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Shockaholic | [Carrie Fisher]

Shockaholic

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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."

©2011 Deliquesce. All rights reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-11-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Breesmom

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    "Carrie Fisher Grows up, Learns About Real Life"
    Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my top ten books, so far. I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Carrie Fisher tells her own story. She's very honest, forthright, and has very interesting life stories to tell.


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I did.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Coventry, VT, United States 11-30-11
    Susan Coventry, VT, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I am getting very attached to Carrie"

    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....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Bellevue, WA, United States 01-11-12
    Carrie Bellevue, WA, United States 01-11-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Disappointing after Wishful Drinking"
    What would have made Shockaholic better?

    Stronger storyline, more to share. This story was very thin, dull and at times defensive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Fisher again?

    Maybe. She's obviously funny and a good writer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The author/narrator is very low key. Not energetic about anything. Felt like she wasn't enthusiastic about this book at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia CLINTON, SC, United States 01-06-12
    Sylvia CLINTON, SC, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as any of her other books"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More story and details about her life and feelings, less description about only one or two things. (She spent a lot of time talking about what we might think of when we hear about shock therapy.) Maybe a better editor next time to clean it up?


    Would you recommend Shockaholic to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It just wasn't as good and detailed as I would have liked. I love Carrie Fisher but this seemed really short and written more like a quick blog about some thoughts she is having at the moment. I enjoyed hearing the details about her family and herself that came in now and then, like about her father for example, or weightloss, but this book didn't have as much of that as other books of hers.


    Which character – as performed by Carrie Fisher – was your favorite?

    She is funny being herself with all her sarcasm.


    Did Shockaholic inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    amanda ventura, CA, United States 01-02-12
    amanda ventura, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Shockaholic"
    Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Newark, DE, United States 12-13-11
    Thomas Newark, DE, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2011

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    "One of the Best Carrie Fisher Books Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insights into Ted Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson.


    Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor reconsiled.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andi Torrance, CA, United States 12-11-11
    Andi Torrance, CA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun and Intelligent read"
    Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Way up there. Author is witty and insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shockaholic?

    Pointing out that what's experienced in childhood (in her case celebrity) becomes normal.


    What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Since the author reads the book herself it feels like she's telling you HER story. Plus, unlike some authors who read their own books, she's an actress so is able to do it well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she spoke about her pain and how drugs were used to numb it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 12-05-11
    Brianna Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 12-05-11
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    "Funny, sad, and very satisfying."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shockaholic to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Shockaholic to and why?

    Wishful Drinking


    Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I want to hear everything she's done now.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki New York, NY, United States 09-24-13
    Nikki New York, NY, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "NOT even close to Wishful Drinking"
    Would you try another book from Carrie Fisher and/or Carrie Fisher?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    She sounded bored through most of it, which seemed to make me, in turn, bored with her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-13-12
    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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