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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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    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 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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    Julie Yijun Zhu 11-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Dare mighty things; never live in the grey twilight.

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    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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cuer 10-28-14
    cuer 10-28-14
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    "Loved this book!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Very realistic!


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

    Retirement feelings.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    We liked the entire book.


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

    No, we enjoyed listening to the book during our travels. Couldn't wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    We had the feeling that Billie Crystal was right there with us as he was talking to us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Homer Glen, Israel 10-27-14
    Ronda Homer Glen, Israel 10-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Best biography ever!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy. This is the most creatively written, entertaining bio I have ever read!


    Any additional comments?

    It was pure joy to listen to this bio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Durham, NC, United States 10-19-14
    Amazon Customer Durham, NC, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2001

    Retired SiFi fan. Steven Kink, Goonz, Koontz Tom Clancy

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    "Crystal crystalized"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Can be very funny. The best chapters are the one where Billy performs live. He needs an audience.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    paced just right


    Any additional comments?

    may have been better if all was performed in front of an audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 10-19-14
    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    This book was funny, engaging and insightful all at the same time. The fact that Billy Crystal narrated the book the whole way through was a bonus! Classic Billy Crystal!

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    "Don't feel guilty, Mr. Crystal, not your fault"
    What did you like best about Still Foolin' 'Em? What did you like least?

    My headline above should make sense if you read or listened to this book/performance. Mr. Crystal gives some good performances (and some not so great), demonstrating what his success is based on. The live performance parts indeed are the better ones, the studio-read ones ... not so much (and the changing quality of recording at times is distracting).

    But.

    A good book lives on a a good story. You may think that what better story could there be than the life of the author telling it himself? Unfortunately Mr. Crystal cannot make up his mind whether to bring up an anecdote to present a punch line OR to tell you something about himself, his life, "where he's been and where he's going to". When in doubt, he'll always choose the laugh.
    That may be what his FANs are after.
    I personally love the films I saw him working in, so I admire Mr. Crystal's work. I see how great he is as a stand up comedian. I get a glimpse of how he may be as a family man (although this somehow slips through my fingers in this book). But what do I REMEMBER of the story after I finished listening to the book?
    Not much. In fact, I only remember a few good one liners.

    For a biography that isn't enough, be it presented as congenially as it is.


    If you’ve listened to books by Billy Crystal before, how does this one compare?

    I would actually like to listen to Mr. Crystal reading good books that tell a great story. Are there any? Please let me know.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    As I said above: Mr. Crystal is a great stand up comedian. So the life performances recorded here live and breath, his interaction with the audience, the TIMING you get there, are just great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Well, if Mr. Crystal was plaid by, let's say, Mr. Crystal, I surely would love to see a move starring Mr. Crystal performing as Mr. Crystal. I fear it would need a good screen writer to work at the dramatics :)


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    Tad 10-14-14
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    "Still Foolin' Em'"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes,I Always loved billy crystal .


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

    I loved when he talked about his grandkids and how they called him grandpa MIke after they saw Monster Inc. Or, grandpa miracal max from princess bride. And, in turn the loving grandpa that (I really think he is) he talked to them using those character voices.


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

    All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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