Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and perfectly poised on the heels of Wishful Drinking's instant New York Times best-selling success, Shockaholic takes listeners on another rollicking ride into her crazy life.
Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times best-seller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old. Fisher delves into the gritty details that made the movie - and herself - such a phenomenal success, admitting, "It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers."
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It's in my top ten books, so far. I enjoyed it.
I like the way Carrie Fisher tells her own story. She's very honest, forthright, and has very interesting life stories to tell.
I like the style of her delivery. I appreciate the candor in which she speaks. She tells her own story, as no one else can.
Yes. I did.
Carrie Fisher's writing is disturbing and entertaining. I feel kind of protective of her as she is so raw and uncensored. Sometimes she goes too far for me as she can get off on strange tangents but I value her perspective and silliness. When she talks about her father and the way she took care of him when he needed her was surprising and profound to me...
I actually feel attached to her as she is getting to be like an old friend who you want to look out for as she sounds fragile sometimes and I don't want to lose her....
Well, I'm a little let-down. Carrie Fisher is definitely funny, and I love her ease at throwing out wit, but parts of this book were a bit too serious, which was not what I was looking for in her book. I still liked it, but I wanted to be crying from laughing too hard like I did with Wishful Drinking, but this one didn't do it for me. I'm still glad I listened to it though.
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I take back everything I ever said about the unpleasant changes in Carrie Fisher's voice, tone, and inflections. This perhaps NOT so shockingly gorgeously written midlife autobiography is nearly PERFECTLY read by the author herself, whose writing appears to have only improved and tightened and become -- somehow -- both more hilarious and more serious as the years have gone by. It's probably true that reading the print version of this book aloud to your partner won't be the laugh-out-loud party that her previous memoir Wishful Drinking provides, but as a listening experience, this soars above even Fisher's earlier, sterling novels, the whip-smart Postcards From The Edge included. The only reason the story/organization does not earn 5/5 stars is that unfortunately the previous reviewer who complained that the chapter on Michael Jackson was a little too long was correct; it could have used some editing.
To the previous reviewer who complained that this material is largely a rehash of Fisher's previous work, I can emphatically assure you that you are mistaken. I've spent a lot of the past year reading and re-reading everything Carrie Fisher has ever written (except Delusions of Grandma--please can this be made available on Audible soon??), and I have NEVER before heard ANY of the stories related here. If I had, I would not have waited so long to finally read/listen to Shockaholic! The details regarding her reconciliation with her father alone practically constitute a primer on how to deal with fractured family relationships and aging parents, the jaw-dropping story of her final confrontation with Elizabeth Taylor over having stolen her father away from her mother is worth the cost of the book all by itself, and Oh, My, God, I am replaying that Ted Kennedy story for all my friends and family and we are practically all still gasping for breath. That, unfortunately, is a story I shall NEVER forget, and never stop wondering if I would have been able to stand up to him one-tenth as heroically as young Carrie did at that age.
I'm happy to have had the privilege of living at the same time as Carrie Fisher. She has said before that when two celebrities mate, someone like her is the result. If only that were true! But alas, she is one of a kind. Long may she live--and write!
I've always liked Fisher's caustic wit and candid honesty about her life, Shockaholic has to be one of her most candid and funny books ever. I'd reccomend it for someone who needed their spirits lifted.
Insights into Ted Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson.
One of the best.
When Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor reconsiled.
This is a good book for people suffering depression, it shows that one can over come their mental illnesses if one is willing to take risks and take control of their lives.
Stronger storyline, more to share. This story was very thin, dull and at times defensive.
Maybe. She's obviously funny and a good writer.
The author/narrator is very low key. Not energetic about anything. Felt like she wasn't enthusiastic about this book at all.
Carrie Fisher is very funny, and honest. I will give her that. There just wasn't much of interest here. Most of her story was told in Wishful Drinking. I almost feel like she put out this book just to make a buck.
I really enjoyed Wishful Drinking and was looking forward to more. This wasn't it. Very little story. Also Fisher has become very mushy. It actually made me gag a few times, how she tried to tie everything up with a bow. Very disappointing, especially the defense of Michael Jackson, and the long second half of the book, mostly about her father's death. Dull.
What's not to love?
Carrie Fisher, addicted to brutal truth, delivered the fascinating details of her life with her classic self-effacing humor.
Well... 'Wishful Drinking' -- Ms. Fisher's memoir that also let's her fans know what her Wonder Bread years were like
Everyone has a 'readervoice' in their head that turns on when reading a book. You have your own style, and it works; besides, what else are you gonna do for a narrator?
When an author, who is also an actor, reads you their work, you know you're getting it exactly the way they wrote and meant it to be heard.
So you get the added novelty of filling in a sort of emotional gap between the author and audience.
You could... in my case we did listen to it from beginning to end while driving (skidding) through a torrential downpour while looking for an open restaurant on the backroads of Virginia one Sunday.
I loved it.
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 would listen to this again. It is a fun book with engaging narration.
I love it when Carrie talks about her Mother.
This is a fun, light book. It gives a light look into the lives of the rich and famous. I laughed outloud many times. Carrie Fisher doesn't take herself too seriously and is able to tease out the absurdity in her life circumstances.
I really liked this book. It had some interesting stories about her encounters with the Dem senators, her relationship with her dad, and her shock therapy. She had a good reading voice that kept my interest and she has the mouth of a sailor. I was entertained by it and it wasn't too long. I'd recommend this book
"Always great to hear from Carrie"
I am quite certain that it is best to hear autobiographies from the actual person, and Carrie has a big personality to share with the listener
A few more stories from her life, but not that much different to what you may have already heard (especially repeated jokes..) from Wishful Drinking and Postcards from the Edge.
I preferred Wishful Drinking because it was the first Carrie Fisher book I listened to, ever since I feel I have been hearing the same story in vaguely different ways... but I enjoy it anyway, she feels like a friend and there is something comforting in her strength.
"Preferred Wishful Drinking"
Carrie delivers with her vocal performance but I feel her previous book was better and at times this repeats from that book too.
"Another great and extremly honest book by Carrie"
A good book that is a lot more serious than the last. While talking about herself and her illnesses she could have a laugh and make jokes. But when broaching the more serious subject of the death of her farther and Michael Jackson the jokes are harder to find. Which makes sense.
Personally I still throughly enjoyed hearing about her crazy life. And hope that she will eventually do one that finally talks about her Star Wars days. Which she at times seems to avoid. As she she skirts around the edges of but doesn't really get into any depth about.
"Disappointing. I feel a little cheated."
I picked this up since it was pitched as being "about the Star Wars years" and talking about her relationships with other celebrities. I was then disappointed that it wasn't really anything to do with Star Wars or really anything that the blurb seemed to promise.
Instead it's the story of characters I'm not particularly interested in (Eddie Fisher, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and her stepfather), which is unfortunate of course but not the author's fault. But the style then is the issue. I didn't find the wit and humour as engaging as her fans apparently are.
There's not a clear story that I could identify, which means that the result is a number of stories and character portrayals (and frequently assassinations) which too often start in viciously before I had any idea who the person was and why they deserved her vitriol.
The book is, I think, brutally honest which recommends it. But I think it relies too much on her assessments of people which often comes without enough evidence, and relies heavily on the idea that we should trust her judgment, which the first chapters alone have given us cause to doubt.
I really wanted to like this and while it hasn't harmed my opinion of Carrie Fisher, it has turned me off her writing I'm afraid.
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