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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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    S. Stanford Southeast USA 10-28-13
    S. Stanford Southeast USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Alert: Lots of cursing and "F" bombs"
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    I wish that he had not used the "F" word so much.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    I really think he is funny in movies but I have not heard him doing stand up so I guess that I did not realize that he curses so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that there was a disclaimer or rating system for the books so that I could be forewarned of explicit language. I feel like I wasted my money...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kewa 10-16-13
    kewa 10-16-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Didn't finish it. Sad story full of f-bombs."
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    I was expecting much more from the sample I listened too. I bought it for my wife and I to listen to on our road trip. We turned it off after chapter 2 or 3. I tried to suffer through it after the trip hoping it would get better, but finally gave up. Sad story after sad story littered with f-bombs.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 10-08-13
    Joe 10-08-13
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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 2015

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

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    "Oy! What Schmaltz"

    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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    Sandra Boer 05-25-15
    Sandra Boer 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Crystal is a Gem!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The close relationship between Billy and his wife Janet. Amazing to meet such a famous comedian not jaded or spoiled by the twinkle of Hollywood. Billy is a a real Mensch!


    Any additional comments?

    I saw Billy Crystal on Broadway in 700 Sundays--this book follows along the same timeline but with MUCH more thrown in. The variety of stand-up snippets along with his own readings of his life makes this a truly funny read--and clever as the man himself.

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    Enrique Mendez 05-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "just not for me"

    Billy Crystal is an incredible performer. And he story is nothing short of amazing. the book however is just not for me.

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    L. Bentley Tucson, AZ United States 05-14-15
    L. Bentley Tucson, AZ United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Offensive and immature"

    I couldn't even finish this. It felt like it was written by a very desperate young person, and was full of sad cliches.

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    KR Stamford, CT United States 05-10-15
    KR Stamford, CT United States 05-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "MADE ME LOVE BILLY CRYSTAL EVEN MORE!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because Billy Crystal's voice read it. It was amazing to hear him! I didn't want the audiobook to end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love his stories about his parents. I've lost both my parents so hearing him talk about the love of his parents made me realize we all feel the same way for our parents.


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

    His emotions and just the way he tells the stories. So special.


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

    I love love love his voice and my heart ached when he described how his uncle died and he was at this bedside. I choked up at that recollection. I was at my dads bedside when he passed away and he described it it perfectly how it is to be bedside to an elderly family member passing away.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Billy Crystal and would buy another audio book by him in a split second! Well done!

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    "Loved it!"

    Funny, poignant, and overall so enjoyable. I didn't want it to end! A treat for all ages, genders and basically everyone!

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    vaguilar99 05-05-15
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    "Didn't want it to be over"

    Simply put, what a fabulous storyteller. It was great to hear more about experiences of being in comedy through his eyes as well as a heartfelt reflection on his life and meaning. A great read for people of all ages seeking to embrace life and live it to the fullest. There were moments I felt I wasn't sure I agreed with some of his messages, but then he'd say something totally redeeming. After all, it's his memoirs and who cares if people agree with his points of view or not. People could only hope to be so unapologetically truthful.

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