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's ability to make me laugh and cry within a single chapter. He's funny and witty, but then takes you by surprise when he speaks so poetically about experiences in his life
When he spoke about his wife. There's so much love in his life and it's refreshing to see that a big celebrity like him has stayed with the same woman he met before he became famous for so long
The voices! He brought to life everyone he spoke about because he impersonated them
Amazing book. I am a hoof care Practitioner so I trim horses feet for a living, This is very hard work and I use a lot of muscle. I always listen to books when I work but listening to this book was hard because I laughed so much my muscles just went limp and I could not hold the hooves up. The fact that Billy Crystal was reading it only made it better. I wish it was longer. I did not want it to end. I love that his marriage has lasted so long. Wish I had not read it yet so I had something to look forward to. This is a great warm and funny book,
Such a great book, Billy is such a talented artist and it is great to hear his personal story, his true love with his first and only wife. The sorry of losing his father and what it means in life to just get older. Thanks for sharing Billy!
Billy's love of his family is a key theme in the book, and how family helped make him the great comedian, artist and storyteller. It is great to hear of a major artist who didn't cheat on his wife, fall down to drugs and alcohol, become bitter and rejected. Just a loving story of a man who loves his wife, family and of course the Yankee's.
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.
If you are a Billy Crystal fan, you will absolutely love this book! If you aren't, give it a try and get to know him in this sort of "tell all book". I knew he was a sports fan, but I didn't realize he knew so many athletes. Hilarious quips, jokes, puns and his voice impressions are the best!
Laughing out loud!
There are too many but generally his relationship with Mohamed Ali.
You don't know the half of it!
Absolutely a must in Audio vs. print. You lose so much without Billy Crystal's voice leading you through the book.
Classic Billy Crystal comedy - it was awesome.
Absolutely! Wonderful story told in a very entertaining way.
Billy! A consumate storyteller, he draws you in and you feel like you are sitting with him and he is personally telling the story. I could see him in my mind while he was talking.
I have had the pleasure of seeing him live and own some of his recordings. Just as engrossing as ever!
His chapter on 9-11 brought me to tears, was so happy that his uncle got out. But his chapter on his daughter's wedding was beautiful and painful, since I have two daughters as well and can relate to his feelings at that time.
Some would think a story of a man who had a good childhood, a happy marriage, wonderful kids and a successful career would be boring. Where is the scandal, the addictions, the affairs!? Although his life wasn't perfect, Billy Crystal tells a engrossing, and very funny tale that should be read. Not everyone has to touch bottom before they reach the top and Billy has. Plus, he is still adorable after all these years!
If you listen to one book all year, make sure it is this one. the narration by billy crystal is funning, interesting and I was sad when the book ended. It is upbeat, funny, sad all of these things.
Don't get me wrong...Billy Crystal's standup is great, but when the first chapter (very funny) was done with an audience and more as a standup routine, I almost didn't go on. I was so disappointed. I wanted a story, not a routine.
And then it happened. I went on with the book to find myself interested, entertained, and surprised by Billy's life, ethics, and personal insights. I couldn't wait to listen to more.
The problem with Billy is he makes everything look so easy. That's what incredibly talented people do. And therefore you take him for granted. I was reminded of his amazing body of work and have a whole new respect for a man who is about giving and loving and entertaining.
Thank you Billy, for many wonderful hours with you.
"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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