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I take back everything I ever said about the unpleasant changes in Carrie Fisher's voice, tone, and inflections. This perhaps NOT so shockingly gorgeously written midlife autobiography is nearly PERFECTLY read by the author herself, whose writing appears to have only improved and tightened and become -- somehow -- both more hilarious and more serious as the years have gone by. It's probably true that reading the print version of this book aloud to your partner won't be the laugh-out-loud party that her previous memoir Wishful Drinking provides, but as a listening experience, this soars above even Fisher's earlier, sterling novels, the whip-smart Postcards From The Edge included. The only reason the story/organization does not earn 5/5 stars is that unfortunately the previous reviewer who complained that the chapter on Michael Jackson was a little too long was correct; it could have used some editing.
To the previous reviewer who complained that this material is largely a rehash of Fisher's previous work, I can emphatically assure you that you are mistaken. I've spent a lot of the past year reading and re-reading everything Carrie Fisher has ever written (except Delusions of Grandma--please can this be made available on Audible soon??), and I have NEVER before heard ANY of the stories related here. If I had, I would not have waited so long to finally read/listen to Shockaholic! The details regarding her reconciliation with her father alone practically constitute a primer on how to deal with fractured family relationships and aging parents, the jaw-dropping story of her final confrontation with Elizabeth Taylor over having stolen her father away from her mother is worth the cost of the book all by itself, and Oh, My, God, I am replaying that Ted Kennedy story for all my friends and family and we are practically all still gasping for breath. That, unfortunately, is a story I shall NEVER forget, and never stop wondering if I would have been able to stand up to him one-tenth as heroically as young Carrie did at that age.
I'm happy to have had the privilege of living at the same time as Carrie Fisher. She has said before that when two celebrities mate, someone like her is the result. If only that were true! But alas, she is one of a kind. Long may she live--and write!
18 of 20 people found this review helpful
Carrie Fisher's writing is disturbing and entertaining. I feel kind of protective of her as she is so raw and uncensored. Sometimes she goes too far for me as she can get off on strange tangents but I value her perspective and silliness. When she talks about her father and the way she took care of him when he needed her was surprising and profound to me...
I actually feel attached to her as she is getting to be like an old friend who you want to look out for as she sounds fragile sometimes and I don't want to lose her....
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What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I am quite certain that it is best to hear autobiographies from the actual person, and Carrie has a big personality to share with the listener
Any additional comments?
A few more stories from her life, but not that much different to what you may have already heard (especially repeated jokes..) from Wishful Drinking and Postcards from the Edge.
I preferred Wishful Drinking because it was the first Carrie Fisher book I listened to, ever since I feel I have been hearing the same story in vaguely different ways... but I enjoy it anyway, she feels like a friend and there is something comforting in her strength.
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I love listening to Carrie Fisher talk. I giggled a lot to myself listening to this one but it is also much more touching and sad than wishful drinking, I wasn't quite prepared for that. Looking forward to listening to another of her books.
I couldn't stop listening! Funny, sad, insightful, witty and an illuminating autobiography about Carrie Fisher, her show business upbringing, her battle with mental illness and substance abuse, Carrie's relationship with Michael Jackson, her tumultuous relationships with men and the infamous dinner with Ted Kennedy! Told through her own words. Highly recommended!
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