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Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and perfectly poised on the heels of Wishful Drinking ’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Untitled 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 bestseller list foInfused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and perfectly poised on the heels of Wishful Drinking ’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Untitled 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 bestseller list for months, Untitled 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 nineteen 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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Shockaholic Reviews

  • Matt
    2019-04-13 14:33

    In the second of her short memoirs, Carrie Fisher returns with more anecdotes and funny stories that come from her life. Again, Fisher opens with the disclaimer that she underwent electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), which erased some of her past memories. She explores ECT a little more for the reader, both its origins in pre-WWII Italy and her own experiences with the treatment. ECT remains, as Fisher describes it, as a last-ditch effort to rid the mind of those looming clouds of depression, where psychotherapy has not worked and medication would only increase the ever-present fog. Fisher considers it a 'blast of the cement walls of the brain', which does a marvellous job while leaving some memory loss as a byproduct. Fisher also explored a number of personal struggles that befell her throughout life, especially those she did not discuss in Wishful Drinking. Due to her depression and the traumatic experience of losing a close friend, Fisher turned back to drugs and became unable to properly raise her daughter, Billie. This strained their relationship to the point that Fisher found herself in that horrible cycle of self-medicating to ease the pain of causing her daughter increased angst. Further chapters explore an extremely frank and acerbic exchange with Senator Edward Kennedy in the mid-80s while on a blind date with another member of Congress. The banter proved highly amusing, though Fisher recounts that she was not sure what to make of this man. Fisher also had a close relationship with Michael Jackson and spends much time defending him and offering a personal plea that Jackson was not the pedophile that many made him out to be, while acknowledging his relationship with children was anything but mainstream. I am not entirely convinced, but that is for another review on a entirely separate day. With Elizabeth Taylor as a close friend to Jackson and also one of Fisher's former step-mothers, the memoir does come full circle to discuss Eddie Fisher and the relationship he had with his daughter. Sometime strained and inevitable quite irregular, Carrie Fisher does open up and speak honesty of the man, adding her own degree of heartfelt sentiment. Another interesting piece that offers more stories outside of the famed Star Wars tales, Fisher entertains readers looking for a little humour and insight without the weighty narrative of a substantial memoir or autobiography.While I had little interest in her two novels, veiled memoirs of sorts, I find when Fisher steps out and tells the stories about her own life, they hold more impact for the reader. Less a tell-all than a means to give the reader a better understanding of her life, Fisher uses humour and the bluntness that she was in a drug-addled state for much of these years to recount poignant vignettes that made her the woman she became. Perhaps one to be someone centric and drop names throughout, Fisher does not appear to do this for the sake of fame, but to better explain some of her views on the Hollywood and New York communities. Not hiding behind her famous parents, but also not using them as a crutch to excuse her behaviour, Fisher offers readers a 'behind the curtain' look at the world she lived. Told with honesty and candour, the reader cannot help but appreciate her efforts between laughing at the antics that appear on the printed page.Kudos, Madam Fisher for not trying to candy-coat things for the reader or those with whom you have crossed paths over the years.Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  • Naksed
    2019-03-30 09:11

    I could quote the numerous bon mots that Carrie Fisher so easily lets roll off her uniquely creative, intelligent, and humorous, one hundred and eighty miles an hour mind, but instead, I will leave you with this recording of her father's rendition of If I loved you, from Carousel, a song that represents one of the very few and far between bonding moments between daughter and father, and which plays a role in several of the anecdotes that make up her irreverent memoirs Shockaholic. As usual, Fisher is most effective when discussing personal family relationships and while she had me laughing out loud so many times at the antics of her parents and stepsiblings, the last chapters involving her relationship with her father towards the end of his life had me choked up. So, without further ado, please enjoy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjEw8...

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-03-27 10:22

    Carrie Fisher, my dears is fucking hysterical!!!I laughed so many times while reading this, I even read some out loud to my dog.If that ever happens to you, then you know you have a damn good book in your hands. ENJOY IT!!!

