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The Princess Diarist Audiobook

The Princess Diarist

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Publisher's Summary

Performed by the late, much loved Carrie Fisher herself, The Princess Diarist is an open and frank account of Fisher's early years. Within it, she explores the tumultuous emotions of the time with all the dry wit and wisdom she was so famous for in her later years.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognised.

Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977 Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time - and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty.

Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

©2016 Carrie Fisher (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Dan 28/12/2016
    Dan 28/12/2016
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    Fishers honesty in Princess Diarist is refreshing and commendable. Her diaries are works of art, no wonder she was such a good script writer late in life!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 03/01/2017
    Nathan 03/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Carrie on Carrying On"

    When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.

    What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.

    From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.

    She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Aitken 30/12/2016
    Mr Aitken 30/12/2016

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    "Only way I'm able to cope this week"

    Hearing Carrie Fisher and her daughter read her new book is wonderfully entertaining and utterly heartbreaking. I urge everyone to listen to this as it's truly rewarding and cathartic. God speed, Carrie.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Fevrier 30/12/2016
    Emma Fevrier 30/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Laughed and cried"

    This was a wonderful insight in to Carrie's earlier life and what Star Wars has done for her.

    I honestly felt like I was sat with a friend for the last 4 hours.. so brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Blair 31/12/2016
    John Blair 31/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen"

    Carrie Fisher's onset Star Wars diaries don't really constitute a very big part of this book. And although touted as the big draw don't really offer anymore than any other teenage diary - angst ridden and moody as they are. And the revelation of an affair with Harrison Ford seems to be more about recollecting youth across a passage of time. She could be talking about anything... It just happened to be an affair. Putting the diaries and the affair to one side and the book's real heart is revealed.. A 60 year old trying to remember her life at 19 and on the cusp of something she never could have forseen. And also how she has dealt with Star Wars, the fame and the expectations that come with it. This is where the book shines. And the narration is perfect.... Like a wise best friend sat opposite you making you laugh and listen. Rest in peace Carrie Fisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 05/01/2017
    Ben 05/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "A final farewell"

    I started this before she passed away which made for a heartbreaking last few chapters. as always Ms Fisher is a delight and shows an insight like never before in to the turbulent life where she was and wasn't Princess Leia. A fitting final book to her amazing life.
    She will be greatly missed.

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    Sharon 02/01/2017
    Sharon 02/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Audiobook"

    This is a wonderful reflective humorous book. Particularly enjoyable listening to Carrie Fisher read her own story with her humour and passion. I've never seen Star Wars but am now inspired to do so to witness the evolution of such an inspiring unique woman. Also look forward to downloading her other audiobooks. Highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Digirati West Midlands UK 25/06/2017
    Digirati West Midlands UK 25/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Potential Missed ... not for Star Wars Enthusiasts"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book may well appeal to fans of Carrie Fisher who want an insight into her personal thoughts around parties, booze and men. If you want to discover just how vacant a teenagers diary can be then this is it. I guess I wanted something a little deeper and indeed some sort of intelligent comment on anything would have been good! I knew the Harrison Ford affair was a part of this book, and that did seem well written and brought the period to life rather well, but in the end it was the only part of this read that had any life to it.


    What was most disappointing about Carrie Fisher’s story?

    This book did not give any insights or behind the scenes stuff on the making of Star Wars. I bought it because I hoped to get a Carrie Fisher perspective on the production experience. The making of Star Wars through the eyes of one of its stars, but that is not in here at all. There was one section of a few sentences where it is mentioned, that was it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd ’s performances?

    Both are clear and interesting speakers. Billie Lourd especially, but they will need better material than this to be saying.


    What character would you cut from The Princess Diarist?

    None one, as 99% of it revolved around the head space of carrie Fisher. there really would be nothing left!


    Any additional comments?

    I admire and appreciate Carrie Fisher as an actress. Her daughter Billie Lourd has done some beautiful tributes to her mother since her sad and untimely death. I was pleased to get this insight into the mind of Carrie Fisher at 19, but it was an experience not well told in this book.

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    "Brilliant..and to hear it all from her own lips."

    Carrie Fisher has always been a fantastic hero of mine and this was a wonderful insight into a brief moment in time.

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    carolan 24/05/2017
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    "Honest and funny"

    I loved this book, loved it even more as Carrie was reading it to me. Made it feel like a friend giving you her life story. Not at all like a stranger.
    Funny and totally honest. Warts and all so to speak. Made me laugh out loud in parts. Would highly recommend, especially if you need cheering up

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    "I loved it!"

    I am little sad only just to hear this now after her passing but I think she will always be with us in force and in memory forever :)

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