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Wishful Drinking Audiobook

Wishful Drinking

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Publisher's Summary

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
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 12-18-08 Member Since 2005
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    "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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Day 05-10-17
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    "Entertaining and enlightening"

    This book was hilarious, with interesting insight into Bipolar Disorder and addiction. Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.

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    Jennifer 05-02-17
    Jennifer 05-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    Such a hard-hitting hilarious book about crap we go through in life, only with a celebrity, Star Wars, alcoholic, drug addict, Bipolar twist. And nothing can beat Carrie narrating it. I'm so glad she did. Miss you Carrie & thank you.

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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 01-02-17
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 01-02-17 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chetan 05-31-14
    Chetan 05-31-14

    So many books, so little time!

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    "HIGHLY recommend this laugh out loud book."
    What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

    What a great story and Carrie's narration was perfect! Well done Ms. Fisher!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.






    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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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  • mr s j w dax
    3/16/17
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    "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
    3/4/17
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    "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
    2/27/17
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    "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
    2/16/17
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    "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
    2/1/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ej_1991
    1/24/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jon de bolt
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    1/21/17
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    "Rollercoaster!!"

    I'm so glad that I chose this Autobiography of the late Carrie Fisher.
    A life cut short, however, Carrie Fisher narrates her autobiography with wit and even manages to make her rollercoaster life story so engaging from the first sentence. I laughed so much; even she laughs as she reads. I highly recommend you buy this audiobook, and tell your friends to do the same. Moving, funny, very frank, and extremely revealing.
    I've listened to this three times already. Superb!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    1/12/17
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    "Brutally Honest"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nóirín Ní Ghallachóir
    1/10/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/10/17
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    "Amazing - funny, but true!"

    This book was fantastic! Carrie's approach to life is this: "If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable."

    This is touched on within every paragraph within the book - extremely funny; the way that she approaches these subjects about her life is to be admired.

    I would 100% recommend to someone who wants an interesting book, filled with humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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