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Still Foolin' 'Em Audiobook

Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

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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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    Jonathan 08-24-15
    Jonathan 08-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mahvelus!"

    Billy Crystal is .... Billy Crystal. What more is there to say. I want to forget all the yuck in my life and laugh a while; I look around for Billy B-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Albright 08-20-15
    J. Albright 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "True Billy Crystal"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the book read in his voice, and hearing all about the interesting connections he made throughout his life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His relationship with Muhammad Ali


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter on raising kids and grandkids


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 08-17-15
    Jamie 08-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring and down to earth story!"

    Billy Crystal's story is brilliantly narrated by him, giving it a wonderful authenticity that one wouldn't get from simply reading the paperback. His tale of his everyday life challenges and growing older are realistic and relatable. This is an inspiring story that shows how one can live a good and meaningful life. I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-16-15
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and Moving"

    The narration by Billy Crystal is outstanding. This is a combination of his life story as well as his feelings about aging. It was funny and moving, as he shares his emotions about family and death. Only Billy can make someone laugh as he is talking about a somber subject. Well done and interesting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Thompson 12-09-13
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    "Terrific Time Listening to this!"

    This is a terrific book! Now, admittedly I'm over 50 so I found the humor most poignant... For younger readers this may be harder to relate to, but I would still recommend as it foreshadows what you're in for! In short- this is hilarious!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-10-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-10-13 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "Smart words from a funny guy"

    I listened to this book because, like Billy, I grew up in Long Beach in the fifties and sixties. He is three years older than me and was in my late brother's class at Long Beach High School. I remember playing softball with Billy at the East School playground. He was short back then too. I was hoping he would make a reference to the temple across the street from East School on Neptune Boulevard. A long softball drive would make it across the boulevard and hit Temple Emanuel. "Hit Emanuel" was one of our war cries. In softball terms it was the equivalent of a tape measure homer by Mickey. The book was memorable because I could personally identify with many of the references Billy made to his hometown. Beyond that, I learned many new things about Billy and the trip that brought him to where he is today. A funny and talented guy, he made me laugh, cry and remember. The live portions of the narration before an audience were like listening to new material in comedy record albums. Overall, a great listen.

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    RK 11-12-13
    RK 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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-03-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2008

    I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.

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    "Funny and interesting and moving!"

    I wasn't sure, at first, if I could enjoy 8 hours of Billy Crystal. The beginning of the book had many laugh-out loud moments as Billy discussed growing old. It particularly resonated with me, as Billy and I are very close in age and grew up in nearby Long Island towns. Billy alternated chapters of his autobiography with standup comedy routines about the joys (or horrors!) of getting old. He also ranted about people's behaviors that frustrated him, many of which I could identify with.

    Billy is a very likeable guy. He couldn't have made so many wonderful and amazing friends without having a genuinely great personality. I really liked his ability to look on the bright side of life and not focus on the negative. I also found it amazing that Billy has been married to his sweetheart, Janice, since 1970! You just don't see this happening in Hollywood any more.

    This was a fun, easy listen for me, and I am glad I purchased this book. It was an unexpectedly pleasant listening experience.

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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.

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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.

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  • A. Arrowsmith
    Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Billy, you never fail us!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Honest Funny Family


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Any autobiography that is honest, funny, heartwarming, humble and entertaining.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Oo, ermmm, tricky one that! His early days with Janice? All encounters with Mohammed Ali? They will do for starters :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talks about his wife. He so clearly adores every bone of her.


    Any additional comments?

    Billy, I wish that your life had been 1000 years already as I could listen to your exploits, adventures, thoughts and anecdotes for a very long time before I got even close to putting on a kettle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
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    8/1/14
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    "Simply very Billy Crystal"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, touching, engrossing


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Nothing compares to this, he is genius...


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

    Has to be Magic Max


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Billy describes the worst part about death


    Any additional comments?

    An utterly captivating and thoroughly entertaining performance, made all that funnier by Billy himself delivering much of it in front of a live audience - absolute comedy gold, with a very personal and heart-warming feel to it. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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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.


    2 of 2 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 :)))


    2 of 2 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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    4/8/15
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    "engrossing"

    Billy crystal nailed the narration. brilliant stories and very laugh out loud moments. A must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Choo
    3/24/15
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    "Vastly entertaining"

    Funny, witty, insightful with fascinating peeks into Billy Crystal's personal life and private moments with family and friends. I found myself smiling throughout the book and even laughing out loud in many places. I hope Billy Crystal continues to entertain us in his inimitable way for a few more decades to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G.
    Kent, UK
    2/24/15
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    "Billy Is The Best!"

    Brilliant! Nothing better than listen to the exuberant tones of Billy Crystal, narrating a wonderful life... Touched with humour, emotion and great anecdotes. Superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    2/22/15
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    "Amusing but better for an American audience"

    The bonus in this book is that some sections are live in front of an audience - which adds vitality. The best sections are about Billy's personal life and are much more heartfelt. There are short sections where Billy 'performs' in the voices of people he is know for impersonating - those I found less engaging. As an English reader, the sections on baseball and sports were not of so much interest to me - but that's a subjective thing - and is not meant as a criticism - just a note for other UK readers. An amusing read with varied sections that will appeal to different groups of people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LE BROOKS
    2/8/15
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    "Love Billy Crystal say no more"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy reading the story.


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

    Just how grounded he is, one wife, one house


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

    His unique voice


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, laughed so many times, only half way through and already feeling sad because it will end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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