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 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.
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.
loved it brave actress and author sharing her story love Carrie fisher for being so bold and forthcoming with her story
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
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.
Only the print version, not the audiobook!
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
Carrie Fisher doesn't read the book, she screams it. Then same old story about substance abuse and mental illness from a Hollywood celebrity.
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