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Shockaholic Audiobook

Shockaholic

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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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    Andi Torrance, CA, United States 12-11-11
    Andi Torrance, CA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2016
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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.


    2 of 3 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 Member Since 2015
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-15-16
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

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    "Topics not as interesting as Wishful Drinking"

    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.

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    P.Bowman Aston, Pa 06-28-16
    P.Bowman Aston, Pa 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Carrie Fisher"

    Such a real story and very interesting. If Wishful Drinking was funny, Shockaholic was a bit darker. I recommend to any fan of Carrie Fisher.

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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.


    1 of 3 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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Interesting story, but misleading description"

    I didn't know much about Carrie Fisher before reading this, but it was an interesting peek into an unusual Hollywood life. It makes you thankful for ordinary life with other people in it who also do ordinary things and don't really want anything from you...which is good when you're sitting in traffic listening to this book. It seemed like writing this was a cathartic experience for her. I was somewhat surprised that the story didn't match the description on Audible. I think the description should be revised to be more accurate or at least say it's about shock therapy, depression, and various losses that lead to complicated feelings that often can lend themselves to therapy. The performance was good, but it's better at 1.25 speed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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