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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

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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    "Required listening/reading!"

    Learning about Billy Crystals life while walking my dog. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Listened to several chapters more than once.

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    PAUL W. KELLY Australia 11-27-15
    PAUL W. KELLY Australia 11-27-15
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    "Funny and Moving"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Dawn Boyer 10-08-15
    Dawn Boyer 10-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and poignant"

    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.

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    Jerry Blaschke 09-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Still Foolin' 'EM A wonderful story life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I could not afford myself that luxury.


    Any additional comments?

    Best time and money I have spent in a good while.

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    Matthew 09-05-15
    Matthew 09-05-15
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    "Hilarious, yet sentimental"

    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.

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    Charles Easley, SC, United States 08-30-15
    Charles Easley, SC, United States 08-30-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Marvelous & Funny Man You Are Little Brother"

    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.

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    Rej Chicago, IL 08-25-15
    Rej Chicago, IL 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "No complaints"

    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.

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    Jonathan 08-24-15
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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-)

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    J. Albright 08-20-15
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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


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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.

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