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Still Foolin' 'em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 10. September 2013


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  • Audio CD: 7 Seiten
  • Verlag: Highroads Media; Auflage: Unabridged (10. September 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1427229503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427229502
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,2 x 15,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 344.868 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Billy Crystal's new memoir is everything you'd expect from this acclaimed actor, writer, producer, film director and world-class comedian. Though the book is a great read, this audio version, performed by Crystal himself, is even better. His timing is perfect, he laughs, ad-libs a little and even chokes up as he talks about how much his wife of 43 years means to him…But be careful! Listening while driving, treading on a treadmill or stirring up a stir-fry could be hazardous to life and limb - this is unredacted, laugh-out-loud humor, Billy Crystal at his bravura best. (BookPage)

At 65, Billy Crystal is a master of comic timing, as he demonstrates during his narration of Still Foolin' 'Em. A fine actor and nine-time Oscar host, Crystal knows exactly how to deliver his artful blend of touching memoir and rueful riffs on the indignities of aging. Several chapters were recorded before a live audience, giving him the opportunity to exchange banter and charm a crowd - as he no doubt will many listeners…In both modes, however, he proves himself accomplished, nuanced, and - best of all - very funny. (AudioFile Magazine)

As is the case with many comedians' memoirs, hearing Crystal's wisecracks about aging in Hollywood is better than reading them. (Entertainment Weekly)

If you have to choose between the print and audio editions of Billy Crystal's memoir, know this: if the book is funny, the audiobook is drive-off-the-road hilarious. (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

And if you like the book, you'll love the audio. Seven chapters were recorded live by Crystal at an NYU fundraiser. Not many books come with their own laugh tracks. (USA Today)

The audiobook is read by Crystal himself, and feels like listening to a hilarious friend's stories. (Ladies' Home Journal)

Crystal tells all in this bravura performance: authentic, heartfelt, and filled with irresistible humor, nostalgia, and insights. (Booklist)

"Laugh-out-loud funny. The live sets are well produced with sound quality as good as in any other chapter." - Christian Science Monitor

Billy Crystal makes a great commute-buddy. (Los Angeles Magazine)

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Hilarious and heartfelt observations from one of America's favourite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Instead, the author presented us with the 21 short stories that start with celebration party of his 65th birthday.

Crystal who is both known as great comedian but also, at least in my opinion, as best Oscar host with his book tried and managed to laugh the reader even with an unusual topic, humiliation that people begin to experience when they're becoming old.

He always managed to laugh us, most of the time with only one short sentence.
Starting with his first story, in a situation when in same time when his birthday party is taking place his grandchild will be born, Billy completely seriously said "...but you know kids, they never listen" this sentence will immediately bring a smile to your face.

Billy Crystal had lead interesting and happy life in movie business but also together with his family, and now when he's 65 he says that is still happy "...having only one wife and house, real name and nose and almost all of his teeth."

His stories covered time from his twenties when he was a teacher to these days, managing to tell reader lots of interesting anecdotes about the movies (the good one was about When Harry Met Sally) and events in which he was participating, including Oscar shows.

His literary style is a mix of movie screenplay, stand-up comedy with several sentimental overtones when he speaks about his youth.
But unlike in most other memoirs it seem that he doesn't have any regrets, but still enjoys the fullest in his life and rich memories.

Although it seems that in his book a lot of names deliberately were left out, he mentioned friendships with many interesting personalities that you probably wouldn't associate with him, like Muhammad Ali or Mickey Mantle.
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Von Christiane am 8. Dezember 2014
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Having read his autobiography – I wish I hadn’t ! - I will never be able to look at Billy Crystal the same way again ! I only know him as an actor and had always thought he was in a class of his own for wit, intelligence and plain lovableness, but there are so many things about this book I didn't like that I've changed my mind:

THE VANITY
Mostly this memoir consists of an endless list of names of people who think/thought that he is wonderful (with the occasional exception just to confirm the rule).

THE MUSHY SENTIMENTALITY
when he talks about anything to do with baseball, people he idolizes, his family etc. etc.

