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Still Foolin' 'Em Audiobook

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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    Judy 09-25-13
    Judy 09-25-13
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    "An Endearing Memoir"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Touching, Familiar


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Michael Horseheads, NY, United States 09-21-13
    Michael Horseheads, NY, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Just delightful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    BigMamaNebraska 09-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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


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

    I definitely laughed. He has a way at looking at life that puts a funny spin on normal aging.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DiK 09-17-13
    DiK 09-17-13
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    "Too Much of Too Much"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Billy Crystal? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Found this book a little boring. Was not able to get through all of it. Quit about 2/3.


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Do you think Still Foolin' 'Em needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Too much in it already.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stanford Southeast USA 10-28-13
    S. Stanford Southeast USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

    bookshelf2070

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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.


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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 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.

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    Maria 05-22-16
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    "Excellent!!"

    Great, funny & deep reflections. Excellent for any age! Everyone will learn something no matter what you're going through. Totally recommended.

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    G. Karparis U.S. 05-20-16
    G. Karparis U.S. 05-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "who is better than Billy?"

    I'm 32 years old but I feel like I always relate to his humor. A great book. He made me laugh and made me think about life in ways I hadn't in a while. Never disappointing.

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