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Summary

Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and perfectly poised on the heels of Wishful Drinking's instant New York Times best-selling success, Shockaholic takes listeners on another rollicking ride into her crazy life.

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times best-seller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old. Fisher delves into the gritty details that made the movie - and herself - such a phenomenal success, admitting, "It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers."

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Preferred Wishful Drinking

Carrie delivers with her vocal performance but I feel her previous book was better and at times this repeats from that book too.

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Honest and so enjoyable

Having stumbled across her one woman show on one of the streaming channels I really enjoyed her personality that shone through. I then saw a documentary about her and her mother and again Carrie came across as a brilliantly funny warm honest person. Such a shame that she suffered so much with her mental health. Although I am a massive Star Wars fan I wouldn’t say Carrie was a great actress, but as a writer and a story teller I think she is truly amazing, very honest, very funny and very endearing. Such a shame there was not a lot more output from her as I could read/listen to her work all day long

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Without the wit of Wishful Drinking

This felt like a sequel suggested by the publisher after the success of the very enjoyable Wishful Drinking. It didn't have the same zing and polish that its predecesor got from being performed as a show before being turned into a book. A much more downbeat book in mood, too.

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hilarious

Carrie tells these stories about her life without making it seem like she is boasting or name dropping. She is funny, honest , gracious and this book although anecdotal, is very heart warming

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brilliant

I was totally engrossed in this story from start to finish, Carrie's narration was just essential to the story telling and wouldn't have been the same from anyone but her. I will be downloading many more of her books and since listening have told everyone one about it. Just excellent 👌

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another amazing memoir from an amazing woman

anyone who loves carrie fishers other books will love this

carrie fisher was a big fan of electro convulsive therapy to treat her mental health, the side effect being memory loss, this book is her memory piecing itself back together

carrie fisher was a famous story teller at parties and it shows in how she narrates this book of tales from her amazing life

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Not as good as her other books

I was very uncomfortable and disappointed buy Carrie Fishers misunderstanding of Michael Jackson.
She should have left out any reference to him. It spoild the rest of the book for me.

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Getting Carrie(d) away

The only thing that makes this better than the book is hearing Carrie's voice. Her rythym and rhyme. Loved it!

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Sublime!

Loved it. Laugh out loud. Warm, funny and surprisingly frank without being full of misery and woe.

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brilliant again

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.

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  • Slimer
  • 30-11-11

I am getting very attached to Carrie

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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  • Tomsde
  • 13-12-11

One of the Best Carrie Fisher Books Ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've always liked Fisher's caustic wit and candid honesty about her life, Shockaholic has to be one of her most candid and funny books ever. I'd reccomend it for someone who needed their spirits lifted.

What did you like best about this story?

Insights into Ted Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson.

Have you listened to any of Carrie Fisher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

One of the best.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor reconsiled.

Any additional comments?

This is a good book for people suffering depression, it shows that one can over come their mental illnesses if one is willing to take risks and take control of their lives.

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  • JanBreesmom
  • 11-01-12

Carrie Fisher Grows up, Learns About Real Life

Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in my top ten books, so far. I enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way Carrie Fisher tells her own story. She's very honest, forthright, and has very interesting life stories to tell.

What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

I like the style of her delivery. I appreciate the candor in which she speaks. She tells her own story, as no one else can.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I did.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • CC
  • 15-03-16

I'd Rather Drink...

Well, I'm a little let-down. Carrie Fisher is definitely funny, and I love her ease at throwing out wit, but parts of this book were a bit too serious, which was not what I was looking for in her book. I still liked it, but I wanted to be crying from laughing too hard like I did with Wishful Drinking, but this one didn't do it for me. I'm still glad I listened to it though.

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  • Carrie
  • 11-01-12

Disappointing after Wishful Drinking

What would have made Shockaholic better?

Stronger storyline, more to share. This story was very thin, dull and at times defensive.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Fisher again?

Maybe. She's obviously funny and a good writer.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The author/narrator is very low key. Not energetic about anything. Felt like she wasn't enthusiastic about this book at all.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Carrie Fisher is very funny, and honest. I will give her that. There just wasn't much of interest here. Most of her story was told in Wishful Drinking. I almost feel like she put out this book just to make a buck.

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I really enjoyed Wishful Drinking and was looking forward to more. This wasn't it. Very little story. Also Fisher has become very mushy. It actually made me gag a few times, how she tried to tie everything up with a bow. Very disappointing, especially the defense of Michael Jackson, and the long second half of the book, mostly about her father's death. Dull.

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  • Julie W. Capell
  • 02-12-17

Short but incredibly poignant

Cried several times while reading this. I laughed a lot, out loud, but I definitely cried real tears at several points. Although I have never dealt with depression myself, her explanation of her struggles to overcome it touched me deeply. Her matter-of-fact assessment that her obituary would not fail to feature a picture of her young self in that silly Princess Leia wig also made me cry, now that we have seen her prediction come true. And the most surprising thing to me was her tender, funny, warm, intimate portrayal of her father, Eddie Fisher and their final reconciliation. Her description of losing him brought back recent losses I have experienced, and I cried so hard I actually had to stop the car.

What a wonderful book, what a wonderful gift to the world she was.

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  • Sudi
  • 18-09-12

Carrie Fisher: Truthaholic

What did you love best about Shockaholic?

What's not to love?

Carrie Fisher, addicted to brutal truth, delivered the fascinating details of her life with her classic self-effacing humor.

What other book might you compare Shockaholic to and why?

Well... 'Wishful Drinking' -- Ms. Fisher's memoir that also let's her fans know what her Wonder Bread years were like

What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everyone has a 'readervoice' in their head that turns on when reading a book. You have your own style, and it works; besides, what else are you gonna do for a narrator?

When an author, who is also an actor, reads you their work, you know you're getting it exactly the way they wrote and meant it to be heard.

So you get the added novelty of filling in a sort of emotional gap between the author and audience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You could... in my case we did listen to it from beginning to end while driving (skidding) through a torrential downpour while looking for an open restaurant on the backroads of Virginia one Sunday.

Any additional comments?

I loved it.

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  • Anne
  • 04-06-12

Funny and light

Would you listen to Shockaholic again? Why?

I would listen to this again. It is a fun book with engaging narration.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love it when Carrie talks about her Mother.

Any additional comments?

This is a fun, light book. It gives a light look into the lives of the rich and famous. I laughed outloud many times. Carrie Fisher doesn't take herself too seriously and is able to tease out the absurdity in her life circumstances.

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  • S. Vincent
  • 28-06-21

Well... it's good, but not "dishing on Star Wars"

I bought this one based on the good reviews and on the promise of Star Wars info. And while I said it's good, it's not about Star Wars. It's about pretty much everything else. Some good Hollywood gossip, but mostly about how she doesn't put up with anyone's shit, took way too many drugs, how she deals with death and whole bunch about how she's got addicted to Electro Convulsive Therapy.

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  • AmmieWhite
  • 14-05-21

not about ECT

I thought this would be a good book as I weaned off of ECT, but this book barely mentions ECT. it's just a story of her life. which is interesting but not at all what is implied about the book.