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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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    Nick2 California 12-06-13
    Nick2 California 12-06-13
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    "You Can Make This Stuff Up...But, Billy Lived It!"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far, Mr. Crystal has joined the ranks of the greats reading their own books; Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, Tim Conway...these are stories from my favorites. I can't imagine anyone else reading his story...why would anyone even listen to it?


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

    There's nothing like it; it's unique because it's one mans life!


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

    You live the story! Mr. Crystal is so descriptive, at times, I could imagine myself there. He brought so much heart and warmth to certain moments; I admit, I got a little emotional at times. My late father loved Billy...I thought of him often and wanted to share the stories with him.


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

    Billy's experience with the death of his Uncle, and letting go.


    Any additional comments?

    There's been some negative responses to Billy's language in the book; this is the real Billy Crystal...as fans, we want to know who they are...we were warned, we're adults...don't knock the book or man because he doesn't talk like Billy Graham.

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    Thomas West Creek, NJ, USA 12-06-13
    Thomas West Creek, NJ, USA 12-06-13
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    "Apparently you are not stil foolin' everyone!"
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    If Billy would have focused on his life and comedy and not attempted to throw in political comments that were mean-spirited and extremely biased.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    I did not buy this book to hear Billy's political opinion. Some comedians make fun of all politicians. Obviously, they are fair game, but Billy's political agenda and opinions were quite obvious. I don't care. I'm not interested in what you think politically.


    What didn’t you like about Billy Crystal’s performance?

    The first half of the book was quite funny. The second half became almost maudlin and depressing. Yes, I know that none of us are going to get out of this life alive - but this part of the book went beyond funny. It seemed obsessive.


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

    That's not really applicable since the book was all about Billy.


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    Tony L. Whitaker High Point, NC 12-04-13
    Tony L. Whitaker High Point, NC 12-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Crystal Fan since he first Ali!"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    It was a real joy listening to this comic genius, Being only 5 years older than me, his walk on the path to fame and the paralleled real life made me feel like he is a friend! I still remember him doing Ali and Cosell on a show I never missed, Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast. Of course there was Soap, which was brilliant and his stint on SNL. He will always be remembered for his role opposite Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally", However, hands down, my favorite Crystal film role was his "Mitch" (also my best friend and Army buddy's name) opposite Jack Palance's "Curly". I am an old movie buff and I was thrilled to see Jack get the oscar, finally, for his body of work shows his real talent, even when the script were "B" rate material. There is so much this man has accomplished in his 65 years, I could write for hours. His delivery alone, made this a 5 star performance on audiobooks and I think he never fooled anyone. Billy, you are a genius!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His character "Mitch Robbins" from "City Slickers". It was playing opposite "Curly" (Jack Palance) that gave this movie teeth. There was a chemistry which was palpable.


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

    This is one of his best! But it is like asking a classic rock fan, like myself, what was Led Zeppelin's greatest song!


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

    His moments, both comical and otherwise, with his friend of one of my own boyhood idols, Mickey Mantle. I too was devastated, which Billy handled so well, which hit us all so hard, the demise of an American legend.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT!!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rahul Nasik, India 12-02-13
    Rahul Nasik, India 12-02-13 Member Since 2016

    I like to think of myself as a compulsive learner, avid sportsman and a sucker for a good piece of music, book or a chat.

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    "Very Billy...very funny"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes, I would. To celebrate turning 65.


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

    The bit where he talks about his experience of working with Robert Deniro.


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

    No, I haven't.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Are we there already?


    Any additional comments?

    Must hear for anyone wondering how it feels to be old in numbers and not spirits.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-30-13
    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Really, really enjoyed this Book"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Can't express how much I really loved listening to Billy Crystal read this book. He is truly one of the great comics of our time. Now at age 65 he not only has some hilarious comments, but also important, poignant things to say about life and death. Looking forward to listening to it again some day soon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that as he weaves through his own life history, he is telling the story of so many baby boomers who seem to be at point in their lives asking, "Was it worth it?"


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    So personal. So real.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The little Jew who Could


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping Billy has many more performances to share with us in the future. Would love to see him work with Steve Martin someday.

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    Traveling Bookworm Sacramento, CA 11-22-13
    Traveling Bookworm Sacramento, CA 11-22-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Best book I heard in a long time"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Could not stop listening


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

    When he talked about keeping the horse from City Slickers and his meeting with Mickey Mantel for the first time.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    The performance was easy to listen to and showed a lot of emotion.


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

    When he talked about the love he had for his family, his wife and his mother.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not usually write reviews but I had to with this book. I recommend it to anyone. Great book and narration. I could not stop listening. The book is easy to listen to and entertaining. May times I had to stop the narration because I was laughing so hard. It also has very personal moments that are easy to relate with.

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    Wendy Pflugerville, TX, United States 11-11-13
    Wendy Pflugerville, TX, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Easy Listening - and FUNNY!!!"
    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    This book was just a great listen - charming story of Billy's life along with his thoughts on getting old. I have always been a big fan of his work and his sense of humor and knowing a little more about where he came from makes me love him even more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved hearing about the relationship that he had with Mohammad Ali


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

    The live performances of some of the chapters where great - his interaction with the crowd was really funny.


