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This program is read by William Shatner.

Star Trek legend and veteran author William Shatner discusses the meaning of life, finding value in work, and living well whatever your age in this fascinating audiobook. 

"I have always felt", William Shatner says early in his newest memoir, that "like the great comedian George Burns, who lived to 100, I couldn’t die as long as I was booked." And Shatner is always booked.   

Still, a brief health scare in 2016 forced him to take stock. After mulling over the lessons he's learned, the places he's been, and all the miracles and strange occurrences he's witnessed over the course of an enduring career in Hollywood and on the stage, he arrived at one simple rule for living a long and good life: don't die.  

It's the only one-size-fits-all advice, Shatner argues in Live Long and..: What I Learned Along the Way, because everyone has a unique life - but, to help us all out, he's more than willing to share stories from his unique life. With a combination of pithy humor and thoughtful vulnerability, Shatner lays out his journey from childhood to peak stardom and all the bumps in the road. (Sometimes the literal road, as in the case of his 2,400-mile motorcycle trip across the country with a bike that didn't function.)  

William Shatner is one of our most beloved entertainers, and he intends never to stop entertaining. His funny, provocative, and poignant reflections form an unforgettable audiobook about a remarkable man.

©2018 William Shatner (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Both touching and inspiring.

I found myself so drawn into this candid and positive narration, that I finished it in a couple of days. Mr Shatner emotes warmth and humanity in conveying the pragmatic and flexible attitude which has obviously served him well. Who would have thought Captain Kirk would have evolved into so worthy an Elder? It brought a tear to my eye and left me feeling committed to seizing the day!

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I could listen to him all day, so I did!

William Shatner’s book is a great listen. He is warm, open, honest and very down to earth in his book. His charming humour and out look is uplifting. Even though he is a huge Hollywood name, he is so relatable on a personal level. Much of this book made me smile but also made me think, yes we do do that and feel that, why is that so? He also made me want to live my everyday to the fullest and have a new zest for life. That I did not expect from reading this...
Once I started listening to this book I couldn’t stop. I popped in my headphones and continued to listen to it throughout the day. He was great company. This is a book I shall listen to again from time to time for sure.

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loved it

his philosophy is deep some stories rehashed from his bio up onto now last chapter brought tears .loved it

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A rushed recording

A number of flubbed lines and misreads. Did Shatner have somewhere else he needed to be?

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Thank you Bill Shatner

I don’t normally review books. I read or listen then move on to the next one. And I’m not going to review this one.
Instead I’m going to say thank you Bill Shatner for sharing your story and enriching my life for hours.
I’m looking forward to your next book in 10 years time.

Your role as Captain Kirk excited me as a young 6 year old child in the 70’s and your life story makes me smile as I approach half a century and your honesty is refreshing.

To the next 10 years.

Chris.

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A must read

Funny, sad, poignant, intriguing. The king of television and the greatest starship captain ever weighs in on the big questions about life and death. From love, health, wealth and a whole host of subjects, William Shatner tells it like it is, with his customary verve. Not a biography nor a self-help book, but something in between. This will entertain, amuse, move and inspire you!

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I`m a fsn but...

I`m fan of WS but this book contains too much homespun philosophy and too few anecdotes.

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life is life

I enjoy it so much it help me to relax in life and understand it.

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To boldly go where no Octogenarian has gone .....

I’d like to start by saying I’ve always been a Shatner fan - I loved his Star Trek memories books which I read but never got the audio book - now I’m on my third - I think - audio book by bill shatner and I found it insightful, actually full of good advice and a joy to listen to - I now wish I’d bought the Star Trek memories and movie memories audio books - currently unavailable - get your finger out audible 5 star Bill !!!!

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buy this book

all good very thought provoking easy to listen to and will listen again
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  • Isaac
  • 12-10-18

Revealing, yet Repetetive

It was good to hear William Shatner tell his own story. He’s had a very full, privileged life. His story is long, and a bit repetitive, especially about his love for animals.
Sometimes he comes across as self indulgent, sometimes...especially at the end....humble and self deprecating.
I had listened to Nimoy’s biography, was interested in hearing Shatner’s side of things. I still don’t know why they had a falling out, and neither does Shatner.
Generally a good listen. Mr Shatner’s “pause acting” phrasing is amplified here, mainly due to an old man trying to catch his breath while speaking. I hope I have as much to say and people who want to hear, if I ever get to be 87. ZIE GA ZINK, ZEIDIE SHATNER.

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  • Jeffrey D Gawrys
  • 06-02-19

Better with Age, The insights of a Courageous Human Being...

I find comfort in listening to William Shatner as he shares how his perspective on life and how he has personally changed over the years, and how this is his journey, acknowledging his perspective is not necessarily ours. The fact he pushes himself to continue to progress simply by not being afraid of “saying yes,” and accepting the unknown... understanding life is what we make of it is very telling about the person, the spirit that resides within him.

