One of the best WWII stories and stories of survival and redemption I've ever read (and I've read quite a few). Combined with excellent narration made for an almost spell-binding account.
This was an excellent book until the very end; which, for me, dissapointingly ruined the entirety of the tale. Narration was excellent and the author was able to connect me with the personal and national emotional impact of the deaths of JFK and RFK like no author or narrative I'd ever heard before (these events occurred when I was a toddler). Author also provided some very interesting insights regarding the effects of being born into wealth, privilege and fame. However, I was bothered that in recounting the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident and the death of JFK Jr. the author failed to include even the merest mention that innocent, non-Kennedy deaths occurred in both of these incidents. Based solely on this recounting, you would think the incidents involved solely and only T. Kennedy and JFK Jr. This, then, leaves one to suspect that the only lives that count in the author's mind were those named "Kennedy". Indeed, this was confirmed at the very end when it appears that the authors only noble achievement was in overcoming addiction; but never his narcissism.
Best thing about this very lame book is that its only 3 hrs long. The people who gave it hilarious reviews must be strawpersons for Fisher. Some of her stories are mildly entertaining but the narration is always annoying. She way too often tries to make unfunny lines funny BY YELLING THE LAST FEW WORDS! As if that will suddenly make what she is saying funny. She also gives such wonderful sage advice as "If you ever get the chance to have Paul Simon write a song about you - DO IT!!!" (yelled into the mic with a rasping cigarette scratched voice). Oh, yes, so many of us will have the chance to make that decision. Overall this book is a pointless, narcissistic, name-dropping stroking of Carrie Fisher's ego, offers no useful wisdom or experience to draw from, and doesn't even explain things the listener might expect to learn about Carrie Fisher at a deeper level (guess maybe there isn't one).
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