Up Till Now

  • by William Shatner
  • Narrated by William Shatner
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

William Shatner gets the joke about William Shatner. In fact, most of the time he's the one telling it. His self-effacing attitude, so perfectly parodied in the bombastic character he now plays on Boston Legal, Denny Crane, is one of the reasons for his huge popularity. While best known for his creation of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship Enterprise on Star Trek, William Shatner has been a working actor for more than half a century. He has experienced all the ups (the awards and acclaim) and the downs (having to live for a time in the truck bed of his camper when he couldn't get work) that are a part of the actor's world. In Up Till Now he tells us about his remarkable life, from training as a Shakespearan actor under Sir Tyrone Guthrie to his time on Broadway, his movie career, and, of course, his successful tv series.He has worked with an extraordinary range of actors, among them Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, and Robert DeNiro. He also writes, with glee, about some of his less successful ventures, including Incubus, the only feature ever made entirely in Esperanto.As funny, charming, and self-deprecating as the man himself, this book will delight his many fans of all ages.

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What the Critics Say

"It is now Bill Shatner's universe - we just live in it." (New York Daily News)

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An Enterprising actor

A superb listen; the narration is simply fantastic, one of the best narrated autobiographies I have listened to. This is William Shatner narrating not James T Kirk or Denny Crane. This is not just a book for Star Trek fans; you get a real sense of a jobbing actor who loves to act (he rarely turns work down), loves to earn money and loves life.

I would happily have listened to far more than the 6 hours it lasted and for sheer enjoyment I would urge you to buy this.
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- PP Merge

Great Fun

I confess that I do not normally read showbiz autobiographies, never mind buy them, but I have recently become a fan of 'Boston Legal', in which William Shatner has a leading role, and having read Paul's favourable review above, I thought I would give this book a whirl.

Well I was not disappointed - quite the opposite. It was laugh-out-loud funny at times, interesting, serious and quite sad in parts. To me, william Shatner has a warm sense of humour, doesn't take himself too seriously, is quite able to send himself up, and he doesn't claim to be perfect or right on every occasion - indeed, he comes across as a very likeable individual who has led an interesting and varied life. And his narration is quite superb: it makes the book for me.


One other point to note: this is an abridged version. Now I am not normally a fan of abridged versions, but in this case I think it works well. Indeed, I think my interest might have been tested if the book had been much longer. The abridged length is just right.


Overall, warmly recommended - this book is a lot of fun.
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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-05-2008
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.