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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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    Jan Naestved, Denmark 02-24-10
    Jan Naestved, Denmark 02-24-10
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    "Not so good"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theodora Dallas, Texas 12-03-09
    Theodora Dallas, Texas 12-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wishfull Drinking"

    Not long enough. Very funny. Makes you laugh out loud.

    1 of 1 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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09
    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09 Member Since 2011
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    "the woman is close to genius."

    laugh out loud hilarious. I had no idea she was so funny. I can't imagine why anyone would not enjoy this...maybe other folks were hoping for something more princess Leiah? I am not a huge Star Wars fan, not that I hate it. anyhow, my other comic faves have included David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Paula Poundstone, Sarah Silverman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
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    "Very enjoyable. I recommed it."

    I wanted to go to Carrie's theatre presentation of Wishful Drinking, but couldn't. This did the trick for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-03-15
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2014

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

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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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    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-13-09
    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-13-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Narcissistic Entertainment at best"

    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.






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    Katherine Walker 05-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I lost interest sorry"
    What disappointed you about Wishful Drinking?

    I thought by the title that it would focus on some thoughts on substance abuse and how she'd grown as an artist. Instead I got a pitch for electro-shock therapy, something my grandfather had, and not a topic I would choose to hear as I prefer other sorts of stories. I liked it for a while as it's witty and self-reflective, to a point. But then I lost interest because it felt a little too insular and feeling sorry for yourself -- that the ideas that fans masturbate offended her was my final, ah no, and I went for some 'brain-' pod casts you offer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Fisher again?

    Yes, if she were reading fiction or a children's story or postcards from the edge. I think her love of 'shock' therapy should be clearly acknowledged as in the other title 'shockaholic.' I like Miss Fisher a lot, and I empathize to a certain extent but it's too hollywood preachy for me, because I've been through far worse.


    What three words best describe Carrie Fisher’s voice?

    Wry, precise, thin


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wishful Drinking?

    the fourth mention of shock therapy or where it was placed -- perhaps leading into it but it literally felt like an ad for her doctor was coming next and I'd rather listen to jz read shakespeare or something more creative or give someone else a try... so sick of famous actors always getting all the work!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it's worth it to me to pay 14.95 a month to you on top of my amazon prime membership - if you offered a 7.99 add on no problem i'd do it but with spotify and tidal and itunes and amazon and kindle -- I will only listen periodically to a book here because I hate podcasts and you tube videos for my way of ingesting knowledge -- I prefer charts, diagrams and of course, I'm a television producer, so I present stories there. My "AUDIO" time is reserved for music which I already have on spotify and itunes -- the only way i'd move to amazon would be if you bought spotify and I could take all my playlists with me and make them more customizable.

    you tube music is a good product you should suggest modeling after them since google steals amazon's ideas.

    thanks for the opportunity to respond. I love Carrie Fisher, I loved star wars as a kid, just now, I'm into work with more revelations and spiritual truth.

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    Alejandro Labranque Zavala Santiago 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Self awareness & sarcasm all over the place."

    Carry was born in a golden cradle but rapidly turned into "one of us", sarcastic son of the #%@& .

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    Camila Alves 05-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and captivating"

    Makes you understand the internal battles of a hollywood royalty born to be star who battles her own demons.

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