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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This audiobook is like as if you're at a family reunion and your crazy drunk aunt starts telling you outrageous stories and dropping f-bombs, except this crazy drunk aunt is cooler than any crazy drunk aunt in your family because she was in Star Wars and married Paul Simon and was lectured on LSD usage by Cary Grant.
Carrie Fisher is thoroughly enjoying herself here, telling all her best stories about her bizarre life with a great deal of self-deprecation, bittersweet humour, swearing, and witty wordplay. The beginning is a little bit too rambling and disorganized, but once she gets into her family's background it becomes extremely addictive. Her shredded voice and world-weary tone only add to the tone.
You wouldn't want Carrie Fisher in your kitchen at 3am, but as an audiobook she's extremely entertaining.
One of the funniest books I've listened to. If you are even a casual Carrie Fischer fan you should get this book. Some colorful words but not overdone. A casual knowledge of her Princess Leah character will make this even more funny.
I totally enjoyed this book. even moreso because author read it. can't wait to hear more of her work. even though it is serious topics she made me laugh and couldn't stop listening.
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.
I tried to be interested in her life. I loved Postcards from the edge. But this was totally flat and uninteresting. Fisher comes off as entitled and doesn't read well. It is flat. Listen to Chelsea Handler if you want to hear a well read book.
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