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Leonard Audiobook

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

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Publisher's Summary

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series called Star Trek, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated.

In 79 television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

Read aloud by William Shatner, this audiobook is a deeply felt tribute to friendship.

©2016 William Shatner (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    W. Beckett Kent, England 16/04/2016
    W. Beckett Kent, England 16/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A genuine affection."
    What did you like most about Leonard?

    William Shatner is actually quite an accomplished straight to the heart writer. And in writing and reciting the emotional bonds between himself and Leonard Nimoy, this isn't some cynical cash in upon their friendship. This is indeed a loving testament and epitaph to the 50 year association that they were luckily enough to share and enjoy right from their first teaming up upon Star Trek. It's therefore a great pity that some fellow cast members of Star Trek could never quite see what Leonard Nimoy undoubtedly did from the start. That acting ego's are often born out of insecurities. And that William Shatner's saving grace away from the fragile spotlight was always going to be his self mocking sense of humour and an admission and an open willingness to see the other side of the story if for some reason he had become blind sided to it. So all I can say is this: Even if you're not a Star Trek fan, than just revel in this very human experience of a life affirming man sharing his virtually life long friendship to another man his life now utterly misses.


    What other book might you compare Leonard to, and why?

    Star Trek Memories. Obvious reasons


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

    Yes - Always draws you in.


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

    Just the gaps that our left in your own life, when a good part of your life leaves.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen that's good in quantifying any expression of a deep friendship. And how good friendships should be cherished and not allowed to become passing ships in the night.

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    MR 04/03/2016
    MR 04/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "LLAP"

    An emotional, thoughtful tribute by Bill Shatner to the wonderful Leonard Nimoy. It reminds me how painful it is to lose your heroes but how glad you are you had them. LLAP

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    Alasdair 03/03/2016
    Alasdair 03/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing reflection of ones own life"

    it also gave me pause to review my own life and reflect on my elders and siblings relationships

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    Richard 29/08/2016
    Richard 29/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An Interesting Viewpoint"

    A look into the life of an outstanding actor, brilliantly done and told by shatner

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    Egon England 12/08/2016
    Egon England 12/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a lovely insight...."

    Bill Shatner gives an insight to the life of Leonard "Spock" nimoy and share his life,loves and loathes of their friendship.
    well read, albeit a bit short, but easy to listen to.
    love star trek? this'll be a nice audio book for you.

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    Ian 21/07/2016
    Ian 21/07/2016
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    "Fascinating"

    Excellent first audio book. Shatters velvet delivery is great. The way the history is put together is good and keeps your interest
    Will be looking out for more of his work.

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    lorna silcock 29/04/2016
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    "great listen"

    bill takes you on a great journey about friendship and life. in depth story .
    some of the stories are in bills other audio books and told slightly diffrent but its good to here in a diffrent way. definetly worth my credit for the month .

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    David Llandudno, United Kingdom 01/04/2016
    David Llandudno, United Kingdom 01/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "The Shatman does it again!"

    Heart rending thoughts on the death of a very special friend. Thank you for sharing them.

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    Yankel 31/03/2016
    Yankel 31/03/2016
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    ""I have been and always shall be your friend""

    That quote from the 2nd Star Trek film sums up the 50 year relationship between Shatner and Nimoy. This book affectionately brings two lives together, in honest revelation and memory.

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    Micke Blomqvist 31/03/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating!"

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.
    I was curious about Leonard Nimoy's life, but hadn't really realised about any friendship or tensions between Shatner and Nimoy. There seem to be some scathing comments about Shatner from former Star Trek colleagues, but he comes across as sincere and earnest in his respect for his long standing friend and colleague 'Spock'. I grew to like both Nimoy and Shatner, especially Shatner's very relaxed, ambling style of narration.
    If you're even vaguely interested in these people, you should listen to it.

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