Freebie Friday Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal


Just announced – the Audio Publishers Association‘s most prestigious award, and I have the CD edition to give away! Just leave a comment below sharing some of your favorite audio titles, and I’ll randomly choose a winner next Friday, courtesy of Macmillan Audio I guarantee that the 2014 Audiobook of the Year, Billy Crystal’s memoir Still Foolin’ ‘Em, will be added to your list of all-time favorites.

And you can keep entering to win the recipients of this year’s Audies Awards in every category in a blog blitz every day all June, as part of the June is Audiobook Month celebration, sponsored by the Audiobook Community. I’m kicking off the grand giveaway event, and tomorrow @Audiogals will be giving away the wining title in the Distinguished Achievement in Production category. Click here to check out the whole list of 2014 Audies winners & nominees. Be sure to follow #audiomonth and #Audies2014 and follow Audiobook Community on both Facebook and Twitter for more audiobook awesomeness.

I loved listening to Still Foolin’ ‘Embrilliantly narrated by the author. It’s as hilarious as you’d expect, with laugh-out-loud humor, but also warmly personal, with heart-tugging revelations that made me teary-eyed. Add an audio production that combines portions recorded in front of a live audience with stellar in-studio narration & original music, plus Crystal’s evangelical promotion of the audiobook format, and you’ve got a clear Audiobook of the Year winner. Here’s what the Audies judges had to say about it:

The Award for Audiobook of the Year went to Still Foolin’‘Em by Billy Crystal, published by Macmillan Audio. The judges praised this work calling it “a seamless blend of single voice narration and live performances [that] does for the audiobook medium what Billy Crystal’s opening acts have done for the Oscars, which is to bring in a larger audience. From Mickey Mantle to Muhammad Ali with the inside story on Meg Ryan’s infamous scene in When Harry Met Sally thrown in for good measure, Crystal’s life story will have listeners hanging on every word. Crystal pulled out all the stops to draw in fans and to create new ones with a clever mélange of audiobook-specific print, radio, TV, social media and store appearances. In a word: ‘Mahvelous.’”

I completely agree! Be sure to leave a comment with your suggestions for other great listens to win your copy of Still Foolin’ Em.




About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

17 Comments on "Freebie Friday Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal"

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  1.' Angela Reynolds says:

    Feed by M.T. Anderson, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, and Tim Curry narrating the Lemony Snicket books are some of my favs. But a recent fav is Katherine Kellgren narrating some of the Beatrix Potter tales. Just lovely.

  2.' Ayn Frazee says:

    I would love to give this one a listen. My favorite recent audiobook has got to be Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

  3.' YvonneJ says:

    Oh my…there are so many great audiobooks…here are a few of my favorites:
    The HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling narrated by Jim Dale. Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series narrated by Davina Porter. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL SERIES by Soman Chainani narrated by Polly Lee. THE LEAGUE OF PRINCES (aka THE HERO’S GUIDE TO) series by Christopher Healy narrated by Bronson Pinchot. Robert B. Parker’s SPENCER series narrated by Joe Mantegna.

  4.' Carmee Ross says:

    Loved “GONE GIRL” BY Gillian Flynn. I would love to win this! Thank you.

  5.' Shell says:

    This looks to be an amazing listen!

  6.' Lisa says:

    Try the Janet Evanovich / Lee Goldberg (Monk) series narrated by Scott Brick. Great fun. Rather like Ocean’s 11 meets Miss Congeniality.

  7.' Justine says:

    I always recommend Graceling by Kristin Cashore because it has a full cast. It’s like listening to a play!

  8.' Debbie Deskin says:

    One of my favorites lately has been And the Mountain’s Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. He is such a great writter and this audio does not disappoint.

  9.' MaryC says:

    Three of my favorite series – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, In Death eries by J.D. Robb and the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh.

  10.' Jez says:

    Feed by MT Anderson; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach; The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  11.' Ramona says:

    Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, read by Anna Fields. A laugh-out-loud romance. I’m sure anyone passing me on the road thought I was the happiest woman alive.

  12.' Eileen says:

    Listening to The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. Love the classics!

  13.' LilMissMolly says:

    Jim Dale’s Harry Potter serie is unforgettable. I’ve listened to each CD about 5 times each – and I’m almost 50! 🙂

  14.' Linda Townsend says:

    His Forbidden Touch by Shelly Thacker, Evie by Carolyn Fyffe, Both of the World of Fae books by Terry Spear and Kiss of the Vampire also by Terry. I’m relatively new to audiobooks having just started listening to them in March but I’m already hooked big time.

  15.' bn100 says:

    the Harry Potter ones were interesting

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