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Wishful Drinking Audiobook

Wishful Drinking

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Publisher's Summary

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

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.

©2008 Delinquence, Inc.; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Kathy Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-15-08
    Kathy Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-15-08
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    "I want to like this more than I actually do"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 04-03-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 04-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    "Love Carrie's humor; Hate Carrie's new voice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, i don't think so, even though i give away copies of the print version as gifts to particularly funny and savvy friends. Carrie's voice when she was younger (i.e., her Postcards From the Edge voice) was fine and flawless, her articulation crisp and clear. This sounds like a whole different person--one who has suffered a stroke, wears ill-fitting dentures, and/or has spent a lifetime of drinking while smoking. The voice is hoarse, harsh, grating, mildly dysarthric, and produced at such a slow rate that it kills the humor.


    Would you recommend Wishful Drinking to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only the print version, not the audiobook!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Carrie could have allowed someone else (e.g., someone younger, and a non-smoker/drinker, with a better voice....maybe her daughter Billie who she's always praising in the book?) to read it instead of reading it herself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It wouldnt work as a film, as the filmed version of her one-woman show doesnt work. The problem is her fifty-something delivery--it's slow and clunky, whereas her thirtysomething delivery was rapidfire and whip-smart.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and buy the print version!! It's literally laugh-out-loud funny; you'll find yourself reading parts of it out loud to your significant other, with both of you laughing so hard you'll barely be able to catch your breath long enough to read the next sentence! Carrie sure can write, and such a wit!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 02-03-09
    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 02-03-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Witty, hilarious listen!"

    Just the most ironic, laugh-out-loud, authentic-sounding memoir I've read in a long time. The artist formerly known as Princess Leia lays out rolicking wit similar in flat, deadpan delivery to David Sedaris. Provided in a raspy, too-many-cigarettes voice, Carrie Fisher's narrative of her trip through lala land is a stunner.

    A must listen!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN 08-18-16
    JOHN 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    Overall, a fun listen. Carrie's candor is warm, but sometimes uncomfortable - appropriate, really. I have recommended this to friends.

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    Chetan 05-31-14
    Chetan 05-31-14

    So many books, so little time!

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    "HIGHLY recommend this laugh out loud book."
    What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

    What a great story and Carrie's narration was perfect! Well done Ms. Fisher!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-06-10
    Linda 11-06-10
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    "Wishful drinking"

    Ms. Fisher continues her story of addiction. I found her to be less than respectful, sarcastic if not caustic about those she includes in the story both family and others. It seems there is an effort made to name drop and dish the nasty about those for whom she is less than kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Benson, NC, United States 07-06-10
    Guy Benson, NC, United States 07-06-10
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    "Terrible!!!!"

    After the first 15 minutes I just wanted to tell Carrie to stick a light sabre in it. She is a BITTER woman about EVERYTHING in her life. On top of it all her delivery is very unfunny. Her jabs at George Bush and Sarah Palin are very hackneyed and behind the times. Her voice will put hair on your back. Save your money, time and ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew M. Woodward Oman 06-12-10
    Andrew M. Woodward Oman 06-12-10

    Sandhappy

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    "Good story but the reading..."

    Great story, but someone else should have read it. Goodness she is OTT.

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    Wendy 02-19-10
    Wendy 02-19-10
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    "Love that carrie reads this one"

    I will never look at Princess Leia the same again. I love her open heart approach to sharing the real parts of her life that aren't so bright and shiney and well as those that are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
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    "Life is tragic and as funny as hell."

    I've loved all of Carrie Fisher's work. This is laugh-out loud funny especially because she is reading it. Her version of her mother's (Debbie Reynolds) voice is worth the price of the book. But most of all, what I've taken from all of Fisher's writing is that you need to see the humor in pain and tragedy in order to get through it. Her life is testament to this--and there's not an ounce of self-pity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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