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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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    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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    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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    Jerry Blaschke 09-11-15
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    "Still Foolin' 'EM A wonderful story life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is wonderful to listen to him tell his life's story and the emotion comes through. A book would not compare to hearing this great man tell of the high and low points of his life.


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

    The most memorable part to me was when he found himself on the Yankee Field in uniform and all of the thoughts that were running through his head.


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

    Only on television and the by far exceeds any show he has been in or work he has done on television. You come away after laughs and sad moments with him and feel you know the man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I could not afford myself that luxury.


    Any additional comments?

    Best time and money I have spent in a good while.

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    Matthew 09-05-15
    Matthew 09-05-15
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    "Hilarious, yet sentimental"

    This is the first audiobook I have ever purchased and it was one of the best decisions I've made. Mr. Crystal is sentimental yet hilarious, making me cry through both the up's and the down's. If you are a fan of his wit, crass, and uncensored humor, then you will love this book. If you have a love for family, friendship, and all things sentimental you will have a place for it as well. It does not disappoint.

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    Charles Easley, SC, United States 08-30-15
    Charles Easley, SC, United States 08-30-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Marvelous & Funny Man You Are Little Brother"

    I picked this title based on the Editors' conclusion that it is one of the best listens ever. They understated the situation. Addicted to making each person he touches smile and feel better for a while, he thinks the comic mask hides the immensities of the joys and sorrows of his uniquely rich life. Do not be fooled! This one will make you laugh and cry and you may end up a fan of Billy Crystal and the NY Yankees.

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    Amazon Customer 06-13-14 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Good but overrated"

    I'm a Billy Crystal fan. I enjoy his movies, and I liked this book.

    That being said, I think that it got a lot more praise than it deserved, and I think that reading the book in front of a live audience should have disqualified it from being eligible for "best narration". It was amusing, but half of it was essentially a comedy album. Not really a fair competition.

    Anyway, I enjoyed Crystal's stories, but like all comedians of a certain age, his humor frequently felt flat. It was rehashed jokes I've heard other places for years now.

    Crystal's life was interesting, and the book held my attention. But the book was also about growing old, and was frequently depressing and sad. Like the movie "Mr. Saturday Night", referenced in the book with much self-awareness, I found it depressing to see a comedian I love grow old. Maybe that's not fair reason to downgrade my rating... and maybe it's a reflection of my age that I'm just not ready for a poignant swan-song from one of my favorite celebrities.

    Anyway, It's an excellent performance, and pretty good story. If I didn't feel it was being vastly overrated, I would have given it an additional star, but in this case, I do feel it needs to be knocked down a peg.

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    "Just loved it."

    Just plain loved it. I was disappointed when it came to an end. Good use of credit.

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    Amazon Customer FL 06-06-14
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    "One of the Best"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    I never was a big Billy Crystal fan before I listened to this bio. Funny. Entertaining. And what a charming reader. I've listened to it several times already while taking my daily walk.


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    "Sooo True!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billie crystal says all the things about growing older that most of us know, but are still convinced it's only going to happen to someone else!


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