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Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

Having played the pivotal role of Mr. Spock in the original series, in six motion pictures, and in a special two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as having directed two of the movies, Nimoy is well suited to tell the true story behind what was seen by the public. He provides an intelligent and insightful book about the creative process and the actor's craft - and gives his own unique insider's view of the creation of both the character, Mr. Spock, and the Star Trek phenomenon.

©1996 Leonard Nimoy (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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THE VOYAGE HOME

I am not one to go gaga over an actor or an athlete. I have to admit that I kind of go dreamy eyed over Star Trek. Alright, I will admit I am a Trekkie. In Fantasy Football my team is The Klingons. The five year mission that ended at three years is an intriguing story. There were lots of rumors that surrounded the ending of the series and it is nice to get NImoy's version of it. The book is funny and entertaining. I had no idea of all the things that happen behind the scenes of a TV series and the making of movies. Some things were enlightening. Most of the book got me excited about reading Shatner and Roddenberry's bio.

If you are a Trekkie, this is a must read. Inspiring actors might be interested, as their is much here on agents, directing and what it takes to get a job and keep it.

It was great to hear Nimoy's voice again.

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I am Spock is a brilliant and engaging look at Leonard Nimoys film career. This book gives the reader a behind the scenes look into the original Star Trek series and how it developed. Written with humor and reflective musings, Nimoy delivers a great story of how he and the character he plays, Spock, became one. Read by the author himself, the intermittent dialogue sessions between Spock and Nimoy are hilarious and thought provoking. A must read for any serious Trekkie fan.

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Excellent.

Where does I Am Spock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's my favourite of all time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Spock?

Truthfully, most of the book is memorable. Obviously as a Star Trek fan, all the dealings and goings-on behind the production of the original series were particularly interesting.

Which character – as performed by Leonard Nimoy – was your favorite?

Spock?

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

I wouldn't say I have extreme reactions to books in the first place, no. But I have listened to this book literally tens of times. There's a lot more to Nimoy than Spock and Star Trek.

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The focus of this book is Nimoy's experience developing and portraying his famous Spock character. He recites some childhood experiences, but doesn't go into so much detail that it might become dull and long-winded (George Takei, take heed). The focus is on Star Trek and his creative efforts in general. The writing is good, and Nimoy's performance is really enjoyable to me. I like his voice, and I like the way he sounds like he's telling stories and not just reading a script.

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A wonderful reflection by one of sci-fi TV's greats

"I Am Spock" is a beautiful recollection of Leonard Nimoy's time with Star Trek, with brief commentary on his other directorial work. It's truly fascinating (pun entirely intended) to hear his perspective of the history of the franchise. I only wish there was an unabridged version of this book. Only Nimoy's iconic voice can do his words justice.

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Very Interesting to Meet Mr Spock & Mr Nimoy

I enjoyed this look into Leonard Nimoy's life and how Mr. Spock affected him--and still does.

I don't think that I can ever watch Star Trek episodes without hearing Nimoy's voice about what was actually happening at the time.

Most of the autobiographies written by actors are boring but this one wasn't. I truly enjoyed listening and recommend it to others. Especially Mr. Spock fans.

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Wonderful. Better than I ever expected....

I am not a memoires type of reader, however, this caught my attention right at the beginning and held it all the way through. At times almost too "playful" at first, the style quickly grew on me. I am looking forward to reading "I Am Not Spock" now that I have finished this.

He really manages to bring 2 characters (Himself and Spock) too life....

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In honor of Spock & Nimoy, lend them an ear.

Was a fun listen, always comforting to hear Nimoys voice and his almost delusional rants with Spock.
focuses mainly on his Star Trek feelings and work and little of his general biography. Good for ST fans and Nimoy/Spock admirers.

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Very good - but not outstanding.

I enjoyed this audiobook - but not quite as much as I expected to. I appreciated some of the explanations surrounding the creation of the best episodes and movies based on the original Star Trek series, especially when Nimoy's involvement was particularly heart-felt. I was less enamored of the numerous times Nimoy defended his role (or lack thereof) in the difficulties that occurred on and off the set. (I suspect the other parties involved would have different perspectives on what happened...) And I would have liked more information about Nimoy himself - his life, his family, etc. (Though, in fairness, that may not have been the intent of this book.)

I enjoy Leonard Nimoy's voice and found his reading of the text to flow so smoothly as to feel as though he were sitting in a comfortable armchair explaining his take on the Star Trek phenomenon, and not reading a script at all. (There is one exception near the beginning, when several sentences are all but repeated for no apparent reason - perhaps an editing error?) All in all, I enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to others. It gets 4 stars instead of 5 as the book itself is not of the caliber that I would be likely to listen a second time.

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Familiar Voice Comforts the Ear

I was quite impressed with the quality of this recording. Spock is a beloved character.

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A great history of an American Icon

I grew up watching Star Trek and I never knew the backstory behind Spock or any other character. All I knew was that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner hated each other or that is what people said. The truth is that neither hated each other. If you read this book you’ll see this and if you read what people who worked on Star Trek said. They say that what is here is as close to the truth as we can get.

If you want to know how Spock came to be and how he led to Data later you need to read this book. The biggest thing I got from this book was what I’ve read in many books: decided what you want! Once you know what you want you need to keep working on it even when you think it’s complete. For me this book tells me that synchronicity is greatest force in your life if you're open to it. By following synchronicity will keep you open to many idea’s and will help lead you forward.

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