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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If he writes a comedic book of fiction, yes. Another biography like this one, no thanks.
No. I like biographies and hearing stories I didn't hear on a talk show but I really don't like rich people whining about their politics and pet peeves when many of their opinions come across as hypocritical or condescending.
Annoying during complaints.
Anger and disappointment.
Growing up, I loved watching Billy on SNL. I loved Billy in most of his movies and I can't think of a better host the Oscar ever had...granted I've only seen a few clips of Bob Hope doing it. He's the kind of person you'd be proud to tell people, "Hey I know that guy". I still like Billy and I know I should just accept the Hollywood mentality and focus on the things I like about him but he makes it hard in this book. I love comedy and I watch a lot of talk shows, stand up, roasts, what have you...and the whole Fake Jewish thing is getting old. Billy very early on in the book tells us that he doesn't believe in God. He keeps bringing up examples of older Jewish entertainers being kept from rich country clubs and every now and then brings up the holocaust. As if not getting to golf everywhere you feel like it even remotely compares to suffering genocide. Gentiles aren't allowed to suggest that Jewish people have great positions of influence in this world and we are constantly reminded of how tough it is to be Jewish but I keep hearing from all these people that they're Jewish and yet they don't really believe in God. If it is tough to be Jewish and you don't like the traditions and you don't believe in the history behind them, then why are you calling yourself Jewish? Maybe just maybe when it comes to having a sturdy ladder to success it actually helps to let everyone know you're Jewish. It amazes me that a man as seemly as bright and witty as Billy doesn't see the contradiction. Have you ever heard anyone say, "I'm a Muslim but I don't believe in Allah" or "I'm a Christian but I know Jesus never really existed"? No. You probably haven't because identifying yourself with something you think to be a ridiculous fraud is ridiculous. Why doesn't he believe in God? Because the world is a tough place in which bad things happen. Maybe but judging by your boring book, Mr. Crystal you've led a great life so "STOP". Oh and please don't whine about republicans mentioning Jesus in their speeches. Those politicians only care about money and power and wouldn't know Jesus from a hole in the ground but let's face it... you're never going to vote for a republican for president so WHY THE HECK DO YOU CARE? You're tired of hearing the names "Jesus" and "Christ" in public forums. Are you a comedian or a vampire? If you don't believe in God why pick a favorite religion. It's like saying you hate baseball and telling everyone you're a die-hard Yankee's fan. Billy also let's us know what a nice guy he is by letting us know how little he thinks of fat people, comparing them to stuff stuck in his teeth. Billy calls "the Passion of The Christ" a snuff film for it's violence, as if Schindler's List wasn't equally if not more disturbing to watch. If you hate the movie because it's about Jesus then just say so. Don't pretend like you don't work in an industry that makes huge money off of violence in movies and video games. Having gotten this off my chest, I would finish by saying I still like Billy and I wish him a long healthy life and much future success.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I'm a Billy Crystal fan. I enjoy his movies, and I liked this book.
That being said, I think that it got a lot more praise than it deserved, and I think that reading the book in front of a live audience should have disqualified it from being eligible for "best narration". It was amusing, but half of it was essentially a comedy album. Not really a fair competition.
Anyway, I enjoyed Crystal's stories, but like all comedians of a certain age, his humor frequently felt flat. It was rehashed jokes I've heard other places for years now.
Crystal's life was interesting, and the book held my attention. But the book was also about growing old, and was frequently depressing and sad. Like the movie "Mr. Saturday Night", referenced in the book with much self-awareness, I found it depressing to see a comedian I love grow old. Maybe that's not fair reason to downgrade my rating... and maybe it's a reflection of my age that I'm just not ready for a poignant swan-song from one of my favorite celebrities.
Anyway, It's an excellent performance, and pretty good story. If I didn't feel it was being vastly overrated, I would have given it an additional star, but in this case, I do feel it needs to be knocked down a peg.
Billie crystal says all the things about growing older that most of us know, but are still convinced it's only going to happen to someone else!
I perferred hearing the book as opposed to reading it because you have the benefit of hearing Billy Chrystal tell the story. I felt very drawn into his life and was amazed by some ot the experineces he had and the intimate contacts he had with famous people when he was a young child. His story and the way he told it made me like him even more. I was thoroughly entertained from the first page until the end.
This is the most enjoyable audio book I have ever listened to. Billy Crystal takes us on a journey through his life without an over focus on the success or struggles. Billy grabs our attention from the start and holds it through the entire book. My enjoyment of this book was slightly tarnished by his mini-rants, perhaps entitled “Stop It” at the end of the book. If not for this, I would say this book is perfect.
oh yes........the inflection in Billy's voice, the tenderness, the love.....of family, of comedy, of creating the comedy...........loved every minute, wanted more
every word, his detailed descriptions of events, story telling at it's best. The visual picture one gets thru the spoken word......thru Billy's spoken words.....We listened as we were driving the NYS Thruway laughing and giggling and sometimes tearing up. Never a dull moments. Made the trip go by so fast.
The only person to tell his story......LOVE BILLY!!!!!
the chapters of his family.......mom, dad, kids births, weddings, grandchildren, death......movies, tv shows, baseball, Mohammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Yankees,
OMG I just loved this book, will revisit it sooner rather than later
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. THE MAN IS GENIUS and he's my generation.
While the humor in the first few chapters wasn't for me, I'm glad I continued to listen. Great narration, insightful sharing of his interesting life, poignant moments, and told so that I smiled and laughed.
When I started this book I was concerned it was just going to be a long stand-up act. Then I thought, well how bad could that be if it were? As it turns out, Crystal brilliantly mixes the story of his life, with humor and some good advice. This is a book where the audible format far out performs the printed word. He keeps you on your toes all the time, chapters vary widely in length which I liked because he spent whatever time necessary to convey a thought. I laughed through the entire book but in the end I realized that I knew so much about Billy Crystal. I would summarize him as a bright man with all the insecurities of most comedians, who loves his wife, children and grandchildren deeply, he looks for humor in everything that happens and is an expert in finding it.
I read many good books but this is the first one that I said to myself that I needed to listen to it again in a year.
Good job Billy!
With a quick up and back that was 6 hours each way Billy kept us entertained and reflective upon our own path as he shared his life, career, friendships, family and lessons learned, missed, and forgotten along the way. My wife suggested he could leave a few f-bombs out and achieve the same message...I would concur but that applies in most instances of the word's use nevertheless that's the comment she wanted to add. Nice work and far more chuckles and laughs as we too reach the age where the rear view mirror has quite a bit longer view than the road ahead.
Great to hear Fernando again, and the entire story around Mickey Mantle and of course his family.
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