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Wishful Drinking | [Carrie Fisher]

Wishful Drinking

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."
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    felicia jones 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Humorous and well told."

    She was able to show the seriousness of mental illness and substance abuse,with a great deal of humor and wit. And if you are suffring with any of these problems,or know anyone suffering. you can't help but get a better understanding. God bless her!! I love the book and and I love her!! Excellent book!

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    brenton miller 04-17-15 Member Since 2014

    jess

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    "Great book and author love Carrie fisher. Thanks"

    loved it brave actress and author sharing her story love Carrie fisher for being so bold and forthcoming with her story

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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

    Sort reviews 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!

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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!


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    Erin Davis Spokane, WA, US 05-27-14
    Erin Davis Spokane, WA, US 05-27-14
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    "Great Book! Hilarious Reading"
    What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

    I loved Carrie Fisher's reading. Hearing her laugh at her own writing was the best part....and there were so many parts that made her chuckle...


    What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her different tones and inflection based on the content. She yells when necessary or laughs or whatever when necessary and it makes the book so much better than if I were to have read it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to have heard a bit more about her Bipolar Diagnosis as I had heard this book was more tailored to, but overall I did enjoy the book thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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