Shockaholic

  • by Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by Carrie Fisher
  • 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing. I feel a little cheated.

I picked this up since it was pitched as being "about the Star Wars years" and talking about her relationships with other celebrities. I was then disappointed that it wasn't really anything to do with Star Wars or really anything that the blurb seemed to promise.

Instead it's the story of characters I'm not particularly interested in (Eddie Fisher, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and her stepfather), which is unfortunate of course but not the author's fault. But the style then is the issue. I didn't find the wit and humour as engaging as her fans apparently are.

There's not a clear story that I could identify, which means that the result is a number of stories and character portrayals (and frequently assassinations) which too often start in viciously before I had any idea who the person was and why they deserved her vitriol.

The book is, I think, brutally honest which recommends it. But I think it relies too much on her assessments of people which often comes without enough evidence, and relies heavily on the idea that we should trust her judgment, which the first chapters alone have given us cause to doubt.

I really wanted to like this and while it hasn't harmed my opinion of Carrie Fisher, it has turned me off her writing I'm afraid.
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- David

Always great to hear from Carrie

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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- Danielle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio