Carrie Fisher is one of the great American humorists and her timing and inflections are infinitely better than anything my mind could come up with. Her story is deeply personal and it is somewhere between a treat and an honor to hear her narrate her story.
I have not but I want to hear everything she's done now.
Carrie Fisher's depiction of her father and their relationship was deeply moving. Eddie Fisher didn't deserve her love or forgiveness but she deserved to give it. The same with her building a relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, no one would fault Carrie Fisher for resenting Liz, but the scene where she let's Liz push her into a pool was cathartic and healing for both of the--only in Carrie Fisher's world does this happen!
This is great to listen to in your car or home, but be careful in public because you might alarm strangers by snorting with laughter.
Shocking! Funny! Sad! It will have you laughing and crying,then laughing again.Then crying, all over again. This bright light, Carrie Fisher, was and will be remembered as an extremely strong, brave force.
The Audible description of this book said that it contains a lot of anecdotes from Carrie Fisher's days filming Star Wars. However, that is not the case. There is barely any mention of Star Wars at all.
I have read Carrie Fisher's other books Wishful Drinking and the Princess Diarist which were both excellent. However, Shockaholic is quite repetitive, it overlaps a lot with Wishful Drinking and she spends a huge amount of time on each anecdote. This is mostly anecdotes from her years growing up, which she covers in a much more entertaining way in Wishful Drinking.
This is a compelling listen with great warmth, sardonic humour, and cutting perceptions about a life observed.
Fisher has the art of observation nailed; of others and herself she can sum up a complex situation in a sentence. The more complex ones, in a word.
The exasperation of her life predicaments.
I have been a huge fan of Carrie Fisher and "Wishful Drinking" (The book and the one-woman show) so I was excited to listen to this one. It was such a disappointment. It was essentially a afterthought - should not pass as it's own book - maybe as an extra few chapters that should have been cut from "Wishful Drinking." She spends more time talking about Michael Jackson than she does most anything else. The only touching moments were discussing her relationship with her father, which she doesn't go into much in WD. Overall it was bland, boring, and I found myself impatient for it to end. A very sad thing for a fan like me to say.
She sounded bored through most of it, which seemed to make me, in turn, bored with her.
This is a great book! She was open and candid about her, her mother, her father and all that she has gone through with depression. You can tell in some segments that she is a bit tired, then others she is more upbeat in her vocal tone. All in all, it was such a fantastic book that I "liked" her Facebook page and invited her to lunch in July when I go back to California. Whether she takes the invite or not, who knows, but she is the type of personality that I could really connect with. My favorite part is the last, when she speaks of the time she finally had with her father, Eddie Fisher.
Carrie Fisher was so smart, funny and talented. It is sad to hear about her struggles with mental illness and addiction. Gone too soon. You will be missed.
Yes. Definitely. This book wouldn't be the same without her voice!
Her tone of voice and delivery are the things that make this book so great!
I burn right threw 'em. I would likely drive a nicer car if it weren't for my Audible habit! This was the first book in almost 2 weeks that rang a bell for me. She writes beautifully and speaks with a "just trying to keep it real" vibe while her candor and tone is very endearing especially in regard to her father
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
I really enjoyed Wishful Drinking and started this one shortly after that. While I liked it well enough I couldn't help but compare and the comparison was not flattering for this book. There seemed to be fewer topics and there was much less humor. She discusses her ECT (shock therapy), Chris Dodd, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and finally and at great length, her father's last years, Just not as upbeat as Wishful Drinking though certainly interesting in parts.