Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher

Summary from Goodreads:

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. “But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabres.” Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions. It’s an incredible tale – from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.

Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking was my introduction to audiobooks and what an introduction it was! I recently discovered that I can borrow audiobooks from my library using an app on my phone, which has totally changed my life. For the better of course. I’ve started listening to them while I run (crawl) and while I’m in the car and it is just so enjoyable, although I do find that I can only listen to certain genres. Short, snappy biographies and travel memoirs are great, but anything too complex just hurts my brain.

Anyway, back to Wishful Drinking. You can probably imagine my surprise when I hit play on my phone and heard Carrie Fisher’s unmistakeable voice in my ear. I guess it makes sense that she would have done the narration herself, but I was surprised nonetheless and there was something so eerily intimate about it. If you have the opportunity to listen to this book instead of reading it, I would highly recommend doing so because I think that it works so much better as an audiobook than a normal book.

Wishful Drinking is fluff, I guess, in the sense that it won’t change your life or even your lunchbreak. But it’s good, witty fluff. True, Fisher’s relentless wisecracking starts to sound needy and defensive after a while, but I think it’s to her credit that, despite her freakish Hollywood existence, she’s still human enough to laugh at herself. Come to think of it, what could be more freakish than that: a human being in Hollywood? She must have been incredibly lonely.

Recommended for: fans of Star Wars, hollywood intrigue, those weighing up the benefits of electroshock therapy, and pretty much anyone who is remotely interested in knowing more about Carrie Fisher’s life (i.e. everyone).

Have you read/listened to Wishful Drinking? Or any of Carrie Fisher’s other books? What did you think of them? Also, what are your opinions on audiobooks? I would love to hear your thoughts. 🙂 


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Anna. Melbourne. Bookseller. Student. Serial tsundokist.

2 thoughts on “Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher”

  1. I used to be really skeptical about them, but I’ve been completely converted. They are so much fun! I agree, celebrity bios work really well as audiobooks. Do you have any good recommendations?


  2. I’m so glad you’ve discovered audiobooks. I am a fairly recent convert myself, only beginning to listen to them in the last three years. Memoirs, especially celebrity type memoirs, are perfect audiobook fare. I usually only listen to them in my car, because I listen to so many podcasts on my phone at other times. Right now I’m listening to the second Harry Potter book, Chamber of Secrets, read by Jim Dale. They’re fantastic as audiobooks, and because I’ve already read them, it doesn’t matter if I zone out and miss a little bit.

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