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Unabridged, 4 CDs, 5 hoursRead by William Shatner.

A look at the man, the myth, and the magic that is William Shatner.
Audio CD, 4 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published April 10th 2011)
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OK, I admit it, I have quite the girl-boner for Shatner

so when I saw this in the library I just HAD to read it - face it, that cover is frigging adorable.

There are quite a few laughs in this book (it was co-written with a Daily Show writer) and Shatner seems to simultaneously milk and address the issue of his ginormous ego

The early tangent down the pathway of the bitterness and acrimony between him and the supporting cast of Star Trek was a little on the downer side, and he focuses on George Tak
Aug 30, 2015 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Er hat sogar mal ein Raumschiff geflogen!
Bill Shatner ist ein Faszinosum. Er hat es geschaftt, von einem, seien wir mal ehrlich, eher mittelmäßigen Schauspieler zu einer Kunstfigur zu werden. SF-Fans lieben ihn für seinen verschmitzten, bodenständigen und charaktervollen Kirk; Freunde kluger Fernsehunterhaltung können kaum eine verrücktere Figur erinnern als Danny Crane. Doch seine wahre Berufung fand er als - William Shatner selbst.

In dieser... da geht es schon los. Was ist dieses Buch? Eine Au
I enjoyed this book. I love Shatner, He is the funniest narcissist. I did the audio and loved that he did his own narration. He has had a long and distinguished career. He has managed to reinvent himself. I can't believe he is in his eighties. I liked that he talked about his family. For some reason, that always makes these larger than life people more normal. I also loved how he talked about about his role as Captain James Tiberius Kirk. That was my favorite role that he played.

Jul 16, 2015 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is by far William Shatner's best! It's very light-hearted and upbeat, at least for most of it. I feel there is an underlying feeling that he is disdained with growing old, as with most of us on the upper scale of life. How and why does time go so fast for us and for the common teenager go so slow? Unfair! "Bill" ( as he says we should call him in his book) has had the right idea all along, living his life in fast speed to do everything he possibly can in the time he has here on earth. ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am gulping this down with great delight. Bought it for Michael for Christmas and he read it in an afternoon. The greatest lesson? Say "Yes". Bill grabs life by the throat and always says yes. Even to being the Chairman of Iron Chef America. He lives life with such verve and exhorts us to do likewise.
Rose Ann
Aug 28, 2014 Rose Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! Especially Trekkers!
Loved it. Laughed my head off all through it. I absolutely love him!

He reached out to George Takei -- and slapped him upside the head!!

Yes, Captain Kirk!

7/14/2013 -- Just read this through for the 2nd time and I luaghed just as hard as I did the 1st time! Love him!
Two things prevent this from being a 5 star read. The first one is William Shatner's ego, which brings to mind the line from Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "If there's anything more important than my ego around here, I want it caught and shot now."

The second one is the repeated attacks on George Takei. Yes, I know the two men don't get on. Yes, I know that in the opinions of many, George started it. That is beside the point. The repeated snarking just comes across as petty and pathetic and d
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 22, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shatner Fans; Humor Book Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Gerri's Gift

1) This "fifty-thousand-word rulebook/memoir" is a surprisingly fun and funny book. Not for me laugh-out-loud funny, but often smile-worthy. No doubt Shatner's co-author Chris Regan (in the small type), a writer for The Daily Show, had a lot to do with that. By the way, you may not want to read this book while balancing a cup of hot tea on your stomach. Well, while getting over a cold. If you don't laugh, the coughing fit can still get you.

2) It's a good thing given fr
Robert Frost
Nov 18, 2011 Robert Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if William Shatner holds the record for the number of autobiographies. I've read and enjoyed them all. This latest is a tongue in cheek and yet earnest look at the Shatnerverse. The book is structured as a list of rules to live by to live life to the fullest, as Mr. Shatner has.
That narrative jumps around the chronology of Shatner's life, from the perspective of a man that, having reached 80 years old, knows that end is much closer than the beginning, and isn't going to waste a minute o
Ann Keller
Jul 03, 2012 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
If I learned anything from this book, it is to say “Yes” to life a lot more often! Avoiding saying “Yes” is safe, conservative and typically very dull. Conversely, taking risks opens one up to new opportunities, amazingly wonderful experiences one never would have enjoyed if he hadn’t given himself the chance. It’s time to be a little bold and outrageous!

