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Wishful Drinking Audiobook

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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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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    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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    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 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Altman 10-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "flat"

    I tried to be interested in her life. I loved Postcards from the edge. But this was totally flat and uninteresting. Fisher comes off as entitled and doesn't read well. It is flat. Listen to Chelsea Handler if you want to hear a well read book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brenton miller 04-17-15 Member Since 2014

    jess

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    "Great book and author love Carrie fisher. Thanks"

    loved it brave actress and author sharing her story love Carrie fisher for being so bold and forthcoming with her story

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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-03-15
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2014

    SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!

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    "Love Carrie's humor; Hate Carrie's new voice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, i don't think so, even though i give away copies of the print version as gifts to particularly funny and savvy friends. Carrie's voice when she was younger (i.e., her Postcards From the Edge voice) was fine and flawless, her articulation crisp and clear. This sounds like a whole different person--one who has suffered a stroke, wears ill-fitting dentures, and/or has spent a lifetime of drinking while smoking. The voice is hoarse, harsh, grating, mildly dysarthric, and produced at such a slow rate that it kills the humor.


    Would you recommend Wishful Drinking to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only the print version, not the audiobook!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Carrie could have allowed someone else (e.g., someone younger, and a non-smoker/drinker, with a better voice....maybe her daughter Billie who she's always praising in the book?) to read it instead of reading it herself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It wouldnt work as a film, as the filmed version of her one-woman show doesnt work. The problem is her fifty-something delivery--it's slow and clunky, whereas her thirtysomething delivery was rapidfire and whip-smart.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and buy the print version!! It's literally laugh-out-loud funny; you'll find yourself reading parts of it out loud to your significant other, with both of you laughing so hard you'll barely be able to catch your breath long enough to read the next sentence! Carrie sure can write, and such a wit!

    0 of 1 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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Fiona San Sebastian, SpainSpain 02-23-09
    Fiona San Sebastian, SpainSpain 02-23-09
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    "Unfunny"

    The humour was lost on me. Maybe it's American humour. I found it distasteful mostly. I admit I did smile at some similes but that's about it. I would not recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Kentfield, CA, USA 02-03-09
    Denise Kentfield, CA, USA 02-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Talk Therapy"

    Carrie Fisher doesn't read the book, she screams it. Then same old story about substance abuse and mental illness from a Hollywood celebrity.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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