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a lifesize likeness of herself, only to end with the punchline: "I couldn't - the doll is heterosexual and my penis has been revoked until the end of the financial crisis."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.
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.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
It does take a little bit to get used to Carrie Fisher's voice if you haven't really been listening to her since Star Wars. She does sound (not surprisingly I suppose) like a person who partied too much. Once I got over that I was able to enjoy just how incredibly funny she really is. She even made me enjoy the tales of old Hollywood stars who normally might not have interested me. Keep in mind not to listen to it in the car with your kids there due to language, drug references and some crude sexual humor. As others have mentioned there is not a whole lot of Star Wars stuff in this book, but she has another memoir and yet another coming soon for those who want more. I plan to listen to those as well.
Wow. what a story. Carrie Fisher is an amazing person who has great life experience. Her writing is excellent, smart, engaging. Hoping she writes more.
I thought by the title that it would focus on some thoughts on substance abuse and how she'd grown as an artist. Instead I got a pitch for electro-shock therapy, something my grandfather had, and not a topic I would choose to hear as I prefer other sorts of stories. I liked it for a while as it's witty and self-reflective, to a point. But then I lost interest because it felt a little too insular and feeling sorry for yourself -- that the ideas that fans masturbate offended her was my final, ah no, and I went for some 'brain-' pod casts you offer.
Yes, if she were reading fiction or a children's story or postcards from the edge. I think her love of 'shock' therapy should be clearly acknowledged as in the other title 'shockaholic.' I like Miss Fisher a lot, and I empathize to a certain extent but it's too hollywood preachy for me, because I've been through far worse.
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the fourth mention of shock therapy or where it was placed -- perhaps leading into it but it literally felt like an ad for her doctor was coming next and I'd rather listen to jz read shakespeare or something more creative or give someone else a try... so sick of famous actors always getting all the work!
I don't know if it's worth it to me to pay 14.95 a month to you on top of my amazon prime membership - if you offered a 7.99 add on no problem i'd do it but with spotify and tidal and itunes and amazon and kindle -- I will only listen periodically to a book here because I hate podcasts and you tube videos for my way of ingesting knowledge -- I prefer charts, diagrams and of course, I'm a television producer, so I present stories there. My "AUDIO" time is reserved for music which I already have on spotify and itunes -- the only way i'd move to amazon would be if you bought spotify and I could take all my playlists with me and make them more customizable.
you tube music is a good product you should suggest modeling after them since google steals amazon's ideas.
thanks for the opportunity to respond. I love Carrie Fisher, I loved star wars as a kid, just now, I'm into work with more revelations and spiritual truth.
Carry was born in a golden cradle but rapidly turned into "one of us", sarcastic son of the #%@& .