This is an autobiography intertwined with humorous anecdotes and William Shatner’s own blend of rare philosophy. Learn about Shatner’s “salons,
Mar 03, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was never particularly a fan of William Shatner. I chose this book to read specifically because he seems to never be dissuaded by the ridicule he endured for being egotistical. I admire that. It was when I got 1/4 of the way through his book that I realized I genuinely admire him and am now a huge fan. He is genuine. He is a character. Bill is someone I would like to meet and be friends with - not in a crazy fan way just meaning that he's cool and I totally want to hang out with him. This is a ...more
Feb 21, 2013 jaxnsmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Shatner has a reputation as having a larger than life sense of self, and through this book I've learned there are many reasons why he should. But he's also willing to admit to his failures, because he's willing to take risks. Shatner knows how to get the most out of life, and makes you think you want to be more like him, or as he says, Shatneresque. He uses examples from his life to illustrate his rules, which are really good advice. One of ...more
Mary Anne
Mar 24, 2012 Mary Anne rated it really liked it
I can't say a whole lot about this book, but I will say that a.) I got it as an audio book, and b.) that I have my own copy. I found this book to be poignant and, obviously, hilarious. It's not his autobiography, but he touches on so much of his life in this book, and I thought that was pretty fantastic. I'm so glad he read his own book, though there were times when he mumbled a little.

I really had no expectations, though I at least hoped it would be funny, and I had my hope in the right place.

Jan 07, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost I had to give this book 5 stars because quite simply- ITS FREAKIN SHATNER!! I mean come on people!! Actually this book is hysterical though. I rarely laugh out loud reading a book but Mr Shatner has a way of weaving a good story, and his sense of humor is legendary. His take on George Takei was killer and its nice to finally see Shatner's side of things when it comes to the old Star Trek days. I recommend this book to EVERYONE because it is Shatner and quite frankly you (and I ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a lovely review of this book, but goodreads froze on me and I lost it. Here's the discount version:

I love Shatner. He makes me laugh, and this book made me laugh more than I thought it would. I'm going to try to follow Rule #1 better: Say Yes. Who knows where a stupid idea can lead you? Shatner is 80 now and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Life is an adventure: live it.
Apr 24, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to him read his book in the car. He is hilarious! He always cracks me up with his sense of humor. Selling his kidney stones to build a Habitat House! Negotiating hockey tickets! What a trip to be his daughter or grandchild. OMG! Live long and prosper Bill! Love ya!
May 24, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was reading this while on my swing in the back yard. I'm sure the neighbors are wondering why I was laughing so much!

So funny!!!!!
Michelle Cristiani
Aug 25, 2014 Michelle Cristiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Like a lot of people, I know that William Shatner is a better actor than he's given credit for. But I don't really know that much else about him. Though this book has a lot of goofy jokes that scream "written by a celebrity with help!" also, impressively, gives insight into the person that is William Shatner. His voice - or at least a voice other than what you'd expect - really comes through.

I learned a lot about the man in this book, and I was surprised because I thought it would be just
Marion Marchetto
Jan 05, 2012 Marion Marchetto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
As a person who is a mere generation removed from that of William Shatner, I was thrilled that this book 'spoke' to me. From the wonderful cover photo to the very last sentence, I could not put this book down. In fact, I read it over the short span of two evenings.

