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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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