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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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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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What a Delight!

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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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Funny but uneven

Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

Never read the book, though due to the audio issues it may have been a bettter choice.

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

I thought the book was very funny in parts and that no one else except William Shatner could have read it. My only criticism (though it is a big one) was the extreme volume fluctuations. While knowing that some of it is due to Shatner's delivery from "normal volume" speaking down to below a whisper, it was very difficult to listen to without having to constantly turn the volume up and down. Just when you thought you had reached a balance, it would go really loud or almost silent again. The content of the book was good and as this was my first book from William Shatner I was pleased with all the meandering and side stories, etc that he would inject, I just wish it could have been a better audio experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Again the audio production made it very difficult to enjoy as much as it could have been.

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Hang on for a great listen

Bill Shatner is going full speed the entire book and it is one hilarious and entertaining story after another. I can't imagine this book being half as good if you had to just read it. The stories by themselves are funny and entertaining but listening to Shatner act the dialogue makes you feel as if he is telling the stories to you personally and you are experiencing much of his life as he has lived it. A really fun book.

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Definately worth a listen ...

Really entertaining read. Enjoyed every minute. My ONLY negative criticism would be that Shatner's extremely well known speech cadence sometimes gets in the way of actually HEARING the story. On headphones it's fine ... in the car, it's necessary to mess with the volume knob all the time. Other than that ... I loved it and am still amazed at the life he's led.

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Honest, Humble and Fabulous Fun

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William Shatner is amazingly open and forthcoming in this book. His self-deprecating humor is engaging. His honest and humble story-telling reminds us that we all have different perspectives and that doesn't make us wrong, it just makes us unique.And his story-telling is engaging. His voice draws you in to his world and makes you an empathetic friend. I felt like I was just hanging out with my new friend at Starbucks.

Which scene was your favorite?

The alien in the desert.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

My Life on Earth

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An excellent autobiography.

What made the experience of listening to Up Till Now the most enjoyable?

Shatner's performance is really remarkably enjoyable. Unlike many of his other narrations, this one holds my interest again and again with its liveliness alone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bill of course!

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

Yes, I have, and this one is the best of the lot, by far.

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

Laugh, a LOT.

Any additional comments?

I listened to the abridged version before buying this one. I bought this unabridged version because I was hoping there would be more of the same excellent material, and I was not disappointed. However, if you already have the abridged copy, you're not missing out on enough to warrant the cost of purchasing this unabridged version. I can't think of anything specific that was left out of the abridged edition. Really, this edition is primarily for those who can't get enough of Bill Shatner...like myself! :)

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Very Enjoyable

What a wonderful and interesting life William Shatner has lead. This audio book was thoroughly enjoyable. Having him narrate the book made it so much more meaningful and real. This book is a must if you are a William Shatner fan.

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Loved it, except for one small problem....

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Shatner's great dramatic voice goes so low while telling his stories, there are times you can't hear him!!

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Wanna Meet the Real Captain Kirk?

Shatner does a fine job of telling his own story and introducing the real Captain Kirk to the listener. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the comments and have decided that I like Shatner better than I liked Kirk.

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  • Vince Marsters
  • 11-01-18

Shatner in his own voice

I am becoming a bit of a biography nerd and have been listening to many. The William Shatner one is one of the most entertaining I have listened to in a while. The biggest plus for me is that William has narrated the biography himself - it is always nice to listen to the life of someone you have grown up watching on tv in their own words. Unfortunately this is possibly also one of the downsides of this book - at times William seems to be almost whispering. This caused me to miss a few lines here and there as I was listening to the book whilst travelling to and from work.

In the book itself, you get to learn about William Shatner the child, growing up the son of a clothing manufacturer in Canada, through his many attempts to 'break' it into film whilst trying not to do too much TV. It was also very interesting to hear Williams side of the rise of Star Trek. Especially as it is such a huge thing now, but when initially released, it seemed to be just a small little show that ultimately would be a footnote on the actors careers, not the defining moments for them. Finally you get to understand what motivates William to continue working, long after most would have retired.

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  • Mr. K. Leigh
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-19

The Most Famous Man You Never Knew

I only really knew WS from Star Trek with only passing knowledge of TJHooker and none of Priceline.com/Boston Legal/etc or his endless celebrity quiz shows, but there is so much more to him than you think. Always commited to remaining a "serious actor" he is openly honest about his good fortune and humbly appreciative of the breaks he has along the way.

He is intelligent, passionate and funny and I found this open and interesting account of his life story really entertaining. The chapters rolled by very quickly and whilst his delivery is a little soft/quiet at times, what he lacks in clarity he makes up for in content.

His telling of the relationship and eventual death of his third wife is told with great feeling, is gripping and absorbing. His recounting of the background and execution of "Invasion Iowa" hilarious, but equally shows his depth of character and human connection with others.

A very enjoyable listen from a very interesting and unique man. I loved this from start to finish.



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  • Alex Edwards
  • 08-19-13

Shatner is amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

Yes, being read by the man himself brings the full emotion of the words to the fore. Shatner really has given part of himself to this writing...very impressed.

What other book might you compare Up Till Now to, and why?

This is my first autobiography, so NA

What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His emotions for the stories he tells...only the person that lives the life of the story can really tell the story from the heart, that is what you get from this!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Shatner's life!

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  • Martyn Casserly
  • 04-13-13

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.

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  • Michel
  • 04-13-13

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!

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  • Iwan J
  • 12-23-12

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.

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  • Stephen
  • 08-26-11

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.

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  • Jimmyb01
  • 04-16-11

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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  • Alan W.
  • 11-16-21

what an honest man

loved every single moment of it. velvet voice over a gravel trail life.
thank you Bill

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  • Kai1
  • 12-29-19

A delight

Cant get enough of william shatners voice, he could read the phone book (if phone books still existed) and make it captivating .

This was a reasonable autobiography, it is more about emotion and memories than exact facts and it steers away from the dull points (i.e in depth information on schooling - if you’ve listened to Eddy Izzards book you’ll know what I mean)

Recommend to all Shatner fans

Please note; i work for Audible but all my opinions are my own.

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  • James F.
  • 01-17-19

Great for non-fans as well.

I've only watched a handful of Shatner's vast catalog of performances in my lifetime. But his is a personality that transcends his output and enters into the shared social conscious. I found his stories interesting and his narration delightful. At turns funny, fascinating, and deeply moving. Highly recommended.

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  • Ian Burney
  • 10-26-18

Shatner shines as a down to earth funny man

Thanks to Paramount syndication, Shatner became a well known name in my household as much as everybody else's. Great to hear his story and to know that he is a down to earth man with a great sense of humour.

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  • GoosFraaba
  • 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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  • Nicholas
  • 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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  • Debbie
  • 02-11-15

Awesome

Awesome book written and read by William Shatner, loved every word! Thanks for sharing all your highs and lows! Enjoy!