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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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    Amazon Customer 02-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Proper Copper Coffee Pot"

    I loved this audiobook and hearing it from Carrie Fisher herself made it that much more! It's short but sweet, and made me laugh throughout. Definitely worth while and left me feeling like I wish it was longer! Listen to this book!

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    Sharon GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States 02-02-17
    Sharon GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States 02-02-17 Member Since 2012

    I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.

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    "We're going to miss you, Carrie"

    I never paid much attention to Carrie Fisher, as I grew up in the Debbie Reynolds era. But, after they both died in December, I saw an old interview of both of them with Oprah on TV. I fell in love with Carrie on the spot. Her droll delivery, and her dark sense of humor really appealed to me.
    This book talks about many dark subjects, but I laughed all the way through it. I loved the parts about her's parents many spouses, the whole Eddie-Debbie split, the Hollywood life style, etc. It's no wonder she got hooked on drugs and alcohol and was bi-polar. Despite all that, she came through it, shared the experience with the world, and I think, made the world a better place.
    The book is a bit repetitious in parts, and drags a bit in other parts, but overall I loved it.

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    Ashley Ann Chicago 02-02-17
    Ashley Ann Chicago 02-02-17 Member Since 2013

    Freelance theatrical designer in Chicago - listening to books while I paint has become my new favorite hobby!

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    "Carrie Fischer, a national treasure"
    Would you listen to Wishful Drinking again? Why?

    Yes, and I probably will. Carrie Fischer is a uniquely genuine person who isn't afraid to talk about the hard stuff, and is willing to use her celebrity to bring attention to issues we often prefer not to talk about. In this book, it's mental illness. Particularly her own diagnosis of manic depression: how it feeds her addiction and has altered her life. It's an incredible story of a survivor, and it's all true.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wishful Drinking?

    I think towards the end of the book she points out that people who live with mental illness, with manic depression, should not be pushed to the side but should be given a medal of honor for finding a way, daily, to keep going when their brain is literally putting insurmountable obstacles in their path. Though of course she says it more succinctly and powerfully.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a particular favorite, but I laughed out loud. Numerous times.


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

    Yes. But I did it in three.


    Any additional comments?

    Carrie Fischer is such a unique presence because she has this fantastic ability to step back from what can only be considered an extraordinary life and look at all the events, people and circumstances (both internal and external) that have shaped who she is. And then uses that ability to open up to others because, as she says, the worst thing is thinking that you are alone in the world. And there are always other people like you, feeling the things you feel, and to find your community will give you strength to keep going. Perhaps I am too much of a fan-girl, but I think to choose to spend your time and energy to make sure others (less famous than you) are never pushed to the side is a wonderful act of love. Not to mention this book is a comedic gem. I laughed out loud more than once and the stories of her relationship with her mom (Debbie Reynolds) are simply a delight. I cannot recommend this book enough - you will feel all the feels (no, really, all of them) and have a opportunity to revel in the incredible gift we had in Carrie Fischer.

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    michael bowers 02-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So very funny - great commute audiobook!"

    This is a great audiobook for the commute to and from work. Found myself laughing throughout most of the book.

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    Boundless Book Reviews Sara 01-29-17 Member Since 2015

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    "All over the place"
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this during a Thanksgiving Black Friday sale, a month before her untimely death.  It was the first memoir I’ve every purchased and I was hoping it contained a lot of behind the scenes stories about Star Wars. 

    There were a few but mainly the stories are of her life and the fact that she has a mental illness.  The story starts with, how she has lost a lot of her memories due to electroshock therapy and having to battle severe depression and bipolar disorder.  I’m like wait, hold the phone! 

    Mental illness isn’t something to joke about and I honestly didn’t realize she struggled so much with bipolar disorder. I knew she was into drugs but didn’t realize the rest.  I just idolized her as Princess Leia.  But then I grew up on Star Wars.   

    The book isn’t laid out in any type of a cohesive flow and it just seems like she jumped from one thought to the next.  And I kept thinking wow is that how her mind works?  There were some funny moments and it was interesting to get a peek at her life. I just wish it wasn’t so all over the place.  

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    Amy E. Kocur Washington DC 01-27-17
    Amy E. Kocur Washington DC 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must-listen"

    Not all audiobooks 'translate', I've needed to purchase some audiobooks to really get into the material. However, Fisher is a MUST-HEAR experience. She brings the material, images, and meaning to life in her vibrant reading of her book. Thank you!

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    Heather Y. Atwood Baton Rouge, LA 01-26-17
    Heather Y. Atwood Baton Rouge, LA 01-26-17

    Kissing my Kindle

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    "entertainment and sad"

    Carrie had a way of life none of us could imagine. bi polar acctress. remarkable

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    Christina A. Coffey Plano, TX 01-23-17
    Christina A. Coffey Plano, TX 01-23-17 Member Since 2011

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    "I miss you Carrie"

    I listened to this at work. I do not recommend this, however. I was laughing so hard but trying to be quiet so I didn't disturb anyone. My face turned bright red and water was leaking from my eyes. It is a little sad in places due to Carrie and Debbie being gone. Need a good laugh? Listen...

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    j duvlaris 01-22-17
    j duvlaris 01-22-17 Member Since 2016

    Stay at home mom who loves to read in my spare time. Love Stephen King, the classics and am open to trying something new.

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    "loved it"

    I could relate to alot of what she said bout mental illness and absent fathers.

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    Melanie E. McCullough 01-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    Carrie Fisher's short memoir is hysterical. I plan to listen any time I need her alive again.

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