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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Fisher, William Shatner Narrator: William Shatner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781427204165
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This is the story of William Shatner's half-century career and private life. The audio will take readers from the streets of Montreal to regional theatre, where Shatner was once called upon to replace Christopher Plummer as Henry V— in a role he had never rehearsed, with actors he had never met. It will describe his early TV work and movies, among them Roger Corman's The Intruder, a movie about racism filmed in the south in 1961; Kingdom of the Spiders, in which he costarred with 30,000 tarantulas; and Incubus, the only film ever made in the language of Esperanto.

It will include his private life, including the complete story of the drowning death of his third wife. It will include stories from three other series, T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911—which saved more than 240 lives—and Boston Legal, as well as his work on Third Rock from the Sun, for which he won his first Emmy for playing "the Big Giant Head."

And of course, it will include the story of Star Trek; how it came about and how it affected him—and fans—concluding with the story of a taxi driver who told Shatner he'd been a prisoner in Vietnam and that pretending they were the Star Trek crew kept him and his fellow inmates sane. And yes, it will include his singing and commercials and quiz show hosting and award show hosting and the greatest practical joke ever played, Invasion, Iowa, not to mention the story about Shatner being invited into a cage with Koko the Gorilla—who wanted to take him back to her bedcage.

After almost 60 years, William Shatner has become one of our most beloved entertainers. And as evidenced by Comedy Central's roast, "The Shat Hits the Fan," Shatner gets the joke. For the first time, William Shatner shares with listeners the remarkable, full story of his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Listeners will enjoy Shatner's quirky speaking pattern…At other times, Shatner almost whispers into the microphone, creating an intimate connection between himself and the listener. Publishers Weekly
  • Among longlisted titles for Audible.com Best of the Year, 2008
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielfschafer | 2/19/2014

    " I truly enjoyed this book. I read it just before I read Nimoy's and loved both for different reasons. Up Till Now is hilarious and entertaining and eye opening. I also wonder, at times, whether or not it is totally true. I don't have that doubt with Nimoy's book. But both are great reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great book!! It is honest, funny, and endearing. William Shatner shares not only his life story, but a nice summary of the evolution of acting from stage work and live TV to recorded TV and contemporary, uber-controlled movies. His stories are sometimes all over the place, but in a fun, conversational way. The audiobook with him narrating is especially nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Mora | 2/9/2014

    " Fun, quick read. Shatner life is interesting and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/8/2014

    " I love Shatner, what can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. He has a great sense of humor about himself, but I think it took him a while to get there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/27/2014

    " The beginning is a bit exasperating, but past that it's hilarious and at times touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayle | 1/23/2014

    " Reads just as Shatner speaks...entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Hildebrandt | 1/22/2014

    " Now this is a book that is just meant for the audio version--with the Shat Man reading, of course. I only know William Shatner from the Start Trek days, but he does exude charm and a sense that he is making fun of himself, and I wanted to know if he was as arrogant as he has been accused of being. Answer: Possibly yes, but he still exudes the charm. And what a voice. Also, he has had a lot of different types of acting gigs that I knew nothing about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Huot | 1/16/2014

    " I love these types of books. I remember William Shatner from his narrating on RESCUE 911. I had no idea he played in other shows and movies I liked. Amazing what you learn about your favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this. Bill seems to really open up. Of course, he's going to put his own spin on his own life, and you either like him or you don't. Either way, this is extreme Shatner, especially if you listen to the audio edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/9/2014

    " I just love William Shatner, and not because of his work on Star Trek. He's insightful, thoughtful, and provides honest discourse about his acting career and relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/22/2013

    " Shatner's an interesting character, and he writes with the same self-deprecating wit that have made his Priceline.com commercials, his albms, and his portrayal of Denny Crane so popular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hitbybus | 12/1/2013

    " A fun look into the life of one of pop cultures most recognizable stars. Interesting, but most of it takes place before my time and I didn't know the tv programs/movies/plays/and some of the actors. An interesting look at acting in the 60's and 70's with some Star Trek behind the scenes thrown in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/22/2013

    " This audiobook was amazing! I loved it! And it was even better because it was read by the man himself! Worth every second. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Heil | 9/24/2013

    " Entertaing, funny and fun for any Star Trek fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 9/19/2013

    " He's kind of funny, and I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I recommend the audio version, which is read by Shatner and really adds to the experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis de Seife | 7/2/2013

    " Funny! A quick read at the beach "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin Walker | 3/15/2013

    " A fun read. For anyone who has enjoyed William Shatner in any of his many roles, you'll appreciate this book. You can really hear him saying each line throughout the book and I definitely laughed out loud multiple times. An interesting life story indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/16/2012

    " Many parts of this book made me chuckle. Other parts made me quite sad for him. On the whole, the book was light and enjoyable. I'm glad I got it for Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine/Dina Bourne | 5/14/2012

    " I loved this book. I had no idea Mr. Shatner was so funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 7/27/2011

    " An enjoyable funny read about Captain Kirk, Spock, Tyrone Guthrie, his 4 wives, one who drowned, all his records, movies, TV series, very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 5/4/2011

    " Very witty, sometimes emotional but always enjoyable. A very good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/10/2011

    " Just fished reading Shatner's autobiography. Just like I found his interview show "Raw Nerve" incredibly original, so is his autobiography.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calgovin | 3/15/2011

    " Hi-lare-i-us !!!!! I LOVED this audio CD, and recommend it to anyone who know how well Shatner plays-up being "Shatner".

    It also touches on the more serious sides of his life (so far). Vary entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ggroogle | 3/10/2011

    " What can I say? The guy has led an amazing life and tells a great story. It's a fascinating look into the heart of one of today's great entertainers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 3/10/2011

    " What can I say? The man has led an extraordinary life and tells great stories to boot! It's a great look into the heart and mind of one of today's best entertainers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/16/2011

    " Hilarious! Id love to meet him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/24/2011

    " A good insight into the life and career as the man who will be forever known as Captain Kirk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/1/2010

    " Surprisingly funny and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/30/2010

    " If you like William Shatner you will find this entertaining. He's had quite the long career. He reads the book himself. A couple of times he almost sounded a little arrogant, but....he's Captain Kirk! I still like him after hearing the book so that's a good thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/10/2010

    " An entertaining and illuminating introduction to a very public figure. There are so many things that surprised me about Shatner and about his career that I found this really interesting to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/20/2010

    " I love Shatner, what can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayle | 9/19/2010

    " Reads just as Shatner speaks...entertaining! "

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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.