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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,372 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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Carrie Fisher reads her New York Times Bestselling Memoir!

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are more juicy confessions and outrageously funny observations packed in these honest pages than most celebrity bios twice the length...With acerbic precisions and brash humor, she writes of struggling with and enjoying aspects of her alcoholism, drug addiction and mental breakdowns. Her razor-sharp observations about celebrity, addiction and sexuality demand to be read aloud to friends.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Fisher] has a talent for lacerating insight that masquerades as carefree self-deprecation…The effect, ultimately, is extraordinarily painful while being extremely entertaining…She's done her best to make sense of it all, and throughout, her humor has held up. In her own defiant manner, she's fought the good fight.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Clearly, you should buy this book… she has expert comic timing and, perhaps more importantly, better stories than most drug addicts… Fisher is unafraid to write, brutally and vividly.”

    New York Post

  • “She's still funny as hell…Her stories bubble, bounce, and careen with an energy…Get someone to read this rollicking book aloud to you.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Fisher makes each crushing tragedy hilarious ”

    People (4 out of 4 stars)

  • “[T]here are also sparkling bons mots bespeaking [Carrie's] quirky intelligence and sweetness. Spoken like a true princess.”


  • “Fisher is a language obsessive, a nimble verbal acrobat who puns and somersaults around a page with glee… If you are a fan of Fisher's fiction, a follower of her mental illness or simply a looky-loo stargazer curious about her Hollywood heritage, Wishful Drinking will likely make you laugh.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Paula Martin | 2/18/2014

    " I loved some of Fisher's other books, but this one seemed in need of some editing. Still, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Warnie B. | 2/17/2014

    " I'm really kind of surprised that so many people did not love this! I think Carrie Fisher is absolutely hilarious, in a sarcastic, self-deprecating, absurdist sort of way. I LOLed through practically the entire thing, which, granted, it's a super short book, but still. Maybe that's the thing that people didn't like? That it was so short? Or that she's talking about her bipolar...ity(?) and drug abuse and alcoholism with an abundance of humor instead of being all serious and mopey about it? I mean, it is based on her comedy show. I dunno. I thought it was great. I'll totally read her next one when it comes out later this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bea Bolinger | 2/14/2014

    " Well, I get a big kick out of reading little memories like this one - and its cute to hear how Harrison Ford turned her off to pot smoking during the filming of Star Wars because he smoked her out with some crazy intense weed - but otherwise pretty lackluster. Love her writing style, its personal and quick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kara | 2/8/2014

    " I love Carrie Fisher! My only complaint is that the book wasn't long enough. I didn't want it to end! "

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