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
I loved the stories and the book. But, trying to listen to Bill read this was painful! One minute it was to loud, the next you couldn't hear anything! I know that's the way he speaks but it's terrible for an audio book!
Very entertaining to read and listen to. At moments also very sad, just because life is not always fair nor easy. Over all a look behind the curtain absolutely worth taking.
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.
If only I knew how much of an entertainer William Shatner is , I would have enjoyed his work much sooner. He cares that you are invited into his life and that you are an audience of one.
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