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Up Till Now | [William Shatner]

Up Till Now

William Shatner gets the joke about William Shatner. In fact, most of the time he's the one telling it. His self-effacing attitude, so perfectly parodied in the bombastic character he now plays on Boston Legal, is one of the reasons for his huge popularity. While best known for his creation of Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner has been a working actor for more than half a century. As funny, charming, and self-deprecating as the man himself, this book will delight his fans of all ages.
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William Shatner gets the joke about William Shatner. In fact, most of the time he's the one telling it. His self-effacing attitude, so perfectly parodied in the bombastic character he now plays on Boston Legal, Denny Crane, is one of the reasons for his huge popularity. While best known for his creation of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship Enterprise on Star Trek, William Shatner has been a working actor for more than half a century. He has experienced all the ups (the awards and acclaim) and the downs (having to live for a time in the truck bed of his camper when he couldn't get work) that are a part of the actor's world.

In Up Till Now he tells us about his remarkable life, from training as a Shakespearan actor under Sir Tyrone Guthrie to his time on Broadway, his movie career, and, of course, his successful tv series.

He has worked with an extraordinary range of actors, among them Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, and Robert DeNiro. He also writes, with glee, about some of his less successful ventures, including Incubus, the only feature ever made entirely in Esperanto.

As funny, charming, and self-deprecating as the man himself, this book will delight his many fans of all ages.

©2008 William Shatner; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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"It is now Bill Shatner's universe - we just live in it." (New York Daily News)

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    Ron Sydney, Australia 11-19-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 11-19-09 Member Since 2008

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "Brilliantly done"

    Very good. He doesn't devote the book to Star Trek, which is something I was worried about. He gives each of his characters a good, in-depth, look in. He has some amazing behind-the-scenes stories with hilarious outcomes. He illuminates some of the more hyped up events of his life. The death of his wife, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed this. He delivered it the only way you would have expected him to. Very well written, brilliantly narrated. Definitely a must buy for anyone who ever saw him in anything. Well done, Shatman!

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  • Paul
    London, United Kingdom
    6/9/08
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    "An Enterprising actor"

    A superb listen; the narration is simply fantastic, one of the best narrated autobiographies I have listened to. This is William Shatner narrating not James T Kirk or Denny Crane. This is not just a book for Star Trek fans; you get a real sense of a jobbing actor who loves to act (he rarely turns work down), loves to earn money and loves life.

    I would happily have listened to far more than the 6 hours it lasted and for sheer enjoyment I would urge you to buy this.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    7/7/08
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    "Great Fun"

    I confess that I do not normally read showbiz autobiographies, never mind buy them, but I have recently become a fan of 'Boston Legal', in which William Shatner has a leading role, and having read Paul's favourable review above, I thought I would give this book a whirl.

    Well I was not disappointed - quite the opposite. It was laugh-out-loud funny at times, interesting, serious and quite sad in parts. To me, william Shatner has a warm sense of humour, doesn't take himself too seriously, is quite able to send himself up, and he doesn't claim to be perfect or right on every occasion - indeed, he comes across as a very likeable individual who has led an interesting and varied life. And his narration is quite superb: it makes the book for me.


    One other point to note: this is an abridged version. Now I am not normally a fan of abridged versions, but in this case I think it works well. Indeed, I think my interest might have been tested if the book had been much longer. The abridged length is just right.


    Overall, warmly recommended - this book is a lot of fun.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    3/8/10
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    "Very entertaining"

    I wouldn't normally be attracted to a celebrity's autobiography, but having heard William Shatner reading the first chapter of this book on Audible podcast number 7 I was impressed by his engaging and entertaining way with words and self-deprecating sense of humour. His portrayal of Captain Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprise in the first Star Trek series about 40 years ago is the only part of his life I knew about of prior to hearing his story. He's certainly had an eventful life full of ups and downs; elation and heartache; and a much more varied acting career than I had imagined, though, inevitably, there is much about Star Trek, which is a nostalgia trip for those of us who enjoyed the series when young.
    He's a good reader of his own words, though he varies the strength of his voice so much, sometimes just whispering, I had to adjust the volume control of my iPod up and down quite often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Southport, United Kingdom
    1/11/09
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    "Wonderful"

    I bought this before December and have already listened to it twice (usual thing in the car whilst commuting). It is extremely witty but does have its moments of sadness. Shatner is a brilliant story writer and teller. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    canary wharf, United Kingdom
    8/7/13
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    "Nice guy; bored me"

    You just have to be interested in William Shatner. I gave up after a few chapters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    hgfd, United Kingdom
    6/9/11
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    "**** My Captain Says"

    From the worst rendition of Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds to his Emmy winning performance in Boston Legal, you can forgive Mr Shatner’s inability to prioritise the best of his opportunities. That said, he approaches, without regret, each chapter of his life with the same vigor and determination as the last--which often results in the greatest of wacky anecdotes. His dry sense of humor adds to his charm and affability – just don’t be put off by the abundance of his product placements! All in all, a real tongue-in-cheek adventure where ‘no man has gone before’, and one that even Spock might crack a smile at – slightly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Goole, DN14 0UX, United Kingdom
    3/26/11
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    "Up Till Now...gets my vote"

    Sometimes you download a book thats a classic - this is one of those downloads.

    I'm a big trekkie fan, but was dubious downloading his life story as really as I was only interested in the series and hadn't followed the 'Shatman' in any of the other projects he worked on. Very little is about Star Trek, but I was gripped from opening Chapter to the last.

    What an amazing life, an amazing career, and so well read as you imagine him to do. Sometimes you can pick something special from audio books that you cannot get in written media. This is one of them - believe me. So good when you download one as read by the author himself.

    As others point out, the intro is captivating and funny, but the piece about him finding his wife in the pool is so moving and heart wrenching. tHe book is littered with funny anecdotes and advice and its a book I'd certainly listen to again.

    Up Till Now...gets my vote

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    maghera, londonderry, United Kingdom
    12/4/10
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    "very interesting book"

    I must admit I knew nothing about William Shatner (except he was in Star Trek - and I hated Star Trek...) before I bought this book, but I do love memoirs and am a bit nosey, so like to hoke and poke about in other people's lives - so just ordered this book on that basis, and, I'm glad I did. This book's opening chapter is second to none - listen to it and you'll know what I mean - laugh out loud, and it is a tale of ambition and success, but also with extreme lows - no-one has it all... Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    salisbury, wilts, United Kingdom
    6/20/09
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    "Up Till Now"

    Funny and clear real character

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bogdan
    East Molesey, United Kingdom
    3/25/09
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    "You don't need to like the guy to enjoy the book."

    What a narrator, William Shatner aka Kirk, T J Hooker, and most appropriatly Danny Krane. Reads magnificently he entertains all the way through and you really don't have to like the guy. I picked this up because it was the 'on hold' book when you rang through to audible, and its brilliant.
    You will not regret a single second you listen to this whatever your thoughts on the person or the character he plays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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