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Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys | [Billy Crystal]

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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    Tracey Kaysville, UT, United States 10-01-13
    Tracey Kaysville, UT, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I love surprises!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I wish I was part of Billy's family."
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes. It was such a pleasure to read about a normal family. I loved learning about Billy's family, the love he has for his wife and children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy. He is such a nice person and funny to boot,


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I find humor, but rarely laugh out loud. As I walked my chocolate lab all over town while listening to this book, I was laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finished the book I wish I knew more about his life. I learned later that he's written many books, so now I just need to go and read the rest. Billy is a Clipper fan and I had season tickets to the Clippers for a year. I always saw Billy at Staples Center. He never mentioned going to the Clipper Games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Cole 09-29-13
    Cathy Cole 09-29-13
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    "Keep going"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    I had to make myself keep going through the first 3 chapters. I'm not a fan of penis humor. But am glad I did. His stories are great and in places where it could come off as braggadocio it somehow falls just short of that and remains an enjoyable bio.


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

    More than one. Princess Bride and other Rob Reiner stories. His appreciation of family, friends and the talent of others.


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

    Mohammed Ali


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Likable guy"

    This was well worth the time. Good story well told. Only weak part was when he bragged about the "today we will talk like this" scene in WHMS- which threw off the flow of the movie. He should have apologized for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlo HANOVER, PA, United States 09-27-13
    Marlo HANOVER, PA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "loved the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I always liked Billy Crystal but now I am an even bigger fan. He comes off as someone who is humble and seems like he thinks everyone is a bigger star than he is. Very talented


    What did you like best about this story?

    Billy is a great narrarator. It was great hearing the book from him


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

    Mickey


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't cry easily so I didn't. I laughed a lot and I will say it was almost enough to cry at the end when he talks about his wife. Its refreshing when big stars love their wives and care so deeply for their children.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Oceanside, CA, United States 09-26-13
    Lawrence Oceanside, CA, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A MUST LISTEN!!!!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    TOO FUNNY


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

    THE STAPLE IN SOPHIA LOREN'S STOMACH


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    NEVER A DULL MOMENT


    Any additional comments?

    I LAUGHED OUT LOUD LISTENING. HIS STORIES ARE WONDERFUL - EVERYTHING FROM FUNNY TO TOUCHING. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS NEXT BOOK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael E. Sternoff Redmond, WA United States 09-26-13
    Michael E. Sternoff Redmond, WA United States 09-26-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "The life story from the man you love to hate!"

    Kidding, who doesn't love Billy Crystal? I'm only 31, and I think my parents would connect to the book a little bit better, especially the stories on aging, but it's still really fun!

    The live performance chapters really stand out, and I wish the entire book was done that way. There is more energy and he's a great storyteller. This isn't a deep introspective look back on his life, it's just a fun story from a great comedian.

    SPOILER: If you don't decide to get this by far the weirdest fact in the book, Billy was high school friends with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yeah, crazy, right?

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    Judy 09-25-13
    Judy 09-25-13
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    "An Endearing Memoir"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Touching, Familiar


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being of the same generation and background as Billy Crystal, I related to many of his experiences. His description of his older relatives sounded like he was talking about my own family and his love of the New York Yankees equals my own.


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

    Yes, I've seen him perform and watched several of his interviews on television. The book is very similar to what I've heard from him in the past with a lot of repetition of his old stories. But I didn't mind that at all. His recollections are just as funny/sad/touching when hearing them for the second (or even third) time.


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

    When he talks about missing his father. My own father died over 30 years ago, and I still miss him. You can relate if you've lost a beloved parent.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the best parts of the book are those that he performed in front of a live audience. I sort of wish he had done the whole book that way. But either way, I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry......and remember my own background as a Jewish kid growing up in New York.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Horseheads, NY, United States 09-21-13
    Michael Horseheads, NY, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Just delightful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't emphasize enough how much my husband and I enjoyed listening to this book. We laughed; we cried; we identified with so much of what Billy had to say. I can't imagine reading this book. The narration by the author, brought so much pleasure to the text!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kfm Plattsmouth, NE United States 09-17-13
    kfm Plattsmouth, NE United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Pure Billy Crystal"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the fact that he included live performances. It was wonderful to hear his timing in response to the audiences response to the book.


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

    Everything. I cannot imagine just reading this book. It was like Billy Crystal was in my living room telling me the story of his life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely laughed. He has a way at looking at life that puts a funny spin on normal aging.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I cannot imagine just reading this book. Billy's narration added so much. I will listen to this over and over. I am looking forward to a road trip next month so I can listen to this again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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