• Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • De : Billy Crystal
  • Lu par : Billy Crystal
  • Durée : 8 h et 6 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Date de publication : 10/09/2013
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Éditeur : Macmillan Audio
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Description

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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  • David Shear
  • 12/09/2013

Disarmingly Honest

I enjoyed this book, and as expected, I laughed out loud multiple times. I can't imagine "reading" this book when you have the opportunity to listen to Billy Crystal read it to you. Having his voice truly made all the difference and brought the laughs.
The insights into the sports figures were especially interesting and getting a peek behind the scenes of movies like When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers was a treat.
Going back and forth between Crystal reading the book and reading it live in front of an audience was a really nice touch, I especially loved that.
Because Crystal is reading it to you, it feels intimate. So occasionally he drops facts, or lines, that are surprising, like how rich he is, or how much he dislikes someone, things that were really, very honest. I loved it. I love being surprised, and I love being surprised that I'm surprised.
I recommend this book.

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  • Pamela J
  • 19/09/2013

Growing up with Billy Crystal

I hesitated at first because I really don't need a comedian, even an excellent one like Crystal, to tell me what aging feels like. This is much, much beyond that. Truly laugh out loud funny and surprisingly poignant, the decades of Billy's life are full of colorful (and often famous) characters that will fascinate you if you're acquainted with them or not. Yes, there are the old guy jokes, and they're funny, but it's when he's playing straight man to what is happening to him and around him when this book really zings. This is a book that you should NOT read on paper (or screen), but listen to performed by a master joker. Great fun.

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  • loix
  • 17/09/2013

Who'd have known?

I thought all good comedians were the product of dysfunctional families. This is a very moving (if the last chapter doesn't get the waterworks going, see a professional) and enjoyable account of a family man and entertainer that thoroughly disabused me of that notion. Mr. Crystal's loving musings about his family--whether blood relatives or lifelong friends--nearly made a convert out of this sworn single person. Now there's the kind of success anyone would envy! The narration went by so fast that I had to be on the edge of my seat not to miss a single detail, but I doubt any other reader could have done the impressions or the tender memories justice.

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  • Diane Havens
  • 13/09/2013

Pure Crystal

Any additional comments?

Fans of Billy Crystal could not ask for more -- everything you love about Billy Crystal is here. The sensitive, sometimes cranky, occasionally outrageous, intelligent, thoughtful and always very funny comedian-actor-director shares his life with us as you'd expect him to -- honestly, lovingly and with sharp wit. Happy I bought the audiobook version since the stand-up chapters recorded before a live audience added so much to the experience.

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  • Jody R. Nathan
  • 13/09/2013

great audio book, couldn't put it down

I very much enjoyed this book. Billy Crystal reads the book, and it is like an 8 hour performance from him. In fact, several chapters were recorded live as performances. Billy Crystal goes through his life and his loves with his unique perspective with warmth, wit and love. You'll laugh, you'll cry . . .oy vey, what else do you want?

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  • Sara
  • 06/12/2013

Falling out of love with Crystal

What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

Chapters one and two are awesome standup. I laughed so hard I accidently woke my husband sleeping next to me, then pulled off my headphones so he could listen too. After a minute or two he was laughing with me--it was great! However, as the chapters went on it became less funny and turned ranty, you know, like grandpa does.

By chapter 14 he was literally bellyaching about what he doesn't like e.g. "fat" people, airport searches, politics bla, bla, bla. I couldn't believe it and, for me, comedy that puts down people or is just angry (for the sake of it) it's funny. Some parts of the book were amazing. One part about a boxer (I wont say more) was incredible. However, for the most part--he sound old and just not as funny anymore.

Also, he kept saying tits over, and over, and over. Even time I cringed. I know he's from an older generation (I just turned 30 and was reading it for fun) but tits? Tits! Tits! Tits! He sounded like he was 13 or something and it was endless. I just thought he'd be a little more polished. He curses throughout the whole thing which I don't mind but his obsession with tits did bother me, in a creepy way.

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

Like others have said, he reads this book like he just can't wait to be done with it. I think he could have slowed down a little. Some parts of the book are recorded live and those are really exciting! No matter what anyone says, in these live parts where he is on stage preforming he's a total natural!

Any additional comments?

If you are a huge Crystal fan then you will probably enjoy this. If you are in your 60s and want to go back to the generation and culture of the 60s then you will most likely enjoy this book. He really did capture the "spirit" of the 60s and 70s in a way I have never heard before. Happy readings!!

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  • Michelle
  • 14/09/2013

Warning: Don't listen to it in public.

Unless you're use to people looking at you like your crazy be careful because you WILL laugh out loud. Billy Crystal has been a constant favorite of my family since Soap and continues to be with my kids. His life has been full of ups and downs just like everyone else only he doesn't run to the bottles & drugs like so many others. He has been blessed with talent, a wonderful family, and the chance to become friends with people he admired as a child and you're so happy for him. This book is light hearted, funny, and overall amazing. A MUST GET.

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  • Andy
  • 18/09/2013

listen twice, it never gets old

What a great book! Funny, authentic, and much of it feels like you are in a live audience hearing it straight from the man himself. Wonderful stories about Billy Crystal, his kids, family, Ali and the Yankees. I hope he lives another 50 years, so that I can listen to him narrating the sequel.

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  • J. Price
  • 16/09/2013

Uplifting, Funny, Heartfelt

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

The audio is DEFINITELY better than hard copy would have been for this book, with Billy Crystal reading.... it was like an 8 hour AMAZING show.

