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Shockaholic Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743550269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743550260
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fisher's word choices and comedic rhythm echo such literary comic masters as S.J. Perelman and Woody Allen . . . she proves the ripe adage that comedy really is tragedy plus time. Grade: A-" --"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

About the Author

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of five bestselling novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher's experience with addiction and mental illness -- and her willingness to speak honestly about them -- have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate.

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of five bestselling novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher's experience with addiction and mental illness -- and her willingness to speak honestly about them -- have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate.

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Such a laugh, especially the descriptions of her childhood living in a grotesque mansion with her good-for-nothing millionaire step-father.
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If I am honest I was a bit disappointed- wasn't funny as everyone said it was.
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Great thank you
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I wish I'd read more Carrie Fisher when she was alive, I'd have written to thank her. Her prose is elegant and nuanced, honest, moving and wise. My new heroine. Read this book, it's wonderful.
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Second book I've read by Carrie. Very honest for a splattering of dark humour
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Great book, with lots of great typical Carrie Fisher-oneliners.
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By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2011
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Carrie Fisher, she of famous parents and Star Wars fame, has produced another short but engaging lump of memoirs. And by short I mean this is in the region of 160 pages and the print isn't small either. So you need to question the value for the price, but as to the content..

Ms Fisher has her daemons, but she remains articulate and witty with a sharp observational sense. She covers a number of different aspects in this, her shock therapy, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor and her parents in the main, her style is self-depreciating and humorous and she doesn't hold back. She comes over very well as a warm, caring and aware person whose addiction and depression problems are not hidden and are put into context. You kind of think that time in her company would be a real pleasure (although she has memory problems relating to the on-going shock therapy and she may not remember it!).

So short but entertaining, the insight to Jackson (and his dentist!) was probably the most interesting along with her meeting a famous senator. A combined volume of all her biographical writing would probably be fascinating, but the short chunk approach leaves you wanting more and feeling slightly short-changed.
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I bought this because I greatly enjoyed Wishful Drinking. While that was essentially witty, hilarious and tragic all at once, Shockaholic proved to be a much more serious take on Fisher's life. It read like a tribute to those she knew who had passed away (Michael Jackson (you might want to skip this part if you vehemently believe Jackson was guilty of... Well, you probably know what I'm talking about right now - Fisher very persistently believes he is innocent, and lays the blame elsewhere), Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher and personal friends). Still, every now and then Fisher's sense of humour pops up and makes it all a lot more lighter and easier to read, reminding you that perhaps you shouldn't take it all so seriously.
Other than that, I have but one complaint: it's a very short memoir, which makes you feel like you haven't been told an entire story, just a chapter.
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