Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions. It's an incredible tale - from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.
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I decided to listen to this AudioBook because I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was a kid. I wanted to hear more about Carrie Fisher from her own words and hear her stories.
There are essentially two parts to the book. She talks about growing up in the entertainment industry, and how it's weirdness, along with the influences of those around her, famous or not, helped shape her life. She does briefly talk about Star Wars, and how George Lucus "ruined her life" but, in the nicest way possible. She also talks about her Mother (Debbie Reynolds) quite a bit as well.
The second part goes into great detail her struggle with Bipolar disorder, and also her struggles with drugs and alcohol. She mentions her electro-shock therapy as a means to help overcome this disorder, with the unfortunate side effect of losing a lot of her memory.
The tale she tells is very entertaining, as Carrie Fisher is a very witty individual. I never felt bored or wishing I was listening to something else during the audiobook. At first, I had wished for more stories about her experiences with Star Wars, but I do understand that it certainly wasn't the only part of her life and if anything made her life very stressfull.
The quality of the audio is well, though Carrie does have the tendancy to shout some of the end of her lines to try and add a bit of humor, which isn't all too necessary. Overall, I'd recommend this one and would listen to any future audiobooks by the author.
I'm a bit confused by the low-ratings other listeners have given this audiobook, as I found it to be a frequently hilarious, laugh-out-loud work marked by an enjoyably idiosyncratic performance by the author. My only complaint is that at just a hair over three hours, it left me wanting much more. I can only hope that in the near future we'll see the release of Wishful Drinking Strikes Back!
I have always loved Carrie Fisher's sense of humor and I still do. But this book sounds more like a letter to someone who doesn't know her history, who has the same mental problems, and she is trying to say, "See what I have been through and am still laughing. You can do it too." She does say that this is basically the monolog she recites and she wrote it down so not to forget it. Unfortunately, her reading of it falls short.
THis poor book. I actually feel kind of sorry for it. It means to be funny, but it somehow falls flat. It's like reading the transcript of your favorite show. There's no doubt in my mind that this is a hilarious stage show. It just doesn't do much in the book department - even with the author reading it. I LOVE Carrie Fisher and will go see her show Wishful Drinking if it comes to my town. THis book is a better value if checked out from the library.
Listening to this book is like sitting down for a few drinks with Carrie Fisher and getting all the gossip. She doesn't spare any details, either - but nor does Carrie start at the beginning. The prose is like a stream of consciousness ramble, but it works well. Her random one-liners pop up where you least expect them. I would certainly recommend this book to prospective listeners.
I can't understand the low ratings by some listeners.Carrie Fisher is an inspiration.She's a survivor who's laugh out loud funny.I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook.
It took me a while to get used to her sense of humour, and I have to admit I started it once and gave up. But about half way through, I couldn't wait to get back in my car to listen to more. Her reading was rougth to the ears, like she had repeated so many times it was like from a script. But her frankness and honesty did manange to shine a light thought that. You can be a movie icon born from icons, and you still have a teenager, parents,xs that make us connect.
Wow... not really that funny at all. I suppose there were a few smiles, but the people that have claimed 'rolling with laughter' in their reviews must have rolled something else before listening to this book. It is a three hour journey into things Carrie Fisher thinks are funny because people have told her they are... which if a former movie star looked you in the eye and asked you "was that a funny story?" you would of course laugh and say, "Oh Yes... Hilarious! You should write a book!"
I was hoping this book would have some humorous wisdom about growing up in Hollywood and growing up in general. I only found it painfully narcissistic and not relevant to anyone living "in the real world." She tries to make a joke out of the saying, "in the real world" as opposed to the world she lives in. Well, it is true, her world surely doesn't seem all that Real to me, and unfortunately, not funny either. At one point she describes trying to have sex with a lifesize likeness of herself, only to end with the punchline: "I couldn't - the doll is heterosexual and my penis has been revoked until the end of the financial crisis." (WTF?)
So, I gave it two stars because I admire the risks she takes in being that honest about her childhood and recovery, and because I did smile a few times. AND it's only three hours - not a huge investment of time and energy. Also, I like the fact that she is not blaming her parents outright for her dysfunction. A pleasant surprise - almost enough to get a third star... but not quite.
This is not an autobiography; this is a memoir of sorts; just some funny bits from a life lived at full tilt. The humor and insight Ms. Fisher reveals regarding her struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder is marvelous. I thought it was great. She does not complain or wallow in self pity; she has reached the stage in her life that she can laugh at the hard bits; and shares that with us. I think that perhaps older folks (40+) might enjoy this book more than younger people.
I enjoyed her reading; I thought it really added to the book. I enjoyed hearing about Cary Grant and Paul Simon; would have liked to hear more, but I liked what I heard. She swears and has a different sense of humor, but that's what I liked about it.
This is not a book of her life; it is a book of scenes from a life. Apparently, it's based on a nightclub act she is doing; I would love to see it. I have recommended and purchased it for friends. I say give it a try.
I guess that Carrie needed money for a new car or a swimmingpool. This is not a good book. The Carrie Fisher story is very interesting but this book should have been edited by a professional editor prior to publication. Some of the annoying parts of the story is that Carrie asks the listener/reader questions only to answer these herself with a wrong answer and she constantly goes "well", "anyway" "but". She does that at least 40 during the book. The story is interesting but Carrie sounds like she has been out on town the night before recording this book. Interesting person, unteresting audiobook.
"A life less serious"
Well, Carrie Fisher has definitely lived life to the full, there is honestly not much that she hasn't done from the list of 100 weird things to do before you die. She narrates this slice of her life with wry humour (sounding a bit slurred in places but frankly I'm not suprised) and is all the more engaging for it. She is clearly one of life's survivors and has reached a stage where she can look back objectively and appraise the people around her and make sense of their impact without blaming them. Because of what she is like, and who she is, this book inludes descriptions of a life as a child of a very famous filmstar and a whole range of bizzare incidents that frankly you wouldn't believe if I wrote them down. This is a fascinating insight into a unique life and its only about 4 hours long, so an excellent choice if you want an humourous and entertaining listen or want to be reminded that actually, your life isn't nearly as bad or complicated as you think!.
I loved this book. Carrie is brutally frank about her many problems, her narration of the book is great.
"Funny and insightful"
I was looking for something different from the fiction I had previously purchased and decided to go for a biography, and I was pleasently suprised. It's a very humorous insight in to the parentage, young life and personal issues of an actress who played one of the most memorable characters of the late 20th century.
Carrie's reading of this boook is fluid and personable, almost like she was talking to you! Highly recommended !
"Witty and well read"
Listening to Carrie Fisher read this adds to the enjoyable experience, I can't see how the "pepper pot pepper pot" scenes would translate anywhere near as good without Carrie reading it out aloud, superb listen, I thoroughly enjoyed it - probably helped as im of a generation that grew up with Star Wars and, later on, of another crowd of people who can relate to Carrie's struggles.
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