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Publisher's Summary

Boldly going where no audio has gone before, Star Trek Memories is William Shatner's own behind-the-scenes look at the legendary '60s television series that continues to spawn movies, books, and series spin-offs 26 years after the last episode aired. Avid Trekkers are sure to be delighted with this first-hand account from Captain Kirk himself.
©1993 William Shatner; (P)1993 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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"Glimpses of the 20th-century entertainment business that even non-Trekkies will find engaging." (New York Times Book Review)

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  • Barton
  • Hattiesburg, MS, USA
  • 05-11-06

good insider view

This was very entertaining, I only wonder what photos I missed from the printed book. I must give credit to Shatner, he included at the end what the cast disliked about him personally, which is not a small part of the story, and that was essential, I think.

A very entertaining read. Some bad language - be warned.

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Great

Very interesting to get Mr. Shatner's view of these events. Even if you are not a fan of his, you learn a lot about Star Trek and filmmaking in general. The only downfall is that it is abridged.

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Shatner; Reads. His Own. Book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. It's William Freakin' Shatner!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek Memories?

Listening to how one of the networks heard all of Gene Roddenberry's ideas about Star Trek. Passed on the idea. Then created Lost in Space from Gene's notes.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Well...it IS William Shatner.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not really a "movie" kind of book

Any additional comments?

If you're curious about Star Trek or are a major fan, this is an awesome book.

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  • Viiala
  • 11-05-12

Rushed performance, great details.

What made the experience of listening to Star Trek Memories the most enjoyable?

It is loaded with Trek trivia. Kreski really did a humongous amount of research for this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Bill of course.

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

Yes, I have. This, like his narration of "Star Trek Movie Memories", feels rushed, as if he just wants to get through the reading. His "Up Till Now" was a much more enjoyable listen, and a lot more humorous a book to boot.

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

Drawling & Drowning in Detail.

Any additional comments?

It's a great source of details about the production of the Original Series, but you have to take it with a hefty grain of salt, because some of the stuff contradicts what Shatner has said or written before/after. For instance, he claims in this book that the controversial interracial kiss in the series never happened, while he's said many times before that it did. He also says that the actors frequently got together for barbecues and stuff off-camera, which is most certainly false. However, if you can look past the occasional fluff and misinformation, there is a great deal of interesting trivia here.

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Great read--buy the book and skip Shatner's voice.

Would you listen to Star Trek Memories again? Why?

I would never listen to this again. Ever. You'd think that Shatner would breathe some emotion into these tales, since they're from his own life. You'd be wrong.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek Memories?

I honestly can't tell you one of the most memorable moments. The audiobook version has ruined the good memories I have of reading the print copy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Shatner sounded less enthused than my college students reading about 5th-century Gregorian chant. I honestly wish I'd never listened to him read it.

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

I wanted to be able to listen to it all in one sitting because of the stories but I couldn't do it because of Shatner's emotionless prattle.

Any additional comments?

I'm a Trekkie through and through--my Uhura dress remains in my closet even though I outgrew it years ago. My starship blueprints are at my dad's house but my encyclopedia, TNG Companion, and TNG trading cards are all safe in my home. But I encourage anyone even remotely interested in Trek to avoid this audiobook. Buy the print version, read it in your own voice (or your fave Shatner voice), and enjoy the photos. Don't waste a dime on this version.

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  • Daniel
  • North Potomac, MD, United States
  • 05-09-15

It's great to hear Shatner except...

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I really liked the book, and Shatner has alot of good insights. But Shatner reads the book like he is performing, and so parts are almost inaudible because he lowers his voice at times to make a point. So recommend it on substance, but turn it up LOUD.

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Great Listen

Would you listen to Star Trek Memories again? Why?

If you're a Star Trek fan, and even if you're not, this is a gripping listen. Shatner's read at times is a little fast (as though he's trying to get it all in within a certain time) but the fact that he's reading it, makes it worthwhile. Great stories and insight for the true fan, or anyone interested in '60s-era television.

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James T. Kirk in all his glory

Still remember the day we got our first color TV and one of the first programs we watched Star Trek in all it's colorful glory. William Shatner gives a good narration and keeps your interest. Funny, Sad, Interesting, Informative.......... it's well worth your listening time if your a Trekkie fan

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  • David
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 12-27-16

Beam me up!

Where does Star Trek Memories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Star Trek holds a special place in my heart so hearing Shatner reminisce about the origin of Roddenberry's vision, the sibling rivalry between Nimoy and Shatner, the creative highs and lows of the series make this audiobook a top 20 for me, which is not bad considering how many I have in my library.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kirk and Spock, inseparable.

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

I have always enjoyed his speech pattern.

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

Nope. However, I was intrigued throughout.

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Phenomenal Book

Where does Star Trek Memories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank it a 10 star ( amazing )

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek Memories?

Going back in time to the birth of Star Trek

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

I loved it !!!

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

Yes it was !

Any additional comments?

William Shatner was amazing , and the book absolutely an phenomenal read !

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  • jillian grant
  • 04-22-17

Interesting if you're a Treky no doubt.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If they were interested in the origins of the tv series and the wider world of Star Trek.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't've changed it.

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

Hearing him reading his own book makes it more real to him as he's speaking his memories.

Could you see Star Trek Memories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a treky but was curious as to how the whole legacy began. Although I doubt I'd listen to it again, I'm glad I heard it once.

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  • ANTHONY
  • 01-06-15

Wonderful insight into Star Trek law. Very

Berry good book. Interesting facts and stories from the concept of the TV series to the end of the third season.
Great for any Star Trek fan.
Recommended.

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