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
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.
William Shatner is amazingly open and forthcoming in this book. His self-deprecating humor is engaging. His honest and humble story-telling reminds us that we all have different perspectives and that doesn't make us wrong, it just makes us unique.And his story-telling is engaging. His voice draws you in to his world and makes you an empathetic friend. I felt like I was just hanging out with my new friend at Starbucks.
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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.
Only to read it, not listen to it.
Shatner, because it's his memoir.
Almost anyone. Shatner's life is very interesting, and Fisher and Shatner write the recounting very well. But Shatner's manner of talking made this audiobook incredibly frustrating--I couldn't hear him half the time! And that's because, in addition to talking too fast, he'd end sentences almost below his breath, forcing me to jack up the volume.
Wonderful, fascinating story, but Shatner made it very difficult to follow with his voice. He should refrain from doing any more audiobooks.
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