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Up Till Now: The Autobiography | [William Shatner, David Fisher]

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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    Cathy Apple Valley, MN, United States 05-18-13
    Cathy Apple Valley, MN, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the stories, but the audio is horrible"

    I love hearing William Shatner telling his own story but the producer needed to fix the audio. Bill kept lowering and raising his voice to where I had to keep my hand on the volume knob to constantly turn the sound up and down. He would almost whisper some of the parts. I understand it was for the drama factor but then you can't hear him. That part is very disappointing. But the writing and the book itself is wonderful Very much enjoyed the book.

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    Sharlene Gisborne, New Zealand 05-15-13
    Sharlene Gisborne, New Zealand 05-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Trying out this new audiobooks bizo. It's kinda cool.

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    "Shatner Exposed!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really like the concept of stars telling us what it was like growing up but a good part of this story was really depressing. Shatner divorced his first wife, second wife dies & he doesn't really delve into the third woman & their happiness together. I wouldn't listen to this again. The priceline stuff, the relationship he had with costars like Leonard Nimoy and the Star Trek info takes up most of the book... and ya can't forget the horses. Shatner's best friends.


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

    I don't think there is a book like it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Shatner’s performances?

    I would listen to Shatner narrating something else, but not another autobiography.


    Do you think Up Till Now needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If the book moved away from Star Trek, Priceline and his wives then maybe a follow up book would be worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    At times Shatner talks really fast, mumbles and speaks really low so it can be very difficult to keep up with him or understand what he is saying.

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 04-03-13
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprising, unusual!"

    For me, Shatner will always only be Captain Kirk, and yet the rest of the book worked, very well actually. The most poignant chapter was his very heartfelt accounting of the tragedy of his third marriage, very sad but told in a way that others can benefit. I did not know Nimoy had that problem to beat as well. I'll never read this one again, but glad I did it once. By the way, I have found celebrities reading their own books generally problematic and not entertaining for reasons unknown. Shatner's narration however was superb!

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    Becky Los Angeles, CA 03-08-13
    Becky Los Angeles, CA 03-08-13
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    "WILLIAM SHATNER AND I ARE CLOSER THAN EVER"
    Where does Up Till Now rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Only read books, this was my first audiobook and it was fantastic. I chose the autobiography of William Shatner because I love the sound of his voice. I was not disappointed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was an autobiography of William Shatner. Mr. Shatner brought his wit and humor to this book and hearing rather than reading it brought it to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His entire life "up till now"


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

    The Real William Shatner - No Holds Bar


    Any additional comments?

    I would hear his story in the quiet of night. Closing my eyes and listening, it was as if Mr. Shatner was there with me talking about his life.

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    Lauri Sloper Martinez, CA United States 02-19-13
    Lauri Sloper Martinez, CA United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I love audible to listen to my books while commuting in the SF Bay Area. It makes the time go by so fast and keeps me engrossed.

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    "Great Read and Great Reader!!"

    William Shatner lets you into his life in a way few celebrities do. His read makes it even more interesting giving you an insight to his storied life within the celebrity of his long career. His honesty and love for his career comes across in such a wonderful way that I haven't heard from other celebrities. A great Listen.

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    Leslie Albion, MI, United States 10-01-12
    Leslie Albion, MI, United States 10-01-12
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    "I cant recommed this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narrator mumble so bad that that i missed half of the story ,


    If you’ve listened to books by William Shatner and David Fisher before, how does this one compare?

    I have over 300 books and have many of shatner work this is not his best by far


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

    William does well in other books and this is his life store but SPEAK UP


    Could you see Up Till Now being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I dont think it would make it as a move


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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