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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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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.

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  • Charles
  • Easley, SC, United States
  • 08-30-15

A Marvelous & Funny Man You Are Little Brother

I picked this title based on the Editors' conclusion that it is one of the best listens ever. They understated the situation. Addicted to making each person he touches smile and feel better for a while, he thinks the comic mask hides the immensities of the joys and sorrows of his uniquely rich life. Do not be fooled! This one will make you laugh and cry and you may end up a fan of Billy Crystal and the NY Yankees.

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  • Rej
  • Chicago, IL
  • 08-25-15

No complaints

Billy Crystal is a consummate artist, and the "live bits" are the best part. He is entertaining to listen to. I just wish there was more here. Some of the stories are great, although some of the opening about grandkids etc was a little precious without being personal. I wanted to know more about his father, and his relationship with some of the early Jazz greats. Oh well. There's a lot of humble bragging (lots of famous close personal friends) which got on my nerves after awhile. But I liked it, and I think you will too. It's got enough gold amidst the rubble.

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Good but overrated

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.

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One of the Best

Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

I never was a big Billy Crystal fan before I listened to this bio. Funny. Entertaining. And what a charming reader. I've listened to it several times already while taking my daily walk.

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Sooo True!!

What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

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!

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I enjoyed every minute of this book.

What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

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.

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One of the Best Ever!

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.

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  • TESS
  • rochester, NY, United States
  • 03-02-14

PURE JOY, LAUGHTER AND TEARS

Would you consider the audio edition of Still Foolin' 'Em to be better than the print version?

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

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

The only person to tell his story......LOVE BILLY!!!!!

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

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

Any additional comments?

YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. THE MAN IS GENIUS and he's my generation.

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Well done

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.

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