in his voice...he is talking to you one-on-one like a friend.


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

    Both...tears all the way around...I laughed out loud, and at many points, tears were evident -which could have been embarrassing had I not had my ear buds in-and with some of the sadder moments my eyes filled with tears and made me feel the emotions those moments were meant to share.


    Any additional comments?

    There's not enough time or space...just listen to it...you'll fall in love with Billy if you're not already!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 12-05-13
    Chris 12-05-13
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    "GREAT Listen!"

    Billy Crystal's performance in this book was perfect. I often listen to books while at work and I found myself laughing out loud while my co-workers looked at me as if I were loosing my mind. I could relate to many of the situations in the book. I will definitely listen to this book more than once. I plan on sharing the audio as well has purchasing the book to give as gifts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 11-26-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Perfect Crystal"

    Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother.

    If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience.

    Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching (I cried at times) and hysterical (a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me). As he describes his relationships, he is respectful of most everyone, and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him.

    His life, for the rest of us, is fairly surreal. Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities, playing for your favorite baseball team, etc.? The answer is: almost no one. But Crystal can, and has, and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart-felt.

    I look forward to his next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stanford Southeast USA 10-28-13
    S. Stanford Southeast USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Alert: Lots of cursing and "F" bombs"
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    I wish that he had not used the "F" word so much.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    I really think he is funny in movies but I have not heard him doing stand up so I guess that I did not realize that he curses so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that there was a disclaimer or rating system for the books so that I could be forewarned of explicit language. I feel like I wasted my money...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kewa 10-16-13
    kewa 10-16-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Didn't finish it. Sad story full of f-bombs."
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    I was expecting much more from the sample I listened too. I bought it for my wife and I to listen to on our road trip. We turned it off after chapter 2 or 3. I tried to suffer through it after the trip hoping it would get better, but finally gave up. Sad story after sad story littered with f-bombs.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lew Derry, NH, United States 10-06-13
    Lew Derry, NH, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Billy Crystal and/or Billy Crystal?

    Yes. I think he is a brilliant funny guy. Not here !


    Has Still Foolin' 'Em turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll give him one more shot.


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

    I listened to half the book and could not stomach this fawning confection.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. Save your time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roderick 11-12-13
    Roderick 11-12-13
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    "I thought I'd like it...but didn't"
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    The delivery was too fast, as if he's trying to read the book as quickly as possible. But the worst part is that you start disliking Billy, as he comes off self centered...and not in a good way.


    What could Billy Crystal have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Relax a bit and slow down the delivery.


    What character would you cut from Still Foolin' 'Em?

    He worships Ali and Mickey Mantle. Great, but he does it repeatedly. I know it's his book and his life, but it just wasn't an enjoyable read for me. But other people might like it just fine, it's just not my cup of tea.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FL 06-06-14
    Amazon Customer FL 06-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the Best"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    I never was a big Billy Crystal fan before I listened to this bio. Funny. Entertaining. And what a charming reader. I've listened to it several times already while taking my daily walk.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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