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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It has it all! Growing up Hollywood to being strangled by her bra naked in the Moonlight wonderful enjoyable book to listen to anytime if you enjoyed this book please read Postcards From The Edge
For anyone who truly appreciates the humor that comes from irony. Carrie lets you know you are not alone. You could read this by yourself, but hearing her read it you get to enjoy all of the comeedic timing as intended.
I know some reviews dislike her voice and delivery. Here's the thing it was a one woman stage show first. It's like a one sided conversation with her. She says anyway a lot, a lot, a lot. You move past it if you accept that this is more a talk than a novel. I like her deep raspy voice. I like her little giggles, some of her choices to for emphasis I feel are awkward. But all in all I've been meaning to get to this one for awhile because I relate to the mental illness but I shied away because of the reviews. Sadly I listened to it all in one day, the day after her mother died, 2 days after she died. It's quite bittersweet now, sad with a smile as she jokes about her death and her mother does as well, sorta. It's a good listen. It probably works better as an audio book because it was adapted from her stage show.
To live that kind of life, and then be able to laugh at it and write about it? Love her, and sorry she struggled so throughout her too brief time.
Immediately downloaded after Carrie Fisher's tragic passing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with the loss of a hero like I am. She was so funny, so honest, and just an all around beautiful person. This brought me closer to understanding her legacy, in no better way, than in her own words and incredible voice.
"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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