I felt like it was just a story meant to be a lot of name dropping. Combine that with shouting all the points of the jokes made it rather awful.
Beside this, there were a little story in it, so I won't give it the worst score.
I recommend Shockaholic instead, if you have to choose.
Yes, I would recommend this book to friends. Carrie Fisher is down to earth and appreciative of the small things. If you can tolerate curse words, her humor is uplifting.
I have not read a memoir quite like Wishful Drinking. I find it hard to compare. This was the first book I read by Carrie Fisher but I would like to read her other works.
This question does not apply to this particular book. Although, Carrie Fisher does a funny impression of her mother.
Carrie Fisher is someone I would like to meet for a casual conversation. I could see us sitting back and talking about nothing in particular. I think she'd be a hoot.
I wish everyone with a mental illness could have the same attitude Carrie Fisher has in approaching their illness. She very humorously and bluntly lays out her issues, how they've affected her and her family and how she's chosen to treat them.
Her stories are great, her delivery is animated. It's almost like she's sitting at a dinner party with you, sharing stories. The stories themselves, and the narration, are a little off-kilter (sometimes it's hard to discern sarcasm) and she jumps from time frame to time frame, but it is a fun ride.
She was able to show the seriousness of mental illness and substance abuse,with a great deal of humor and wit. And if you are suffring with any of these problems,or know anyone suffering. you can't help but get a better understanding. God bless her!! I love the book and and I love her!! Excellent book!
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
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 loved Carrie Fisher's reading. Hearing her laugh at her own writing was the best part....and there were so many parts that made her chuckle...
Her different tones and inflection based on the content. She yells when necessary or laughs or whatever when necessary and it makes the book so much better than if I were to have read it myself.
I would have liked to have heard a bit more about her Bipolar Diagnosis as I had heard this book was more tailored to, but overall I did enjoy the book thoroughly.