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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Fisher, William Shatner Narrator: William Shatner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781427273215
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New York Times Bestseller

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles as Spock and Captain Kirk, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes of Star Trek and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt audiobook written and read by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Star Trek fans looking for a trip down Memory Alpha lane should enjoy Leonard, William Shatner’s tribute to fellow icon Leonard Nimoy.”

    USA Today

  • Shatner narrates this story with touching reverence for a dear friend...Shatner's authentic performance moves the story along with humor and sincerity, making the anecdotes all the more interesting and touching. AudioFile
  • “Essentially a traditional biography, but one that is filtered through the prism of its author’s friendship with his subject.”

    Washington Post

  • “Highly readable and entertaining.”

    Examiner (London)

  • “Unexpectedly poignant. An eyebrow-raising tribute to a fascinating man.”

    Macleans (Toronto)

  • “This is a book Star Trek fans will love.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Shatner delivers a raw and honest look at the life of Leonard Nimoy through the filter of someone who loved him like a brother. Star Trek fans aren’t the only ones who should read this definitive biography of the man who was much more than Mr. Spock.”

    Associated Press

  • “These two men shared an extraordinary life together, and fans will enjoy the anecdotes and insights into the television industry and Star Trek in particular.”

    National Post (Toronto)

  • “Trekkies will want this for the insider stories from Captain Kirk himself, but fans of candid, emotion-filled biographies will adore this account because it’s a treasure trove of information.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A resonant retrospective of one of pop culture’s great partnerships.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Shatner narrates his story with touching reverence for a dear friend and describes how their relationship strengthened as they filmed 79 episodes of Star Trek... Shatner’s authentic performance moves the story along with humor and sincerity, making the anecdotes all the more interesting and touching. He describes the significant ways the two influenced each other and how their friendship helped make them the unique actors their fans revered for years to come.”


  • A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Audiobooks of 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A GoodReads Readers’ Choice
  • Winner of Goodreads Choice Awards, 2016
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About the Author

David Fisher has coauthored several New York Times bestsellers, including Gracie and All My Best Friends with George Burns and The Umpire Strikes Back with Ron Luciano. The audio version of Gracie won a Grammy Award in 1990. He has written on a wide variety of subjects, and his work has appeared on bestseller lists around the world. Fisher has written for the New York Times, Newsday, Sports Illustrated, and Car and Driver. He is also the author of the new videogame MadeMan. Fisher lives in New York City with his wife, Laura.

About the Narrator

William Shatner is an acclaimed actor, musician, recording artist, author, and film director. He is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I’m Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, Shatner has starred as Denny Crane in the hit television series Boston Legal—a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. He has also appeared in commercials and promotions for a wide range of companies, most notably the travel website Priceline.