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David Fisher is the author of more than fifteen New York Times bestsellers. He is the only writer ever to have works of fiction, nonfiction, and reference offered simultaneously by the Book of the Month Club

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Up Till Now: The Autobiography is a 2008 autobiography by actor William Shatner with David Fisher. In the book Shatner discusses several aspects of his life including his childhood, early career struggles, time starring on Star Trek, his career after Star Trek and his marriages. Excerpts from the book were read by Sarah Palin on the December 11, 2009 episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien after Shatner had read excerpts from Palin's memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life.

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In Up Till Now, Shatner sits down with readers and offers the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere. It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable, called by name--or at least by Captain Kirk's name--across the globe. After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. And it seems as if Shatner is everywhere. In Up Till Now, Shatner sits down with readers and offers the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere.

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William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, writer, producer, director and comedian famous for his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek series. We present you this audiobook convinced by the William Shatner him self in high quality. We guarantee satisfaction and quality.

Up Till Now. The Autobiography. This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. By: William Shatner, David Fisher. Narrated by: William Shatner. Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins.

Listen to William Shatner read from his autobiography Up Till Now in this audiobook excerpt. David Fisher is the author of more than a dozen bestselling books, among them Gracie with George Burns, What's What, the first visual reference book, and the novel The War Magician. It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner an internationally known figure, but he neither began nor ended his career with Captain Kirk. He has written extensively for national magazines and newspapers.

This is the story ofWilliam Shatner’shalf-century career andprivate life. The audio will take readers from the streets of Montreal toregional theatre, 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 workand 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 hiswork on Third Rock from the Sun, for which he won his first Emmy forplaying “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.Forthe first time, William Shatnershares with listeners the remarkable, full story ofhis life.

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Dandr
This is for the real fans of the Shat, casual viewers may find much of this book "TMI". This is mostly about his lengthy career, spanning some 60 years, so there is not much detail about his family or marriages, nor the series that made him famous. Mr Shatner explains his life-long philosophy, which was basically saying "yes" to almost any and all acting work, and then provides a myriad of examples, beginning in his mid-teens. Myriad is probably an understatement. Rather than worry about being typecast, for much of his life he was more worried about paying the bills, supporting his first wife and their 3 daughters. After Star Trek was cancelled, Mr Shatner went through a financially devastating divorce. Although the show was catching on all over the world in syndication, he did not receive royalties and was reduced to some low level acting work, living out of his truck for a time. He admits to having appeared in some truly awful movies and pokes plenty of fun at himself throughout the memoir, with the help of his co-author.

Mr Shatner admits that for years, he was confused, even turned off by the "Trekker" phenomena. However when he finally embraced it, he realized that for whatever reason, the show had been a positive force in people's lives, inspiring many to pursue various careers in science. One man reportedly told him that repeating the show's dialogue had saved his sanity when he was incarcerated as a POW in Vietnam. So even if "it's just a TV show", the message therein held great meaning for people, for which Shatner is thankful.

Along similar lines, he is proud of the enduring effect of Rescue 911, with its' depiction of various emergencies resulting in the real life saving of some 350 or more individuals, as well as the nationwide expansion of the 911 system, saving countless more.

Some of the most poignant parts of the book concern his third wife, Nerine Kidd. From the description of his first 2 marriages, it seems at last he had found his soulmate in her. However it is obvious in hindsight that his love for her had blinded him to the ugly truth of her addiction. Mr Shatner is a romantic at heart and sincerely believed that his love would enable her to stop using. Sadly, that was not the case, and he came home one the evening after visiting with his grandchildren for the day to find her dead in the pool. He has since established a charity for alcoholic women in her honor.

All in all, a good read, and quite a bit of poking fun at himself. He had some hard times and tinnitus even drove him to thoughts of suicide at one point, but Mr Shatner is a resilient man. He loves life, loves acting, horses, dogs, movies, and beautiful women. It is interesting to note that his performances as James T Kirk have been described as both "wooden" and "way over the top". The Star Trek character has been viewed by some as taking himself too seriously, occasionally even sanctimonious. After all, there were no bathrooms on the Enterprise! Maybe I am biased, but I don't see him that way. To me, James T Kirk was a noble man who taught morality, not by what he said, but by how he behaved. Although I realize William Shatner is not James T Kirk, I can't help but admire them both.
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Yainai
A remarkably candid and introspective memoir by William Shatner that should appeal beyond people merely interested in “Star Trek.” Shatner is insightful, never pulling punches on his insecurities and imperfections, such as his rivalry and envy of costar Leonard Nimoy. This frankness makes you admire him all the more. Besides learning a lot about the author, you’ll find yourself equally enlightened about life. William Shatner is a very interesting fellow with a wonderful sense of humor, but when he delves into the depths of his pain and disappointments, he attains depth not usually found in these sort of tomes.
Bad Sunny
I just finished Mr. Shatner's delightful book earlier today, and I wanted to share my review and thoughts on this most enjoyable work.

The books's honest without being nasty, snippy or mean spirited in any way. He tells all about his journey without putting others down-- and makes no bones about his own mistakes along the way.

Think about it-- a Jewish Canadian kid moves to New York, succeeds on the stage, turns down a contract with MGM ("I can still hear my agent screaming even now..." he says!) and after working role after role after role in a series of television dramas, and even failing in a couple of TV pilots-- FINALLY hits it big as Captain James T. Kirk. Oh, and after that success, hits it big as a TV cop called "T.J. Hooker." Oh-- and after that, hits it even bigger as Denny Crane, Esq-- "big shot attorney" in a large Boston law firm. Three completely different roles with different audiences-- but the same actor.

But it's the journey that makes this such an interesting read-- how gets here-- as well as his ability to poke fun of himself again and again and again. Yep, the man has a zany sense of humor that comes through on every page-- as well as an ability to read people and truly "tell the story" as an actor.

Mr. Shatner tells a delightful story-- hysterically funny one moment, then devastatingly tearful as he describes coming home and finding his wife dead in the bottom of their swimming pool... and the aftermath as the press and the public ask, "Did Shatner kill her?" (since this was shortly after the O.J. and Nicole Simpson insanity).

Get the book on CD, read by the author. Five CD's, about the right length, and well paced so that it's interesting without tying you down for a long and detailed account.

Enjoy!
IWantYou
I always love reading Mr. Shatners non-fiction, and this book was no exception. I have already pre-ordered his next contribution "Leonard" and I am anxiously awaiting its download to my kindle next week.
He has a quirky sense of humor that really comes through well in his written word, and it very often causes me to LOL.
I am an admitted "Trekkie" from way back when Star Trek debuted in the 60's, so I probably am a little biased.
Although Bill is best known for his portrayal of "James T. Kirk", he has successfully transcended that role and has become one of our favorite American.......(or should I say "Canadian") actors, comedians, authors, horsemen, philanthropists, etc. etc.
Keep up the great work Bill.....and happy "85th" birthday next month (March 22).
Up Till Now: The Autobiography download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: David Fisher,William Shatner
ISBN: 1427204152
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Abridged edition (May 13, 2008)