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 thought by the title that it would focus on some thoughts on substance abuse and how she'd grown as an artist. Instead I got a pitch for electro-shock therapy, something my grandfather had, and not a topic I would choose to hear as I prefer other sorts of stories. I liked it for a while as it's witty and self-reflective, to a point. But then I lost interest because it felt a little too insular and feeling sorry for yourself -- that the ideas that fans masturbate offended her was my final, ah no, and I went for some 'brain-' pod casts you offer.
Yes, if she were reading fiction or a children's story or postcards from the edge. I think her love of 'shock' therapy should be clearly acknowledged as in the other title 'shockaholic.' I like Miss Fisher a lot, and I empathize to a certain extent but it's too hollywood preachy for me, because I've been through far worse.
Wry, precise, thin
the fourth mention of shock therapy or where it was placed -- perhaps leading into it but it literally felt like an ad for her doctor was coming next and I'd rather listen to jz read shakespeare or something more creative or give someone else a try... so sick of famous actors always getting all the work!
I don't know if it's worth it to me to pay 14.95 a month to you on top of my amazon prime membership - if you offered a 7.99 add on no problem i'd do it but with spotify and tidal and itunes and amazon and kindle -- I will only listen periodically to a book here because I hate podcasts and you tube videos for my way of ingesting knowledge -- I prefer charts, diagrams and of course, I'm a television producer, so I present stories there. My "AUDIO" time is reserved for music which I already have on spotify and itunes -- the only way i'd move to amazon would be if you bought spotify and I could take all my playlists with me and make them more customizable.
you tube music is a good product you should suggest modeling after them since google steals amazon's ideas.
thanks for the opportunity to respond. I love Carrie Fisher, I loved star wars as a kid, just now, I'm into work with more revelations and spiritual truth.
Carry was born in a golden cradle but rapidly turned into "one of us", sarcastic son of the #%@& .
One of the funniest books I've listened to. If you are even a casual Carrie Fischer fan you should get this book. Some colorful words but not overdone. A casual knowledge of her Princess Leah character will make this even more funny.
I totally enjoyed this book. even moreso because author read it. can't wait to hear more of her work. even though it is serious topics she made me laugh and couldn't stop listening.
I felt like it was just a story meant to be a lot of name dropping. Combine that with shouting all the points of the jokes made it rather awful.
Beside this, there were a little story in it, so I won't give it the worst score.
I recommend Shockaholic instead, if you have to choose.
Yes, I would recommend this book to friends. Carrie Fisher is down to earth and appreciative of the small things. If you can tolerate curse words, her humor is uplifting.
I have not read a memoir quite like Wishful Drinking. I find it hard to compare. This was the first book I read by Carrie Fisher but I would like to read her other works.
This question does not apply to this particular book. Although, Carrie Fisher does a funny impression of her mother.
Carrie Fisher is someone I would like to meet for a casual conversation. I could see us sitting back and talking about nothing in particular. I think she'd be a hoot.
I wish everyone with a mental illness could have the same attitude Carrie Fisher has in approaching their illness. She very humorously and bluntly lays out her issues, how they've affected her and her family and how she's chosen to treat them.
Her stories are great, her delivery is animated. It's almost like she's sitting at a dinner party with you, sharing stories. The stories themselves, and the narration, are a little off-kilter (sometimes it's hard to discern sarcasm) and she jumps from time frame to time frame, but it is a fun ride.
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