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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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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 11-26-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2017

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Perfect Crystal"

    Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother.

    If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience.

    Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching (I cried at times) and hysterical (a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me). As he describes his relationships, he is respectful of most everyone, and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him.

    His life, for the rest of us, is fairly surreal. Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities, playing for your favorite baseball team, etc.? The answer is: almost no one. But Crystal can, and has, and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart-felt.

    I look forward to his next book.

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    Michael virginia beach, VA, United States 09-21-13
    Michael virginia beach, VA, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh you're fooling a lot of people Mr. Crystal."
    Would you try another book from Billy Crystal and/or Billy Crystal?

    If he writes a comedic book of fiction, yes. Another biography like this one, no thanks.


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

    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.


    What three words best describe Billy Crystal’s voice?

    Annoying during complaints.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Sharey 09-22-16
    Sharey 09-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable!"

    What a fun listen. This book was funny and entertaining. After hearing this book, you'll love and respect Billy all the more. This man is genuine and an effortless comedian.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    GrannyVal 01-08-16
    GrannyVal 01-08-16
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    "Not fooling anyone"

    Billy Crystal is as entertaining as ever with the added bonus of being laugh out loud funny, insightful, inspiring and touching! Very enjoyable, don't pass this one by.

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    Nancy 12-24-15
    Nancy 12-24-15
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    "Billy Crystal tells a helluva story"

    First we want to say "thank you" to Billy for writing such a poignant and entertaining story and sharing his sweetest, funniest, and most sincere memories with the listener. The fact that he did the narration was icing on the cake.

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    Scott MacDonald 11-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Required listening/reading!"

    Learning about Billy Crystals life while walking my dog. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Listened to several chapters more than once.

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    PAUL W. KELLY Australia 11-27-15
    PAUL W. KELLY Australia 11-27-15
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    "Funny and Moving"
    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a beautiful audio book. I loved it. Billy's story is funny, poignant, fascinating and engaging. This book shows a man who has mastered the difficult art of comedy and has done so by tapping into everything that makes him a genuinely warm and earthy human being. I was enthralled as he shared his insights into the art-form that comedy truly is. I was spellbound by Billy's anecdotes on baseball greats, on Frank Sinatra and also the comedian who told him "always leave a tip". He shows, with great humour and graciousness (and irony) that it is true that "comedy is a very serious business." He mentions some very famous names but in such a way that the listener understands that he has made friends with legends because he is capable of being a deeply valued friend and not because they are household names. I adored this book. If you ever want to get a glimpse behind the veil, of a person who is at the top of their profession and who is so genuinely funny, particularly in spontaneous and improvised settings, this is the book for you.


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    Dawn Boyer 10-08-15
    Dawn Boyer 10-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and poignant"

    Entertaining, with bits of insight about life, growing older, loss and love. The parts in front of a live audience work quite well. I would recommend it to fans and non-fans alike. Though I would say that you will enjoy it more if you have some interest and knowledge of his work.

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    Jerry Blaschke 09-11-15
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    "Still Foolin' 'EM A wonderful story life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is wonderful to listen to him tell his life's story and the emotion comes through. A book would not compare to hearing this great man tell of the high and low points of his life.


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

    The most memorable part to me was when he found himself on the Yankee Field in uniform and all of the thoughts that were running through his head.


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

    Only on television and the by far exceeds any show he has been in or work he has done on television. You come away after laughs and sad moments with him and feel you know the man.


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

    Yes, but I could not afford myself that luxury.


    Any additional comments?

    Best time and money I have spent in a good while.

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    Matthew 09-05-15
    Matthew 09-05-15
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    "Hilarious, yet sentimental"

    This is the first audiobook I have ever purchased and it was one of the best decisions I've made. Mr. Crystal is sentimental yet hilarious, making me cry through both the up's and the down's. If you are a fan of his wit, crass, and uncensored humor, then you will love this book. If you have a love for family, friendship, and all things sentimental you will have a place for it as well. It does not disappoint.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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