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Wishful Drinking Audiobook

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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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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    Anders Denmark 01-27-16
    Anders Denmark 01-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

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    Tina PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI, United States 01-01-16
    Tina PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI, United States 01-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Crude humor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Wishful Drinking to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Carrie Fisher – was your favorite?

    This question does not apply to this particular book. Although, Carrie Fisher does a funny impression of her mother.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kathryn Prusick Gould 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This was a fun and entertaining book to listen to while knitting! I will definitely download another one of her books!

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    The Rogers Family Hermitage, TN United States 10-23-15
    The Rogers Family Hermitage, TN United States 10-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfully disjointed and off-kilter"

    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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    felicia jones 05-03-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    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!

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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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Early 30s Girl 07-14-13
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    "I love Carrie Fisher"

    Her writing is humorous and engaging and her narration is wonderful. I wished it were longer!

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    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 04-24-13
    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!

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    "Carrie Fisher is more than 'Princess Leia'."
    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't know anything about Carrie Fisher other than 'Princess Leia', so I was surprised by her dry wit, honesty, and ability to laugh at herself and her whole (mostly pathetically sad) life. This has definitely made me want to seek out more of her books. I found myself laughing out loud throughout. A jewel of a book. Well worth the listen.

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