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?
©2011 William Shatner (P)2011 Penguin
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
What's not to like. Cute stories about his life and career seasoned with the unique Shatner flavor. I only wish it was longer. If you like William Shatner than you like like this one.
I have listened to this book three times already and am sure I will listen to it many more times in the future. I have shared it with family and friends and alike. The book is funny, irreverant, sweet and insightful. William Shatner speaks so easily and so freely in this book you actually feel more like a friend listening to another friend share stories rather than a reader. He doesn't hold back either. Mr. Shatner shares some real personal insights and experiences and doesn't shy away from talking about his Star Trek relationships, epiphanies and even failures.
Listening to this book is almost like having a heart to heart with one of the most successful actors on the planet. In this book he shares triumphs, life lessons and some truly funny stuff. As an actor this book holds lessons that are invaluable. As a pure straight up fan this book is simply priceless.
The standout character in this book is quite simply, William Shatner. He holds a mirror up to himself and his life and reveals to us the man, the actor, the husband, the creative mind, the grandfather. He shows himself as a real human being, flaws and all. Mr. Shatner is proud of his accomplishments, his highs and his lows and is not afraid to learn from all of it. In this book he shares his lessons and his fantastic, sardonic sense of humour and above all else: his intense gratitude for the life he lives. This man is a fighter and he makes you want to be one too.
While Mr. Shatner is a fantastic writer, clear, concise and capable of weaving many a fantastic mental picture with his words alone hearing his actual voice is the absolute icing on the cake. I hate to admit this, I am a voice actress after all, but this is one book that absolutely NO ONE else could have read as successfully. Mr. Shatner uses both his superb writing style and his intimate
William Shatner in his own words, the story of a gifted man.
I bought this book because I have been a fan of Mr. Shatner's from Captain Kirk all the way to Denny Crane and beyond. I thought it would be a great laugh. I was seriously surprised by how genuinely open he was in this book and how willing he was to lay his life wide open for readers to see. Listening to this book was like having one of Oprah's Lifeclasses/Master Classes shared with me in a private session. Very refreshing. It was a pleasure and an honor and I would highly recommend this reading experience to absolutely anyone of any age.
William Shatner aka Bill, has become know for his candor. Good dose here! I enjoyed the tales he tells from the perspective of being 80. Of course I loved Up Til Now. Rules isn't a sequel. It's a stand alone memoir containng many threads, culminating in the realization that life looks different from the other side of 80, but isn't any different.
It's a funny book with only one caveat - Bill gets carried away speaking Esperanto for many minutes and almost drove me crazy. I didn't see any particular reason for it, but he must have enjoyed it. Bing! Rule - say yes to this book.
Everyone knows William Shatner has a HUGE ego, and when you listen to this book narrated by him you will also find out he has a terrific sense of humor, and doesn't take too many things seriously. ( Especially ex-startrek crew) For a man getting close to 90 his wit is sharp and right on. I found my self laughing out loud. I don't think you'll feel cheated listening to this, except it ends too quickly.
I never understood the genius of this icon, or why he has become such a force of nature. Listening to this book has made it crystal clear! William Shatner is a character. Bill is an inspirational, no nonsense, talented, funny, honest, ambitious, hard working, authentic man. Bill explains how Shatner succeeded and continues to succeed. The book is so well paced and delivered that I'm sure it's better listened to than read. Mr. Shatner shares the wisdom & candid anecdotes of his 80 years, and his "tips" on attitude and success. While not a Trekkie, I understand the appeal of the franchise and its impact on pop culture. This is not a book for written for Trek fans only. If you want something in the smart/funny vein of Tina Fey's Bossypants, say YES to this book!
I don't normally enjoy bios but Sir William Shatner has worked his glorious magic once again! It might be the memory of his TV performances or the confident sound of his commanding voice, but I was instantly put at ease and enjoyed every humour filled minute of this book. Buy it - I did and I'm VERY happy I did :)
A creative writer & a lover of Macs, gadgets, and women.
Bill Shatner's enthusiastic narration.
There wasn't really a story here to begin with.
I can't think of one. This is an enjoyable and pretty humorous book, but not one that sticks with you with memorable moments.
Yes, pretty much.
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.
Interesting, informative and hysterical.
While this book is similar to Shatner's last book,
I love hearing him narrate his books. He has a warm, distinct voice that brings the book to life in an effortlessly comedic way. It's a real treat.
If you like William Shatner, go ahead and pick up this audiobook. It's not as long or as captivating as
Listen to William Shatner ramble on about his life. He's pretty entertaining, but don't expect any revelations.
If provided some light reading from among many others I have recently read. Shatner is a very funny man.
Learning about his life and his approach to it.
"This octogenarian rules!"
Published and narrated in 2011 at the ripe old age of 80 this is high calibre entertainment at its best.
Erudite, sharp, witty, inspirational!
Do yourself a favour and download now - you will not regret it.
A really excellent listen for Shatner fans. Excellent reading, madness in delivery and some moments will have you crying with laughter, some will have you cringing. Enjoyed every minute - several times.
"A work of amusing excellence"
At the beginning of this audiobook I struggled to get into it, but when I did at the beginning of the second chapter I was hooked.
Shatner is a fine example of a human being and should be held as an example for young aspiring actors.
I thoroughly recommend this audiobook, and will listen to it again soon.
"Do yourself a favour!"
Bill (and William) Shatner deliver a relaxed, almost fireside, chat about life, the Shatnerverse and everything.
It's humourous, poignant, full of insight and, above all, bursting with the larger than life character of its writer/ reader.
Always a very personal affair you feel like you're having a one on one with an old friend.
Do yourself a favour - sit back, listen and revel in the stories of a life in entertainment ... it's worth your time.
A great and humorous look into the world of William Shatner. Made even better by the fact that he is narrating himself.
"a joy to listen to"
What a pleasure to take a peek into Mr Shatners life...beautifully narrated. ...just loved it....
Very entertaining comedic insight into the life of William Shatter, and well read by him.
"Unique, strange, and worthy of wonder."
Yes. 100%. The voice of Shatner rules.
The foreign language section.
William brings Shatner and he rules!
You won't believe he's eighty.
This guy has learnt something and he chooses to share. Cool!
"Shatner DEFINITELY Rules!"
I love Bill Shatner, he's a charming character, an interesting actor and he really gives back to his fans, and this book gives an insight into the persona he uses for Shatner fans, including a lot of history of Bill's life
Having met some of the Star Trek cast at various times, some are just boring in person, although they're interesting actors, but Shatner has a way of dealing with people that makes you just smile, he really is a great persona, and someone you want to go out of your way to meet, just for the memory you will take away from it
This book made me smile so much, and makes me want to use some of Shatner's rules for myself, because they can only make your life more interesting and fun
Well worth the listen, if you know anything about Shatner's work, then this is the book for you!
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