©1993 William Shatner; (P)1993 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Glimpses of the 20th-century entertainment business that even non-Trekkies will find engaging." (New York Times Book Review)
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"good insider view"
This was very entertaining, I only wonder what photos I missed from the printed book. I must give credit to Shatner, he included at the end what the cast disliked about him personally, which is not a small part of the story, and that was essential, I think.
A very entertaining read. Some bad language - be warned.
Very interesting to get Mr. Shatner's view of these events. Even if you are not a fan of his, you learn a lot about Star Trek and filmmaking in general. The only downfall is that it is abridged.
"Shatner; Reads. His Own. Book."
Yes. It's William Freakin' Shatner!
Listening to how one of the networks heard all of Gene Roddenberry's ideas about Star Trek. Passed on the idea. Then created Lost in Space from Gene's notes.
Well...it IS William Shatner.
Not really a "movie" kind of book
If you're curious about Star Trek or are a major fan, this is an awesome book.
"Rushed performance, great details."
It is loaded with Trek trivia. Kreski really did a humongous amount of research for this book.
Well, Bill of course.
Yes, I have. This, like his narration of "Star Trek Movie Memories", feels rushed, as if he just wants to get through the reading. His "Up Till Now" was a much more enjoyable listen, and a lot more humorous a book to boot.
Drawling & Drowning in Detail.
It's a great source of details about the production of the Original Series, but you have to take it with a hefty grain of salt, because some of the stuff contradicts what Shatner has said or written before/after. For instance, he claims in this book that the controversial interracial kiss in the series never happened, while he's said many times before that it did. He also says that the actors frequently got together for barbecues and stuff off-camera, which is most certainly false. However, if you can look past the occasional fluff and misinformation, there is a great deal of interesting trivia here.
"Great read--buy the book and skip Shatner's voice."
I would never listen to this again. Ever. You'd think that Shatner would breathe some emotion into these tales, since they're from his own life. You'd be wrong.
I honestly can't tell you one of the most memorable moments. The audiobook version has ruined the good memories I have of reading the print copy.
Shatner sounded less enthused than my college students reading about 5th-century Gregorian chant. I honestly wish I'd never listened to him read it.
I wanted to be able to listen to it all in one sitting because of the stories but I couldn't do it because of Shatner's emotionless prattle.
I'm a Trekkie through and through--my Uhura dress remains in my closet even though I outgrew it years ago. My starship blueprints are at my dad's house but my encyclopedia, TNG Companion, and TNG trading cards are all safe in my home. But I encourage anyone even remotely interested in Trek to avoid this audiobook. Buy the print version, read it in your own voice (or your fave Shatner voice), and enjoy the photos. Don't waste a dime on this version.
"It's great to hear Shatner except..."
I really liked the book, and Shatner has alot of good insights. But Shatner reads the book like he is performing, and so parts are almost inaudible because he lowers his voice at times to make a point. So recommend it on substance, but turn it up LOUD.
If you're a Star Trek fan, and even if you're not, this is a gripping listen. Shatner's read at times is a little fast (as though he's trying to get it all in within a certain time) but the fact that he's reading it, makes it worthwhile. Great stories and insight for the true fan, or anyone interested in '60s-era television.
"James T. Kirk in all his glory"
Still remember the day we got our first color TV and one of the first programs we watched Star Trek in all it's colorful glory. William Shatner gives a good narration and keeps your interest. Funny, Sad, Interesting, Informative.......... it's well worth your listening time if your a Trekkie fan
"Beam me up!"
Star Trek holds a special place in my heart so hearing Shatner reminisce about the origin of Roddenberry's vision, the sibling rivalry between Nimoy and Shatner, the creative highs and lows of the series make this audiobook a top 20 for me, which is not bad considering how many I have in my library.
Kirk and Spock, inseparable.
I have always enjoyed his speech pattern.
Nope. However, I was intrigued throughout.
I rank it a 10 star ( amazing )
Going back in time to the birth of Star Trek
I loved it !!!
Yes it was !
William Shatner was amazing , and the book absolutely an phenomenal read !
"Wonderful insight into Star Trek law. Very"
Berry good book. Interesting facts and stories from the concept of the TV series to the end of the third season.
Great for any Star Trek fan.
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