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Wishful Drinking Audiobook
Wishful Drinking
Written by: 
Carrie Fisher
Narrated by: 
Carrie Fisher
Wishful Drinking Audiobook

Wishful Drinking

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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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    A. Boekenoogen Seattle Wa 07-10-09
    A. Boekenoogen Seattle Wa 07-10-09 Member Since 2014
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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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
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    "Life is tragic and as funny as hell."

    I've loved all of Carrie Fisher's work. This is laugh-out loud funny especially because she is reading it. Her version of her mother's (Debbie Reynolds) voice is worth the price of the book. But most of all, what I've taken from all of Fisher's writing is that you need to see the humor in pain and tragedy in order to get through it. Her life is testament to this--and there's not an ounce of self-pity.

    1 of 2 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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    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-13-09
    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-13-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Narcissistic Entertainment at best"

    Wow... not really that funny at all. I suppose there were a few smiles, but the people that have claimed 'rolling with laughter' in their reviews must have rolled something else before listening to this book. It is a three hour journey into things Carrie Fisher thinks are funny because people have told her they are... which if a former movie star looked you in the eye and asked you "was that a funny story?" you would of course laugh and say, "Oh Yes... Hilarious! You should write a book!"

    I was hoping this book would have some humorous wisdom about growing up in Hollywood and growing up in general. I only found it painfully narcissistic and not relevant to anyone living "in the real world." She tries to make a joke out of the saying, "in the real world" as opposed to the world she lives in. Well, it is true, her world surely doesn't seem all that Real to me, and unfortunately, not funny either. At one point she describes trying to have sex with a lifesize likeness of herself, only to end with the punchline: "I couldn't - the doll is heterosexual and my penis has been revoked until the end of the financial crisis." (WTF?)

    So, I gave it two stars because I admire the risks she takes in being that honest about her childhood and recovery, and because I did smile a few times. AND it's only three hours - not a huge investment of time and energy. Also, I like the fact that she is not blaming her parents outright for her dysfunction. A pleasant surprise - almost enough to get a third star... but not quite.






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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09
    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09 Member Since 2011
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    "the woman is close to genius."

    laugh out loud hilarious. I had no idea she was so funny. I can't imagine why anyone would not enjoy this...maybe other folks were hoping for something more princess Leiah? I am not a huge Star Wars fan, not that I hate it. anyhow, my other comic faves have included David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Paula Poundstone, Sarah Silverman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barbara Brookside, Australia 01-21-09
    barbara Brookside, Australia 01-21-09 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
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    "Very enjoyable. I recommed it."

    I wanted to go to Carrie's theatre presentation of Wishful Drinking, but couldn't. This did the trick for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey east amherst, NY, United States 07-07-16
    Tracey east amherst, NY, United States 07-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fierce like her Mom - Love Carrie!"

    Wow. what a story. Carrie Fisher is an amazing person who has great life experience. Her writing is excellent, smart, engaging. Hoping she writes more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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