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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

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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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    Jonathan 08-24-15
    Jonathan 08-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Mahvelus!"

    Billy Crystal is .... Billy Crystal. What more is there to say. I want to forget all the yuck in my life and laugh a while; I look around for Billy B-)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-10-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Smart words from a funny guy"

    I listened to this book because, like Billy, I grew up in Long Beach in the fifties and sixties. He is three years older than me and was in my late brother's class at Long Beach High School. I remember playing softball with Billy at the East School playground. He was short back then too. I was hoping he would make a reference to the temple across the street from East School on Neptune Boulevard. A long softball drive would make it across the boulevard and hit Temple Emanuel. "Hit Emanuel" was one of our war cries. In softball terms it was the equivalent of a tape measure homer by Mickey. The book was memorable because I could personally identify with many of the references Billy made to his hometown. Beyond that, I learned many new things about Billy and the trip that brought him to where he is today. A funny and talented guy, he made me laugh, cry and remember. The live portions of the narration before an audience were like listening to new material in comedy record albums. Overall, a great listen.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lew Derry, NH, United States 10-06-13
    Lew Derry, NH, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Billy Crystal and/or Billy Crystal?

    Yes. I think he is a brilliant funny guy. Not here !


    Has Still Foolin' 'Em turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll give him one more shot.


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

    I listened to half the book and could not stomach this fawning confection.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. Save your time.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Melbourne, FL, United States 10-22-13
    Marilyn Melbourne, FL, United States 10-22-13
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    "Simply Marvelous...Sorry, but I had to say it..."
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy Crystal! He gave a private performance for me as "we" walked the causeway and while "we" drove to Ft. Lauderdale for my own gig. What a delight hearing his tales in his own voice! I'm new to audio books and I haven't stopped talking about how great it was to have this book read by the author himself. I believe, especially after hearing his book, it was just like him to want us to get the full meaning of each story... that might have been lost with someone else voice. I'm in the middle of listening to it for the second time and I marvel at how pleasant his voice is and the care he put into each chapter. He wanted to get it right...and I believe...well, lol, he did!


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

    One? ONE? That's tough...Well, one was his conversation with Charles Bronson-nothing like the exact words to get the point(s) across... Then there's his 40th birthday, and when he met his wife, and lost his father and mother...


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    The warmth in his voice...he is talking to you one-on-one like a friend.


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

    Both...tears all the way around...I laughed out loud, and at many points, tears were evident -which could have been embarrassing had I not had my ear buds in-and with some of the sadder moments my eyes filled with tears and made me feel the emotions those moments were meant to share.


    Any additional comments?

    There's not enough time or space...just listen to it...you'll fall in love with Billy if you're not already!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    RK 11-12-13
    RK 11-12-13
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    "I thought I'd like it...but didn't"
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    The delivery was too fast, as if he's trying to read the book as quickly as possible. But the worst part is that you start disliking Billy, as he comes off self centered...and not in a good way.


    What could Billy Crystal have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Relax a bit and slow down the delivery.


    What character would you cut from Still Foolin' 'Em?

    He worships Ali and Mickey Mantle. Great, but he does it repeatedly. I know it's his book and his life, but it just wasn't an enjoyable read for me. But other people might like it just fine, it's just not my cup of tea.


    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 08-06-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 08-06-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "He's So Perky! I Love That."

    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.

    4 of 7 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
    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?

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 10-11-13
    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Rick H.

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    "I didn't chuckle once!"

    Boy! This one was tough. After reading a few of the reviews and from how I remember many of his on-screen performances I really thought I was in for something enjoyable. This book was disappointing to say the least.

    To be honest, the book as a whole was a bit difficult to swallow. I loved the dialog in regards to Mr. Crystal's success, and how he got to where he is. That sort of stuff fascinates me! How he went from a struggling stan-up comedian to hosting the Oscars had my ear. Each step of the way was brilliant. His stories about his love for his parents and his own family were great and his relationship with the New York Yankees and baseball and the game of baseball was priceless. I just didn't enjoy the quips and jokes. They were stale and (I think) really took away from a very good autobiography. Maybe it was just me.

    I have always liked Billy Crystal and his career has been amazing. I could've done without the humor and on-location stand-up used to augment an otherwise excellent story about his success.

    Great Autobiography...but not very funny.

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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-16-13
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2017

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Matt
    1/22/15
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    "Makes you feel good...."

    Best bit is having Billy narrate his own story - great voice and easy to listen too.

    Good story, good fun and ultimately you will feel good and happy you heard it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Felix Le Corre
    London, UK
    1/17/15
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    "A biography with the benefit of a show"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    This audiobook is interesting and entertaining in that you get the biography of Billy Crystal and the benefit of one of his latest shows to pepper the story with jokes. Read by Mr. Crystal it makes for a very good story. I certainly discovered a great deal more accomplishments than originally expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Chances are if you listen to this in your commute, you'll be the lone person laughing on their own in the bus/train. Still, it was a delight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mac
    11/30/14
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    "Stay with it - its worth it!"
    What did you like most about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I like the way the story unfolded and how Billy Crystal was able to show the listener his hidden depth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh and cry within seconds of each other - truly magical.


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

    N/A


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a little slowly but it was worth the wait. It had me hooked longing to here the next tale or story and I just wanted to see where it went next. It is a little unconventional and I struggled with the mix of spoken word direct to the listener and recording live however, it works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beccy
    8/20/14
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    "More than worth the credit!"

    From a very funny man comes an extremely funny story of his life, what he's experienced and what he learned along the way. Was laughing in the first minute and it only got better from there. I brought this on a whim, not my usual 'listen' but i'm so, pleased i did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart A. McIntosh
    9/9/15
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    "Joy tinged with sadness"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high. It's well written, informative, candid and covers interesting subject matter. Additionally, his stand up forms part of the delivery and so there are vignettes of routines that are a giggle


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Kirk Douglas' autobiography or that of Danny Baker


    What does Billy Crystal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His particular brand of humour. Very Jewish, lots of pathos, a great slant on getting old. Good insight of social groups like baseball that is very personal, informative and well observed


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We've had a laugh ain't we?


    Any additional comments?

    This book had me scouring the on demand TV for films Billy had directed and the one about Mickey Mantle was superb. I hadn't previously known of it as, being British, baseball films aren't top of my list of required viewing but this was fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/8/15
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    "Wonderful life, wonderful storyteller"

    Billy crystal has such an easy voice to listen to, it's like a one on one stand up that is touching, poignant and some times sad. Overall though I have never laughed so much at an autobiography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. D. Selman
    Kent, U.K.
    4/25/15
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    "A must read for Billy Crystal fans"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    The fact it's narrated by Crystal himself. If you're a fan of his stand-up or movies, you will love this book.


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

    I laughed and cried in almost equal measure. This is a deeply personal piece for Crystal and you can feel the emotion and meaning in every line. You can't fail to be moved and you'll be laughing out loud despite yourself. I wouldn't suggest reading it in a public place!


    Any additional comments?

    Man, does this guy love baseball!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan O Ireland
    Ireland
    10/7/14
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    "Laughed out loud on the train"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

    Did not buy the print version.


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to, and why?

    Up Till Now


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    His description of his family now and young life is touching.


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

    I like to listen to books over time so it was long enough to enjoy over a few days when I had time. Played it twice.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that Billy is the narrator is great because it is his own story, so many books are ruined because someone else is putting their slant or accent on them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    United Kingdom
    3/29/14
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    "Not what I was expecting..."
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I love Billy Crystal as an actor, still do.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Not so keen on him as 'him'; too 'in your face' for me from someone who I still think of as Harry...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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