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Up Till Now: The Autobiography | [William Shatner, David Fisher]

Up Till Now: The Autobiography

After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.
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Publisher's Summary

After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere. Winning an Emmy for his role on Boston Legal. Doing commercials for Priceline.com. In movie theaters. Singing with Ben Folds. He sits next to Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, and he's practically a regular on Howard Stern's show. And he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In Up Till Now, Shatner offers listeners the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere.

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

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"It is now Bill Shatner's universe - we just live in it." (New York Daily News)

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    Julie Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-09
    Julie Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-09
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    "Stunning!"

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Long Beach, CA, United States 01-02-09
    James Long Beach, CA, United States 01-02-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Just what the doctor ordered"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blair West Hollywood, CA, USA 08-07-08
    Blair West Hollywood, CA, USA 08-07-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Bill Shatner does William Shatner"

    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.

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    Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 06-16-08
    Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 06-16-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Bill - Warts(?) and All!"

    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----.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Irvine, CA, USA 05-28-08
    Ed Irvine, CA, USA 05-28-08
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    "Fun and interesting"

    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.

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    Dajmang Phoenix, Az USA 01-06-15
    Dajmang Phoenix, Az USA 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun time"

    I really enjoyed this book. Funny stories and and insights to my favorite shows. I have listened more than once.

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    Janet F. Post Dunnellon, FL 05-22-13
    Janet F. Post Dunnellon, FL 05-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't waste your time."
    What disappointed you about Up Till Now?

    William Shatner is so full of himself.


    What could William Shatner and David Fisher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not published it


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Shatner?

    any one else


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Up Till Now?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I listened to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elias mexico city, Mexico 12-07-12
    elias mexico city, Mexico 12-07-12
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    "All Shatner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Shatner and would like to hear him talk about his life, this is your book. Otherwise, stay clear.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty much what you expected.


    What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and personality comes up all the time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    All Shatner, all teh time!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Charlie A. Mulvey United States 06-06-11
    Charlie A. Mulvey United States 06-06-11

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    "This is not an audio Book"

    This is the regular book with the digital audio reader. The book is good, it's just not audio.

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    Sarah holly springs, NC, USA 05-26-10
    Sarah holly springs, NC, USA 05-26-10
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    "Just okay"

    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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