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 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 autobiography by Mr. Nimoy is very refreshing to hear. listening to his recounting of his past and his history I found "fascinating ."
I have never read his previous book I am not Spock so many comments he alluded to did not find a home with me. Hearing his accounts of dealing with Paramount and the thought process of being a director has given me a deeper appreciation of that position.
Stories of Star Trek and his life and times in it I found interesting and polite when he speaks of his former castmates. I wish Mr. Shatner could have been able to say the same things or hopefully nearly in the same thoughtful and kind way as Mr. Nimoy has done.
As for the delivery and performance of this audiobook, I'm glad that the author read it himself. To have someone else speak about Leonard Nimoy's life would have been in poor taste.
if you are looking for a story from a one person point of view, this is a great one to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and did not want to stop listening even when I reached my destination. Thank you mr. Nemo for writing this, telling your story, and bringing enjoyment not just to my life but to others as well throughout your career.
I couldn't have asked for this to be any better. The interaction between him and Spock was hilarious! The stories about how it was on the set of Star Trek and the love he had for the series were beautiful. He cared about the quality of the show/movies and the fans. I cried at the end knowing that we won't see him put on the ears anymore. absolutely perfect in every way. must listen for Trek fans.
The book was absolutely exceptional, and to honor Mr. Nimoy, I must admit that I will miss him playing Spock, like he said he would. One thing I wish, is that the recording matched the copy of the book I got from my library. Multiple phrases and words were skipped, and at one point, 2 pages were played after the page following them. I ended up simply listening instead of my hybrid of reading and listening. However, this was pleasing, as I got to hear more of what Mr. Nimoy sounded like, for 4 whole hours! That, in my opinion, is almost as great as meeting him, which for my lifetime, sadly, is no longer possible. Rest in peace, and may you have lived a long and prosperous life,
Mr. Leonard Spock.
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