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Up Till Now Audiobook

Up Till Now: The Autobiography

This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.
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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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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Wanna Meet the Real Captain Kirk?"

    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.

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    Sandra P. 10-08-12
    Sandra P. 10-08-12
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    "Honest, Humble and Fabulous Fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The alien in the desert.


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

    My Life on Earth


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 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.


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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.

    1 of 1 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!

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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.

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    sam alagna 09-18-15
    sam alagna 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    at times mr. Shatner spoke too softly, it was hard to listen to however he was very interesting.

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    Libby 09-17-15
    Libby 09-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"

    Not a book that will test your brain but good humor. William talks about his life, I would like to hear more about Boston Legal and less about Star Wars

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    greyfoot 08-04-15
    greyfoot 08-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Read This One, Don't Listen To It"
    Would you try another book from William Shatner and David Fisher and/or William Shatner?

    Only to read it, not listen to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shatner, because it's his memoir.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Shatner?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful, fascinating story, but Shatner made it very difficult to follow with his voice. He should refrain from doing any more audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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