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Wishful Drinking

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Carrie Fisher

3 Hours 8 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

February 2009

Audio Book Summary

Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of ) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In Wishful Drinking, adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding," come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen.

Intimate, hilarious, and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?). It's an incredible tale: the child of Hollywood royalty -- Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher -- homewrecked by Elizabeth Taylor, marrying (then divorcing, then dating) Paul Simon, having her likeness merchandized on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learning the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.

Wishful Drinking, the show, has been a runaway success. Entertainment Weekly declared it "drolly hysterical" and the Los Angeles Times called it a "Beverly Hills yard sale of juicy anecdotes." This is Carrie Fisher at her best -- revealing her worst. She tells her true and outrageous story of her bizarre reality with her inimitable wit, unabashed self-deprecation, and buoyant, infectious humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Somewhat endearing; I did have a few laughs. Carrie is full of insight, honesty, and is a decent narrator. I do agree with the previous reviews regarding the "laundry list" of celebrity problems. I wouldn't read it again, but I don't regret having listened to it.

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  • chezann

    The laundry list of who is messed up in Hollywood could well have been omitted, but I found the book easy to listen to. Not hysterically funny at all to me, but it did have its moments. Not the best nor the worst book I have ever listened to.

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  • shauncy

    Love this book. I laughed so hard. Lots of great one-liners, lots of heart. The recap made me laugh so hard I nearly had to pull over in my car...

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  • Anonymous

    so it started off really interesting - electric shock therapy... then became a laundry list of, "and he's messed up in hollywood, and she's messed up in hollywood." it almost sounded like if she could list enough people that were messed up, that maybe she was okay too. I agree with the other review- sad.

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  • Joanna Robinson

    I LOVE this book!!! I loved reading it, and then hearing Carrie read her own words in this audio book. She\'s amazing. I highly recommend it!

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  • Gina Rustici

    I agree that CF isn't the best narrator, however think she's been through a lot and it reflects in her voice so maybe we should give her a break...?! I thought the book was interesting enough. Worth it to me.

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  • Kitt McCurdy

    Really terrible (especially the audiobook version). The author tries desperately to be funny but just isn't and her narration voice is beyond nagging. I did enjoy her impersonations of her mother and she has a somewhat interesting story when she's not going on and on about herself; which is the entire book.

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  • Kendall Hubbard

    I'm a huge Carrie Fisher fan and loved hearing her story. Her sense of humor and delivery of jokes made this audiobook a lot more entertaining than it might have been if I read it.

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  • Janine Lubey

    A great listen! Carrie is funny and entertaining to listen to but you also learn a deeper understanding of the darker depths of this famous face.

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  • Anonymous

    I found this book to be very depressing. I didn't think it was well written

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