A funny yet simultaneously serious look at life, Shatner Rules has me at last understanding the concept behind self-promotion. NOTE: As a writer myself, I've never been comfortable with promoting my work. Thanks to Bill Shatner, that
Toby Brennen
Grandiose? Egocentric? Satirical? Humorous? “Shatner Rules” by William Shatner has gone where nothing I have ever read has gone before – and I’m not entirely sure where I went or where I ended up.
“Shatner Rules” is an unforgiving self-promotion; a rambling collection of musings and experiential accounts from William Shatner aka ‘Captain James T. Kirk’ and most recently aka Denny Crane. If you are looking for an autobiography, this isn’t it, although there are interesting tidbits about Mr. Shatne
Bookworm Smith
Make sure you do not ever yell, 'beam me up Scotty' to Shatner, if for some reason you see him in real life. Why? Because, he will tell you to F off!
Yes, just one of the many interesting tidbits of info Shatner reveals in his book Shatner Rules.
Somehow, Shatner's arrogant, crass, egotistical writing comes across as endearing. Why? Because, he reveals just enough of his 'real' personality to let you know it's all an act. He has created this 'William Shatner' persona that he 'plays' while doing in
Feb 18, 2012 Fallon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, nf
I have known who William Shatner was my entire life, he's magnanimous, he's seemingly everywhere now a days, and my dad happened to be a Star Trek fan. Shatner doesn't seem to mind being the joke, but maybe he does. This book has many 'rules' on how to be more like Shatner, mostly they're jokes, some aren't. He trys to give us some insight on the character that he see's as WILLIAM SHATNER. He describes how he couldn't be that character all the time because it would wear him out, and he gives us ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great romp through Shatner's brain. If you're familiar with The Shat at all from the last 10 years or so, you know he's not above self-caricature (see: the drama behind the Priceline Negotiator). Here, though, you find out some of the drive behind that, namely, that he's a performer. His job, as he sees it, is to entertain, and he takes self-jibes (see: the subtitle of this book) quite seriously, as long as there's entertainment value in them. Full of Fun Factners and "rules" for livi ...more
Jun 09, 2014 BrokenTune rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Review first posted at BookLikes:

This will be brief.

I have no idea what to make of this book.

It is not the book was bad, it just wasn't ... great, or consistently funny. Nor did it feel like an honest commentary on, well..., anything - apart from the incident with the underwear thief, maybe. (No, I won't elaborate.)

There seems to be a lack of direction in this book - some parts are rants about former co-stars or anything else really, some parts are memoirs
Jean Oram
Dec 02, 2011 Jean Oram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
I enjoyed this one. I honestly can't believe Shatner is 80. Is he pulling our leg?

Anyway, my husband was reading it and shared it with me--sorry, Bill, we didn't buy the audiobook, just one copy of the ebook--not even hardcover!!--and shared it.

Shatner is funny, ahead of his time, and real. Oh, and Canadian. :) While he plays the egotistical TV star from time to time, he does so in a way that is very funny. We are laughing 'with' not 'at.'

These are his rules for living, one of which is "Yes." I
Shatner rules. Yes, he does. And he's really very sure that George Takei really dislikes him, though he claims to not know why. You can hear the somehow lovable pomposity in every story.

In amongst the stories, the Shat gives out some advice - always have a glass of water on hand, always say yes, and realize that you won't live forever. It's good to make money. Also, if you are the star, you get more lines.

He also gives some behind-the-scenes dirt on the Vancouver Olympics.

I can't believe he just
Dec 27, 2011 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start out by saying i'm a HUGE Shatner fan. I have enjoyed many of his books, and this one is no different. It was a quick read and a fun read. I like that he has never really taken himself too seriously. And while this is a light hearted book, there is some good advice in it.
This is one book that I will keep on my bookshelf to be read again something in the future.

Apr 28, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, film, humor
This book starts out very weak and disorganized, as though Shatner were having trouble deciding what format to use and how much self-parody to throw into the mix. After a few chapters, however, it became apparent that this was yet another Shatner autobiography (of which there are several), only this time with a more comedic twist. If you're not a Shatner fan, SHATNER RULES probably contains more information about the man than you really want to know. Plus, if you don't get him well enough to und ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Another unexpected surprise (see "Human.4," which I read over the same weekend), this was much funnier than I expected. But considering co-author Chris Regan is one of the Daily Show writers who worked on Jon Stewart's hilarious "EARTH (THE BOOK)," I guess I shouldn't be that surprised after all. Shatner's always had a pretty good sense of humor about himself, and when he's not too busy dwelling on his former Enterprise-mates' enmity towards him, he comes off as a very lovable and amusing curmud ...more
Shonna Froebel
I was never a watcher of Star Trek, although I did catch the occasional episode in after school television and I was working at a movie theatre when the first Star Trek movie was released. I never watched the other shows Shatner was in either, but became more interested in him when I came across a Youtube clip of a serious stage performance he'd done. This book is humour and memoir, philosophy and marketing. Shatner tells of his past, his acting career, his life, his habits, and his passions. Us ...more
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