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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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    "mildly offensive, but mostly just not funny."

    it's billy crystal - i expected funny. apparently, the alliance of 'funny' and 'billy crystal' is a creation of good copywriters. it turns out that billy crystal, at least to the extent demonstrated by this book, is not a good copywriter. who knew?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-16-13
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2005

    I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .

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    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette M 12-16-14
    Yvette M 12-16-14

    Cabot Trail, NS Canada

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    "Billy Crystal's book was addictive for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Hearing his story in his own voice. Haring him do all the impressions, the delivery. No comparison to a written book. This one is a MUST audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    His drive and strength and loyalty to his family.


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

    ??? so many? Favorite? Mohammed Ali. Jack Nicholson also. :-)


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

    When he brought Mickey Mantle's wife to the stadium after it was ready to shoot his movie '61'. Not to mention the work that went into that place so it would be perfect. I do not want to give anything away so I will not go into detail but I believe that is the kind of perfectionism that not only makes a great artist, it's also made obvious we are discovering a good honest man.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to laugh out loud and feel like you've made a new friend, get this audio book and then listen carefully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-10-14
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Do NOT listen to this book..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    in public.
    you will gets lots of people staring at you for your inappropriate goofy grinning and laughing out loud out of the blue.
    There are parts that are so absolutely hilarious its embarrassing.
    There are some parts where I find he is a little full of himself, but overall, this was just hilarious, and as he says early in the book, he always leaves you with a little lesson. Really quick listen.


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

    why would you read a book when you can have Billy Crystal speak it to you? Comedy is so much about presentation...i have to think this is 2x as funny because he is the reader.
    Plus its so great to have an author read his own books.


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    Daniel D. Murray California 12-05-14
    Daniel D. Murray California 12-05-14 Member Since 2014

    The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.

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    "I laughed out loud — unexpectedly — a lot."
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    What a passionate and loving man he is. It came through every word. And, he is a tremendously talented narrator.


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


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    "I want what he's having!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    I LOVED IT


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to and why?

    Penny Marshall's " My Mother was nuts"
    funny, interesting, very much like members of my own family.
    emotional, heart warming and I read both of them twice!


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

    It's in his voice and that's the best thing of all


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

    I did both


    Any additional comments?

    GET this book if you enjoy Billy Crystal's sense of humor, timing, and you enjoyed him in movies and TV
    You will NOT be disappointed.

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    "Great listen!!"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    if you are a billy crystal fan, you'll love this book. such a great listen.


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    "As funny as ever!"
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    Loved the mixed in stand up comedy with the storytelling.


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

    Billy's relationship with Mickey Mantle is endearing. True Yankee fan!


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

    Hearing Billy's impersonations definitely made the book. Not something you would get with a hard copy.


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

    Listened to the book while traveling. Completed the book in two long drives.


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    Julie Yijun Zhu 11-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Dare mighty things; never live in the grey twilight.

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    "Just marvelous"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Still foolin' me


    What did you like best about this story?

    So very hilarious, so very personal, so very Billy Crystal


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    Everything


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

    Duh


    Any additional comments?

    When you buy it, you find yourself listening to it over and over again. Seriously, who can have enough of Billy Crystal? I know I can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas westland, MI, United States 11-07-14
    thomas westland, MI, United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    NO, Love the voices Mr. Crystal uses. The excitement, sadness and admiration, you hear. It brings you to tears and laughter.


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

    ANything with his daughters and wife all the love he has for them is remarkable


    Any additional comments?

    I am not from the baby boomer era but I love Billy Crystal. I cried and laughed out loud. It is funny, but if you are in the baby boomer age, you would LOVE this even more

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    Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Billy, you never fail us!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Honest Funny Family


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Any autobiography that is honest, funny, heartwarming, humble and entertaining.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Oo, ermmm, tricky one that! His early days with Janice? All encounters with Mohammed Ali? They will do for starters :)


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

    When he talks about his wife. He so clearly adores every bone of her.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    8/1/14
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    "Simply very Billy Crystal"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, touching, engrossing


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Nothing compares to this, he is genius...


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

    Has to be Magic Max


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

    When Billy describes the worst part about death


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "Loved it. Billy is funny and human"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Merril
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    6/29/14
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    "If you write it, I will read!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, fun,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Light hearted look at life


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    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 :)))


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Clare Mead
    Kent
    6/22/14
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    "Brilliant, Loved the actor but now love the man!"
    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favourite?

    I would have to say that all the voices was good


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

    They way that family is everything, the love that he feels for his family


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    4/10/14
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    "I hated this"
    Any additional comments?

    I used to like Billy Crystal years ago so in need of some light relief I thought I'd listen to this. Talk about tiresome! I think maybe if you are a Jewish American baseball fanatic with significant knowledge of the working of the film and TV industry it may resonate more with you but I lost the will to live - which was the opposite of what I was hoping for.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • mac
    11/30/14
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    "Stay with it - its worth it!"
    What did you like most about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I like the way the story unfolded and how Billy Crystal was able to show the listener his hidden depth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh and cry within seconds of each other - truly magical.


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

    N/A


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a little slowly but it was worth the wait. It had me hooked longing to here the next tale or story and I just wanted to see where it went next. It is a little unconventional and I struggled with the mix of spoken word direct to the listener and recording live however, it works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beccy
    8/20/14
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    "More than worth the credit!"

    From a very funny man comes an extremely funny story of his life, what he's experienced and what he learned along the way. Was laughing in the first minute and it only got better from there. I brought this on a whim, not my usual 'listen' but i'm so, pleased i did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    United Kingdom
    3/29/14
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    "Not what I was expecting..."
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I love Billy Crystal as an actor, still do.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Not so keen on him as 'him'; too 'in your face' for me from someone who I still think of as Harry...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joan O Ireland
    Ireland
    10/7/14
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    "Laughed out loud on the train"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    Did not buy the print version.


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Up Till Now


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    His description of his family now and young life is touching.


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

    I like to listen to books over time so it was long enough to enjoy over a few days when I had time. Played it twice.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that Billy is the narrator is great because it is his own story, so many books are ruined because someone else is putting their slant or accent on them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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