It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable and called by name (or at least by Captain Kirk's name) across the globe. But Shatner neither began nor has ended his career with that role. From the very start, he took his skills as an actor and put them to use wherever he could. He straddled the classic world of the theater and the new world of television, whether stepping in for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare's Henry V or staring at "something on the wing" in a classic Twilight Zone episode. And since then, he's gone on to star in numerous successful shows, such as T. J. Hooker, Rescue 911, and most recently Boston Legal.
William Shatner has always been willing to take risks for his art. Who else would share the screen with thousands of tarantulas, release an album called Has Been, or film a racially incendiary film in the Deep South during the height of the civil-rights era? And who else would willingly paramotor into a field of waiting fans armed with paintball guns, all waiting for a chance to stun Captain...er, Shatner?
In this touching and very funny autobiography, William Shatner reveals the man behind these unforgettable moments, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.
©2008 William Shatner; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"It is now Bill Shatner's universe - we just live in it." (New York Daily News)
Funny, sad, serious, hilarious, sentimental..........I just can't say enough! I loved every piece of this book. Shatner's voice is so soothing, it was fabulous to hear the book read by the author himself.
Definately a credit worthy listen!!
I bought this today to while away the hours focusing on anything but the pain in my side (food poisoning). It was exactly what I needed.
Shatner is a wonderful storyteller, whether the tale be funny, self-deprecating, embarrassing, or heartrending (the death of his third wife). He pulls you into the moment, as though speaking to you and you alone...which frankly, I don't think he could have done before Boston Legal. Unlike previous memoirs - good as they were - this one feels like a deep conversation with a dear friend, rather than broadcast to a convention hall full of Trekkies. Which I as a Trekkie confess is also good, but this book - which covers far more biographical ground - benefits from the years of balcony epilogues with James Spader.
I agree that at times the audio was hard to hear. His voice goes low and fast and if you're not careful you can miss much. But in those moments, it seems the appropriate delivery.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who wonders what makes Shatner "tick". Rather than answer the question, it underscores how complex that question really is.
The first chapter pretty well sets the tone for the book and gives some insights to philosophy and inner workings to Shatners life. Steve Martin could have taken a page from Bill on how to write an autobiography, alas he did not. Very happy with the purchase. But then I am a William Shatner fan, so I might be prejudiced.
I have always enjoyed William Shatner's work. Of course it took Star Trek to take me back to Judgement at Nuremburg and Twilight Zone.(I was 17 when Star Trek appeared.)
I knew his various credits when I began listening and it was entertaining to hear how he experienced his acting jobs, marriages, and writing career.
Bill is a natural born story teller and his self depreciation is an addition to this part of his art.
The book is funny, touching, sad, and inspiring. He reveals himself as a great jokester who became more concerned about others feelings as he grew as a person.
No one else could have narrated ths book. Only Bill is Bill. If we read it silently we would read it with his voice also.
A great read and a lot of fun - especially when he argues with two radio hosts over whether or not he is an a--h----.
Great insight into the man, the myth, the Shatman. I have a newfound respect for Bill Shatner and I am glad I listened to this book. It's generally funny, sometimes sad, and all the time interesting. Give it a listen.
William Shatner is so full of himself.
not published it
any one else
All of it.
Sorry I listened to this book.
If you like Shatner and would like to hear him talk about his life, this is your book. Otherwise, stay clear.
Pretty much what you expected.
His voice and personality comes up all the time.
All Shatner, all teh time!
Its a Shatner one man show, its good dont get me wrong but sometimes... he just... lowers... his... voice... and then... you can... barely... understand... what... he... speaks.
While I love William Shatner and his sense of humor, I found this audio book to be about an hour longer than necessary. He didn't delve far enough into the Star Trek backstory but went on way too long about his reality TV show. All in all, though, Bill is a great narrator and pretty funny in his own way.
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