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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I felt like it was just a story meant to be a lot of name dropping. Combine that with shouting all the points of the jokes made it rather awful.
Beside this, there were a little story in it, so I won't give it the worst score.
I recommend Shockaholic instead, if you have to choose.
Yes, I would recommend this book to friends. Carrie Fisher is down to earth and appreciative of the small things. If you can tolerate curse words, her humor is uplifting.
I have not read a memoir quite like Wishful Drinking. I find it hard to compare. This was the first book I read by Carrie Fisher but I would like to read her other works.
This question does not apply to this particular book. Although, Carrie Fisher does a funny impression of her mother.
Carrie Fisher is someone I would like to meet for a casual conversation. I could see us sitting back and talking about nothing in particular. I think she'd be a hoot.
I wish everyone with a mental illness could have the same attitude Carrie Fisher has in approaching their illness. She very humorously and bluntly lays out her issues, how they've affected her and her family and how she's chosen to treat them.
Her stories are great, her delivery is animated. It's almost like she's sitting at a dinner party with you, sharing stories. The stories themselves, and the narration, are a little off-kilter (sometimes it's hard to discern sarcasm) and she jumps from time frame to time frame, but it is a fun ride.
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