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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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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!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wishfull Drinking

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

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  • Julie
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • 05-30-09

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.

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  • Martha
  • Eau Claire, WI, USA
  • 02-13-09

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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  • 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.

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  • 01-10-17

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.

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  • Sam Gregge
  • 01-08-17

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.

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  • Zoey E Nealon
  • 01-05-17

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
  • 01-05-17

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
  • 01-04-17

Brilliant! Loved it.

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

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  • Jamie Hynes
  • 04-13-16

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.

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  • S. Watson
  • 01-20-16

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.

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  • emma
  • 08-26-16

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.

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