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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Way up there. Author is witty and insightful.
Pointing out that what's experienced in childhood (in her case celebrity) becomes normal.
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.
When she spoke about her pain and how drugs were used to numb it.
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.
I have not but I want to hear everything she's done now.
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!
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.
I have purchased all of Ms. Fisher's books, and the books on tape, and the CD's and now the audibles. I looked forward to listing to this. I was horrified by the first sentence. "This book is dedicated to Barack Obama for dealing with that horrible Tea Party". I stopped right there!Excuse me Ms. Fisher, I saw Star Wars in the theatre in 1977. I have bought and saw all of your films, books and product. I put money in your pocket. You no longer look like Leia and cant fit into that gold bikini anymore. I am/was still a fan. But no more.Why begin with an insult to half of your fans. I am a Republican, Tea-party supporter and NRA member....and I don't steal. I buy all of my films, music and books. I put money in your pocket and that of your colleagues. Can you please keep your politics to yourself and not offend those who have supported your career!
Can I get my money back!
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
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.
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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