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 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.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
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.
Only the print version, not the audiobook!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Carrie Fisher's life is pretty interesting I couldn't handle her grating jarring narration .... I should have listened to the sampler I know! Not only that but Fisher starts in the middle of her life and seems to leap frog all over the place. It's hard to get a sense of time and place from her rambling and I'm sad to say I stopped listening 30mins in and can't bear to go back. A disappointment indeed.
"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!.
"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.
I loved this book. Carrie is brutally frank about her many problems, her narration of the book is great.
"Short, scattered electro shock therapy story"
As much as I love Carrie Fisher, this isn't really a book (or in my case, an audiobook). It's a three hour transcript of her recent stand-up show, and as a book it's a bit if a mess. It's all other the place, repeating itself unawares, and filled with a dizzying amount of name-dropping, family trees, and vague references to interviews and scandals you need to Google to understand further.
It also evangelizes constantly about electro-shock therapy. It honestly doesn't stop. I understand it means a lot to her, but I wish it had been advertised as the ECT recovery memoir it is. The book says a lot about how amazing ECT is without addressing that it's a *last resort* when other therapy options have failed.
a bittersweet read. such a wonderful mind, she had. she unashamedly talks about mental illness in a very authentic way.
"Entertaining but way too short."
A whole credit for a three chapter book. Hmmm...
Fisher is a highly entertaining narrator so it's worth it I s'pose.
"Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking is a masterpiece."
A fantastic autobiography of one of my heroes brilliant! Her honest struggle with mental health, drugs and alcohol makes you realise what this wonderful woman has gone through. I also struggle with been a manic so just to hear her soothing voice just saying it will be okay, is comforting
"Wit galore, but ever so short"
Having listened to a lot of interviews with Carrie, I might have been expecting a bit too much from this collection of anecdotes. She makes for a fantastic narrator, but the book lacks substance, only touching on such topics like her relationship with Paul Simon or influence of places she lived in.
"Funny, honest, thoughtful and entertaining"
Interesting personal account of addiction/ substance misuse, recovery, mental health, family relationships and of course showbiz life. Great performance by the author.
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