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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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  • P. Chavez
  • Huntington Beach, CA USA
  • 12-18-08

Falls Short

I have always loved Carrie Fisher's sense of humor and I still do. But this book sounds more like a letter to someone who doesn't know her history, who has the same mental problems, and she is trying to say, "See what I have been through and am still laughing. You can do it too." She does say that this is basically the monolog she recites and she wrote it down so not to forget it. Unfortunately, her reading of it falls short.

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great hearing her voice

Loved it! I know she had so many mental health struggles, but her one liners really made me laugh out loud

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Nothing short of amazing!

No one else could have read this... or lived it, with as much humor, insight and intelligence.

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Love Carrie!

I tried to put all 5 stars but my phone wouldn’t let me. Carrie is such a class act! Her candor and humor is unmatched. I’m only sorry that she stopped singing for 30 years...we missed a great voice!

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What's the point?

Carrie Fisher says several times she doesn't want to complain or talk about herself, but that is what the entire book is. And she carries on (and sounds like-has the old east coast broad voice) like she is an old lady; she was only 52 when she wrote the book, you would have thought by the way she carried on that she was 82! And didn't appreciate that she thinks Texans are white trash. Guess she isn't my cup of tea.

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Not a fan, boring!

found the voice irritating, definitely not what I was expecting and could barely finish it

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Very interesting

I grew up watching Star Wars and with the lovely Carrie Fisher’s recent death (rip) I thought I would listen to one of her books. I found it very interesting that she had had ECT and that she was bipolar. I also loved the way she narrated it. Definitely worth a listen to.

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Spectacular!

I set out to find a book after my bipolar II diagnosis and I found this one enlightening, heartfelt, and wonderful!

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Thank you, Carrie.

If anyone else had read this but the author, it would have been a travesty. Her honesty and humor were second to none. Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.

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Laughter through the tears

Loved listening to this as an audiobook performed by Fisher herself. I laughed a lot, but behind many of the laughs were tears. Tears that she had to experience life through the prism of mental illness and addiction. Tears that she was brave enough to share her journey with the world through her books. Tears that this amazing person has passed away, there will never be another Carrie Fisher. Goodbye, sweet princess!

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  • Dave
  • 03-28-17

Funny and honest and heartbreaking

Whilst it's cruel on her family and friends, it seems Carrie liked to party. Rest in peace

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  • Cath Ellison
  • 03-18-17

Most entertaining!

Carrie Fisher reading her own book was brilliantly entertaining and definitely added an extra dimension to the experience. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • mr s j w dax
  • 03-16-17

A Good Listen

This is a great short book and a nice insight into the author. Also so so FUNNY!

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  • Carolyn
  • 03-04-17

Trying to be funny?

I so struggled to get to the end of this book. Not wishing to speak ill of the dead but Carrie Fisher tells her life story as a string of comedy moments among the rich and famous. When in fact her struggles with alcohol and drug addictions and being bi-polar make for tragic listening!

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  • J. Hopkins
  • 02-27-17

A book for the History books. Must read.

Iconic, beautiful, inspiring and witty and funny as hell. Fantastic story from a fantastic women.

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  • Maciej Karwacki
  • 02-16-17

Wit galore, but ever so short

Having listened to a lot of interviews with Carrie, I might have been expecting a bit too much from this collection of anecdotes. She makes for a fantastic narrator, but the book lacks substance, only touching on such topics like her relationship with Paul Simon or influence of places she lived in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-17

Funny, honest, thoughtful and entertaining

Interesting personal account of addiction/ substance misuse, recovery, mental health, family relationships and of course showbiz life. Great performance by the author.

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  • ej_1991
  • 01-24-17

best ending ever

Carrie just broke me and made me with the ending of this book. I'm sorry I wasn't there to see her perform wishful drinking, it's funny warm and truely brilliant, much like the author. RIP courageous Carrie x

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  • Cynthia
  • 01-12-17

Brutally Honest

Riveting- unable to stop listening. What as amazing person Carrie was! Now have to listen to all her books.

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  • Nóirín Ní Ghallachóir
  • 01-10-17

Carried out loud.

Loved it, laughed out loud . No scalp left unscathed! It's a treasure that she narrated her books so that we can still have the pleasure of her wit and humour.