Postcards from the Edge

Narrated by: Carrie Fisher
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (939 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a stunning literary debut, Carrie Fisher chronicles the excruciatingly funny adventures of Suzanne Vale, young film star and drug addict, who survives a rehab clinic only to rejoin the equally harrowing world of Hollywood. Out there on the edge, despair flips into hilarity, and we're left laughing as Suzanne struggles to come to terms with her various fantasylands. Carrie Fisher's reading of her first novel evokes the deliciously irreverent humor that formed the lens through which she looked at life in the '80s - stardom, drugs, success, sex, and insecurity.

©1987 Carrie Fisher (P)1988, 2015 Dove Books-On-Tape, Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"Carrie's book is savagely funny and savagely revealing. It makes Moby Dick seem like a big, fat, dumb book." (Steve Martin)

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  • JC
  • 07-05-14

This was filled with quotes that resonated with me

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially to those who deal with depression like I do. Some of the things the main character thought, were scarily similar to mine even though I've never done drugs much less been confined in Rehab.

What other book might you compare Postcards from the Edge to and why?

None, really. I haven't read or listened to anything like this before. But, if we're going to include movies, this reminded me somewhat of Trainspotting. I don't know why, it just did.

Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first audiobook I've listened to by Carrie Fisher. However, after this, I'm planning to get Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking next.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There's already a film based on this book. I'm planning to watch it, too. But tag line? Maybe "A visa for happiness. A lifetime pass for sadness." since that was my favorite line in the book and the one I identified most with.

Any additional comments?

This was short, and I listened to it at work to drown out the annoying sounds of my co-workers. I loved how Carrie Fisher narrated the entire thing, and my favorite part was when Suzanne was in rehab and how she described and interacted with the other patients. Some parts of this book made me laugh because of Carrie's dry, sarcastic wit. Other parts made me unutterably sad and melancholy because it described a lot of the feelings and thoughts I've had over the years during my lowest points.

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Carrie is hysterical

Where does Postcards from the Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

up at the top for sure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Postcards from the Edge?

therapy

Which character – as performed by Carrie Fisher – was your favorite?

hard to pick - all so good

Who was the most memorable character of Postcards from the Edge and why?

I guess Carrie herself, how amazing to have survived all that and able to laugh at herself

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Postmodern autobiography?

I am impressed with how this is structured and what pieces of life she chose from bits of her daily life. It's definitely a window.

This book is not really fiction.

Carrie Fisher incessantly offers reasons why she is no hero, not even of Hollywood. She mocks her own celebrity as if to put boundaries up against it in pursuit of getting a real life, and she becomes the rebel Princess by accident.

Sorry, Carrie. You are a legend despite yourself.

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I miss you, Carrie.

Carrie Fisher was a national treasure. She will be missed by her legion of fans. If you haven't read any of her books, do yourself a favor and start with this one. As a writer she was funny & insightful.

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Vintage Carrie

Would you consider the audio edition of Postcards from the Edge to be better than the print version?
No, but equally good

Would you be willing to try another book from Carrie Fisher? Why or why not?
Absolutely--I have and will!

What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Because she's an actress, she can bring the story to life with her vocal inflections. She perhaps reads a tad too fast here, which was sometimes less than optimal given how much went on in the emotional life of her character.

If you could take any character from Postcards from the Edge out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Carrie herself, of course Dinah, and her mother (and grandmother) if at all possible!

Any additional comments?
I do wish Carrie Fisher's voice had remained this smooth and normal-sounding over the years! Though she was pretty much back to normal and fantastic as a reader by the time she recorded the excellent Shockaholic.

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Great book

Carrie fisher's book was well written and funny. I enjoyed it a lot. it was well played.

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being a huge star not wbat it's cracked-up to be

Carrie Fisher gives insight into what it's like to be at the human peak. Many end up wallowing with nowhere expected, or else, to go. That's what Carrie Fisher might be seen as doing but that's also the perspective of the non-celebrity parasite in all of us.

Great to hear the author do the read.

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I loved it

great book great story great reader love Postcards From The Edge. I also love Carrie Fisher so therefore I'm going to love anything that she writes or reads and the fact that it's a story about her makes it even better

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Entertaining

Narration: well done. Carrie would have done well as a comedian.

Story: amusing in a necessarily poignant sort of way. A lot of wisdom here. Many interesting telling of personal experiences as well. Although humorous, more importantly, these recollections help us understand the “lived experiences” of addicts and the mentally ill.

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Loving Carrie Fisher

I Absolutely love listening to this book narrated by Carrie Fisher herself. Worth the listen!

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  • Rachelle
  • 04-14-17

I wish I discovered her sooner!

I loved this!
I found the writing witty and compelling and I kept rewinding in case I missed something because every line was creative and provocative and I didn't want to miss anything!
I loved the story and how the dark and serious subject matter was told with much unseriousness. Around every corner was a hidden giggle!
The palpable vulnerability and torment resonated with my inner dark side, but in a way that lightened it somehow.
I now feel like I did when Douglas Adams died.. That is, we are definitely lesser beings now without her words, ideas, and humour to uplift us.
I'll be reading anything else I can get my hands on!

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  • Desiree L.
  • 12-28-16

Listening to this after her death.

Rest in peace, Carrie. Your voice lives on. Entertaining read, despite not being my usual.

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  • Holly
  • 12-13-16

Excellent

The book was good and an excellent presentation by Carrie Fisher. She has a gift with storytelling.