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Star Trek Movie Memories | [William Shatner]

Star Trek Movie Memories

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!
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Publisher's Summary

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!

Star Trek Movie Memories recounts all the chaos, creative turmoil, backstage politics, power plays, and production nightmares that permeated every one of the six Star Trek movies, including the accumulated grudges that haven't yet mellowed with the passage of time. And the stories... Nicholas Meyer writing the script for Star Trek II in 12 days... Kirstie Alley doing her Leonard Nimoy imitation in an audition... How Kirk's love interest in Star Trek IV began as a role for Eddie Murphy... and you can imagine the rest (or maybe not).

With stories and quotes from the principles that have never before been uttered in public, this will deliver a truly unprecedented behind-the-scenes view of the Trek films that will amaze even the most avid Trekker.

©1994 William Shatner; (P)1994 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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    Matt Palatine, IL, USA 07-16-07
    Matt Palatine, IL, USA 07-16-07
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    "Not as many"

    I bought this as a change of pace and it was definitely interesting, but I get the feeling that most of it is someone else's work, with Shatner adding a little color. It's primarily a "production history", rather than a personal memoir, with rather few personal recollections, and very few recoutings of personal interactions between Shatner and those on set. If you're a Star Trek or movie fan, its interesting to hear about what it took to get the movies made - in the boardroom, on the set and elsewhere, but I think Shatner held back on some of the best material.

    Shatner himself is surprisingly self-deprecating (given his reputation), and he reads along at a brisk pace. Its hard to tell sometimes if this is because the sound engineer upped the pace, Shatner himself wanted to keep the listener engaged, or if he was just knocking it out as quickly as he could.

    Nevertheless, a pretty good listen. I can't help but to listen to Star Trek Memories now to see if the lack of personal recollection here is made up for there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Dalton Northern Minnesota 01-25-09
    C. Dalton Northern Minnesota 01-25-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Ho-hum"

    I think Bill needed a little quick cash. There really isn't a lot of "good stuff" revealed, and it comes across as a hastily prepared narrative that outlines the step by step occurances that took place over a period of years. No "insider stuff" here. Shatner being Shatner though, his fabulous ego that we all have grown to love shines through like a beacon in the fog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan New Zealand 06-07-13
    Bryan New Zealand 06-07-13
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    "Perfect Companion to Star Trek Memories"

    Brilliant and insightful, this monologue takes you on a journey with a welcomed frankness that only comes from one who lived through it. Plenty of facts of great interest to those trekkers and budding directors alike!
    You would definitely listen to it more than once, and it's the perfect companion to his Star Trek Memories book as well. Time just flies!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mika Viiala 11-05-12
    Mika Viiala 11-05-12 Member Since 2012

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

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    "Good book, good performance, although rushed."
    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.

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    Jason Seattle, WA 05-15-12
    Jason Seattle, WA 05-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "More a justification for Star Trek 5 than Memories"

    Shatner in his typical way moves quickly through all the movies except the dreadful #5, helping us understand why it really shouldn't have been the bomb it was. Overall the stories, though extremely brief were nice and it is always enjoyable to learn a bit more about the cast.

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    Scott Davison, MI, United States 01-27-12
    Scott Davison, MI, United States 01-27-12
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you've ever watched Star Trek with the original cast and enjoyed it, then you'll find this fun and enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Star Trek Movie Memories to and why?

    Shatner's Star Trek Memories is about the 1960's television show, which is also entertaining.


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    Hearing the actual actor talk about his experience made it seem as if you were having a person discussion about his experience with the movies.


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    "Being a trekker..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to my trekker friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being a trekker I found it very pleasant to listen about all Star Trek movies behind the scenes stories. It's funny, and it's entertaining. It's for trekkers though. I just think Bill Shatner's reading was like "I should finish this reading as soon as possible". I don't feel he's put his soul in it. Besides that, I've enjoyed.


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