THE US-CENTRISM
I really hate it when Americans use the word „world“ as a synonym for the United States.
So Robert de Niro is „the WORLD‘s greatest actor“. (Isn’t it remotely possible that there is a better actor in Lapland or Baluchistan?).
And Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali is „the greatest senior citizen of all time“ and „still has the most recognizable face in the WORLD“. (What about, say, Nelson Mandela ? Oops, sorry, I forgot, he’s not American).
I suppose we Europeans should consider ourselves honoured that as a teenager he chose an Italian (!) actress for his sexual fantasies. On the other hand , had Sophia Loren not made films in Hollywood, he would never have known she existed, so much for „the world“.

THE PUERILE HERO WORSHIP
Cassius Clay, Sammy Davis jr., Johnny Carson, Robert de Niro, Robin Williams, etc. etc. and some guy called Mickey Mantle who seems to have played a lot of baseball or basketball or something like that (I’m only joking, it was football, right ?).

BASEBALL, BASEBALL AND BASEBALL
Oh please, not again … !!!

THE TIRED OLD CLICHES
about old age, Jews, etc.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Alex am 15. Oktober 2013
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Wirklich unterhaltsam waren für mich der Anfang und das Ende von Crystals Autobiographie. An diesen beiden Stellen erzählt der Komiker vom Älterwerden respektive vom Tod. Beides tut er so, wie man es sich von einem Komiker erhofft, nämlich lustig. Dazwischen ergeht sich der Autor in langatmigen Berichten über seinen Werdegang zum erfolgreichen Unterhalter, Schauspieler und Oskarmoderator, spart dabei nicht mit der Nennung von mehr oder weniger bekannten Grössen der Unterhaltungsindustrie und gibt immer wieder zum Besten, wer da nicht alles zum guten Freund geworden ist. Ebenfalls etwas ermüdend sind die Schilderungen seiner phantastischen Ehe und Familie. Ist ja schön, wenn tatsächlich alles so rosig ist, aber als europäischer Leser ist man eher nicht auf diese nonstop Beweihräucherung eingestellt. Genauso ist es mit den ausschweifenden Schilderungen vom Baseball, die nicht für alle gleichermassen fesselnd sein dürften.
Insgesamt ist das Werk ein wenig dürftig und man sollte schon ein Billy Crystal- Fan sein, um sich an der Lektüre ohne aufkommende Langeweile zu erfreuen.
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0 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Andrea Zauner am 18. September 2013
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Ich habe zwar erst mit diesem Buch begonnen, aber hab mich schon köstlich amüsiert! I simply love his wit and humor!
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Very entertaining, I swear I could hear Billy saying every word and no, it wasn't the audio version 12. September 2013
Von Patricia Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I thought I only had a few things in common with Mr. Crystal: birth month, daughter, grandchildren, dead parents, growing up watching Johnny (always smile when I get on the Slaussen), love of Soap and When Harry, and lastly, a dry sense of humor. None of it matters, this book breaks life down to poignant moments with a lot of humor in between that gets him from birthday to birthday. Something many can relate to. The last few chapters reminded me how much our gallows humor helped my husband and I face his death together, hand-in-hand, through smiles and tears... Just like Billy and Janice Crystal will do. Maybe we all have more in common than we think. Thank you for sharing your life and humor and for helping me see my own life with humor and poignancy in retrospective. I couldnt stop reading your stories, and couldnt stop smiling. Great work. Great read. Great fun. Great story. Great life. Thank you!
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MORE LIVE AUDIENCE PLEASE! 19. September 2013
Von lambskinny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verifizierter Kauf
From the beginning of STILL FOOLIN' EM, I knew I'd bought the right version - an audio-book. After listening to Billy Crystal read his book before a live audience, I knew nothing could top the living laugh track. Unfortunately, only SOME chapters are read aloud before real human beings who laugh and energize Mr. Crystal's perfect comic timing. I now wish that EVERY chapter had his perfect timing and a living laugh track. Too bad. Nevertheless, I recommend buying the audio-book over a Kindle version or a hard copy. Billy Crystal is too funny when he is performing; I can't imagine reading it in print could even come close!
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A laugh on every page 7. Oktober 2013
Von Richard C. Reynolds - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Early in Billy Crystal's career as a standup comic, and after a performance at Catch a Rising Star, his performance was critiqued by manager Jack Rollins. Rollins told Crystal that he didn't like what he did that night and added, "You didn't leave a tip." When Crystal asked him to explain himself, Rollins said, "I have no idea what YOU think about anything. What's it like to be married, to be a father. Leave a tip."
Crystal gives us plenty of tips in a wide-ranging memoir from his early days growing up in New York to his 65th birthday in March of this year. He catalogues his worries in chapter two, compares the sexual events of a fictional couple in 1973 with similar events in 2013, and ruminates about clearing the crap out of his house before passing away. He gets rid of objects that he's not attached to, like 70 percent of guys in show business do with their first wife. He also relates the experience of shopping for a burial plot for himself and wife Janice. (Spoiler alert: he postpones it.)
I laughed out loud many times while reading this book. He takes deadly aim at our do-nothing Congress and manages to find the humor in both the triumphs and setbacks of everyday life. Sometimes, however, a joke or quip falls with a thud. Like the one comparing an elderly woman's toothless grin with a horizontal vagina.
There's something in this book for everyone. Being a grandfather many times over, I liked and identified with him in the chapter about his grandchildren. One chapter I could have done without is called "Conservatives." Crystal gives us seven pages of rants about the annoyances of modern life: people who deny global warming, athletes who use steroids and overzealous TSA inspectors at the airport. I'm in the same camp as he is on many of these irritations but just living with them every day is enough for me.
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Don't expect a real memoir book, but an excellent collection of Billy's funny stories... 13. September 2013
Von Denis Vukosav - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
"Still Foolin' 'Em" by Billy Crystal isn't a memoir book, in commonly understood sense of book that only speaks about someone's life.
Instead, the author presented us with the 21 short stories that start with celebration party of his 65th birthday.

