Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large (Review)

Book cover for "Shatner Rules" by William Shatner with Chris Regan.Title: Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

Authors: William Shatner, Chris Regan

Narrator: William Shatner

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 272 (audio length: 4 hours 27 minutes)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Humour

Source: Audiobook version purchased from

From the cover:

You love William Shatner.

You admire his many and varied talents.

You appreciate his creativity and willingness to take risks.

You want to learn his master negotiation techniques.

You wish you could hang out with him.

Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner.

And now…you can (almost).

This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

Because let’s face it…Shatner does rule, doesn’t he?

Nominated in category: “Humor”

If you have even the smallest bit of a soft spot for William Shatner, this will be one of the most fun books you’ll read (or, even better, listen to!), all year. I hadn’t even realized this book had come out until it was on the nomination list for the Audies, but now I’m really glad I did.

Shatner Rules is basically where Shatner lays out his collected wisdom and experiences for the reader to examine. It’s basically formatted like a rule book or maybe a guide book: the audiobook is punctuated by the sound of one of those bells you ring on a desk, and Shatner saying “rule!” and then stating the next point he’s going to address. I loved it in audiobook format – it just made everything so clearcut, especially in Shatner’s own voice – but I’m sure it would have a similar effect in written text.

Interspersed among the “rules” are Shatner’s observations on his own life, particularly in the more recent past. There are stories about sci fi conventions, the shows that Shatner has been in after Star Trek, his relationships with other actors, and some of his life as a family man. Most are funny, but some are more touching and poignant than you might expect. And all are told with typical Shatner charm.

I enjoyed every minute listening to Shatner Rules. It was amusing and enlightening, with lots of life lessons to be had. Definitely pick up a copy to read or listen to, if you haven’t already.


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