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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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.
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
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 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.
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.
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