I’m love the fact I am able to relate quite closely to his emotional experiences he has embraced throughout his life. Being able to look back upon his life and see that he has changed, his principles have morphed based on experiences is something we all need to embrace. Being able to except pain, emotional loss, is essential in our lifelong progression.

I suppose being able to tap into his experiences help me to better understand myself. The fact that he is able to open up and share the personal experiences that so many of us bury, or push away is a comfort to me. Knowing I am not alone in my struggles is a comfort.

Seldom do I find a connection with an author, a personality who actually is able to portray the progression he has had to fight through, the sacrifices he has made and then able to pull them together, understand them and improve because of them. I’ve come to learn over time that life is not perfect, we all have our individual crosses to bear. We all need to learn to except loss, and MoveOn. Hopefully, we will learn to except the harsh realities of life and put them in a perspective that with every experience comes growth.

I’ve read over the years every personal book William Shatner has written, and I find a kinship in understanding we are all on the same journey. I wish I could sit down and thank him personally for his insight, and his ability to share his innermost feelings and emotions of his life.

Of course, I’ve always been a fan of William Shatner, but being a fan pales in comparison to finding a kinship, and a connection to the actual individual.

I believe that by listening to other people‘s experiences, those who have been successful, those who are looked at as being in a success in their career, in their life shows us, demonstrates to us that they are really no different than the rest of us. They have achieved something that perhaps we have not, but they struggle through life the same way as the rest of us. This is a comfort to me, and hopefully you will find comfort in being able to understand what drives the man.

His philosophy is simple, “say yes and don’t be afraid to take on projects or jobs that may be scary, or uncomfortable.” Each and every time we put ourselves in the spotlight, we open ourselves up to praise, or ridicule. Being able to recognize that failure, is a progression. Failure is the quintessential teacher... being able to accept the lesson is a choice.

I can’t explain how much I appreciate when people are able to open up and share and let us know that even though they may be financially independent, and have achieved a great deal of success in their life, they are really no different than the rest of us.

I highly recommend this book to those of us who are still searching for an answer to life, and who may have given up trying to understand why we have to go through the things we do. I believe that this book may give a small perspective as to why it is important that we except what life throws at us and then try to improve upon it.

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  • Mark T Christy
  • 27-09-18

Best advice ever!!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook of your recent book, live long and…. Whether you’re a huge Captain Kirk fan, or not… You should all read this book.

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  • Timothy Fobbs
  • 27-09-19

excellent book in every way.

Bill Shatner is a great story reader, and this really makes the book so much more enjoyable.

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  • Outdoorsman
  • 07-08-19

excellent performance

been a fan since 1970, he indeed has harness the wisdom of experience. since this is his own autobiography I'll refrain from any critique because it is what he feels and believes. my opinion does not matter or is asked for. thank you mr. Shatner for the many years of entertainment. and for letting us into your thoughts to get a glimpse of a wonderful man.

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  • Theodore John
  • 09-04-19

Gotta love Bill Shatner

You will not be listening to Captain Kirk tell his story. No. You are going to hear William Shatner tell you what he has learned from his, now 87 years on this planet and the imaginary ones off world.

Very insightful and if you have any sense of self, this book will get you thinking about your own life and how you live.

Say what you will about Mr. Shatner and his life, his thoughts, his actions and his work. He does produce and he delivers every time.

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  • Raja'
  • 13-07-21

something to think about

I was interested in the autobiography after watching star trek series and movies recently. I am familiar with star trek TNG. The original series was something new. I am intrigued with a story of 90 year old person. This is not something that you come across every time and I always thought that celebrities were on a different level of life. I think this is quite human and inspiring. It is thought provoking and I like it.

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  • Coops
  • 16-06-21

Great listen!

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It was recommended by a friend, and I don’t hardly ever read autobiographies of actors, and I didn’t really know much about William Shatner other than his Captain Kirk portrayal in Star Trek. William Shatner openly and honestly shared his life and opinions, and was quick to point out that he wasn’t advising people on how to live their lives. It felt like a fireside conversation, and I feel better about myself for having listened to William read his own book.

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  • Alan
  • 03-06-21

Very Well Written and Narrated

This is an all-around good book. I laughed, I cried, I smiled. It's also a good length at just over 5 hours: it makes its point and doesn't overstay its welcome. Recommended.

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  • Chera Sabankaya
  • 28-04-21

Another wonderful trip from Bill!

A fantastically authentic life story read warmly, sincerely, and very humorously by the author. Was shocked to hear he sacrificed his own comfort, pressing onward with his Broadway performance after contracting food poisoning the night before to the extent he “crapped his pants” on stage in order not to disappoint his audience. Now that is dedication! 😳💩👖

You won’t be disappointed, only that the book ends too soon. 😉