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
"A life worth listening"
Most of us will probably know William Shatner as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, and as such think of him as a reasonably limited TV star lucky enough to land an iconic role. This biography comes as a surprise then as it details the journey of a dedicated young actor learning his craft and emerging as a respected theatre performer. The story covers his various TV roles, the significant moments in a fascinating life, and how he related to those around him in all of these situations.
It also shows a man with a brilliant sense of humour who knows how to tell a story. There are even moments of tragedy that he shares with honesty and genuine sorrow.
This is a wonderful biography made all the better by the author reading it himself. Highly recommended.
"Laugh out loud Funny!"
William Shatner is everything and more you expect him to be. He is a parody of himself and plays to fans expectations in every way. He is a great story teller as his autobiography plays like a good novel. He tells stories about events in his life, both funny and sad. He pulls at our heart string one moment then tickles your ribs the next. When I finished his book, I instantly went online to see if he had narrated or written any more books. Turns out his has so may check them out!
"More Then Captain Kirk"
As I listened through the book I learn a great deal about William Shatner and I will say that I enjoyed not only the book but the sound of Shatner's voice as he takes you through his life, the life of a working actor with many great stories some quite funny, others quite sad.
"Enjoyable Tongue in Cheek Journey"
Great fun, Bill Shatner doesn't take himself too seriously and is willing to poke fun at some of his famous career bloopers. The previous reviewer obviously missed the humour in Shatners constant plugs for his websites and endorsements unashamedly selling out for the corporate shilling.
Good enjoyable light hearted listen with some fun anecdotes and well read by the Captain himself.
"Sell! Sell! Sell!"
William Shatner promotes his websites so many times during this book that it got annoying, however I did enjoy it as he doesn't dwell too long on his home life as a kid and most of the book is about his career and when he does talk about his personal life at times it is quite moving.
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