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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The hummer and the information.
Debbie wanting Carrie to have her child with Debbie's husband. Had me rolling.
Her wit is so much in her voice and how she tells a story. You would lose so much of it if you only read the book.
If you don't need a drink before, you will after.
Great book. She is at her best and she makes you feel like she is sitting down just with you and telling you all these stories. I loved it. I will miss her and her mother so much.
I loved this! I thought it would be a sad reflection on contributing factors to the author's substance use, but obviously it was my first time reading anything written by Carrie Fischer and my expectations were very wrong. This was funny and very "real."
Fit & Fab
Being both an alcoholic and bipolar I not only related to the story but also to her messed up sense of humor. This is a comedy book because it makes you laugh. And informative both about the author and the sickness. Perfect.
I loved everything she had to say, and her perspective and ability to be clear about her life was incredible. She was raw and honest. I found I did not want to stop reading. She is a great storyteller. I will read her other books for sure.
This book is pretty much cover to cover sarcasm which I would be fine with but it is also very vulgar and ribald, & that I just had trouble with.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
Loved listening to this as an audiobook performed by Fisher herself. I laughed a lot, but behind many of the laughs were tears. Tears that she had to experience life through the prism of mental illness and addiction. Tears that she was brave enough to share her journey with the world through her books. Tears that this amazing person has passed away, there will never be another Carrie Fisher. Goodbye, sweet princess!
Yes, because the Carrie Fishe's performance is vey good.
I felt empathy with Carrie.
This audiobook is very good. Carrie Fisher performed well. Also she showed all callous situations behind the sceanes. I bought this audibook after her mother's death, it was too touching to hear the way she remembered Debbie Reynolds, the way she faced the fact her mother was such a Hollywood star, and how it affect her whole life. The story is a little bit confusing but it reflects what is a bipolar mind. She was more than "Princess Lea", she was Carrie Fisher, a woman whom accept herself the way she was!
"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 !
"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.
"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.
"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
a bittersweet read. such a wonderful mind, she had. she unashamedly talks about mental illness in a very authentic way.
Riveting- unable to stop listening. What as amazing person Carrie was! Now have to listen to all her books.
"Carried out loud."
Loved it, laughed out loud . No scalp left unscathed! It's a treasure that she narrated her books so that we can still have the pleasure of her wit and humour.
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