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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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    Brandice Carlsbad, CA, United States 04-11-13
    Brandice Carlsbad, CA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm the crazy lady laughing at the gym!"

    This audiobook "reads" like catching up with an old friend! I have been listening to it while at the gym, and it has caused me to laugh, not chuckle, laugh out loud a few times.

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    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-13-12
    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun listen!"

    She really made me laugh in a couple of parts, but you have to really listen to this. Star Wars fan or not, you will appreciate it if you grew up with all the rage of the movie. This is a book I would re-listen to just for fun!

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    Jesper Copenhagen S, Denmark 11-12-12
    Jesper Copenhagen S, Denmark 11-12-12
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    "Dark and funny"
    If you could sum up Wishful Drinking in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Funny, Personal


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    She tells a sort of dark story in a funny way. Sharing very personal details


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh mostly


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    Marie Penaranda USA 09-20-12
    Marie Penaranda USA 09-20-12

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    "Let's drink to that!"
    If you could sum up Wishful Drinking in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, insightful and manicly insane


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    Yes, always her witty self even after the electro-shock therapy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no; goes to show I also have two moods and two completely different feelings about it. I want to hear everything all at once but at the same time, I wanted the story to go on and on. Just sad that it's only a three-hour or so narration. Wish it could have been longer.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

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    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 06-25-12
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Light, fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a laugh out loud audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wishful Drinking?

    I loved it when she described her infamous parents.


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    She seems to completely enjoy telling her story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. The book itself is hilarious and the narration is too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sisk San Francisco 06-10-12
    A. Sisk San Francisco 06-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Mostly sad. I wanna give Carrie Fisher a hug."
    What did you like best about Wishful Drinking? What did you like least?

    Its an interesting heartbreaking story. I really wish her the best. I think her novels are better than her biography because this runs towards therapy and away from entertainment. I found it exhausting to listen to.
    Knowing how badly Star Wars messed with her head kind of ruined the trilogy for me now.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Carrie is a great performer.


    Was Wishful Drinking worth the listening time?

    If you enjoy feeling uncomfortable and sad while reading, yes. I liked it enough, but I won't be listening to it again.


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    Darek Ellensburg, WA, United States 05-07-12
    Darek Ellensburg, WA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    What did you like best about Wishful Drinking? What did you like least?

    The story was just really boring and I couldn't tell if it was because of the boring story or just the kind average performance.


    What could Carrie Fisher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell your story more interesting-ly? I don't know. It's just the entire story was so crazy yet somehow really boring. I'm not exactly sure if it's just because everything was so nuts that it all started sounding pretty standard pretty quick or what. Also, she just seems like a very boring person who just doesn't tell her story very interesting-ly.
    Also, I had just recently listened to Kevin Smith's book and he's a MASTER of telling a good story so she sounded especially bad in comparison.


    What aspect of Carrie Fisher’s performance would you have changed?

    Sounds more interested


    Do you think Wishful Drinking needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Didn't listen to the entire book so I don't know.


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    J Smith 04-07-12
    J Smith 04-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not my favorite"
    What would have made Wishful Drinking better?

    I think Ms. Fisher is a great writer and I probably would have enjoyed reading her book instead of listening to her. She over acts in my opinion and it was distracting. Again, I love her writing; I just found her voice irritating.


    What was most disappointing about Carrie Fisher’s story?

    Her story is compelling and funny and a little glimpse into her life.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carrie Fisher’s performances?

    I would rather read her books instead of listening to her speak her story. She tries too hard to make it funny. She doesn't have to because it is already.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niklas Tygelsjo, Sweden 03-07-12
    Niklas Tygelsjo, Sweden 03-07-12 Member Since 2011

    A Swedish native living in southern Sweden comuting to Denmark for work each day. A lot of time in the car/train where Audible is a loyal companion.

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    "So, So.."
    What did you like best about Wishful Drinking? What did you like least?

    That the author read herself - gives a better feeling hearing her own words as intended when writing the book.
    A bit flimpsy and fragemented story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Fisher again?

    Perharps


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The outbursts is sometimes timed well and quite funny. The down side of it is that you can almost imagen her saying the the exact same words on stage - the book is like a transcript of her show.


    Could you see Wishful Drinking being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not so many juicy new details.

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    Stephanie CENTRAL ISLIP, NY, United States 02-20-12
    Stephanie CENTRAL ISLIP, NY, United States 02-20-12
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    "Carrie Fisher's a true comedian/story teller!!"
    Where does Wishful Drinking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook, and it was AMAZING! I wasn't sure about books on tape, so I went with a book written and narrated by a celebrity I was familiar with... ( I love old Hollywood circa. 1950's and Carrie Fisher is a product of old Hollywood so I went with it) Listening to the stories from her priviliaged yet surreal childhood is facinating, and listening to her troubles makes her relatable, while making light of it all with sarcasm. I highly recommend Wishful Drinking... Two Thumbs Up!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carrie Fisher's narration


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    It felt like she was speaking directly to me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    Great first listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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