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
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!
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...
The warmth in his voice...he is talking to you one-on-one like a friend.
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.
There's not enough time or space...just listen to it...you'll fall in love with Billy if you're not already!
Billy Crystal is as entertaining as ever with the added bonus of being laugh out loud funny, insightful, inspiring and touching! Very enjoyable, don't pass this one by.
First we want to say "thank you" to Billy for writing such a poignant and entertaining story and sharing his sweetest, funniest, and most sincere memories with the listener. The fact that he did the narration was icing on the cake.
This is a beautiful audio book. I loved it. Billy's story is funny, poignant, fascinating and engaging. This book shows a man who has mastered the difficult art of comedy and has done so by tapping into everything that makes him a genuinely warm and earthy human being. I was enthralled as he shared his insights into the art-form that comedy truly is. I was spellbound by Billy's anecdotes on baseball greats, on Frank Sinatra and also the comedian who told him "always leave a tip". He shows, with great humour and graciousness (and irony) that it is true that "comedy is a very serious business." He mentions some very famous names but in such a way that the listener understands that he has made friends with legends because he is capable of being a deeply valued friend and not because they are household names. I adored this book. If you ever want to get a glimpse behind the veil, of a person who is at the top of their profession and who is so genuinely funny, particularly in spontaneous and improvised settings, this is the book for you.
Entertaining, with bits of insight about life, growing older, loss and love. The parts in front of a live audience work quite well. I would recommend it to fans and non-fans alike. Though I would say that you will enjoy it more if you have some interest and knowledge of his work.
It is wonderful to listen to him tell his life's story and the emotion comes through. A book would not compare to hearing this great man tell of the high and low points of his life.
The most memorable part to me was when he found himself on the Yankee Field in uniform and all of the thoughts that were running through his head.
Only on television and the by far exceeds any show he has been in or work he has done on television. You come away after laughs and sad moments with him and feel you know the man.
Yes, but I could not afford myself that luxury.
Best time and money I have spent in a good while.
This is the first audiobook I have ever purchased and it was one of the best decisions I've made. Mr. Crystal is sentimental yet hilarious, making me cry through both the up's and the down's. If you are a fan of his wit, crass, and uncensored humor, then you will love this book. If you have a love for family, friendship, and all things sentimental you will have a place for it as well. It does not disappoint.
Say something about yourself!
I picked this title based on the Editors' conclusion that it is one of the best listens ever. They understated the situation. Addicted to making each person he touches smile and feel better for a while, he thinks the comic mask hides the immensities of the joys and sorrows of his uniquely rich life. Do not be fooled! This one will make you laugh and cry and you may end up a fan of Billy Crystal and the NY Yankees.
Billy Crystal is a consummate artist, and the "live bits" are the best part. He is entertaining to listen to. I just wish there was more here. Some of the stories are great, although some of the opening about grandkids etc was a little precious without being personal. I wanted to know more about his father, and his relationship with some of the early Jazz greats. Oh well. There's a lot of humble bragging (lots of famous close personal friends) which got on my nerves after awhile. But I liked it, and I think you will too. It's got enough gold amidst the rubble.
"Makes you feel good...."
Best bit is having Billy narrate his own story - great voice and easy to listen too.
Good story, good fun and ultimately you will feel good and happy you heard it...
"A biography with the benefit of a show"
This audiobook is interesting and entertaining in that you get the biography of Billy Crystal and the benefit of one of his latest shows to pepper the story with jokes. Read by Mr. Crystal it makes for a very good story. I certainly discovered a great deal more accomplishments than originally expected.
Chances are if you listen to this in your commute, you'll be the lone person laughing on their own in the bus/train. Still, it was a delight.
"Stay with it - its worth it!"
I like the way the story unfolded and how Billy Crystal was able to show the listener his hidden depth.
It made me laugh and cry within seconds of each other - truly magical.
This book starts a little slowly but it was worth the wait. It had me hooked longing to here the next tale or story and I just wanted to see where it went next. It is a little unconventional and I struggled with the mix of spoken word direct to the listener and recording live however, it works.
"More than worth the credit!"
From a very funny man comes an extremely funny story of his life, what he's experienced and what he learned along the way. Was laughing in the first minute and it only got better from there. I brought this on a whim, not my usual 'listen' but i'm so, pleased i did.
"Joy tinged with sadness"
Quite high. It's well written, informative, candid and covers interesting subject matter. Additionally, his stand up forms part of the delivery and so there are vignettes of routines that are a giggle
Kirk Douglas' autobiography or that of Danny Baker
His particular brand of humour. Very Jewish, lots of pathos, a great slant on getting old. Good insight of social groups like baseball that is very personal, informative and well observed
We've had a laugh ain't we?
This book had me scouring the on demand TV for films Billy had directed and the one about Mickey Mantle was superb. I hadn't previously known of it as, being British, baseball films aren't top of my list of required viewing but this was fantastic
"Wonderful life, wonderful storyteller"
Billy crystal has such an easy voice to listen to, it's like a one on one stand up that is touching, poignant and some times sad. Overall though I have never laughed so much at an autobiography.
"A must read for Billy Crystal fans"
The fact it's narrated by Crystal himself. If you're a fan of his stand-up or movies, you will love this book.
I laughed and cried in almost equal measure. This is a deeply personal piece for Crystal and you can feel the emotion and meaning in every line. You can't fail to be moved and you'll be laughing out loud despite yourself. I wouldn't suggest reading it in a public place!
Man, does this guy love baseball!
"Laughed out loud on the train"
Did not buy the print version.
Up Till Now
His description of his family now and young life is touching.
I like to listen to books over time so it was long enough to enjoy over a few days when I had time. Played it twice.
The fact that Billy is the narrator is great because it is his own story, so many books are ruined because someone else is putting their slant or accent on them.
"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...
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