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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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Carrie Fisher, I love you

Carrie Fisher has to be one of my all time favourites. This book dives you straight into her unique sense of humor spouting off stories of her life and career. She speaks of mental health, her family, and Star Wars, to name a few. Definitely worth the read/listen!

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Funny, touching, hilarious, a history lesson

Carrie surprised me with her dry and poignant humour. Glad I read it. thank you

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Carrie Fisher is a hoot!

Her complete honesty about her entire life is endearing and empowering. I agree with her entirely - Bipolar is not as terrible as it seems, as long as you know how to make your life safer from the pitfalls of depression.

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Very worth a read/listen!

Hilarious, fantastic, and thought provoking! Very worth a read/listen! Carrie Fisher is a wonderful narrator and storyteller!

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Interesting and funny

As good as the book already is. Hearing Carrie read it made it so much better. Rip

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Entertaining to listen to!!

Carrie Fisher kept my attention from beginning to end. I learned a lot about her life growing up and commend her for her honesty.

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A Gem

Thank you, Space Mom. You make me laugh, you entertain, and you make me think. And cry.

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Love her take on the world.

Made me giggle out loud. Very enjoyable read. See what it's like on the edge.

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Thank you, Carrie.

You're the brightest star! Bless you wherever you are with your beloved Mom. You're very loved.

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Loved it

Carrie Fisher writes honestly and hilariously about her experience with mental illness and she is such a champion for everyone out there who is experiencing the same! No matter if you’re famous or not, it’s so nice to know you’re not alone. She also talks about her childhood and the bizarre world she grew up in and all with humour and charm! Couldn’t stop listening! LOVED that she narrated it herself!

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  • Allan
  • 2008-12-22

Another Perspective....

I'm a bit confused by the low-ratings other listeners have given this audiobook, as I found it to be a frequently hilarious, laugh-out-loud work marked by an enjoyably idiosyncratic performance by the author. My only complaint is that at just a hair over three hours, it left me wanting much more. I can only hope that in the near future we'll see the release of Wishful Drinking Strikes Back!

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  • Cynthia
  • 2017-01-04

Wishful Grieving

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to listen to "Wishful Drinking" (2008) to get ready for Carrie Fisher's newest, "The Princess Diarist" (November 22, 2016). Before Audible, I'd read "Wishful Drinking" on paper. I thought it was mildly amusing but not terribly insightful or even memorable, a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

"Wishful Drinking" as a listen is brilliant, laugh out loud funny, and - especially for those in the 18% - a bookmark-that-clip "at last someone isn't afraid to say it" picture of an intriguing life with mental illness. It is so good it was nominated for a Grammy for Spoken Word in 2009, losing to former Vice President Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" - and to be fair, global warming affects the 100%.

What's the 18%? According to the National Institute for Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health, that's the percentage of American adults who, in any given year, are living with a mental illness. (Retrieved from nimh dot nih dot gov on December 27, 2016).

I personally hate the term "suffering from" - does anyone say they are "suffering from" diabetes? a heart condition?" I don't think Fisher ever used it. She lived with manic Roy and sobbing Pam, the names she gave to the two wildly divergent sides of her bipolar disorder. Fisher's bipolar disorder went undiagnosed for long enough to give her blackout drinking and overdose drug problems when she self-medicated. Shock treatment helped eventually, but it robbed her of some memories - but thankfully, not her sense of humor.

Here are some great quotes from the book: "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." And "I like to quote fictional characters because I'm somewhat of a fictional character myself."

I really liked hearing Fisher narrate, and I got such a kick out of the times that she couldn't help but laugh at herself. I was so looking forward to listening to "The Princess Diarist." I'd planned something special: I was going to wait until Fisher was on her book tour in Los Angeles so I could get a signed hardback - and then buy the Audible and listen to it , book in hand. I was hoping for an appearance at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

I was crushed when Fisher died on December 27, 2016. Her mother, the charming actress Debbie Reynolds, followed Fisher just a day later, on December 28. I imagine if there's an afterlife, Fisher's already busy at work on an amusing monologue about her mother dramatically upstaging her in death.

