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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I will definitely listen to this again.
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.
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.
I definitely laughed. He has a way at looking at life that puts a funny spin on normal aging.
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.
Book contains too much information about Billy's life. A lot of it is meaningful, but a lot comes across as just filler. Best parts are those done before a live audience. Humor gets very weak when Billy is telling about his life as if reading from his book.
Probably not. Found this book a little boring. Was not able to get through all of it. Quit about 2/3.
No. Too much in it already.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I wasn't sure, at first, if I could enjoy 8 hours of Billy Crystal. The beginning of the book had many laugh-out loud moments as Billy discussed growing old. It particularly resonated with me, as Billy and I are very close in age and grew up in nearby Long Island towns. Billy alternated chapters of his autobiography with standup comedy routines about the joys (or horrors!) of getting old. He also ranted about people's behaviors that frustrated him, many of which I could identify with.
Billy is a very likeable guy. He couldn't have made so many wonderful and amazing friends without having a genuinely great personality. I really liked his ability to look on the bright side of life and not focus on the negative. I also found it amazing that Billy has been married to his sweetheart, Janice, since 1970! You just don't see this happening in Hollywood any more.
This was a fun, easy listen for me, and I am glad I purchased this book. It was an unexpectedly pleasant listening experience.
If you enjoy the typical celebrity memoire, then this book is for you. It’s bursting with antidotes about Billy Crystal’s charmed life, his rise to celebrity, and lots and lots of name dropping. As a bonus, he includes some stand-up sets performed in front of a live audience, which are okay, but contain mostly reheated jokes about growing old.
Billy Crystal's performance in this book was perfect. I often listen to books while at work and I found myself laughing out loud while my co-workers looked at me as if I were loosing my mind. I could relate to many of the situations in the book. I will definitely listen to this book more than once. I plan on sharing the audio as well has purchasing the book to give as gifts.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother.
If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience.
Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching (I cried at times) and hysterical (a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me). As he describes his relationships, he is respectful of most everyone, and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him.
His life, for the rest of us, is fairly surreal. Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities, playing for your favorite baseball team, etc.? The answer is: almost no one. But Crystal can, and has, and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart-felt.
I look forward to his next book.
If he writes a comedic book of fiction, yes. Another biography like this one, no thanks.
No. I like biographies and hearing stories I didn't hear on a talk show but I really don't like rich people whining about their politics and pet peeves when many of their opinions come across as hypocritical or condescending.
Annoying during complaints.
Anger and disappointment.
Growing up, I loved watching Billy on SNL. I loved Billy in most of his movies and I can't think of a better host the Oscar ever had...granted I've only seen a few clips of Bob Hope doing it. He's the kind of person you'd be proud to tell people, "Hey I know that guy". I still like Billy and I know I should just accept the Hollywood mentality and focus on the things I like about him but he makes it hard in this book. I love comedy and I watch a lot of talk shows, stand up, roasts, what have you...and the whole Fake Jewish thing is getting old. Billy very early on in the book tells us that he doesn't believe in God. He keeps bringing up examples of older Jewish entertainers being kept from rich country clubs and every now and then brings up the holocaust. As if not getting to golf everywhere you feel like it even remotely compares to suffering genocide. Gentiles aren't allowed to suggest that Jewish people have great positions of influence in this world and we are constantly reminded of how tough it is to be Jewish but I keep hearing from all these people that they're Jewish and yet they don't really believe in God. If it is tough to be Jewish and you don't like the traditions and you don't believe in the history behind them, then why are you calling yourself Jewish? Maybe just maybe when it comes to having a sturdy ladder to success it actually helps to let everyone know you're Jewish. It amazes me that a man as seemly as bright and witty as Billy doesn't see the contradiction. Have you ever heard anyone say, "I'm a Muslim but I don't believe in Allah" or "I'm a Christian but I know Jesus never really existed"? No. You probably haven't because identifying yourself with something you think to be a ridiculous fraud is ridiculous. Why doesn't he believe in God? Because the world is a tough place in which bad things happen. Maybe but judging by your boring book, Mr. Crystal you've led a great life so "STOP". Oh and please don't whine about republicans mentioning Jesus in their speeches. Those politicians only care about money and power and wouldn't know Jesus from a hole in the ground but let's face it... you're never going to vote for a republican for president so WHY THE HECK DO YOU CARE? You're tired of hearing the names "Jesus" and "Christ" in public forums. Are you a comedian or a vampire? If you don't believe in God why pick a favorite religion. It's like saying you hate baseball and telling everyone you're a die-hard Yankee's fan. Billy also let's us know what a nice guy he is by letting us know how little he thinks of fat people, comparing them to stuff stuck in his teeth. Billy calls "the Passion of The Christ" a snuff film for it's violence, as if Schindler's List wasn't equally if not more disturbing to watch. If you hate the movie because it's about Jesus then just say so. Don't pretend like you don't work in an industry that makes huge money off of violence in movies and video games. Having gotten this off my chest, I would finish by saying I still like Billy and I wish him a long healthy life and much future success.
What a fun listen. This book was funny and entertaining. After hearing this book, you'll love and respect Billy all the more. This man is genuine and an effortless comedian.
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.
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