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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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?
Funny, Touching, Familiar
Being of the same generation and background as Billy Crystal, I related to many of his experiences. His description of his older relatives sounded like he was talking about my own family and his love of the New York Yankees equals my own.
Yes, I've seen him perform and watched several of his interviews on television. The book is very similar to what I've heard from him in the past with a lot of repetition of his old stories. But I didn't mind that at all. His recollections are just as funny/sad/touching when hearing them for the second (or even third) time.
When he talks about missing his father. My own father died over 30 years ago, and I still miss him. You can relate if you've lost a beloved parent.
I think that the best parts of the book are those that he performed in front of a live audience. I sort of wish he had done the whole book that way. But either way, I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry......and remember my own background as a Jewish kid growing up in New York.
I can't emphasize enough how much my husband and I enjoyed listening to this book. We laughed; we cried; we identified with so much of what Billy had to say. I can't imagine reading this book. The narration by the author, brought so much pleasure to the text!
I will definitely listen to this again.
I love the fact that he included live performances. It was wonderful to hear his timing in response to the audiences response to the book.
Everything. I cannot imagine just reading this book. It was like Billy Crystal was in my living room telling me the story of his life.
I definitely laughed. He has a way at looking at life that puts a funny spin on normal aging.
Again, I cannot imagine just reading this book. Billy's narration added so much. I will listen to this over and over. I am looking forward to a road trip next month so I can listen to this again.
Book contains too much information about Billy's life. A lot of it is meaningful, but a lot comes across as just filler. Best parts are those done before a live audience. Humor gets very weak when Billy is telling about his life as if reading from his book.
Probably not. Found this book a little boring. Was not able to get through all of it. Quit about 2/3.
No. Too much in it already.
If you enjoy the typical celebrity memoire, then this book is for you. It’s bursting with antidotes about Billy Crystal’s charmed life, his rise to celebrity, and lots and lots of name dropping. As a bonus, he includes some stand-up sets performed in front of a live audience, which are okay, but contain mostly reheated jokes about growing old.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
This is one of those few celebrity autobiographies that's so good it will take you twice or three times as long as the advertised run time to get through it because you will find yourself re-listening to whole chapters and replaying the more shocking or hilarious anecdotes for your spouse, kids, and friends. I especially loved the fact that the autobiographical material is interlaced with whole sections of the author doing stand-up comedy in front of a live audience. The chapter in which he lists and explains his pet peeves ("Stop!") is one I will listen to again and again. Ditto the true story of the famous actor (no spoilers here) who once called Crystal on the phone just to scream "F**k you!" at him, and the equally famous actor who once walked up to him in public and punched him in the stomach with no preamble and no warning. There are great Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle stories here that will delight even those readers who care nothing about boxing or baseball. But I think my favorite chapters are the one telling how director Rob Reiner allowed and encouraged Crystal to improvise in the role of Miracle Max during the making of The Princess Bride ("a nice MLT, mutton lettuce and tomato, where the mutton is nice and lean..."), and the one detailing the inspired collaborative creative process behind When Harry Met Sally.
This book was perfect as a light, pleasing listen for any time my current thriller was too thrilling or too dark and I needed a break. If you're a 65-year-old man who loves baseball, you'll love it even more than I did, but I think anyone would like it. Grade: A.
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