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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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.
The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.
What a gem! This is delightful. I'm on my 2nd listen — and, I want to do a 3rd one as soon as the 2nd run-through is finished.
Very direct and heart felt story of her life with an emphasis on her interior struggles and relationships. Enjoyable to listen to but I wouldn't have wanted to spend more time with her. Sad now that she has passed on.
I don't know if I just got used to her self absorption or if it really just got funnier-- but I was ready to stop after her intro. I'm really glad I pushed past it tho because this was very entertaining and interesting. I imagine it could also be helpful for someone in need of electro shock treatment and I'm so glad that it helped Carrie lead a happier life in her 50s.
A good read for the undiagnosed. I think October 21st is a significant day for the mentally weary. By the way, I am a fellow Libra sharing the same birthday as Carrie....
Ironically I'm addicted to Carri Fischer..... can't stop with her books, next stop Shockaholic, her style is so honest and witty yet wise.
This book is phenomenal and her show based on the book is hilarious but to hear this book read by her is awesome. I am part of the few who did not become a fan of Carrie Fisher due to Star Wars to be honest I have never seen any on the franchise. No I became a fan of Carrie Fisher through her being a champion of mental illness it was her who made me realize I shouldn't be ashamed of having mental illness but I should embrace it because it makes me unique. Each of her books are amazing and they allow her legacy to continue to inspire others and this makes her the Immortal Carrie Fisher. She maybe gone however she left us her words and her roles to get us through.
"A national treasure. wonderfully funny and honest"
Listen to this. The lady can speak for herself. I haven't laughed that much in public in a long time.
"FANTASTIC, INSIGHTFUL AND VERY FUNNY!"
Fisher is incredibly open about her life, addictions and mental health. She sees the lighter side in most of her darker years and the love she has for her mother and daughter really shines through!
Took about 15 mins to get in to but was another charming and insightful listen from Carrie Fisher.
"Brilliant! Loved it."
Another gem from Carrie Fisher. Hilarious, quick-witted & amazingly honest. She was a remarkable woman.
"Fame and misfortune"
Finished it in one sitting. Fantastic, real insight into an amazing life of a troubled actress. 10/10
for honesty and 10/10 for having amazing stories to tell.
"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.
"Short and not-so-sweet, like a shot of bourbon"
Carrie Fisher's autobiography is a bit bitter, but interesting. Of course, there are plenty of stories about her iconic role as Princess Leia (I love the cover image!) and how this has affected her life. Imagine living in a world where someone has manufactured a life-size sex doll of you! ("Go f* yourself" has new meaning!) There's also a lot about her upbringing with celebrity parents and general Hollywood-type craziness.
It's based on her one-woman show, which I think would be one of those shows that you go into thinking it's going to be stand-up, but is actually the performer using the audience as therapy. There are some laughs, but also tears, and occasional yelling.
It's short, bitter and fascinating.
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