What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

He was genuine, funny, transparent. I'm not sure if I sniffled and got choked up any less than I laughed out loud. Very moving story, wonderful writing, incredible performance. Highly recommend.

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  • MoodyInVt
  • 30/09/2017

A great time with Billy!

A very enjoyable book and moments of great fun with Billy Crystal. My husband and I would listen to small nuggets each time we went out in the car and enjoyed it every time. Some laugh out loud moments. Billy provided some very interesting behind the scenes stories of movies and other events in his life. Great narration.

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  • querbeet
  • 12/07/2014

Vorsicht: Zu witzig für's Autofahren!

Crystal's in überschaubare Kapitel verpackte Anekdoten über unvermeidliche Alterserscheinungen und wie man sich damit arrangiert sind derart witzig, dass ich dieses Hörbuch nach den ersten Versuchen lieber nicht mehr mit ins Auto nehme. Ich muss so heftig lachen, dass mir die Tränen kommen,und zwar ständig. Crystal's Humor ist originell, charmant, dabei absolut bodenständig und unverblümt. Es wirkt auch nie gekünstelt. Man glaubt ihm jedes Wort, und das macht für mich bei einem Komiker den großen Unterschied. Unter seinen Witzen über das Alter stecken natürlich auch traurige Wahrheiten. Es ist nicht lustig, immer vergesslicher zu werden, körperlich abzubauen und das Ende des Lebens immer näher rücken zu sehen. Aber Crystal stellt sich dieser Herausforderung mit Bravour, Selbstironie und Akzeptanz statt Resignation.

Zwischen den Comedy-Kapiteln berichtet Crystal chronologisch über sein Leben und seine Karriere, von der Kindheit bis heute. Diese Kapitel sind unterhaltsam, und Crystal's Weg kreuzt sich mit einer Menge berühmter Persönlichkeiten aus Showbusiness und Sport. Der Spaßfaktor ist in diesen Abschnitten weniger vorhanden, aber immer noch da. Wer gerne Autobiographien liest, wird sich auch hier nicht langweilen. Ich persönlich kann manchmal mit der Verklärung und Glorifizierung der eigenen Höhepunkte nicht so viel anfangen. Das ist vielleicht auch eine eher amerikanische Mentalitätssache.

Emotional nehmen mich dann aber die Schlusskapitel doch noch sehr mit. Als Crystal davon spricht, wie die Kinder aus dem Haus gehen, und wie er seine erste Tochter zum Altar führt, fange ich an zu heulen. Das hat mir mir selbst, aber genauso viel mit Crystal's hoch glaubwürdiger Vortragsart zu tun. Ein Komiker, der auch ernsthafte Töne so authentisch anschlagen kann, ist etwas Besonderes.

Eine Runde Sache also.

Fairerweise möchte ich erwähnen, dass die Live-Kapitel viel lustiger sind als die im Studio aufgenommenen, aber nur ca. ein Viertel des Hörbuchs ausmachen. Das bestätigt natürlich nur Crystal's umwerfendes Talent, vor Publikum aufzutreten.

Der Humor ist manchmal auch derbe. Wenn Crystal z.B. Sex mit 25 und Sex mit 65 vergleicht, nimmt er kein Blatt vor den Mund. Ich finde das erfrischend ehrlich und lache mich schlapp. Manch einer mag es zu profan finden.

Man muss übrigens nicht selbst 65 sein, um 'Still' foolin' 'em' zu mögen. Wer die 35 schon überschritten hat und sich mit ersten Fältchen und grauen Haaren rumplagt, wird das Hörbuch mögen. Als Grundregel sollte man sich zumindest an die 8oer noch erinnern können. Sonst kann man mit den vielen Promi-Namen aus 'alter Zeit' nichts anfangen, und die autobiographischen Kapitel werden dann langweilig.

Zum Sprecher:

Billy Crystal ist ein begnadeter Entertainer. Wenn er in den Live-Kapiteln nur den Mund aufmacht, liegen die Leute schon vor Lachen am Boden. Und man selbst mit ihnen. Er hat perfektes Timing für dramatische Pausen, für Lautstärke, für patzige Hysterie und dann auch wieder für die nachdenklichen Töne. Unerwartet bringt er mich mehrfach fürchterlich zur Rührung.
Das ist mal so ein Fall, wo ich es für unmöglich halte, eine übersetzte Hörbuchversion mit einem anderen Sprecher zu fabrizieren. Es ist Billy Crystal's Buch, und das kann auch nur er so vorlesen.

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  • Walter
  • 13/09/2017

Nicht witzig!

Wieder eine Biografie die eher unlustig ist. Sie zerfällt in zwei Teile: da sind einmal Billy Chrystal's Anmerkungen zu seinem Status als 65er - und die sind eher bitter, ganz und gar nicht lustig. Und dann ist da der Rückblick auf die vergangenen Dekaden: ganz auf amerikanisches Show-Biz bezogen und voll mit Name-Dropping: wann, wo und wie er wen getroffen hat....
Fast noch enttäuschender als der Inhalt ist der Vortrag, der zur Hälfte aus einer mitgeschnittenen Life-Lesung besteht. Der Mann ist ein Standup-Komiker und die Grimassen und Verrenkungen kann man nicht hören. Und der gelesene Teil geht express ab.
Nach eineinhalb Stunden hatte ich genug. Meine Empfehlung: gar nicht erst anfangen.