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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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    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 10-11-13
    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2015

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    "I didn't chuckle once!"

    Boy! This one was tough. After reading a few of the reviews and from how I remember many of his on-screen performances I really thought I was in for something enjoyable. This book was disappointing to say the least.

    To be honest, the book as a whole was a bit difficult to swallow. I loved the dialog in regards to Mr. Crystal's success, and how he got to where he is. That sort of stuff fascinates me! How he went from a struggling stan-up comedian to hosting the Oscars had my ear. Each step of the way was brilliant. His stories about his love for his parents and his own family were great and his relationship with the New York Yankees and baseball and the game of baseball was priceless. I just didn't enjoy the quips and jokes. They were stale and (I think) really took away from a very good autobiography. Maybe it was just me.

    I have always liked Billy Crystal and his career has been amazing. I could've done without the humor and on-location stand-up used to augment an otherwise excellent story about his success.

    Great Autobiography...but not very funny.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-16-13
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .

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    "Oy! What Schmaltz"

    I'm a Billy Crystal fan and I found this audiobook to be a disappointment. I liked his stories about his relationships with Muhammed Ali, Mickey Mantle and all his celeb friends, and the behind the scenes looks at his professional and creative life were exceptionally engaging but the parts about his family weren't very interesting at all, in that he sounded, by his recollection, to have had a normal and loving life that didn't seem to be all that different from anybody else.

    I really liked the live audience part but the rest of the narration seemed like Billy was reading rather than relating about his life . . . and he seems like such a competent conversationalist in his act . . . and this reading sounded somewhat stilted and nervous.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    diane t 09-26-16
    diane t 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "i want to share this one with everyone!"

    I was thinking Billy Crystal's thoughts on aging would be humorous. I was not expecting his whole life story...hilarious! Listen and pass it on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 08-06-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 08-06-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    "He's So Perky! I Love That."

    This is one of those few celebrity autobiographies that's so good it will take you twice or three times as long as the advertised run time to get through it because you will find yourself re-listening to whole chapters and replaying the more shocking or hilarious anecdotes for your spouse, kids, and friends. I especially loved the fact that the autobiographical material is interlaced with whole sections of the author doing stand-up comedy in front of a live audience. The chapter in which he lists and explains his pet peeves ("Stop!") is one I will listen to again and again. Ditto the true story of the famous actor (no spoilers here) who once called Crystal on the phone just to scream "F**k you!" at him, and the equally famous actor who once walked up to him in public and punched him in the stomach with no preamble and no warning. There are great Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle stories here that will delight even those readers who care nothing about boxing or baseball. But I think my favorite chapters are the one telling how director Rob Reiner allowed and encouraged Crystal to improvise in the role of Miracle Max during the making of The Princess Bride ("a nice MLT, mutton lettuce and tomato, where the mutton is nice and lean..."), and the one detailing the inspired collaborative creative process behind When Harry Met Sally.

    This book was perfect as a light, pleasing listen for any time my current thriller was too thrilling or too dark and I needed a break. If you're a 65-year-old man who loves baseball, you'll love it even more than I did, but I think anyone would like it. Grade: A.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie E Mudrock 01-08-16
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    "Not fooling anyone"

    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.

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    Nancy 12-24-15
    Nancy 12-24-15
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    "Billy Crystal tells a helluva story"

    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.

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    Scott MacDonald 11-29-15 Member Since 2014
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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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  • 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
    United Kingdom
    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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