Crystal who is both known as great comedian but also, at least in my opinion, as best Oscar host with his book tried and managed to laugh the reader even with an unusual topic, humiliation that people begin to experience when they're becoming old.

He always managed to laugh us, most of the time with only one short sentence.
Starting with his first story, in a situation when in same time when his birthday party is taking place his grandchild will be born, Billy completely seriously said "...but you know kids, they never listen" this sentence will immediately bring a smile to your face.

Billy Crystal had lead interesting and happy life in movie business but also together with his family, and now when he's 65 he says that is still happy "...having only one wife and house, real name and nose and almost all of his teeth."

His stories covered time from his twenties when he was a teacher to these days, managing to tell reader lots of interesting anecdotes about the movies (the good one was about When Harry Met Sally) and events in which he was participating, including Oscar shows.

His literary style is a mix of movie screenplay, stand-up comedy with several sentimental overtones when he speaks about his youth.
But unlike in most other memoirs it seem that he doesn't have any regrets, but still enjoys the fullest in his life and rich memories.

Although it seems that in his book a lot of names deliberately were left out, he mentioned friendships with many interesting personalities that you probably wouldn't associate with him, like Muhammad Ali or Mickey Mantle.

"Still Foolin' 'Em" is entertaining book to read for all Billy Crystal fans who besides writing his own special kind of memoir, managed to convey the spirit of time when he lived his exciting life.
He gave us some kind of "behind-the-scenes" look at the history of entertainment and comedy, which he had written himself these past years.

And although this book can be viewed in several ways, certainly you'll enjoy during its reading in any of them...
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From a teen's point of view: 27. Oktober 2013
Von Jonathan Inkwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I'm 15, and I thought that this was an excellent book! I never bought it, but my mom got it from the library and I kinda snatched it up once she was done. I've read some of these reviews, so I thought I would give my own opinion.
I saw that most of the people who gave it a one star review was because of the language. I agree, it was a little heavy in the first chapter. I was disappointed by Billy in that respect, as an amateur comedian if there's one thing I've learned is not to use the F-word every other sentence. I think he was just trying to be funny in the first chapter, but just came off as offensive.
After the first chapter: ITS A GREAT BOOK! It was hilariously funny to the point where I'd be sitting in class, be reminded of something he said, and burst out laughing! The language goes down a lot; he still swears, but with less severity and frequency. Its the same various "damns" and "hells" that you'd hear on an 8:00 sitcom (wow, isn't THAT ironic?).
It gives you a great insight to his life and beliefs.
Overall, I'd say this is a great book! I wouldn't buy it for myself, but please note that that's because I'm still completely dependent on my parents for funds, and why would I bother when I could just bike down to the library? However, if you actually have a job, I would DEFINITELY recommend getting this book. Unless you really can't stand bad language. In which case this isn't a good choice for you.
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