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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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  • Rob
  • Southaven, MS
  • 02-11-12

Outstanding narration

Bill Shatner should narrate more books. He is very entertaining, keeps the listening very interesting, and is able to poke fun at himself. The years must have put some humility into him. I think history will treat Bill better than the present. A must read if you have ever been entertained by watching anything he has had a part in.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What a Delight!

Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

I loved hearing William share his own stories. It was enjoyable from beginning to end. He is a treasure - I love his spirit! So personable - so human. You will feel like you really know him when you're finished.

What other book might you compare Up Till Now to and why?

I have yet to hear another autobiography I liked more.

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

Hearing his voice, his humor and every inflection. No one could tell his story better than him.

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

His wife's tragic drowning in the pool. So sad and moving. I felt his pain. I could envision every detail he described. I appreciated his honesty. What a humble man.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 08-30-11

Definately worth a listen ...

Really entertaining read. Enjoyed every minute. My ONLY negative criticism would be that Shatner's extremely well known speech cadence sometimes gets in the way of actually HEARING the story. On headphones it's fine ... in the car, it's necessary to mess with the volume knob all the time. Other than that ... I loved it and am still amazed at the life he's led.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr.
  • Panama City, FL, United States
  • 11-18-11

Hang on for a great listen

Bill Shatner is going full speed the entire book and it is one hilarious and entertaining story after another. I can't imagine this book being half as good if you had to just read it. The stories by themselves are funny and entertaining but listening to Shatner act the dialogue makes you feel as if he is telling the stories to you personally and you are experiencing much of his life as he has lived it. A really fun book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JackMargo
  • St Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 11-08-12

Wanna Meet the Real Captain Kirk?

Shatner does a fine job of telling his own story and introducing the real Captain Kirk to the listener. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the comments and have decided that I like Shatner better than I liked Kirk.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Honest, Humble and Fabulous Fun

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William Shatner is amazingly open and forthcoming in this book. His self-deprecating humor is engaging. His honest and humble story-telling reminds us that we all have different perspectives and that doesn't make us wrong, it just makes us unique.And his story-telling is engaging. His voice draws you in to his world and makes you an empathetic friend. I felt like I was just hanging out with my new friend at Starbucks.

Which scene was your favorite?

The alien in the desert.

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

My Life on Earth

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  • Patricia
  • Canoga park, California, United States
  • 08-06-11

I loved this book.

Not only is it an autobiography, but it's read by Bill himself ! You get to hear Bill tell you about his long career and his ups and downs along the way. His humor blends the whole thing together in a very unexpected and brilliant way. I found myself cheering for him in his retelling of winning the Emmy, and tearing up when he spoke of his late wife .I loved this book from the first chapter to the funny last sentence!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Funny but uneven

Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

Never read the book, though due to the audio issues it may have been a bettter choice.

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

I thought the book was very funny in parts and that no one else except William Shatner could have read it. My only criticism (though it is a big one) was the extreme volume fluctuations. While knowing that some of it is due to Shatner's delivery from "normal volume" speaking down to below a whisper, it was very difficult to listen to without having to constantly turn the volume up and down. Just when you thought you had reached a balance, it would go really loud or almost silent again. The content of the book was good and as this was my first book from William Shatner I was pleased with all the meandering and side stories, etc that he would inject, I just wish it could have been a better audio experience.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Again the audio production made it very difficult to enjoy as much as it could have been.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Story Teller!!!

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

He kept me interested in the book from the very beginning of the book! He know how to tell a good story! He has also an entertaining voice to keep you interested in the book. Worth

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

His story telling skills

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

Take every opportunity that comes to you

Any additional comments?

Worth listening to!

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  • Mika
  • Viiala
  • 11-05-12

An excellent autobiography.

What made the experience of listening to Up Till Now the most enjoyable?

Shatner's performance is really remarkably enjoyable. Unlike many of his other narrations, this one holds my interest again and again with its liveliness alone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bill of course!

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

Yes, I have, and this one is the best of the lot, by far.

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

Laugh, a LOT.

Any additional comments?

I listened to the abridged version before buying this one. I bought this unabridged version because I was hoping there would be more of the same excellent material, and I was not disappointed. However, if you already have the abridged copy, you're not missing out on enough to warrant the cost of purchasing this unabridged version. I can't think of anything specific that was left out of the abridged edition. Really, this edition is primarily for those who can't get enough of Bill Shatner...like myself! :)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • mr
  • 12-16-17

great job dennie,

didn't know the highs and lows, its well produced with a great sense of humour

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  • Mr. Grahamdalton
  • 10-10-17

Good book

Very interesting story about William Shannon worth listening to and story worth listening to great story

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  • Deborah Birdno
  • 07-10-17

my thoughts

loved it, but it points when a low voice had difficulty hearing especially in car

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  • Ben
  • 06-23-17

True classic Shatner

good read. revealing and insightful.
please read on. highly recommended. the story of a great actors life and good to get the t tg ue story about the whole star trek era. and much more

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  • Sue Bayliss
  • 04-27-17

Very entertaining and honest

I love biographies and am a fan of William Shatner so this was a great fit. It's read by the author. I found it to be very entertaining and fun. I enjoyed listening to it and thought the author was very honest. He has had an amazing career and I enjoyed listening to the story about it.

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  • Racheal
  • 10-20-16

Loved this book

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

Yes, Interesting, Funny and a little sad

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

The death of his beloved wife

Which scene did you most enjoy?

William Shatner talking about Danny Crane

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

It was lovely to have a book make me laugh out loud

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  • Wendy Salmon
  • 07-20-16

A must Read

I have been a a life long fan of William Shatner so this was a must read for me . Full of an actors experiences of life . Failure, triumph , dispare, sadness and happines .
Particularly liked the humour and having it read to me by the man himself . Awesome man.

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  • Gordon M.
  • 04-06-16

Genuine and enjoyable thanks Bill

I had already listened to Leonard before this and although some stories do repeat in this volume I enjoyed them second time round too
Mr Shatner comes across as a genuine and sometimes frustrating human being but that said no one can match his work ethic even now still offering us Boston Legal to name one and I would recommend this title to anyone wanting to delve deeper into the "Shatman" and leave behind the whole Star Trek ethos and just enjoy the ride that is Bill .

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  • Mrodgers69
  • 01-20-16

I love William Shatner.

Great book. I love hearing Bill tell me his story. I hope he lives forever.

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  • James
  • 02-06-15

Charm wins out

There are more interesting and better written autobiographies but this is not a bad example and the charm, ego and self awareness of Shatner made it an entertaining listen from beginning to end for me.

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  • GoosFraaba
  • 04-05-17

masterful

loved every moment. this will go into my yearly listen list. might have to sneak it up the list. thanks for everything Bill.

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  • Nicholas
  • 09-14-16

Brilliant!

Love William Shatner and I wanted to hear his story and to get more of an idea of who he was a person. Beautiful and Inspiring. Now I feel like I don't just know Shatner as the actor but a little bit of a person to. 5 stars.

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  • Debbie
  • 02-11-15

Awesome

Awesome book written and read by William Shatner, loved every word! Thanks for sharing all your highs and lows! Enjoy!