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Publisher's Summary

You love William Shatner.

You admire his many and varied talents.

You appreciate his creativity and willingness to take risks.

You want to learn his master negotiation techniques.

You wish you could hang out with him.

Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner.

And now… you can (almost).

This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played.

Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

Because let’s face it... Shatner does rule, doesn’t he?

©2011 William Shatner (P)2011 Penguin

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A 12th power Shatner experience

Just great listening to Shatner talk about... Shatner! Trek, comedy roast, Hooker, family, and everything before after and in between.

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  • Cindy
  • Olympia, Wa
  • 08-01-14

Entertaining!

Shatner continues to entertain. He is a fireball at 80, with a great sense of humor. It is an enjoyable journey with Bill.

Shatner rules!

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  • Michelle
  • South Bend, IN, United States
  • 07-05-14

Surprisingly fun and enjoyable!

What did you love best about Shatner Rules?

I have followed Shatner's work since I became a Star Trek fan...but he's hasn't been my favorite. In recent years, however, he has become more and more entertaining and charming.

This audiobook was a delight! Shatner tells a great, interesting and entertaining story with all his unique charm and style.

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting story of his past to present adventures. It was fun to listen to and had recommended it to friends and family.

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

Shatner's distinct voice, style and charisma

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  • CAROL
  • Bedford, NH, United States
  • 06-03-14

loved it!

Would you listen to Shatner Rules again? Why?

Loved the book would read again to enjoy it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shatner Rules?

The openning story about his Mom saying it was her birthday every time they ate out so she could get free cake.

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Love me some Shatner!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Why not listen to the man himself explain how the world works in his mind? I simply love to listen to his thoughts. He makes me laugh with his train of thoughts. If you need to have a
to hear a second opinion to things, listen to Shatnerverse! You will end up liking your world better...LOL

What did you like best about this story?

I like that Shatner himself is narrating his own book. I like his voice!

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

When we read books, we tend to insert tones and feeling to it. However, When the original writer reads it to you, you will "hear" what he really meant because it is "his tones and feeling" in the story. So listening to Shatner reading his own story helped me to understand what he really meant to say.

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  • Ryan
  • United States
  • 01-02-14

Great Laughs, Great stories, Worth every penny

Love him or Hate him, this collection of thoughts and short-stories are both funny and interesting.
-->Hitchhiking in the 1940's as a teenager, you can't make this stuff up.
-->Overly exuberant fans, outrageous fun

& Other thoughts, philosophies, and superstitions.
Great Read

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The Shat-Man is The Real Deal

Would you consider the audio edition of Shatner Rules to be better than the print version?

No doubt about it. This audio book is all the better due to Shatner actually telling the stories of his life himself.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the reflections of his time on Star Trek. He was surprised to find out decades after making the episodes of Star Trek that most of the actors on the set had real problems with him. Seems he was the last to know about it!

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

Very engaging and entertaining. He goes from whispering to shouting to ringing a desk bell to convey his "rules".

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

It's one of those books that passes time so easily that your half way through it before you kmow it.

Any additional comments?

Shatner has had such incredible longevity in the entertainment business (six or seven decades?) that its almost unbelievable...and he's still at it! This audiobook is another example of the Shat-Mans unending ability to engage and entertain the masses to the benefit of us all.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 09-22-13

Insightful, Funny, and Conscious

Where does Shatner Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Tops! He's absolutely delightful, with an undercurrent throughout of compassion for humanity and a keen and understanding eye for quirky behavior.

What other book might you compare Shatner Rules to and why?

It's a pretty unique auto-biography.

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

He's . . . always . . . able . . . to . . . keep . . . you . . . eager . . . for the . . . next . . . word.

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

There were some laugh out loud moments. And some parts really make you think about how people are, and how we treat each other.

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  • Dotty
  • Suwanee, GA, USA
  • 09-19-13

Funny and Insightful Autobiography

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was insightful and hilarious!! I hadn't realized that Shatner was a comedian and a damned good one at that! Bill explains his life with his great rules to live by without being pedantic. (There IS a difference between Shatner and Bill which is explained.) The book was informative, philosophical and Funny. I can't remember laughing so much while reading a book. Don't read this if you are expecting Captain Kirk to be present. He isn't but Shatner, Bill and the Negotiator Are!

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I am a William Shatner fan...

Would you listen to Shatner Rules again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again. I enjoy Shatners humor and story telling.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This wasn't the best of his books, but it was enjoyable. The format about his "Rules" wasn't that effective, but a cute try.

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

As self effacing a William Shatner's humor and storytelling is, i was glad to hear the personal conflicts handled delicately.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed Boston Legal you should listen to Shatner narrate his own books. He's a treat.