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3.00141342756184 out of 53.00141342756184 out of 53.00141342756184 out of 53.00141342756184 out of 53.00141342756184 out of 5 3.00 (1,415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Fisher Narrator: Carrie Fisher Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and perfectly poised on the heels of Wishful Drinking’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Shockaholic takes listeners on another rollicking ride into her crazy life.

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only nineteen years old. Fisher delves into the gritty details that made the movie—and herself—such a phenomenal success, admitting “It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ultimately the book is about being honest with yourself, living with as few regrets as possible and about making peace—with family, friends, and strangers with whom you might have had a grudge. The book is kept aloft with Fisher’s endless dry wit, although there’s a melancholy that permeates the writing…Fisher may be trying to remind us that taking the leap and reaching out might be worth the risk, even without a safety net.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Fisher’s wordplay is wicked, relentless and as playful as a bouncy house full of polar bear cubs.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The real gold of the book comes in Fisher’s ruthlessly self-abnegating sense of humor, which refuses pity, or even much serious focus on her troubles. There’s a sense, at times, of a much larger pain underlying the gags, particularly over her depression-damaged relationship with her daughter, and her reunion with her drug-loving, dying father…But few things seem to have been natural in Fisher’s life, and the wealth of her experience is almost as much of a draw as her rare, welcome self-awareness and openness to self-mockery.” 

    AV Club

  • “In this funny and sad memoir, Fisher tackles her difficult decision to pursue ongoing electroshock therapy, an unpopular medical alternative which she lauds as a last-ditch effort to alleviate the pain of living her particular life…Writ[ten] with tremendous wit, ample self-deprecation, and a thinly veiled and deep-seated anguish…moving.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susie | 2/4/2014

    " Carrie Fisher's writing reminds me of Nora Ephron's (another favorite) but with more edge. This book was funny and sad and full of Fisher's sharp wit. Especially enjoyable hearing it read by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mindy | 1/31/2014

    " Laugh out loud funny but also quite sad in parts. I happen to like her sarcastic sense of humor and what I think of as fearlessness (others may think of it as something else). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 1/9/2014

    " It wasn't quite as good as Wishful Drinking, but still an entertaining, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pam | 1/5/2014

    " If you like Carrie Fisher, you'll like this book. I would have given it four stars except that I'd already heard about half of the stories. Still it is a quick and fun read. "

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