Book Genre: Biography, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Book Series: N/A
Released: 2/16/16 by Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 278 Price: $25.99 Hardcover
Buy the Book: Amazon Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library
Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.
Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.
As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.
Full disclosure to those of you that might not follow my blog. I’m a Trekkie. A huge Trekkie and Spock just happens to be my favorite character in the entire franchise. I was so sad to learn of his death and am grateful for all that he contributed to our society through art and entertainment. While I appreciate William Shatner and Kirk he was never one of my favorite characters, my second being MacCoy. But truly the brilliance of the original series was the dynamics between the three lead actors.
There is little doubt that I loved this book. I will admit that yes, Shatner talks about himself almost as much as he does Nimoy but if you thought it would be any different you don’t know Shatner. This, after all, is more a book about their friendship than it simply is a book about Leonard’s life. This book is a tribute to a friendship that spanned a lifetime and Shatner’s way to say good-bye. Many of the stories the ardent Trekkie will already know but so what. If you love these actors then you will enjoy hearing them all over again, I did.
I had been planning on reading this book when it came out but when I was looking for audiobooks I decided to listen to this one instead of reading it. Since the book is read by the author I would highly suggest others do the same. What better way to listen to these stories than to have Shatner read them to your himself. To get to hear the inclinations in his voice as he shares a beautiful friendship that touched his life. So yes, please think about listening to the audiobook version of this book.
If you enjoyed Star Trek and was a fan of Spock than this is a book you aren’t going to want to miss. I found myself smiling, laughing and feeling all kinds of nostalgia as I listened to this book. Live Long and Prosper.
My Rating: 4 Stars