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....
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.
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.
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?
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.
She is funny being herself with all her sarcasm.
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
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 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.
"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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