  • Bre V.
    2019-04-18 12:21

    You either love Carrie Fisher or you're wrong.That's all. That's the entire review.

  • Lata
    2019-03-31 14:03

    3.5 stars.More poignant than Wishful Drinking. Narrated by Carrie Fisher, this provides more information on her decision to undergo electro convulsive therapy, and about her relationship with her father.

  • Gary
    2019-04-01 11:21

    This book was good......a fine follow up to WISHFUL DRINKING which made me laugh non-stop. Carrie has a wicked wit in her writing,and her sarcasm over her trials in life. This one didn't make me laugh as often, and at times it made me pensive of memories of my own father, who wasn't always there for me either....in fact, he went out of his way to make things tougher on me,and seemed to relish when I struggled with things in my life....... Carrie made me see that there are some things that I miss concerning my father after his death, that maybe I did need to appreciate him somewhat......Anyway, if you've read WISHFUL DRINKING, you will need to read this one too....just expect to NOT be laughing uproariously with this one, but you will be pleasantly surprised at just how tender Carrie could be in her life, considering what she went through. I do recommend this one. It's a quick short read...I was able to finish it in one evening. Hard to put down.Cheers!

  • Noah Nichols
    2019-03-28 08:04

    Didn't I just tell you that anything from Fisher is an automatic five? I stick to my guns.

  • J.P. Willson
    2019-03-26 07:06

    This being another memoir in the rather eclectic life of 'Princess Leia', oops, I of course mean Carrie Francis Fisher...sorry about that but I had too. If Miss Fisher were still with us I am sure she would get a chuckle out of that, of this I have no doubt.Anyway, not quite as riotously funny as 'Wishful Drinking', still it was definitely full of hilarious tales of a life well lived. A life that like everyone else's had its ups and downs, turns and spins sometimes to the point of ridiculousness, yet only unlike ourselves because these stories involved the 'Hollywood elite' for lack of a better description. This compilation showed more of the softer side of the woman. The side which to me really summed up Carrie Fisher, a kind compassionate and caring individual that could definitely hold court with, all on her own when challenged,some of the more 'storied' individuals. The Ted Kennedy thing was a real hoot, yet I shall not spoil that for anyone here. The writing still as sharp and witty, sometimes self-deprecating too, she shines through with the emotions towards her relationships with others such as Elizabeth Taylor, Micheal Jackson, her mother, and most of all her father, which I found very touching being a father myself. A quite pleasant, funny and enjoyable read.

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2019-04-12 11:19

    I didn't know that Carrie Fisher wrote novels, so when I saw that this really was who I thought it was, I decided to give her a read. She has a very conversational style of writing and she's not afraid of a few f-bombs. Neither am I, but if that kind of thing bugs you, don't read this.Who else could give us the inside scoop on electro-shock therapy, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Eddie Fisher? It's a surreal narration and I enjoyed it. She was also honest about her various addictions and mental disorders. I found it refreshing.Also, not to be missed, is Carrie's account of a dinner with Ted Kennedy (in the chapter entitled The Senator). Hollywood royalty faced political royalty and I think she did alright.This book reminded me of Kathy Griffin's memoir. They've both lived honest, raw, profanity laced, unbelievable lives and wrote them down without apology. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Amee
    2019-04-17 13:21

    I think I'll stop reading Carrie Fisher's books and just enjoy her as Princess Leia/Sally's best friend (When Harry Met Sally). I'm not sure where her editor was on this book. It was so disjointed and rambling. I guess that's the side-effect from her electro-shock therapy? I'm sure that's what she'd say anyway.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-23 09:23

    How is she SO GOOD at writing. Honestly. There will be familiar parts if you've read her other memoirs, but there are some really great stories that I hadn't heard or read before. Elizabeth Taylor's pool party. Just read it!

  • Sara
    2019-03-29 15:30

    Wow, I've never read anything by Carrie Fisher before. She's extremely funny. (Also intelligent and poignant.) I loved the illustrations and old gossip magazine covers.She jumps around a bit, here. Different chapters talk about shock therapy, Michael Jackson, and her dad. I wish this book was longer.I think I'll find something else of hers to read.

