In a stunning literary debut, Carrie Fisher chronicles the excruciatingly funny adventures of Suzanne Vale, young film star and drug addict, who survives a rehab clinic only to rejoin the equally harrowing world of Hollywood. Out there on the edge, despair flips into hilarity, and we're left laughing as Suzanne struggles to come to terms with her various fantasylands. Carrie Fisher's reading of her first novel evokes the deliciously irreverent humor that forms the lens through which she looks at life in the '80s - stardom, drugs, success, sex, and insecurity.
Copyright ©1987 by Carrie Fisher; (P)1988 by Dove Books on Tape
"Carrie's book is savagely funny and savagely revealing. It makes Moby Dick seem like a big, fat, dumb book." (Steve Martin)
Yes, especially to those who deal with depression like I do. Some of the things the main character thought, were scarily similar to mine even though I've never done drugs much less been confined in Rehab.
None, really. I haven't read or listened to anything like this before. But, if we're going to include movies, this reminded me somewhat of Trainspotting. I don't know why, it just did.
This was the first audiobook I've listened to by Carrie Fisher. However, after this, I'm planning to get Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking next.
There's already a film based on this book. I'm planning to watch it, too. But tag line? Maybe "A visa for happiness. A lifetime pass for sadness." since that was my favorite line in the book and the one I identified most with.
This was short, and I listened to it at work to drown out the annoying sounds of my co-workers. I loved how Carrie Fisher narrated the entire thing, and my favorite part was when Suzanne was in rehab and how she described and interacted with the other patients. Some parts of this book made me laugh because of Carrie's dry, sarcastic wit. Other parts made me unutterably sad and melancholy because it described a lot of the feelings and thoughts I've had over the years during my lowest points.
up at the top for sure
hard to pick - all so good
I guess Carrie herself, how amazing to have survived all that and able to laugh at herself
Avid listener on my daily commute!
No, but equally good
Absolutely--I have and will!
Because she's an actress, she can bring the story to life with her vocal inflections. She perhaps reads a tad too fast here, which was sometimes less than optimal given how much went on in the emotional life of her character.
Carrie herself, of course Dinah), and her mother (and grandmother) if at all possible!
I do wishe Carrie Fisher's voice had remained this smooth and normal-sounding over the years!
Good presentation about the thoughts of a successful film actress with problems dealing with her life and interactions in Hollywood. But I got a little bored by the end.
Presumably it some what based on her own life, before she became an accomplished writer.
It was entertaining enough
The book wasn't bad. It did feel kinda short. It was unclear who the main character was and it was hard to follow at times. It's not really a biography. It's a weird book. Not bad, not great. I'd be inclined to read some of her other books, though.
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