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Up Till Now Audiobook
Up Till Now
Written by: 
William Shatner, David Fisher
Narrated by: 
William Shatner
Up Till Now Audiobook

Up Till Now: The Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Sara Stanley, VA, United States 06-26-12
    Sara Stanley, VA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about Up Till Now?

    Listening to William Shatner was like being the audience of a one-man show--interesting, engaging, funny, moving. He didn't read the book--he delivered it with the finesse of a great actor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up Till Now?

    There are so many of them it is hard to choose!


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

    William Shatner: bigger than life turns out to be just the right size--full of laughter and heart.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to interest anyone in listening to digital books--this is the one to start with. It has something for everyone--humor, stories about movie stars, personal struggles, family and more. A delightful book and outstanding delivery by William Shatner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 06-10-12
    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bill Shatner is Priceless"
    What did you love best about Up Till Now?

    What a fascinating life and so well told by the man himself. Hilariously funny with mini commercials smack in the middle of his thoughts. I laughed out loud many times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12
    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Much better than expected"

    Apart from loving Boston Legal, I haven't had much to do with William Shatner (not a Star Trek fan). I bought this book largely based on the ratings. I'm glad I did because the book is really good. Shatner's had quite a fascinating life and I always find Hollywood insider information really interesting. Shatner is open and honest which makes that book real and believable. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars for the reading is sometimes Shatner almost mumbles and it's hard to make out what he's saying. But I still enjoyed the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 04-22-12
    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009

    70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.

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    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!"
    What did you love best about Up Till Now?

    William Shatner is a joy! He was so candid about his life - good and bad - his feelings and why events turned out as they did. He took credit where he should have and blame when it was his fault. It is funny and refreshing.


    What other book might you compare Up Till Now to and why?

    It was a little like Rob Lowe's autobiography. Both guys told it like it was and it is amazing how many people they have interacted with and could tell stories about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved his stories about the horses.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh mostly, although it was very touching when he talked about his love for his wife and her suicide.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this one highly. Even if you don't know much about Shatner, he will feel like a good friend at the end of the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C.S.Kelly United States 10-01-11
    C.S.Kelly United States 10-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT"

    What more can I say...it is Shatner on Shatner by Shatner-it will make you laugh,smile,think and take you on a memorable journey. Don't hesitate-enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Homer, NY, United States 05-05-11
    Lisa Homer, NY, United States 05-05-11
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mika Viiala 11-05-12
    Mika Viiala 11-05-12 Member Since 2016

    A creative writer & a lover of Macs, gadgets, and women.

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    "An excellent autobiography."
    What made the experience of listening to Up Till Now the most enjoyable?

    Shatner's performance is really remarkably enjoyable. Unlike many of his other narrations, this one holds my interest again and again with its liveliness alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill of course!


    Have you listened to any of William Shatner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have, and this one is the best of the lot, by far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, a LOT.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the abridged version before buying this one. I bought this unabridged version because I was hoping there would be more of the same excellent material, and I was not disappointed. However, if you already have the abridged copy, you're not missing out on enough to warrant the cost of purchasing this unabridged version. I can't think of anything specific that was left out of the abridged edition. Really, this edition is primarily for those who can't get enough of Bill Shatner...like myself! :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Topor 06-22-16

    Love a good zombie or end-of-the-world book. LOVE Ray Porter as a narrator.

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    "Very funny and heartwarming"

    I wasn't sure when I got this audiobook, but it's one of the top five I've listened to. And I've listen to a LOT!! It's heartwarming and it funny and it made the time go by on my hour-long drive to work and from work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Hay 06-12-16 Listener Since 2007
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    "Shatner is amusing."

    it's interesting to hear him talk about his life. it was fun to hear him talk about his side of things.

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    C. Pogue 05-25-16
    C. Pogue 05-25-16

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    "Excellent accompaniment for a boring commute"

    So much fun listening to Bill Shatner during my daily work commute. Great story teller. Made me feel like I was right there I the moment with him. Enjoyed his self deprecating humor with a touch of arrogance...classic! Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
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    8/26/11
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jimmyb01
    4/16/11
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    "Sell! Sell! Sell!"

    William Shatner promotes his websites so many times during this book that it got annoying, however I did enjoy it as he doesn't dwell too long on his home life as a kid and most of the book is about his career and when he does talk about his personal life at times it is quite moving.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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