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.
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Yes. I think he is a brilliant funny guy. Not here !
I'll give him one more shot.
I listened to half the book and could not stomach this fawning confection.
Save your money. Save your time.
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.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
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.
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!
Avid listener on my daily commute!
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.
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.
"Billy, you never fail us!"
Honest Funny Family
Any autobiography that is honest, funny, heartwarming, humble and entertaining.
Oo, ermmm, tricky one that! His early days with Janice? All encounters with Mohammed Ali? They will do for starters :)
When he talks about his wife. He so clearly adores every bone of her.
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.
"Simply very Billy Crystal"
Hilarious, touching, engrossing
Nothing compares to this, he is genius...
Has to be Magic Max
When Billy describes the worst part about death
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!
"Loved it. Billy is funny and human"
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.
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.
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.
"If you write it, I will read!"
Light hearted look at life
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 :)))
"Brilliant, Loved the actor but now love the man!"
I would have to say that all the voices was good
They way that family is everything, the love that he feels for his family
Billy crystal nailed the narration. brilliant stories and very laugh out loud moments. A must listen.
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.
"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!
"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.
"Love Billy Crystal say no more"
Billy reading the story.
Just how grounded he is, one wife, one house
His unique voice
Great book, laughed so many times, only half way through and already feeling sad because it will end.
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