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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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    J Smith 04-07-12
    J Smith 04-07-12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Gabriel New York, New York, United States 10-17-11
    Gabriel New York, New York, United States 10-17-11

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    "Funny, yet poignant"

    Carrie is truly a survivor in every sense of the word. Her adaptation of the one-woman show by the same name of the book is truly sensational. I have to admit to many a moment of embarrassment as I burst out in laughter while listening to her on the subway. While her story has profoundly sad moments, her overall attitude to life, after everything she's gone through is a message of hope to many. Well done, Carrie! And thanks for sharing!

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    Jody Forestville, Australia 09-25-11
    Jody Forestville, Australia 09-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Hello, new jokes needed"

    I enjoyed the work and the story but found it fell flat towards the end. The same emphasis though out the book wears thin at the end.

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    Trudy Spokane, WA, United States 05-09-11
    Trudy Spokane, WA, United States 05-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"

    Enjoyed hearing the author actually read her story which she did an excellent job. Would suggest this book for that reason alone.

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    Fr. M. David CT, USA 02-04-11
    Fr. M. David CT, USA 02-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Hillarious, engaging but beforewarned crass"

    It was an incredibly fun listen but given the nature of the events told it is a raunchy where you wouldn't listen with the family in the car. Yet a very well told tale that thoroughly engaging and funny.

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    Aaron 12-10-10
    Aaron 12-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen"

    Even if you are not a Star Wars fan, this book is a great listen.
    Her narration is fantastic and her delivery is wrought with dry humour.
    This is not about Star Wars but about a person and how she copes with live

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    Georgina Portland, OR, United States 11-23-10
    Georgina Portland, OR, United States 11-23-10
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    "disappointing"

    I aodred carrie Fisher's earlier books, but this is sadly a story that would have been better off just left in her diary. She refers to her self-absorption deprecatingly, but it doesn't allay the fact that it is just a self-absorbed monologue.

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    Linda 11-06-10
    Linda 11-06-10
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    "Wishful drinking"

    Ms. Fisher continues her story of addiction. I found her to be less than respectful, sarcastic if not caustic about those she includes in the story both family and others. It seems there is an effort made to name drop and dish the nasty about those for whom she is less than kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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