Having played the pivotal role of Mr. Spock in the original series, in six motion pictures, and in a special two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as having directed two of the movies, Nimoy is well suited to tell the true story behind what was seen by the public. He provides an intelligent and insightful book about the creative process and the actor's craft - and gives his own unique insider's view of the creation of both the character, Mr. Spock, and the Star Trek phenomenon.
©1996 Leonard Nimoy; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Was a fun listen, always comforting to hear Nimoys voice and his almost delusional rants with Spock.
focuses mainly on his Star Trek feelings and work and little of his general biography. Good for ST fans and Nimoy/Spock admirers.
I enjoyed this audiobook - but not quite as much as I expected to. I appreciated some of the explanations surrounding the creation of the best episodes and movies based on the original Star Trek series, especially when Nimoy's involvement was particularly heart-felt. I was less enamored of the numerous times Nimoy defended his role (or lack thereof) in the difficulties that occurred on and off the set. (I suspect the other parties involved would have different perspectives on what happened...) And I would have liked more information about Nimoy himself - his life, his family, etc. (Though, in fairness, that may not have been the intent of this book.)
I enjoy Leonard Nimoy's voice and found his reading of the text to flow so smoothly as to feel as though he were sitting in a comfortable armchair explaining his take on the Star Trek phenomenon, and not reading a script at all. (There is one exception near the beginning, when several sentences are all but repeated for no apparent reason - perhaps an editing error?) All in all, I enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to others. It gets 4 stars instead of 5 as the book itself is not of the caliber that I would be likely to listen a second time.
I grew up watching Star Trek and I never knew the backstory behind Spock or any other character. All I knew was that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner hated each other or that is what people said. The truth is that neither hated each other. If you read this book you’ll see this and if you read what people who worked on Star Trek said. They say that what is here is as close to the truth as we can get.
If you want to know how Spock came to be and how he led to Data later you need to read this book. The biggest thing I got from this book was what I’ve read in many books: decided what you want! Once you know what you want you need to keep working on it even when you think it’s complete. For me this book tells me that synchronicity is greatest force in your life if you're open to it. By following synchronicity will keep you open to many idea’s and will help lead you forward.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I enjoyed hearing Leonard Nimoy discuss his relationship with Spock, and how Spock has affected and changed him. This book did what I would ask of an autobiography of Leonard Nimoy, it gave me insights into both Nimoy and Spock, and it added depth to both.
As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.
I am so glad I ordered and listened to this wonderful book. I am very pleased that it was narrated by Leonard Nimoy. I love the insite wonderfully worded way he presented the background to a most beloved series and character. Yes, I am an avid Trekkie/Trekker. I wholeheartedly agree with his critique of the the series and especially of the 6 movies. I own every one of all of the TV series iterations. I at one time owned all of the 6 follow up movies. However, I only have kept II/IV/ & VI as I did not enjoy the rest of them enough to ever watch them again. IV and VI are my favorites of those three. Nimoys analogy of the how/why/etc. of the other ones validate to me why I chose not to keep the others in my library.
I especially like the way he interjected conversations between Spock and himself. I am sure I will listen to this again from time to time. I was completely surprised that when I read the narration of the death scene of Spock, that I was in tears reliving the scene in my head. And then, I was smiling when listening to the scenario from VI about the innocent lady with Chekov in San Francisco. What a delightful bit of trivia that I will enjoy each time I watch it again and again.
This was a wonderful look into the personal life and career of Leonard Nimoy. I've listened to it twice and I'm sure I will enjoy it many times in the years to come. Mr Nimoy was a pleasure to listen to and he will be greatly missed.
Leonard was a wonderful experience, I suggest this audio book to everyone talkigto, it just "Spock"
Listening to this in Nimoy's own voice brought bittersweet tears to my eyes. It was like having a long, wude-ranging *schmooze* with a long lost and very dear friend.
Admittedly, after listening to Shatner's more recent paean to their half-century friendship, "Leonard," I expected a certain amount of overlap in the stories. But it was an absolutely delightful bit of serendipity that Nimoy's versions of those stories about him made it seem like he was saying with a gleeful sparkle in his eye and an iconic lift of one brow, "Yeah, that's Bill's version of events. Now let me tell you what *really* happened."
And speaking of that iconic brow lift, one of the best things about having the audio version of this book is the hilarious, albeit acerbic byplay between Nimoy and his "inner Spock." I'm sure psych professionals everywhere would have a field day with those sections of the narrative, but for the rest of us, they comprise the best parts! Hasn't any Star Trek fan, nomatter how casual their interest in the show, wondered what Spock might have thought about the actor who not only portrayed him, but in many ways (as this book lays out) created the character's incredibly rich background story from his own rich heritage and personal history.
If you ever enjoyed the original Star Trek, or Mission Impossible's inimitable Paris, or any of the other myriad characters Nimoy brought to life, you definitely want this Audible book.
I have become a lover of audiobooks; primarily Star Wars and Star Trek related, biographies, and motivational books.
Hearing Nimoy discuss his life in his own words and hearing his acknowledgement about how much he cares how Spock is perceived. I loved that Nimoy speaks to Spock as a part of him, it felt less like a device, and more of a genuine respect for that part of him which trekkies have loved for years.
Numerous. I would include the religious anecdote of how the Vulcan hand gesture of "Live long and Prosper" originated. Also, the tug of war between Nimoy and every playwright who did not fully understand Spock. Nimoy cared so much about how Spock was portrayed that he would have sacrificed no longer playing the role which is the ultimate display of dedication!
The prank between Shatner and Nimoy, the bicycle, and trying to get to the commissary line first for lunch. Pretty funny!
Not extreme, but definitely sentimentality creeped in as I heard Nimoy with the realization that he has left us.
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