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Publisher's Summary

Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek, the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

From the program's birth in the changing world of the 1960s and death at the hands of the network, to its rebirth in the hearts and minds of loyal fans, the Star Trek story has blazed its own path into our recent cultural history, leading to a series of blockbuster feature films and three new versions of Star Trek for television.

The Star Trek story is one of boundless hope and crushing disappointment, wrenching rivalries and incredible achievements. It is also the story of how, after nearly 30 years, the cast of characters from a unique but poorly rated television show have come to be known to millions of Americans and people around the world as family.

For George Takei, the Star Trek adventure is intertwined with his personal odyssey through adversity in which four-year-old George and his family were forced by the United States government into internment camps during World War II.

Star Trek means much more to George Takei than an extraordinary career that has spanned 30 years. For an American whose ideals faced such a severe test, Star Trek represents a shining embodiment of the American Dream, the promise of an optimistic future in which people from all over the world contribute to a common destiny.

©1994 George Takei; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"This lively memoir reveals the author's upbeat but pragmatic nature." (Publishers Weekly)

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Easy Listen

This was certainly a good listen. The story was very well written and the narration by Takei was excellent. However I felt that the abridging process made the flow of the book less enjoyable and you get the feeling that there is so much left out from the full version. It keeps you wondering what you have missed. I generally make it a point not to buy abridged books but in this case I had no choice.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Too short

Really interesting, and not just for fans of Star Trek. Mr. Takei has a great voice, and a really good attitude. The only downfall is that it is abridged.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Howard
  • North Hollywood, CA, USA
  • 07-12-07

To the Stars by a Star

This book is so well written and well narrated. Mr. Takei has the knack to write as if he is talking with you. You feel every bit of emotion that he went through. I definitely recommend it to all.

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eye opening

Truly an interesting look at the living legend, a must listen for any fan! It is great to hear about the creation and growth of the legendary series.

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What makes George Takei George Takei

If you could sum up To The Stars in three words, what would they be?

inspirational educational hopeful

Who was your favorite character and why?

George Takei's father

Which scene was your favorite?

His mother smuggling a sewing machine

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

the father son talk when Georges dad supported him to follow his own path

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book. found out some very unsettling things on how unkind people can be to each other simply because of race. Discovered some true wisdom on parenting.

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very well done enjoyed it very much

very well read. and written I enjoyed it and listened to its entirety in one day

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I just wish it wasn't abridged.

George Takei does a masterful job narrating. But it would be a lot better if the audiobook wasn't abridged.

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George Takei is a god

I recognized so many of the George quotes used in several of the phoney phone calls used on the Howard Stern show. But to learn about George's fascinating life while listening to his buttery smooth voice narrate the whole thing was pure joy. A must-read from a fascinating man.

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Loved this book but why only abridged?

What made the experience of listening to To The Stars the most enjoyable?

Listening to Takei is always a pleasure. Listening to Takei talk about his life is fascinating. This is a well written and captivating memoir. My only complaint is that the audible version is a mere 3 hour abridged version. Mr. Takei, please publish an unabridged version!

Who was your favorite character and why?

George Takei as this is his memoir.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many of the scenes relating to Star Trek, especially with regards to William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

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

When his family was sent to their first detention camp/prison and then again when they were sent to an even worse detention camp/prison.

Any additional comments?

Great read. You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to appreciate Mr. Takei's family history as a Japanese-American during World War II. And he provides fascinating stories that relate how hard it is to be an actor. Most surprising is the political work he has accomplished. Well done!

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From the Stars to My Ears

The "performance" by George Takai was really good. Not wooden and hurried through like Shatner. The story of the internment camp was moving. Grady job George, and "Oh My" what a listen.

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  • Mr. S. C. Fadhley
  • 07-08-14

I want to like George Takei, but...

What's not to like about George: He made a name for himself at a time when Hollywood was racist and in a post-war era when Americans distrusted people of Japanese origin. This book how he quit college, became an actor and rose from being a supporting performer on Star Trek to one of it's main cast.

And then it stops, missing out on many of the more interesting aspects of George's later life: If you've followed him on social networks you might agree that George the campaigner is a much more interesting person than George the actor ever could be. Unfortunately you'll get none of that in this book.