The Best Awful

  • by Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by Carrie Fisher
  • 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Suzanne's not sure she has what it takes to be the best mother to her daughter, Honey. She can't seem to shake the blues from losing Honey's father to Nick, the man who got the man who got away. Or maybe those aren't the blues, just more symptoms of her sprawling multi-symptomatic bipolar illness: an illness Suzanne can't bring herself to take all that seriously, no matter what her doctors say. How serious can an illness be whose symptoms are spending sprees, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity? And worst of all, under the watchful round eyes of the pills the doctors' plied her with, her friends are starting to find her a little...boring. The obvious solution is to take a little walk on the wild side. But what starts out as a brief gambol through the scary/fun world of 21st-century dating becomes a vigorous jog-trot through the latest drug wonderland, and finally a wild gallop toward a psychotic breakdown and a stay in "the bin."
Based on a truant's story, The Best Awful is Carrie Fisher's most powerful and revealing novel: hilarious, moving, and fully informed by the wisdom of a true survivor.


What the Critics Say

"Fisher's powerful and partly autobiographical tale of mental illness translates brilliantly into audio, thanks in large part to the author's skillful narration....Fisher's warm voice and smart, sardonic delivery will keep listeners riveted all the way through." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Fisher's strengths lie in her witty dialogue and her lambasting of Hollywood at its most shallow...." ( Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wishful Drinking in fictional form

Would you recommend The Best Awful to your friends? Why or why not?

I would prefer one of Carrie's autobiographies instead.

Any additional comments?

Basically the same as her autobiographies but with different names attached.

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- Danielle

Fantasy catches up with me and knocks me flying.

I was always a huge fan of Carrie Fisher. Yes, I loved her when she was a Princess and I had posters of her everywhere and even an action figure or two. Well my memories of her are fond, well, they were. After listening to this download I began to feel guilty for my fandom. Clearly she was being manipulated and was not enjoying the celebrity journey. I recall her being interviewed in the 80s and just wanting to be old enough to ask her out. Had I known she was on drugs and our of control, I am sure I'd have questioned my choice. This is a great book. Its hard hitting if you have ever fantasised about sharing a moment with Carrie Fisher.
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- Kieran

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio