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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (619 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shatner Narrator: William Shatner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781101523339
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William Shatner has seemed larger than life to many fans for more than four decades now, but in Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large he offers a look at himself as a normal man. He tells of personal insights and experiences as a working actor, as a husband and even as a grandfather. The stories span the time period from Captain Kirk all the way to Denny Crane, with Shatner joking about everything from his well-known ego to the fact that he's quickly approaching 85.

Shatner is well-known for both his perfectly timed delivery and his unmistakably familiar voice, so it just wouldn't be the same if the audiobook version of Shatner Rules wasn't narrated by Shatner himself. This, in fact, makes the book seem much like listening to the stories of an old friend rather than listening to an audiobook.

Shatner is an musician, spoken word artist, writer and director, but he is best known as Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek. Though the series only lasted three seasons, he reprised the role in seven films and has even written several novels as the character. Shatner's other film work includes playing police sergeant in T. J. Hooker in the show of the same name, hosting real-life drama Rescue 911 and portraying an attorney named Denny Crane in both The Practice and Boston Legal.

In addition to his work in writing Star Trek-related fiction, Shatner has written several non-fiction books. These include Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek Memories, Star Trek Movie Memories, Get a Life!, Star Trek: I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact, Up Till Now: The Autobiography and Shatner Rules. Shatner Rules, co-written with writer Chris Regan, was published in 2011.

Regan is best known as a writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he worked from 1999 until 2006. He's also written comedy show pilot episodes for several networks. As a journalist, his work has been published by New York and USA Today.

You love William Shatner.

You admire his many and varied talents.

You appreciate his creativity and willingness to take risks.

You want to learn his master negotiation techniques.

You wish you could hang out with him.

Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner.

And now…you can (almost).

This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played.

Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

Because let’s face it—Shatner does rule, doesn’t he?

Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 2/16/2014

    " Shatner is awesome. I love the way he writes and makes me laugh out loud. A good guy for sure who I'd like to have over for dinner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/6/2014

    " Shatner Rules is a quick and enjoyable read. As always, he takes you on his ride thru life- hilarious at times, a touch of bitterness, informative regarding all that is Shatner, and witty! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Promise Ceasar | 1/27/2014

    " It was funny. An easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 1/22/2014

    " I love William Shatner.. and this book is great... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoyed it. Some funny stuff, though if you've read Shatner's other books there's not a lot new here. It's also a quick read, broken into frequent small segments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zazzu | 12/28/2013

    " I get the feeling Shatner can be charming when he's interested and he seems like a fascinating man, but I also get the feeling he's a steamroller on legs, hence hard feelings from his co-actors. But at least he seems aware of that and isn't totally clueless. He does have quite a sense of humor, energy, and at 80 I'm sure he could take my dad (who's letting himself go badly at 73 years of age) in a fight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 12/26/2013

    " Very enjoyable read. "Bill" always makes me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryant Waldkirch | 12/24/2013

    " I have been a fan of the (original series) Star Trek forever. Regardless of Mr. Shatner's reputation for egotism and self-promotion, (which he discusses at length), I can't help liking the guy. This book is a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Russel | 12/19/2013

    " Funny book and a real treat for Shatner and Star Trek fans. Would recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Albright | 12/16/2013

    " I couldn't figure out if this was written tongue in cheek or if Shatner really is that full of himself. My conclusion...Shatner thinks he's all that. But it's a quick fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Palmer | 12/5/2013

    " Mostly funny, but sometimes a little too arrogant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 11/20/2013

    " Fun, if you like Shatner's style, which I do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Cruz | 10/7/2013

    " It was a great follow up to UP UNTIL NOW. I was a Boston Legal fan so it was great to read about those years too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.G. | 8/20/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. I don't read a lot of non-fiction. I'm usually more of a fiction reader. Every once in awhile, a non-fiction book will catch my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 3/5/2013

    " Interesting... a great read before we went to his show.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 2/28/2013

    " Short, funny, and sweet (yes sweet). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Petersen | 2/12/2013

    " Typical perspective of human being who worked hard and made it to the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dazed | 1/23/2013

    " It was about what I had expected with just enough extra-cool or relatable stories that it earn four stars. Fun read, fun ego, and for the record, I personally love George Takai. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/22/2013

    " I actually really enjoyed this. It's part autobiography, part self help, and part just hilarity. It was a gift from some friends of mine and it was a fun read. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Fuentes | 11/19/2012

    " I guess it was funny in parts. If I could I would give it 2 1/2 stars but since I can't I'll round up cause it's Shatner, and he does kind of rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myssi Whitfield | 11/12/2012

    " Funnier than Sulu. Lighthearted and amusing. Denny Crane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake | 8/29/2012

    " Go ahead, judge me again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/1/2011

    " Light interesting read. Many things that I did not know about Shatner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 10/25/2011

    " I love William Shatner.. and this book is great... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ophelia3339 | 10/19/2011

    " Shatner gives some good advice when he says "Yes". Say Yes. It opens up so many possibilities in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 10/18/2011

    " I listened to this on audiobook and I definitely recommend this one!!! If you love Shatner, this will not disappoint. His "rules" are funny and always lead so another anecdote about his amazing life. He even gets serious in some parts and you learn a bit about what makes him...him ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 10/12/2011

    " I guess it was funny in parts. If I could I would give it 2 1/2 stars but since I can't I'll round up cause it's Shatner, and he does kind of rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/7/2011

    " Surprisingly funny. A very quick enjoyable read. "

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