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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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    ContinuityWorks 11-09-17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Kozel 10-28-17
    Kris Kozel 10-28-17 Member Since 2017
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Frew 10-21-17
    Kathy Frew 10-21-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Amazon Customer 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Monique Bondi Junction 10-11-17
    Monique Bondi Junction 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PoppeLePew 10-01-17
    PoppeLePew 10-01-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Stephanie 09-16-17
    Stephanie 09-16-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Dexter georgia 07-31-17
    Dexter georgia 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Carrie was a great writer"

    I truly enjoyed all the series in this book and to know that she is not going along with her mother. Great stories of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie's true love for each other.

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    Amanda Tate Baltimore, MD 07-27-17
    Amanda Tate Baltimore, MD 07-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So Funny, So Poignant, So Authentic."
    If you could sum up Wishful Drinking in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant. Tragic. Lovely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carrie Fisher was a force of nature, and she was nothing in this life if not herself. Her stories are hilarious and yet tragic, fiercely intelligent and desperately pained, and so very authentic. I listened after she had died, and it was especially sad to hear her struggles with substance abuse and self-image.


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    I loved that she put so much life into the recitation. It was as if I was listening to a friend in the car, talking about her life. It felt very intimate and real and natural.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I listened on a 4-hour drive from the beach to my home, and it was the perfect length.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Cath Ellison
    3/18/17
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    "Most entertaining!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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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