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Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and perfectly poised on the heels of Wishful Drinking's instant New York Times best-selling success, Shockaholic takes listeners on another rollicking ride into her crazy life.

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times best-seller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old. Fisher delves into the gritty details that made the movie - and herself - such a phenomenal success, admitting, "It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers."

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So grateful

That she shared so much with us before she passed. One can only imagine what was left unwritten. Rest in peace, Carrie.

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  • amanda
  • ventura, CA, United States
  • 01-02-12

Shockaholic

Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really liked this book. It had some interesting stories about her encounters with the Dem senators, her relationship with her dad, and her shock therapy. She had a good reading voice that kept my interest and she has the mouth of a sailor. I was entertained by it and it wasn't too long. I'd recommend this book

Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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  • Andi
  • Torrance, CA, United States
  • 12-11-11

Fun and Intelligent read

Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Way up there. Author is witty and insightful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shockaholic?

Pointing out that what's experienced in childhood (in her case celebrity) becomes normal.

What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Since the author reads the book herself it feels like she's telling you HER story. Plus, unlike some authors who read their own books, she's an actress so is able to do it well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she spoke about her pain and how drugs were used to numb it.

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  • Brianna
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 12-05-11

Funny, sad, and very satisfying.

Would you consider the audio edition of Shockaholic to be better than the print version?

Carrie Fisher is one of the great American humorists and her timing and inflections are infinitely better than anything my mind could come up with. Her story is deeply personal and it is somewhere between a treat and an honor to hear her narrate her story.

What other book might you compare Shockaholic to and why?

Wishful Drinking

Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but I want to hear everything she's done now.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Carrie Fisher's depiction of her father and their relationship was deeply moving. Eddie Fisher didn't deserve her love or forgiveness but she deserved to give it. The same with her building a relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, no one would fault Carrie Fisher for resenting Liz, but the scene where she let's Liz push her into a pool was cathartic and healing for both of the--only in Carrie Fisher's world does this happen!

Any additional comments?

This is great to listen to in your car or home, but be careful in public because you might alarm strangers by snorting with laughter.

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  • Bronwyn
  • Balwyn East, Australia
  • 06-11-12

Carrie Fisher's closet

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a compelling listen with great warmth, sardonic humour, and cutting perceptions about a life observed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shockaholic?

Fisher has the art of observation nailed; of others and herself she can sum up a complex situation in a sentence. The more complex ones, in a word.

What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The exasperation of her life predicaments.

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  • Nikki
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 09-24-13

NOT even close to Wishful Drinking

Would you try another book from Carrie Fisher and/or Carrie Fisher?

I have been a huge fan of Carrie Fisher and "Wishful Drinking" (The book and the one-woman show) so I was excited to listen to this one. It was such a disappointment. It was essentially a afterthought - should not pass as it's own book - maybe as an extra few chapters that should have been cut from "Wishful Drinking." She spends more time talking about Michael Jackson than she does most anything else. The only touching moments were discussing her relationship with her father, which she doesn't go into much in WD. Overall it was bland, boring, and I found myself impatient for it to end. A very sad thing for a fan like me to say.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

She sounded bored through most of it, which seemed to make me, in turn, bored with her.

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Loved it!

This is a great book! She was open and candid about her, her mother, her father and all that she has gone through with depression. You can tell in some segments that she is a bit tired, then others she is more upbeat in her vocal tone. All in all, it was such a fantastic book that I "liked" her Facebook page and invited her to lunch in July when I go back to California. Whether she takes the invite or not, who knows, but she is the type of personality that I could really connect with. My favorite part is the last, when she speaks of the time she finally had with her father, Eddie Fisher.

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A satisfying, but different, 2nd installment

What did you love best about Shockaholic?

Carrie Fisher was a one-of-a-kind woman with stories that will never age and a wit that will live on. While we were told one part of her life in her first memoir, "Wishful Drinking," we get a completely different take here.

Any additional comments?

I will say, though, that this is a more subdued book. Fisher is less animated and more matter-of-fact..and the narration is a tad slow. However, that is not much of a problem when you up the speed to 1.25

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Michael Primeau

Excellent, isn't it too often the way, that you truly don t begin to realize how amazing a person is until they are gone.

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Really great storytelling.



I never saw her shows. I wasn't a big fan of her movies — more the content of the films than her, truthfully. And, then, I happened to hear her reading from her book here (sample clip from Audible.com), and boom: I was instantly hooked in about 2 minutes.

I'm almost finished the first-through, and I will re-listen to it as soon as I'm done. Delightful.

She brings magic to any topic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful