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Up Till Now Audiobook

Up Till Now: The Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. The audio will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater, where Shatner was once called upon to replace Christopher Plummer as Henry V— in a role he had never rehearsed, with actors he had never met. It will describe his early TV work and movies, among them Roger Corman’s The Intruder, a movie about racism filmed in the south in 1961; Kingdom of the Spiders, in which he costarred with 30,000 tarantulas; and Incubus, the only film ever made in the language of Esperanto. It will include his private life, including the complete story of the drowning death of his third wife. It will include stories from three other series: T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911—which saved more than 240 lives—and Boston Legal, as well as his work on Third Rock from the Sun, for which he won his first Emmy for playing "the Big Giant Head".

And, of course, it will include the story of Star Trek: how it came about and how it affected him—and fans—concluding with the story of a taxi driver who told Shatner he'd been a prisoner in Vietnam and that pretending they were the Star Trek crew kept him and his fellow inmates sane. And yes, it will include his singing and commercials and quiz-show hosting and award-show hosting and the greatest practical joke ever played, Invasion, Iowa, not to mention the story about Shatner being invited into a cage with Koko the Gorilla—who wanted to take him back to her bedcage.

After almost 60 years, William Shatner has become one of our most beloved entertainers. And as evidenced by Comedy Central’s roast, The Shat Hits the Fan, Shatner gets the joke. For the first time, William Shatner shares with listeners the remarkable, full story of his life.

©2008 William Shatner and David Fisher (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    C. Pogue 05-25-16
    C. Pogue 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent accompaniment for a boring commute"

    So much fun listening to Bill Shatner during my daily work commute. Great story teller. Made me feel like I was right there I the moment with him. Enjoyed his self deprecating humor with a touch of arrogance...classic! Highly recommend!

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    Liza 04-28-16
    Liza 04-28-16
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    "Volume was annoying!"

    I loved the stories and the book. But, trying to listen to Bill read this was painful! One minute it was to loud, the next you couldn't hear anything! I know that's the way he speaks but it's terrible for an audio book!

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    "Shatner is great and so humble! Lol."

    I am glad that Shatner told the story himself, if you are a fan you will enjoy it!

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    Bryan Hunt 03-07-16
    Bryan Hunt 03-07-16
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    "hard to hear"

    interesting material. hard to hear when he gets dramatic and whispers for effect. overall pretty good

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    Billy 02-29-16
    Billy 02-29-16 Member Since 2010
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    "An amazing tale!"

    Absolutely loved it. Shatner really is much more than just James Tiberius Kirk... oh but the experience of Kirk sure made this worth reading.

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    Leslie 10-01-12
    Leslie 10-01-12
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    "I cant recommed this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narrator mumble so bad that that i missed half of the story ,


    If you’ve listened to books by William Shatner and David Fisher before, how does this one compare?

    I have over 300 books and have many of shatner work this is not his best by far


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Shatner?

    William does well in other books and this is his life store but SPEAK UP


    Could you see Up Till Now being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I dont think it would make it as a move


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    James 07-18-17
    James 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall Great"

    Only criticism I have is that at times it was hard to hear Mr. Shatter when he spoke low and deep. However I really enjoyed hearing him tell his story.

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    Alex Paul 07-06-17
    Alex Paul 07-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Shatnerian delivery, comedic timing, earnestness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

    See, answer to sub-question 3.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up Till Now?

    I really wanted information on the Boston Legal era, so that sticks out in my mind; however, I also found the chapter of his wife's alcoholism and tragic death, the Star Trek chapters, and the Ben Folds section very memorable. If I have to pick one moment, maybe it would be when Shatner called in to a radio show discussing whether he was an a**hole. The on-air argument that an a**hole wouldn't call in and defend himself was hilarious, and the final punchline of that paragraph was laugh-out-loud funny.


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

    I've watched enough Boston Legal to do a halfway-decent Shatner impression, so my mind probably could have approximated Shatner's delivery had I read the print book. Even so, nothing compares to the original. The"Shatnerian" delivery, the excellent comedic timing, and the is-he-joking-or-isn't-he? earnestness really adds something to the experience (and I speak from a position of authority in preferring the audiobook to the print book; I started reading this book years ago in print and put it down; listening the audiobook was more enjoyable).


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

    Who cares? That's not what my tag line would be--I'm just choosing not to think of an answer to this question.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and was actually sad to have it come to an end. I was craving something else like this (i.e., something that would combine good storytelling, a splash of earnest world view, laugh-out-loud hilarity, insight into a foreign world, and just a little emotion ) and, strangely enough, Al Franken's autobiography was the only thing I could think of that might satisfy this post-Shatner-book craving (and, having now read it, it lived up to expectations... can't for the life of me think of another nother followup so guess I'll go back to reading serious books.

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    Jay-T 05-23-17
    Jay-T 05-23-17
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    "Loved it!"

    I am a huge fan of William Shatner and listening to this was an absolute pleasure. He is an outstanding narrator and his story is so amazing. I loved every last word of this audiobook. He was not shy about sharing even his darkest times and I celebrated with him in his greatest achievements. Thank you for sharing this book, William Shatner.

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    Whispers Mom 05-08-17
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    "You gotta love him."

    It was interesting and funny and self-deprecating. Which I totally didn't expect from William Shatner. If you're a Trekkie you've got to read it

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