This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. The audio will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater, where Shatner was once called upon to replace Christopher Plummer as Henry V— in a role he had never rehearsed, with actors he had never met. It will describe his early TV work and movies, among them Roger Corman’s The Intruder, a movie about racism filmed in the south in 1961; Kingdom of the Spiders, in which he costarred with 30,000 tarantulas; and Incubus, the only film ever made in the language of Esperanto. It will include his private life, including the complete story of the drowning death of his third wife. It will include stories from three other series: T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911—which saved more than 240 lives—and Boston Legal, as well as his work on Third Rock from the Sun, for which he won his first Emmy for playing "the Big Giant Head".
And, of course, it will include the story of Star Trek: how it came about and how it affected him—and fans—concluding with the story of a taxi driver who told Shatner he'd been a prisoner in Vietnam and that pretending they were the Star Trek crew kept him and his fellow inmates sane. And yes, it will include his singing and commercials and quiz-show hosting and award-show hosting and the greatest practical joke ever played, Invasion, Iowa, not to mention the story about Shatner being invited into a cage with Koko the Gorilla—who wanted to take him back to her bedcage.
After almost 60 years, William Shatner has become one of our most beloved entertainers. And as evidenced by Comedy Central’s roast, The Shat Hits the Fan, Shatner gets the joke. For the first time, William Shatner shares with listeners the remarkable, full story of his life.
©2008 William Shatner and David Fisher (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
Bill Shatner should narrate more books. He is very entertaining, keeps the listening very interesting, and is able to poke fun at himself. The years must have put some humility into him. I think history will treat Bill better than the present. A must read if you have ever been entertained by watching anything he has had a part in.
Never read the book, though due to the audio issues it may have been a bettter choice.
I thought the book was very funny in parts and that no one else except William Shatner could have read it. My only criticism (though it is a big one) was the extreme volume fluctuations. While knowing that some of it is due to Shatner's delivery from "normal volume" speaking down to below a whisper, it was very difficult to listen to without having to constantly turn the volume up and down. Just when you thought you had reached a balance, it would go really loud or almost silent again. The content of the book was good and as this was my first book from William Shatner I was pleased with all the meandering and side stories, etc that he would inject, I just wish it could have been a better audio experience.
Again the audio production made it very difficult to enjoy as much as it could have been.
I loved hearing William share his own stories. It was enjoyable from beginning to end. He is a treasure - I love his spirit! So personable - so human. You will feel like you really know him when you're finished.
I have yet to hear another autobiography I liked more.
Hearing his voice, his humor and every inflection. No one could tell his story better than him.
His wife's tragic drowning in the pool. So sad and moving. I felt his pain. I could envision every detail he described. I appreciated his honesty. What a humble man.
Bill Shatner is going full speed the entire book and it is one hilarious and entertaining story after another. I can't imagine this book being half as good if you had to just read it. The stories by themselves are funny and entertaining but listening to Shatner act the dialogue makes you feel as if he is telling the stories to you personally and you are experiencing much of his life as he has lived it. A really fun book.
Really entertaining read. Enjoyed every minute. My ONLY negative criticism would be that Shatner's extremely well known speech cadence sometimes gets in the way of actually HEARING the story. On headphones it's fine ... in the car, it's necessary to mess with the volume knob all the time. Other than that ... I loved it and am still amazed at the life he's led.
Shatner's great dramatic voice goes so low while telling his stories, there are times you can't hear him!!
Not only is it an autobiography, but it's read by Bill himself ! You get to hear Bill tell you about his long career and his ups and downs along the way. His humor blends the whole thing together in a very unexpected and brilliant way. I found myself cheering for him in his retelling of winning the Emmy, and tearing up when he spoke of his late wife .I loved this book from the first chapter to the funny last sentence!
What a wonderful and interesting life William Shatner has lead. This audio book was thoroughly enjoyable. Having him narrate the book made it so much more meaningful and real. This book is a must if you are a William Shatner fan.
Life is an Adventure
He kept me interested in the book from the very beginning of the book! He know how to tell a good story! He has also an entertaining voice to keep you interested in the book. Worth
His story telling skills
Take every opportunity that comes to you
Worth listening to!
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
Shatner does a fine job of telling his own story and introducing the real Captain Kirk to the listener. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the comments and have decided that I like Shatner better than I liked Kirk.
"Genuine and enjoyable thanks Bill"
I had already listened to Leonard before this and although some stories do repeat in this volume I enjoyed them second time round too
Mr Shatner comes across as a genuine and sometimes frustrating human being but that said no one can match his work ethic even now still offering us Boston Legal to name one and I would recommend this title to anyone wanting to delve deeper into the "Shatman" and leave behind the whole Star Trek ethos and just enjoy the ride that is Bill .
"I love William Shatner."
Great book. I love hearing Bill tell me his story. I hope he lives forever.
"Charm wins out"
There are more interesting and better written autobiographies but this is not a bad example and the charm, ego and self awareness of Shatner made it an entertaining listen from beginning to end for me.
In the opening words this book had me laughing
There is sadness and lots of laughs
A good listen which I will listen to again at some point
"Mr Shatner is a very engaging companion"
Mr Shatner is at all times honest in his assessment of his life. And is unafraid of critisising himself which makes this a refreshing read.
This is going to seem odd. But bear with me. Clarissa Dickson wright's Spilling the Beans"!Because she too doesn't pull any punches and it's a great read too.
It sounds as if he is talking just to you and as if he's known you all your life
Made me laugh. And it is sad in parts
Even if your not a Star Trek fan or your not fan of Mr Shatner give this a go. It's well worth the effort.
"Shatner is amazing!"
Yes, being read by the man himself brings the full emotion of the words to the fore. Shatner really has given part of himself to this writing...very impressed.
This is my first autobiography, so NA
His emotions for the stories he tells...only the person that lives the life of the story can really tell the story from the heart, that is what you get from this!
"A life worth listening"
Most of us will probably know William Shatner as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, and as such think of him as a reasonably limited TV star lucky enough to land an iconic role. This biography comes as a surprise then as it details the journey of a dedicated young actor learning his craft and emerging as a respected theatre performer. The story covers his various TV roles, the significant moments in a fascinating life, and how he related to those around him in all of these situations.
It also shows a man with a brilliant sense of humour who knows how to tell a story. There are even moments of tragedy that he shares with honesty and genuine sorrow.
This is a wonderful biography made all the better by the author reading it himself. Highly recommended.
"Laugh out loud Funny!"
William Shatner is everything and more you expect him to be. He is a parody of himself and plays to fans expectations in every way. He is a great story teller as his autobiography plays like a good novel. He tells stories about events in his life, both funny and sad. He pulls at our heart string one moment then tickles your ribs the next. When I finished his book, I instantly went online to see if he had narrated or written any more books. Turns out his has so may check them out!
"More Then Captain Kirk"
As I listened through the book I learn a great deal about William Shatner and I will say that I enjoyed not only the book but the sound of Shatner's voice as he takes you through his life, the life of a working actor with many great stories some quite funny, others quite sad.
"Enjoyable Tongue in Cheek Journey"
Great fun, Bill Shatner doesn't take himself too seriously and is willing to poke fun at some of his famous career bloopers. The previous reviewer obviously missed the humour in Shatners constant plugs for his websites and endorsements unashamedly selling out for the corporate shilling.
Good enjoyable light hearted listen with some fun anecdotes and well read by the Captain himself.
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