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Wishful Drinking Audiobook

Wishful Drinking

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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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    Theodora N. Strickland 12-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wishfull Drinking"

    Not long enough. Very funny. Makes you laugh out loud.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
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    "Life is tragic and as funny as hell."

    I've loved all of Carrie Fisher's work. This is laugh-out loud funny especially because she is reading it. Her version of her mother's (Debbie Reynolds) voice is worth the price of the book. But most of all, what I've taken from all of Fisher's writing is that you need to see the humor in pain and tragedy in order to get through it. Her life is testament to this--and there's not an ounce of self-pity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-13-09
    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-13-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Narcissistic Entertainment at best"

    Wow... not really that funny at all. I suppose there were a few smiles, but the people that have claimed 'rolling with laughter' in their reviews must have rolled something else before listening to this book. It is a three hour journey into things Carrie Fisher thinks are funny because people have told her they are... which if a former movie star looked you in the eye and asked you "was that a funny story?" you would of course laugh and say, "Oh Yes... Hilarious! You should write a book!"

    I was hoping this book would have some humorous wisdom about growing up in Hollywood and growing up in general. I only found it painfully narcissistic and not relevant to anyone living "in the real world." She tries to make a joke out of the saying, "in the real world" as opposed to the world she lives in. Well, it is true, her world surely doesn't seem all that Real to me, and unfortunately, not funny either. At one point she describes trying to have sex with a lifesize likeness of herself, only to end with the punchline: "I couldn't - the doll is heterosexual and my penis has been revoked until the end of the financial crisis." (WTF?)

    So, I gave it two stars because I admire the risks she takes in being that honest about her childhood and recovery, and because I did smile a few times. AND it's only three hours - not a huge investment of time and energy. Also, I like the fact that she is not blaming her parents outright for her dysfunction. A pleasant surprise - almost enough to get a third star... but not quite.






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    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09
    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09 Member Since 2011
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    "the woman is close to genius."

    laugh out loud hilarious. I had no idea she was so funny. I can't imagine why anyone would not enjoy this...maybe other folks were hoping for something more princess Leiah? I am not a huge Star Wars fan, not that I hate it. anyhow, my other comic faves have included David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Paula Poundstone, Sarah Silverman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
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    "Very enjoyable. I recommed it."

    I wanted to go to Carrie's theatre presentation of Wishful Drinking, but couldn't. This did the trick for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-15-08
    Kathy Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-15-08
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    "I want to like this more than I actually do"

    THis poor book. I actually feel kind of sorry for it. It means to be funny, but it somehow falls flat. It's like reading the transcript of your favorite show. There's no doubt in my mind that this is a hilarious stage show. It just doesn't do much in the book department - even with the author reading it. I LOVE Carrie Fisher and will go see her show Wishful Drinking if it comes to my town. THis book is a better value if checked out from the library.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Naestved, Denmark 02-24-10
    Jan Naestved, Denmark 02-24-10
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    "Not so good"

    I guess that Carrie needed money for a new car or a swimmingpool. This is not a good book. The Carrie Fisher story is very interesting but this book should have been edited by a professional editor prior to publication. Some of the annoying parts of the story is that Carrie asks the listener/reader questions only to answer these herself with a wrong answer and she constantly goes "well", "anyway" "but". She does that at least 40 during the book. The story is interesting but Carrie sounds like she has been out on town the night before recording this book. Interesting person, unteresting audiobook.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa GautengSouth Africa 03-02-09
    Lisa GautengSouth Africa 03-02-09
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    "Grating becomes irratating"

    Although Carrie Fisher's life is pretty interesting I couldn't handle her grating jarring narration .... I should have listened to the sampler I know! Not only that but Fisher starts in the middle of her life and seems to leap frog all over the place. It's hard to get a sense of time and place from her rambling and I'm sad to say I stopped listening 30mins in and can't bear to go back. A disappointment indeed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Kunz 06-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious!"

    Tragic comedy at its best. I loved it and would recommend this book to anyone but especially those over 60, who knew and loved Debbie Reynolds and Star Wars, too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    05-26-17
    05-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    Refreshing and compelling hearing Carrie Fisher telling you about her life and family in her own words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Sam Gregge
    1/8/17
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    "A national treasure. wonderfully funny and honest"

    Listen to this. The lady can speak for herself. I haven't laughed that much in public in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoey E Nealon
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    1/5/17
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    "FANTASTIC, INSIGHTFUL AND VERY FUNNY!"

    Fisher is incredibly open about her life, addictions and mental health. She sees the lighter side in most of her darker years and the love she has for her mother and daughter really shines through!

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  • Emma Fevrier
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    "Another gem"

    Took about 15 mins to get in to but was another charming and insightful listen from Carrie Fisher.

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  • Bookish Lara
    1/4/17
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    "Brilliant! Loved it."

    Another gem from Carrie Fisher. Hilarious, quick-witted & amazingly honest. She was a remarkable woman.

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  • Jamie Hynes
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    4/13/16
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    "Fame and misfortune"

    Finished it in one sitting. Fantastic, real insight into an amazing life of a troubled actress. 10/10
    for honesty and 10/10 for having amazing stories to tell.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S. Watson
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
    1/20/16
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    "Entertaining but way too short."

    A whole credit for a three chapter book. Hmmm...

    Fisher is a highly entertaining narrator so it's worth it I s'pose.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • emma
    8/26/16
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    "Short and not-so-sweet, like a shot of bourbon"

    Carrie Fisher's autobiography is a bit bitter, but interesting. Of course, there are plenty of stories about her iconic role as Princess Leia (I love the cover image!) and how this has affected her life. Imagine living in a world where someone has manufactured a life-size sex doll of you! ("Go f* yourself" has new meaning!) There's also a lot about her upbringing with celebrity parents and general Hollywood-type craziness.

    It's based on her one-woman show, which I think would be one of those shows that you go into thinking it's going to be stand-up, but is actually the performer using the audience as therapy. There are some laughs, but also tears, and occasional yelling.

    It's short, bitter and fascinating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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