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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Rob on 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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Park Totilo on 04-02-12

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.

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By Mr. K. Leigh on 07-08-18

Like being next to William Shatner having a chat about his life and philosophy.

I love listening to people narrate their own autobiography. It’s like a personal audience with the star. William Shatner is a great narrator: he has warmth, emotion, incite and both humour and seriousness. This isn’t quite a warts and all narrative. More like a lot of warts and most of everything else. I guess with a professional history as long as his (and still going) there is too much to say and perhaps it might be less enjoyable if the book was simply an account of first I did this then I did that then I did something else and so forth.

Instead Mr Shatner reveals lots of interesting, funny and also sad highs and lows in his life, both personal and professional. If you enjoyed his earlier autobiography you will enjoy this too as it fills in later parts of his life. He describes himself as fortunate. When you listen to his early life and his way of life you realise that like many successful people you make your own luck usually by hard work and perseverance. Mr Shatner certainly has a good work ethic and is prepared to do anything for work while his willingness to poke fun at himself makes him very human and tangible to the ordinary reader.

If you liked Captain Kirk or T J Hooker or Denny Crane, then you will love hearing about the man behind the characters who imbued those characters with some of himself to make it so good. Enjoy! It’s a great read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mr on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By GoosFraaba on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 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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