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
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.
There are so many of them it is hard to choose!
William Shatner: bigger than life turns out to be just the right size--full of laughter and heart.
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.
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.
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.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
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.
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.
Loved his stories about the horses.
Laugh mostly, although it was very touching when he talked about his love for his wife and her suicide.
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!
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.
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.
A creative writer & a lover of Macs, gadgets, and women.
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.
Bill of course!
Yes, I have, and this one is the best of the lot, by far.
Laugh, a LOT.
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! :)
Love a good zombie or end-of-the-world book. LOVE Ray Porter as a narrator.
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.
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!
"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.
"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.
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