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  • Michelle Sprague
  • 2013-07-10

Crazy person in traffic

What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

Carrie Fisher's humor was non stop - her self deprecating 1 liners had me in tears. I know people at the stop lights were looking at me wondering what was wrong with me.

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

When she was referring to Lucas owning the "rights" to the Princess Leia likeliness - and referred to her cosmic regions.

What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love her voice.

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

YES

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  • N. Lusignolo
  • 2009-12-28

An entertaining, yet unfortunate story.

I decided to listen to this AudioBook because I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was a kid. I wanted to hear more about Carrie Fisher from her own words and hear her stories.

There are essentially two parts to the book. She talks about growing up in the entertainment industry, and how it's weirdness, along with the influences of those around her, famous or not, helped shape her life. She does briefly talk about Star Wars, and how George Lucus "ruined her life" but, in the nicest way possible. She also talks about her Mother (Debbie Reynolds) quite a bit as well.

The second part goes into great detail her struggle with Bipolar disorder, and also her struggles with drugs and alcohol. She mentions her electro-shock therapy as a means to help overcome this disorder, with the unfortunate side effect of losing a lot of her memory.

The tale she tells is very entertaining, as Carrie Fisher is a very witty individual. I never felt bored or wishing I was listening to something else during the audiobook. At first, I had wished for more stories about her experiences with Star Wars, but I do understand that it certainly wasn't the only part of her life and if anything made her life very stressfull.

The quality of the audio is well, though Carrie does have the tendancy to shout some of the end of her lines to try and add a bit of humor, which isn't all too necessary. Overall, I'd recommend this one and would listen to any future audiobooks by the author.

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  • Janet
  • 2009-02-04

A wonderful writer!

I can't understand the low ratings by some listeners.Carrie Fisher is an inspiration.She's a survivor who's laugh out loud funny.I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook.

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  • Jackie Bruce
  • 2020-04-20

Pretty good book if you like Carrie Fisher!

I have always been a fan. I enjoyed listening to her tell her story. Though it does sometimes seem a bit long; I do think this is worth a listen. Maybe even going back to listen again at some point. "May the Force be with you"

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  • Jody R. Nathan
  • 2009-01-26

Laugh out loud funny

This is not an autobiography; this is a memoir of sorts; just some funny bits from a life lived at full tilt. The humor and insight Ms. Fisher reveals regarding her struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder is marvelous. I thought it was great. She does not complain or wallow in self pity; she has reached the stage in her life that she can laugh at the hard bits; and shares that with us. I think that perhaps older folks (40+) might enjoy this book more than younger people.

I enjoyed her reading; I thought it really added to the book. I enjoyed hearing about Cary Grant and Paul Simon; would have liked to hear more, but I liked what I heard. She swears and has a different sense of humor, but that's what I liked about it.

This is not a book of her life; it is a book of scenes from a life. Apparently, it's based on a nightclub act she is doing; I would love to see it. I have recommended and purchased it for friends. I say give it a try.

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  • Miranda
  • 2009-12-03

A rambling pleasure

Listening to this book is like sitting down for a few drinks with Carrie Fisher and getting all the gossip. She doesn't spare any details, either - but nor does Carrie start at the beginning. The prose is like a stream of consciousness ramble, but it works well. Her random one-liners pop up where you least expect them. I would certainly recommend this book to prospective listeners.

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  • pkrnut215
  • 2021-04-18

Amazing!

Hilarious written and the fact she narrated the book the impressions of her mother are funny

MUST READ!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-10

What a fun listen!

I love Carrie Fisher's candid, funny approach to her life. Reading her book would not do it justice. You have to hear her.

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  • Xun D.
  • 2018-10-30

Must read if you have manic depression!

Carrie Fisher was one of the funniest women on earth and now that she drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra, she must be the funniest woman in the entire universe.

This book is soothing to hear.