  • Una Tiers
    2019-04-05 12:06

    She is witty although intergalactic in a narcissistic manner. I think I read this because she does have some rocking prose.

  • Kwoomac
    2019-04-10 10:09

    Trying way too hard. I've always loved Carrie Fisher and thought she was smart and funny. This time around, "the humor" just fell flat. Here, see for yourself:You know when people pass away they leave instructions as to what to do with the remains ? I believe they're referred to as "wills"- but then so is one of those two princes in Great Britain.No, go ahead read it a few times. I'll wait right here. Okay, am I missing something? Not funny,right ? No matter how hard you try to give her the benefit of the doubt, not funny.

  • Kyla
    2019-04-11 15:20

    I will never tire of reading things that Carrie Fisher writes. Whatever you may think of her life choices, she is completely honest; she doesn't make excuses, simply gives explanations. I truly appreciate her willingness to share her struggles and successes in a very real way.

  • Erika
    2019-03-28 15:10

    Another reread. Thanks again, Carrie.

  • Liberty K
    2019-04-15 10:33

    I am a big fan of Star Wars and the feisty and confident Princess Leia Organa but this book is all about Carrie Fisher and her awesome self!I really enjoyed this little memoir. Carrie Fisher is funny, crazy, open-hearted and has a potty mouth, all at the sime time. How can you possible not love her?Carrie Fisher had a rough life and she doesn't hiding behind her finger but she using her memoirs (Wishful Drinking and in this case Shockaholic) for catharsis. P.S= I love how she uses in her cover pictures about her Leia character but in a Carrie Fisher way, if that make sense to you. Highly recommended if you want to read about her real life problems with alcohol, drugs, shock treatments, Hollywood star parents and famous friendships.

  • Libby
    2019-04-04 08:27

    Just like a convo with one of my foul mouthed self deprecating friends!

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-04-10 15:11

    I have to say that I was looking forward to reading these three memoirs by Carrie Fisher as they are given very good reviews and are said to be very funny. I must admit that I was actually disappointed in what I read in this book.The book starts with an honest discussion of her electric shock treatment to treat her mental health issues. To be honest, I knew she had issues connected to drink and drugs through the years but I didn't know that she actually has mental health disorders or how bad things had got for her. She leads into discussion of how she went into a downward spiral after the death of close friend Greg Stevens, She talks frankly about the ECT treatment, what she recalls of how they administer it and the effects afterwards. I was surprised to hear that ECT made her depression better for a period of time, but it did cause her to lose some short term memory and have struggles with her vocabulary. That was interesting and a bit scary.The worst section deals in depth with a date she had with Democratic Senator Chris Dodd while having dinner with Ted Kennedy and his date. The topics at dinner seemed to be all sex related with Kennedy quizzing Carrie on her sexual practices and quite frankly being an obnoxious git as far as I was concerned. Carrie answers all his questions frankly rather than choosing to ignore him which is what he deserved. This whole section was not interesting or amusing to me in any way and I failed to see the point in including it in the book. I didn't care what the answers to these questions were or that she was proving that Kennedy couldn't embarrass her. There was an interesting part where Carrie talks about her dentist being Evan Chandler, father of Jordy, accusers of Michael Jackson. She was disturbed by Evan bragging about how attractive his boy was and how much time he spent with Michael at his ranch. Carrie talks about Michael and makes it very clear that she believed he was innocent of the charges. I did find this small part interesting. The other topic she covers is her contempt for stepfather Harry Karl and she goes into gross detail of all of his revolting habits. She talks briefly about her relationship with Elizabeth Taylor who broke up her parents and how she was reconciled with her father Eddie Fisher. Basically the book just covers a few topics in depth and is not the full memoir I was expecting. There is no cohesion either in subject matter or in establishing a timeline, and massive chunks of her life are not really covered. It jumps about all over the place and is somewhat rambling in nature. I don't really like the way it is presented and the lack of structure. It is certainly frank and honest, but I didn't really find the humour in the material that I was waiting for. It wasn't what I was expecting and I didn't really enjoy it the way I had hoped I would. I completed it because it was short. I have already read the other memoirs.