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

    When he was talking about his daughters wedding.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really interesting story about an interesting comedian. I laughed through the whole book - and would listen to it again - especially the live chapters.

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    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 11-05-13
    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 11-05-13 Listener Since 2006

    Neale

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    "Nice guy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great audio book read by Billy. Includes some stand up as well. I preferred the parts just read by Billy rather than the stand up. An amazing story - he has achieved so much and is still is a down to earth person, Some swearing but in context. Very funny and sad in parts - Highly recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor.


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

    BIlly is a great comic and does some wonderful voices


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    Product Buyer99 10-08-13

    jwalker99

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    "Top 10 Book of All Time"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Billy Crystal drew me in with his life story which of course is funny. But then he lasso's you in with a tale of wide ranging wisdom about family, children, parents, life long friends - all of which happens as he brushes against famous show business people and places. He was attracted to the life and the people and they were attracted to him and his fundamental solid roots and morals. I have already ordered the written version of the book for family and friends as a gift. They say humor is a manifestation of intelligence. In that case Billy Crystal is a genius.


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    JESA 4 Roses Dallas, TX, United States 10-02-13
    JESA 4 Roses Dallas, TX, United States 10-02-13
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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top. I listen to many different types of books. This one ranks right at the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy....


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

    Mickey Mantel


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

    There were definitely some sad moments. I think Billy was looking for the ....I laughed, I cried book. I am not easily moved to tears and I was not here however I could see where some might be.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finish a good book a part of me gets sad its over, wishing for maybe one more chapter! This book was no different.
    Thanks for sharing your life Billy!

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  • A. Arrowsmith
    Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Billy, you never fail us!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Honest Funny Family


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

    Any autobiography that is honest, funny, heartwarming, humble and entertaining.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Oo, ermmm, tricky one that! His early days with Janice? All encounters with Mohammed Ali? They will do for starters :)


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

    When he talks about his wife. He so clearly adores every bone of her.


    Any additional comments?

    Billy, I wish that your life had been 1000 years already as I could listen to your exploits, adventures, thoughts and anecdotes for a very long time before I got even close to putting on a kettle.

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  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    8/1/14
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    "Simply very Billy Crystal"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, touching, engrossing


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

    Nothing compares to this, he is genius...


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

    Has to be Magic Max


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

    When Billy describes the worst part about death


    Any additional comments?

    An utterly captivating and thoroughly entertaining performance, made all that funnier by Billy himself delivering much of it in front of a live audience - absolute comedy gold, with a very personal and heart-warming feel to it. Loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "Loved it. Billy is funny and human"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Billy manages to be charming, funny and down to earth without a trace of arrogance. He tells his story with humour and in a way I could totally relate to. His voice is such a pleasure to listen to and I just loved this book.


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

    I have always been a Billy Crystal fan, but this book made his so much more real. It felt like I was listening to an old and dear friend.


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

    Billy's recounting of his daughters and in particular, the eldest one's wedding really touched me. I felt like it could have been our home, our daughters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Merril
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    6/29/14
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    "If you write it, I will read!"
    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, fun,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Light hearted look at life


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    It feels a very personal reading, like a good friend talking to you in your living room. He is a good story teller, and I didn't realise until now what a good mimic he is too. A very entertaining listen, especially for those of us who are in our fifties - he outlines all those things we have to look forward to :)))


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Clare Mead
    Kent
    6/22/14
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    "Brilliant, Loved the actor but now love the man!"
    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favourite?

    I would have to say that all the voices was good


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

    They way that family is everything, the love that he feels for his family


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    4/8/15
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    "engrossing"

    Billy crystal nailed the narration. brilliant stories and very laugh out loud moments. A must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Choo
    3/24/15
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    "Vastly entertaining"

    Funny, witty, insightful with fascinating peeks into Billy Crystal's personal life and private moments with family and friends. I found myself smiling throughout the book and even laughing out loud in many places. I hope Billy Crystal continues to entertain us in his inimitable way for a few more decades to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G.
    Kent, UK
    2/24/15
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    "Billy Is The Best!"

    Brilliant! Nothing better than listen to the exuberant tones of Billy Crystal, narrating a wonderful life... Touched with humour, emotion and great anecdotes. Superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    2/22/15
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    "Amusing but better for an American audience"

    The bonus in this book is that some sections are live in front of an audience - which adds vitality. The best sections are about Billy's personal life and are much more heartfelt. There are short sections where Billy 'performs' in the voices of people he is know for impersonating - those I found less engaging. As an English reader, the sections on baseball and sports were not of so much interest to me - but that's a subjective thing - and is not meant as a criticism - just a note for other UK readers. An amusing read with varied sections that will appeal to different groups of people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LE BROOKS
    2/8/15
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    "Love Billy Crystal say no more"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    Billy reading the story.


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

    Just how grounded he is, one wife, one house


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

    His unique voice


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, laughed so many times, only half way through and already feeling sad because it will end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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