Sunday, July 6, 2014
AudioBook Review - Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
About the AudioBook
Comedian, actor, producer, director, author, and nine-time Oscars host Billy Crystal’s audiobook: Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? (Macmillan Audio) was named Audiobook of the Year last night at the 2014 Audies Gala in New York City. The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. The Audiobook of the Year award, the highest honor of the evening, recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing, and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.
Crystal’s fellow nominees in this esteemed category were The Testament of Mary, narrated by Meryl Streep, and The Things They Carried, narrated by Bryan Cranston. Crystal also won Audie Awards last night in the Humor and Narration by the Author categories.
Crystal exclaims: “Wow! Three’s the charm! I am so proud to have been chosen as the Audiobook of the Year and to win the other two categories as well against such great audiobooks. I loved writing and performing this book and turning parts of it into a live comedy album like the ones that inspired me growing up. Beautifully recorded and produced by Scott Sherratt and Laura Wilson with music by Freddy Khaw. It’s great to finally get that Meryl Streep monkey off my back. Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for believing in creating a total listening experience. Oh by the way, Father’s Day is coming…”
Portions of Crystal’s audiobook were narrated in front of a live audience at the Cantor Film Center at NYU, his alma mater, with the proceeds going towards a scholarship named after his late mother. The live and recorded portions of the program are integrated using music that was composed specially for this production by Freddy Khaw, who was selected for this project by Crystal and worked with closely with him on finding the perfect sound. Crystal’s audiobook also earned him a Grammy nomination earlier this year.
My Take on the Book
I love listening to audiobooks, and better yet, I love listening to them when they are read by the author themselves. That being said, this audiobook was one that I was really looking forward to as I have loved Billy Crystal's comedy for as long as I can remember, but I can say that I really did not know much about him and how he got into his line of work, or about his life in general.
In this audiobook the author used his signature humor to bring out the funny and poignant times in his life. As a listener you truly get to know him, not only as a comedian, but as a person. His self-deprecating nature was funny and made me smile and laugh, many times at the same time!
While I did not read the book myself, I think there is something special about hearing Billy reading this and I greatly appreciated that parts of the audiobook were recorded in front of an audience too.
This was an amazing audiobook that I would highly recommend to all!
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