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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: February 2009 ISBN: 9780743583411
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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...[S]he'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. The Los Angeles Times
  • 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. Elle
  • 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
  • Fisher, unlike most celebrities (especially ones spawned from other celebrities) can actually write, and...Wishful Drinking, though an extremely short book, is super salacious and entertaining. Jezebel.com
  • 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. Slate.com
  • 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.”

    Elle

  • “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.”

    Slate.com

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/4/2014

    " An excellent account of the author's struggle with life and alcoholism in her own words. She very candid and clear about what she went through reveling her deepest thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/3/2014

    " I'm not much of a memoir person but this landed on my desk at work and I flipped to a random page, read a few sentences, then a few paragraphs then finished a chapter and chuckled through most of it. It was a quick read, brief, to the point and hilarious in its brevity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 1/31/2014

    " I read this for a book club so I'll keep my review short as we're not discussing it til the end of the month: LOVED IT! Hysterical and poignant and real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy Nadyne | 1/24/2014

    " Read in two hours. Good, but silly. Another chance for me to procrastinate what I should have been doing. Carrie Fisher has a funny, strong voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/20/2014

    " A quick read and oh so funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs. Engel-Unruh | 1/19/2014

    " I think that Carrie Fisher is well-spoken, but her writing is quite stream-of-consiousness and disjointed. A consequence of being bipolar? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edward Monrad | 1/13/2014

    " Funny at times but generally felt like it was trying way too hard. Didn't really give any details on any of the stories either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/10/2014

    " Funny, quick read and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Ann | 12/25/2013

    " Really funny and witty book. I like Carrie Fisher even more now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 12/10/2013

    " Carrie Fisher cracks me up. I saw her at Dragon*Con last year and she doesn't disappoint her fans in the least. She's both witty and brutally honest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany Roscamp-Dodd | 12/6/2013

    " This book had some funny. It got weird and she lost me somewhere between Paul Simon and bipolar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Randle | 5/12/2013

    " I don't really like non-fiction. My crack is romance. But I adore anyone who can take an honest look at themselves and their issues and make me laugh at loud while doing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jann | 3/25/2013

    " A quick read with some very funny lines. A little self indulgent but I think that is the point of the book. It was interesting to read about some of the celebrities however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/4/2013

    " A quick and interesting read! Fisher writes as though she's telling you a story in-person. The pictures are fun and every story is insightful of the life Fisher has lead. I especially enjoyed the quote that's been stuck in her head for years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill.patrick | 2/25/2013

    " Maybe by having the advantage of seeing her perform this at Studio 54 makes reading this one such a pleasure. Maybe just reading it is such a pleasure. Who cares? It's a pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yi | 8/2/2012

    " Quite personal and insightful (i.e. into the celebrity world) written in such an entertaining and funny way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerman | 3/24/2012

    " I'd bet the one-woman-show to be as outrageous as this. I loved it and laughed hysterically. A great drama well-misunderstood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 9/28/2011

    " An expanded version of her stage show: Funny, sad - and probably for Fisher - cathartic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 3/23/2011

    " This was an enjoyable (quick!) read, very funny and honest, but I wanted to hear more about the Star Wars years and Cary Grant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giuliana | 9/10/2010

    " Quick read and quite funny. Laughed out loud quite a bit at some of the hilarious anecdotes. Carrie Fisher has her own brand of wisdom, and I love her strength and courage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/4/2010

    " Laugh out loud funny and whip-smart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Manzo | 3/30/2010

    " Funny, sad, completely honest; not your standard Hollywood bio by any measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Christian | 7/24/2009

    " I REALLY enjoyed this book! Carrie Fisher packs A LOT of information into a short book. It was thoroughly entertaining and I loved her stories. A great glimpse into her truly funny life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stevie | 3/31/2009

    " I know this book is drawn from Fisher's one-woman show, and it's hilarious, but it is a bit disjointed, so I think it may have worked better as an audiobook. That said, this is a howlingly funny and painfully observed reflection on a famous life. "

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About the Author
Author Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher (1956–2016) was an author, actress, and humorist best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She appeared in many other films, including Shampoo, When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and Hannah and Her Sisters, among others. She wrote four bestselling novels: Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, as well as the memoirs Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking. The daughter of the singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, she appeared with her mother in Bright Lights: Starring Carried Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a 2016 documentary about their relationship, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.