I have always loved Carrie Fisher's sense of humor and I still do. But this book sounds more like a letter to someone who doesn't know her history, who has the same mental problems, and she is trying to say, "See what I have been through and am still laughing. You can do it too." She does say that this is basically the monolog she recites and she wrote it down so not to forget it. Unfortunately, her reading of it falls short.
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No, i don't think so, even though i give away copies of the print version as gifts to particularly funny and savvy friends. Carrie's voice when she was younger (i.e., her Postcards From the Edge voice) was fine and flawless, her articulation crisp and clear. This sounds like a whole different person--one who has suffered a stroke, wears ill-fitting dentures, and/or has spent a lifetime of drinking while smoking. The voice is hoarse, harsh, grating, mildly dysarthric, and produced at such a slow rate that it kills the humor.
Only the print version, not the audiobook!
Carrie could have allowed someone else (e.g., someone younger, and a non-smoker/drinker, with a better voice....maybe her daughter Billie who she's always praising in the book?) to read it instead of reading it herself.
It wouldnt work as a film, as the filmed version of her one-woman show doesnt work. The problem is her fifty-something delivery--it's slow and clunky, whereas her thirtysomething delivery was rapidfire and whip-smart.
Do yourself a favor and buy the print version!! It's literally laugh-out-loud funny; you'll find yourself reading parts of it out loud to your significant other, with both of you laughing so hard you'll barely be able to catch your breath long enough to read the next sentence! Carrie sure can write, and such a wit!
I've loved all of Carrie Fisher's work. This is laugh-out loud funny especially because she is reading it. Her version of her mother's (Debbie Reynolds) voice is worth the price of the book. But most of all, what I've taken from all of Fisher's writing is that you need to see the humor in pain and tragedy in order to get through it. Her life is testament to this--and there's not an ounce of self-pity.
Wow... not really that funny at all. I suppose there were a few smiles, but the people that have claimed 'rolling with laughter' in their reviews must have rolled something else before listening to this book. It is a three hour journey into things Carrie Fisher thinks are funny because people have told her they are... which if a former movie star looked you in the eye and asked you "was that a funny story?" you would of course laugh and say, "Oh Yes... Hilarious! You should write a book!"
I was hoping this book would have some humorous wisdom about growing up in Hollywood and growing up in general. I only found it painfully narcissistic and not relevant to anyone living "in the real world." She tries to make a joke out of the saying, "in the real world" as opposed to the world she lives in. Well, it is true, her world surely doesn't seem all that Real to me, and unfortunately, not funny either. At one point she describes trying to have sex with a lifesize likeness of herself, only to end with the punchline: "I couldn't - the doll is heterosexual and my penis has been revoked until the end of the financial crisis." (WTF?)
So, I gave it two stars because I admire the risks she takes in being that honest about her childhood and recovery, and because I did smile a few times. AND it's only three hours - not a huge investment of time and energy. Also, I like the fact that she is not blaming her parents outright for her dysfunction. A pleasant surprise - almost enough to get a third star... but not quite.
laugh out loud hilarious. I had no idea she was so funny. I can't imagine why anyone would not enjoy this...maybe other folks were hoping for something more princess Leiah? I am not a huge Star Wars fan, not that I hate it. anyhow, my other comic faves have included David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Paula Poundstone, Sarah Silverman.
I guess that Carrie needed money for a new car or a swimmingpool. This is not a good book. The Carrie Fisher story is very interesting but this book should have been edited by a professional editor prior to publication. Some of the annoying parts of the story is that Carrie asks the listener/reader questions only to answer these herself with a wrong answer and she constantly goes "well", "anyway" "but". She does that at least 40 during the book. The story is interesting but Carrie sounds like she has been out on town the night before recording this book. Interesting person, unteresting audiobook.
Although Carrie Fisher's life is pretty interesting I couldn't handle her grating jarring narration .... I should have listened to the sampler I know! Not only that but Fisher starts in the middle of her life and seems to leap frog all over the place. It's hard to get a sense of time and place from her rambling and I'm sad to say I stopped listening 30mins in and can't bear to go back. A disappointment indeed.