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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Absolutely a must in Audio vs. print. You lose so much without Billy Crystal's voice leading you through the book.
Classic Billy Crystal comedy - it was awesome.
Absolutely! Wonderful story told in a very entertaining way.
Billy! A consumate storyteller, he draws you in and you feel like you are sitting with him and he is personally telling the story. I could see him in my mind while he was talking.
I have had the pleasure of seeing him live and own some of his recordings. Just as engrossing as ever!
His chapter on 9-11 brought me to tears, was so happy that his uncle got out. But his chapter on his daughter's wedding was beautiful and painful, since I have two daughters as well and can relate to his feelings at that time.
Some would think a story of a man who had a good childhood, a happy marriage, wonderful kids and a successful career would be boring. Where is the scandal, the addictions, the affairs!? Although his life wasn't perfect, Billy Crystal tells a engrossing, and very funny tale that should be read. Not everyone has to touch bottom before they reach the top and Billy has. Plus, he is still adorable after all these years!
If you listen to one book all year, make sure it is this one. the narration by billy crystal is funning, interesting and I was sad when the book ended. It is upbeat, funny, sad all of these things.
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.
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.
Billy. He is such a nice person and funny to boot,
All of it.
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.
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.
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.
More than one. Princess Bride and other Rob Reiner stories. His appreciation of family, friends and the talent of others.
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.
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
Billy is a great narrarator. It was great hearing the book from him
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.
THE STAPLE IN SOPHIA LOREN'S STOMACH
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
I LAUGHED OUT LOUD LISTENING. HIS STORIES ARE WONDERFUL - EVERYTHING FROM FUNNY TO TOUCHING. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS NEXT BOOK.
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?
"Billy, you never fail us!"
Honest Funny Family
Any autobiography that is honest, funny, heartwarming, humble and entertaining.
Oo, ermmm, tricky one that! His early days with Janice? All encounters with Mohammed Ali? They will do for starters :)
When he talks about his wife. He so clearly adores every bone of her.
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.
"Simply very Billy Crystal"
Hilarious, touching, engrossing
Nothing compares to this, he is genius...
Has to be Magic Max
When Billy describes the worst part about death
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!
"Loved it. Billy is funny and human"
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.
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.
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.
"If you write it, I will read!"
Light hearted look at life
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 :)))
"Brilliant, Loved the actor but now love the man!"
I would have to say that all the voices was good
They way that family is everything, the love that he feels for his family
Billy crystal nailed the narration. brilliant stories and very laugh out loud moments. A must listen.
Funny, witty, insightful with fascinating peeks into Billy Crystal's personal life and private moments with family and friends. I found myself smiling throughout the book and even laughing out loud in many places. I hope Billy Crystal continues to entertain us in his inimitable way for a few more decades to come.
"Billy Is The Best!"
Brilliant! Nothing better than listen to the exuberant tones of Billy Crystal, narrating a wonderful life... Touched with humour, emotion and great anecdotes. Superb!
"Amusing but better for an American audience"
The bonus in this book is that some sections are live in front of an audience - which adds vitality. The best sections are about Billy's personal life and are much more heartfelt. There are short sections where Billy 'performs' in the voices of people he is know for impersonating - those I found less engaging. As an English reader, the sections on baseball and sports were not of so much interest to me - but that's a subjective thing - and is not meant as a criticism - just a note for other UK readers. An amusing read with varied sections that will appeal to different groups of people.
"Love Billy Crystal say no more"
Billy reading the story.
Just how grounded he is, one wife, one house
His unique voice
Great book, laughed so many times, only half way through and already feeling sad because it will end.
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