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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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    Tonja Shelton North Carolina 02-11-12
    Tonja Shelton North Carolina 02-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding narration"

    Bill Shatner should narrate more books. He is very entertaining, keeps the listening very interesting, and is able to poke fun at himself. The years must have put some humility into him. I think history will treat Bill better than the present. A must read if you have ever been entertained by watching anything he has had a part in.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mika Viiala 11-05-12
    Mika Viiala 11-05-12 Member Since 2012

    A creative writer & a lover of Macs, gadgets, and women.

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    "An excellent autobiography."
    What made the experience of listening to Up Till Now the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill of course!


    Have you listened to any of William Shatner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have, and this one is the best of the lot, by far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, a LOT.


    Any additional comments?

    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! :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mike Wentzville, mo, United States 09-19-12
    mike Wentzville, mo, United States 09-19-12
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    "Funny but uneven"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book, though due to the audio issues it may have been a bettter choice.


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    I thought the book was very funny in parts and that no one else except William Shatner could have read it. My only criticism (though it is a big one) was the extreme volume fluctuations. While knowing that some of it is due to Shatner's delivery from "normal volume" speaking down to below a whisper, it was very difficult to listen to without having to constantly turn the volume up and down. Just when you thought you had reached a balance, it would go really loud or almost silent again. The content of the book was good and as this was my first book from William Shatner I was pleased with all the meandering and side stories, etc that he would inject, I just wish it could have been a better audio experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Again the audio production made it very difficult to enjoy as much as it could have been.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pinellas Park, FL, United States 04-02-12
    Amazon Customer Pinellas Park, FL, United States 04-02-12

    becca

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    "What a Delight!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

    I loved hearing William share his own stories. It was enjoyable from beginning to end. He is a treasure - I love his spirit! So personable - so human. You will feel like you really know him when you're finished.


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

    I have yet to hear another autobiography I liked more.


    What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing his voice, his humor and every inflection. No one could tell his story better than him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His wife's tragic drowning in the pool. So sad and moving. I felt his pain. I could envision every detail he described. I appreciated his honesty. What a humble man.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 11-18-11
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2007

    Jonnie

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    "Hang on for a great listen"

    Bill Shatner is going full speed the entire book and it is one hilarious and entertaining story after another. I can't imagine this book being half as good if you had to just read it. The stories by themselves are funny and entertaining but listening to Shatner act the dialogue makes you feel as if he is telling the stories to you personally and you are experiencing much of his life as he has lived it. A really fun book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-30-11
    Cheryl Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Definately worth a listen ..."

    Really entertaining read. Enjoyed every minute. My ONLY negative criticism would be that Shatner's extremely well known speech cadence sometimes gets in the way of actually HEARING the story. On headphones it's fine ... in the car, it's necessary to mess with the volume knob all the time. Other than that ... I loved it and am still amazed at the life he's led.

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    Patricia Canoga park, California, United States 08-06-11
    Patricia Canoga park, California, United States 08-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this book."

    Not only is it an autobiography, but it's read by Bill himself ! You get to hear Bill tell you about his long career and his ups and downs along the way. His humor blends the whole thing together in a very unexpected and brilliant way. I found myself cheering for him in his retelling of winning the Emmy, and tearing up when he spoke of his late wife .I loved this book from the first chapter to the funny last sentence!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Homer, NY, United States 05-05-11
    Lisa Homer, NY, United States 05-05-11
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo CHICAGO, IL, United States 06-27-13
    Pablo CHICAGO, IL, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Life is an Adventure

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    "Great Story Teller!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    He kept me interested in the book from the very beginning of the book! He know how to tell a good story! He has also an entertaining voice to keep you interested in the book. Worth


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    His story telling skills


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

    Take every opportunity that comes to you


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tony Swinton
    8/15/14
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    "Great"
    Would you listen to Up Till Now again? Why?

    In the opening words this book had me laughing
    There is sadness and lots of laughs
    A good listen which I will listen to again at some point


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  • Jean rOse
    7/7/14
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    "Mr Shatner is a very engaging companion"
    What did you like most about Up Till Now?

    Mr Shatner is at all times honest in his assessment of his life. And is unafraid of critisising himself which makes this a refreshing read.


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

    This is going to seem odd. But bear with me. Clarissa Dickson wright's Spilling the Beans"!Because she too doesn't pull any punches and it's a great read too.


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    It sounds as if he is talking just to you and as if he's known you all your life


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh. And it is sad in parts


    Any additional comments?

    Even if your not a Star Trek fan or your not fan of Mr Shatner give this a go. It's well worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    londonUnited Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Edwards
    Ipswich, UK
    8/19/13
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    "Shatner is amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

    Yes, being read by the man himself brings the full emotion of the words to the fore. Shatner really has given part of himself to this writing...very impressed.


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

    This is my first autobiography, so NA


    What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His emotions for the stories he tells...only the person that lives the life of the story can really tell the story from the heart, that is what you get from this!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Shatner's life!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, England
    4/13/13
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    "A life worth listening"

    Most of us will probably know William Shatner as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, and as such think of him as a reasonably limited TV star lucky enough to land an iconic role. This biography comes as a surprise then as it details the journey of a dedicated young actor learning his craft and emerging as a respected theatre performer. The story covers his various TV roles, the significant moments in a fascinating life, and how he related to those around him in all of these situations.



    It also shows a man with a brilliant sense of humour who knows how to tell a story. There are even moments of tragedy that he shares with honesty and genuine sorrow.



    This is a wonderful biography made all the better by the author reading it himself. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michel
    Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Laugh out loud Funny!"

    William Shatner is everything and more you expect him to be. He is a parody of himself and plays to fans expectations in every way. He is a great story teller as his autobiography plays like a good novel. He tells stories about events in his life, both funny and sad. He pulls at our heart string one moment then tickles your ribs the next. When I finished his book, I instantly went online to see if he had narrated or written any more books. Turns out his has so may check them out!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iwan
    TREGARON, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    8/26/11
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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