You no longer follow Mika

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Mika

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Mika

A creative writer & a lover of Macs, gadgets, and women.

Viiala | Member Since 2012

8
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 9 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
5

  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. 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.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Feels like "Up Till Now" outtakes, but still good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Shatner Rules?

    Bill Shatner's enthusiastic narration.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There wasn't really a story here to begin with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one. This is an enjoyable and pretty humorous book, but not one that sticks with you with memorable moments.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, pretty much.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved and adored "Up Till Now", and when I noticed that Shatner had yet another audiobook out, I was ecstatic. His performance here is as good as his narration of "Up Till Now", but regrettably there isn't much meat to the story - or lack thereof. The book consists of short chapters recounting "Shatner Rules", which are basically humorous tips by which to live your life and succeed in it. They are extremely tongue-in-cheek, though, so there is very little actual advice here, and the stories Shatner tells seem a bit Grade B, as if they were leftover material from "Up Till Now". He also chimes a bell to mark each rule which I found repetitive and annoying.

    I can only really recommend this book to Shatner fans who liked "Up Till Now" and were left wanting more. If you just want to hear Shatner tell some amusing life stories and crack a few jokes, and aren't really concerned with being riveted and clamped to the edge of your seat, it's not an unworthy purchase. Either way, I'd start with "Up Till Now" first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Mac Life

    • NONE (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    Mika says: "I would not pay for this."
    "I would not pay for this."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's 20 minutes into the show now and they've talked about foul-smelling cigars, the Boston Marathon bombing, and how to spell "mall". I didn't buy a subscription to this "Mac podcast" for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Mac Life, February 14, 2013

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    Mika says: "I wish I could return the whole subscription"
    "I wish I could return the whole subscription"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This has been the worst Mac podcast I have listened to. The humour, such as it is, does not appeal to me at all, and there is way too much talk about personal lives in this podcast to be worth an hour and a half of my life each week. I don't care about your personal lives, I just want to hear what's going on with Apple, with Macs, and Mac software. That's it. You should take a page out of the Mac Power Users' book when it comes to how to put together an enjoyable Mac podcast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Spock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

    Mika says: "Excellent."
    "Excellent."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does I Am Spock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my favourite of all time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Spock?

    Truthfully, most of the book is memorable. Obviously as a Star Trek fan, all the dealings and goings-on behind the production of the original series were particularly interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Leonard Nimoy – was your favorite?

    Spock?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say I have extreme reactions to books in the first place, no. But I have listened to this book literally tens of times. There's a lot more to Nimoy than Spock and Star Trek.


    Any additional comments?

    The focus of this book is Nimoy's experience developing and portraying his famous Spock character. He recites some childhood experiences, but doesn't go into so much detail that it might become dull and long-winded (George Takei, take heed). The focus is on Star Trek and his creative efforts in general. The writing is good, and Nimoy's performance is really enjoyable to me. I like his voice, and I like the way he sounds like he's telling stories and not just reading a script.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

    Tonja Shelton says: "Outstanding narration"
    "An excellent autobiography."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Up Till Now the most enjoyable?

    Shatner's performance is really remarkably enjoyable. Unlike many of his other narrations, this one holds my interest again and again with its liveliness alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill of course!


    Have you listened to any of William Shatner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have, and this one is the best of the lot, by far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, a LOT.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the abridged version before buying this one. I bought this unabridged version because I was hoping there would be more of the same excellent material, and I was not disappointed. However, if you already have the abridged copy, you're not missing out on enough to warrant the cost of purchasing this unabridged version. I can't think of anything specific that was left out of the abridged edition. Really, this edition is primarily for those who can't get enough of Bill Shatner...like myself! :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek Memories

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Shatner
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Boldly going where no audio has gone before, Star Trek Memories is William Shatner's own behind-the-scenes look at the legendary '60s television series that continues to spawn movies, books, and series spin-offs 26 years after the last episode aired. Avid Trekkers are sure to be delighted with this first-hand account from Captain Kirk himself.

    Barton says: "good insider view"
    "Rushed performance, great details."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Star Trek Memories the most enjoyable?

    It is loaded with Trek trivia. Kreski really did a humongous amount of research for this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Bill of course.


    Have you listened to any of William Shatner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. This, like his narration of "Star Trek Movie Memories", feels rushed, as if he just wants to get through the reading. His "Up Till Now" was a much more enjoyable listen, and a lot more humorous a book to boot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Drawling & Drowning in Detail.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great source of details about the production of the Original Series, but you have to take it with a hefty grain of salt, because some of the stuff contradicts what Shatner has said or written before/after. For instance, he claims in this book that the controversial interracial kiss in the series never happened, while he's said many times before that it did. He also says that the actors frequently got together for barbecues and stuff off-camera, which is most certainly false. However, if you can look past the occasional fluff and misinformation, there is a great deal of interesting trivia here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek Movie Memories

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Shatner
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    The sequel to the best-selling Star Trek Memories, documenting in deliciously lurid and candid detail all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans in the making of the six Star Trek movies, with on-the-scene reporting from the set of the seventh in which Kirk dies!

    Matt says: "Not as many"
    "Good book, good performance, although rushed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Star Trek Movie Memories?

    All the Trek trivia.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek Movie Memories?

    Shatner's recollection of working on Star Trek V.


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    I like Shatner's voice, and in general I really like his narrations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Shat Is In The Details.


    Any additional comments?

    Shatner's narration of his autobiography "Up Till Now" is a lot more lively and interesting. I enjoy this audiobook a great deal for all the detailed Trek trivia, but Shatner's performance feels really rushed, like he just wants to get the thing on tape and go home.

    I also wish they had "abridged" out the first hour which seems to focus on completely non-essential stuff, like a long boring narrative about Shatner driving across country to see his kids. I kept waiting for him to get to the, ya know, movie memories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To The Stars: The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By George Takei
    • Narrated By George Takei
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek, the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

    Johnnie57 says: "Easy Listen"
    "Pretty interesting."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about To The Stars? What did you like least?

    I liked the Star Trek trivia. Obviously there is much more to Mr. Takei's life than Star Trek, so there were a lot of other memories recounted here, but honestly it was the Star Trek stuff that I bought the book for.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character? It's an autobiography.


    What aspect of George Takei’s performance would you have changed?

    I know a lot of people like Mr. Takei's voice, but I personally find it kind of abrasive and monotone to listen to in the long run.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Pales in comparison to Walter Koenig's book; I think Koenig has more literary talent and ability to capture an audience.

    Humour would have made the less interesting parts of his story much more palatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Walter Koenig
    • Narrated By Walter Koenig
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This is Koenig's story from growing up as the neurotic child of Russian immigrants in 1940s Manhattan through his rise to Star Trek fame as Pavel Chekov, Russian navigator of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and beyond.

    Koenig's very human narrative is full of the kind of insecurities and quirks to which anyone can relate. With wry wit, striking candor, and a true gift for storytelling, Koening takes us on a sometimes bumpy but often hilarious trip through his galaxy.

    Mika says: "Absolute delight."
    "Absolute delight."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Warped Factors to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike most biographies, it kept my attention throughout and never bored me.


    Have you listened to any of Walter Koenig’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, yes, many times. Very humorous, and my kind of humour to boot.


    Any additional comments?

    An interest in Star Trek trivia isn't necessary in order to enjoy this autobiography, but it adds to the enjoyment.

    I appreciate this audiobook and Mr. Koenig's performance so much that although I already had a bootleg copy of it from before I joined Audible, I bought it anyway because I wanted the author to get paid for what is really a remarkably interesting and amusing listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.