From the program's birth in the changing world of the 1960s and death at the hands of the network, to its rebirth in the hearts and minds of loyal fans, the Star Trek story has blazed its own path into our recent cultural history, leading to a series of blockbuster feature films and three new versions of Star Trek for television.
The Star Trek story is one of boundless hope and crushing disappointment, wrenching rivalries and incredible achievements. It is also the story of how, after nearly 30 years, the cast of characters from a unique but poorly rated television show have come to be known to millions of Americans and people around the world as family.
For George Takei, the Star Trek adventure is intertwined with his personal odyssey through adversity in which four-year-old George and his family were forced by the United States government into internment camps during World War II.
Star Trek means much more to George Takei than an extraordinary career that has spanned 30 years. For an American whose ideals faced such a severe test, Star Trek represents a shining embodiment of the American Dream, the promise of an optimistic future in which people from all over the world contribute to a common destiny.
©1994 George Takei; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
"This lively memoir reveals the author's upbeat but pragmatic nature." (Publishers Weekly)
This was certainly a good listen. The story was very well written and the narration by Takei was excellent. However I felt that the abridging process made the flow of the book less enjoyable and you get the feeling that there is so much left out from the full version. It keeps you wondering what you have missed. I generally make it a point not to buy abridged books but in this case I had no choice.
Really interesting, and not just for fans of Star Trek. Mr. Takei has a great voice, and a really good attitude. The only downfall is that it is abridged.
This book is so well written and well narrated. Mr. Takei has the knack to write as if he is talking with you. You feel every bit of emotion that he went through. I definitely recommend it to all.
I recognized so many of the George quotes used in several of the phoney phone calls used on the Howard Stern show. But to learn about George's fascinating life while listening to his buttery smooth voice narrate the whole thing was pure joy. A must-read from a fascinating man.
Listening to Takei is always a pleasure. Listening to Takei talk about his life is fascinating. This is a well written and captivating memoir. My only complaint is that the audible version is a mere 3 hour abridged version. Mr. Takei, please publish an unabridged version!
George Takei as this is his memoir.
Many of the scenes relating to Star Trek, especially with regards to William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
When his family was sent to their first detention camp/prison and then again when they were sent to an even worse detention camp/prison.
Great read. You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to appreciate Mr. Takei's family history as a Japanese-American during World War II. And he provides fascinating stories that relate how hard it is to be an actor. Most surprising is the political work he has accomplished. Well done!
The "performance" by George Takai was really good. Not wooden and hurried through like Shatner. The story of the internment camp was moving. Grady job George, and "Oh My" what a listen.
It's not very well written, and would have benefitted from a better editor. It's also too short, and the way in which it was abridged is choppy and awkward.
Because of the way it was abridged, the narrator jumps too quickly from one person to the next, and the listener doesn't get to know much about any one of them.
I would have cut the overused adjectives and adverbs, and left in more of the biographical narrative.
Video Game Artist, loves imagining the future. Listens to Star Trek, science/physics, language, comedy
Takai should have softened his reading voice and come up with a more mature way to refer to his mother and father, since he talked about them so much.
In recent years, Takai has shown a healthy sense of humor that seems to be completely absent here.
Takai can do different voices. He should just soften his reading voice.
not cut, but less use of the endearments: "mommy" and "daddy"
I appreciate his perspective on Star Trek but that doesn't' come until the last half/third of this narrative. Unfortunately everything before is just not interesting. I guess I was hoping for more of the asian actor perspective in hollywood and there seemed to be very little of that here.
A creative writer & a lover of Macs, gadgets, and women.
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.
The main character? It's an autobiography.
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.
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.
"I want to like George Takei, but..."
What's not to like about George: He made a name for himself at a time when Hollywood was racist and in a post-war era when Americans distrusted people of Japanese origin. This book how he quit college, became an actor and rose from being a supporting performer on Star Trek to one of it's main cast.
And then it stops, missing out on many of the more interesting aspects of George's later life: If you've followed him on social networks you might agree that George the campaigner is a much more interesting person than George the actor ever could be. Unfortunately you'll get none of that in this book.
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