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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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    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-02-09
    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-02-09
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    "Fun but she shouldn't have read it"

    I found the book a lot of fun. It probably doesn't touch on as much Star Wars tidbits as some may hope for (with cover art like that.

    Like many books by celebrities there is a fair amount of name dropping and ego stroking yes, but I don't think she's as deliberate as some other reviewers have said. I do agree though her narration can be overwrought and annoying at times, especially when she raises her voice. Perhaps it would have been wise to have found someone who knows her sensibilities to have narrated instead.

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    A. Boekenoogen Seattle Wa 07-10-09
    A. Boekenoogen Seattle Wa 07-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great stories..."

    The only way to read this book is to listen to Carrie, herself, tell it...her wit and charm and emotion come through hilariously..

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    Waylon panama city , FL, USA 07-06-09
    Waylon panama city , FL, USA 07-06-09
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    "What a wonderful mess"

    I knew I liked Carrie Fisher for a reason. This is the first novel I have of hers and I love it. She spills the t on all the good stuff and she was there, I am so jealous. Anyway if you like to listen to someone dish about all the celebs, get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa GautengSouth Africa 03-02-09
    Lisa GautengSouth Africa 03-02-09
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    "Grating becomes irratating"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Brown 02-10-09
    Lucy Brown 02-10-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Mildly Entertaining"

    I agree with pamela from huntington beach,ca. i always have enjoyed carrie fisher's humor however, this book reading falls short of her full talent. Based on her nightclub act, i believe it would be much funnier in person. didn't get the full effect by the audiobook.

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    barbara Brookside, Australia 01-21-09
    barbara Brookside, Australia 01-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Funny but way too short"

    I found this entertaining and easy listening but it ended far too soon. Carrie is 52 when she writes the book, there has to be more to her life than this 3 hours. Some of her jokes are a little too close to the bone and may offend some, also sometimes it seemed like she was just about to get to the really good gossip and inside stories when the subject changed.

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    Kimberly cottage hills, IL, USA 12-12-08
    Kimberly cottage hills, IL, USA 12-12-08
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    "How sad"

    I'll never get those 3 hours and 8 minutes back. She was like the crazy aunt you can't wait to get out of your house. Would not recommend this one to anyone.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    kathryn Salisbury, NC, United States 06-18-10
    kathryn Salisbury, NC, United States 06-18-10
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    "FUNNY! And I NOW love Carrie Fisher!"

    So I'd like to ask the readers who gave this book a bad review, what did you expect from Carrie Fisher? A self help manual? Not a previous fan of Miss Fisher, I am now! She writes a marvelously funny book about some pretty sad events in her life, and she does it with humor. And not a hint of self pity, as I've read in so many other books by the children of famous people. I loved her "it is what it is" attitude, along with the obvious love she has for her mother. Yes, I laughed out loud! And, Carrie...PLEASE come over for a glass of wine anytime you'd like!

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    Curtis Hazlet, Saskatchewan, Canada 08-14-09
    Curtis Hazlet, Saskatchewan, Canada 08-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"

    I was disappointed with the quality of this work from Ms. Fisher. It turned out to be a great deal of whining and moaning. While I feel sorry for the way her life turned out, as a fan I expected something more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doyle Damascus, MD, United States 07-22-09
    Doyle Damascus, MD, United States 07-22-09
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    "No redeeming qualities"

    Best thing about this very lame book is that its only 3 hrs long. The people who gave it hilarious reviews must be strawpersons for Fisher. Some of her stories are mildly entertaining but the narration is always annoying. She way too often tries to make unfunny lines funny BY YELLING THE LAST FEW WORDS! As if that will suddenly make what she is saying funny. She also gives such wonderful sage advice as "If you ever get the chance to have Paul Simon write a song about you - DO IT!!!" (yelled into the mic with a rasping cigarette scratched voice). Oh, yes, so many of us will have the chance to make that decision. Overall this book is a pointless, narcissistic, name-dropping stroking of Carrie Fisher's ego, offers no useful wisdom or experience to draw from, and doesn't even explain things the listener might expect to learn about Carrie Fisher at a deeper level (guess maybe there isn't one).

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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