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To The Stars: The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu | [George Takei]

To The Stars: The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

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.
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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.

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.

What the Critics Say

"This lively memoir reveals the author's upbeat but pragmatic nature." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Johnnie57 02-11-10
    Johnnie57 02-11-10
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    "Easy Listen"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Evan James 06-05-09
    Evan James 06-05-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Too short"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Howard North Hollywood, CA, USA 07-12-07
    Howard North Hollywood, CA, USA 07-12-07
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    "To the Stars by a Star"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Curran 08-06-14
    C. Curran 08-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Poorly edited, but OK"
    What disappointed you about To The Stars?

    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.


    Did George Takei do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To The Stars?

    I would have cut the overused adjectives and adverbs, and left in more of the biographical narrative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ArtRobot Orlando, FL United States 04-03-13
    ArtRobot Orlando, FL United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2002

    Video Game Artist, loves imagining the future. Listens to Star Trek, science/physics, language, comedy

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    What would have made To The Stars better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Takei again?

    Probably not


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Takei?

    Takai can do different voices. He should just soften his reading voice.


    What character would you cut from To The Stars?

    not cut, but less use of the endearments: "mommy" and "daddy"


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    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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    "Pretty interesting."
    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.

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    "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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