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)
The ONLY way to enjoy this book is to have it read by Shatner himself. His ego is as big as his willingness to make fun of it. And that's the takeaway I imagine he intended. This is the fascinating fun of an interesting life as told by the interesting man who's living it...having fun with an ego that's earned it's size. What's most fascinating is how one man could take himself so seriously while simultaneously NOT taking himself too seriously...you're left not really sure which Shatner is real, except to assume that was also an intended takeaway of this book.
The story is actually more interesting that I expected but after one hour I gave up and deleted the book from my ipod. The variation in volume as Shatner reads his own book varied from 'way to loud to inaudible and ultimately drove me away.
I am a big fan of Shatner. But even I could not get through this book. Shatner mumbles so much, I found myself continually turning up the volume. At first I laughed at his story telling. However, after a while his large ego made him sound boring. This is one to skip.
Shatner is egotistical and self centered in this biography which is more like a week in a confessional than a book that exposes anytrhing new. Despite all that I got to understand his thin personality.
He plays himself as Denny Crane!
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