  • Mark
    2019-04-04 10:16

    As the years grows close to the end we found out that Princess Leia had an affair with Han Solo only in real life, so Carrie was was having her wicked ways with Harrison. Good for them I would say.And after watching Rogue One in the cinema my youngest daughter wanted to see the original Star Wars on bluray and while we were watching the news was that Carrie fisher had suffered a heart attack and before we saw all three of them Carrie Fisher had left this life behind and left a huge gap in the world. Which sadly proved to be too much for her mother the fabulous Debbie Reynolds who followed her daughter into the afterlife. Which proved that it was a really poor week if your name is Tod Fisher and you lost mum and Sis.This books starts when Carrie explains the advantages of Elektro shock therapy and how in a sense it replaces her dependency of drugs and helped her with her depressions. A negative by-product of EST would be losing wee bits of her memory and words, which she describes rather wickedly.She then continues to tell about her life with certain characters like Ted Kennedy and Michael Jackson, of whom she is critical but full of praise as well. Perhaps a more balanced account than any I have read in modern media. She tells about death and her role in it, how she redefined her own relationship with her father Eddie Fisher. How she finally found her peace and relationship with an ex-wife of her father, one Elisabeth Taylor. Through all of this book she shows her own vulnerability and wicked sense of humour. She is actually quite a good wordsmith and is more than capable of writing a coherent story that does not fail to amuse, woo and impress you.The world has lost a true star way too early even if Carrie's life was not one to be envious about. But her humility in the face of her stardom has been an eye-opener perhaps for more people than me. I really am going to see "When Harry met Sally"for the umpteen time and a wee bit of 'The blues brothers"because she did shine in it. And at the same time find some more of her writing because this book tasted good enough to want more.Miss Carrie Fisher rest in peace.

  • Eric Klee
    2019-03-26 11:25

    SHOCKAHOLIC is Carrie Fisher's second memoir, following WISHFUL DRINKING. Whereas WISHFUL DRINKING was a memoir of Carrie's life from birth to the present, SHOCKAHOLIC touches on various topics in Carrie's life. Although not as entertaining as the first, it's still quite insightful and humorous, featuring Carrie's sharp wit. In SHOCKAHOLIC, Carrie discusses her experiences with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock, to help her deal with her drug addiction and depression, speaking highly of it. In subsequent chapters, she dishes about her date with Senator Chris Dodd, and meeting Ted Kennedy who proceeded to ask her inappropriate questions about sex. She then provides some insight into Michael Jackson, spending Christmas at his house, and even discussing MJ's child molestation case because she knew the players. How random is all that?Carrie winds up the book with a long dedication to her father, Eddie Fisher, who passed away in 2010, two years after WISHFUL DRINKING was published. She has kinder words to say of him this time around. All in all, SHOCKAHOLIC was a great read, and I love Carrie's writing style. I look forward to many more books on her thoughts and observations.

  • DramaQueen
    2019-04-01 08:11

    Just as the other two biographical books I read by Carrie Fisher (The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking), a very funny look into Carrie’s interesting yet sometimes sad life. Stories about her addiction and depression, her start of fame with her role as Princess Leia, a conversational conversation with then senator Ted Kennedy, her relationship with her father and even a monologue in which she defends Micheal Jackson. Some interesting pieces snatched from her interesting life, told by an interesting and hilarious voice; her own.

  • Dara
    2019-04-21 13:11

    Carrie Fisher can do no wrong.

  • Robin Graber
    2019-04-14 13:27

    I loved it! I laughed so much and it was just so honest. I couldn't stop listening!

  • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    2019-04-14 12:20

    Fisher is a great comedy writer--she possesses scathing wit, thoughtfulness for others, and is able to laugh at herself no matter how dire the situation. As a matter of fact, when I read this, I was feeling quite down due to personal reasons and the usual gubbins people go through in life--yet her unusual positivity to make humor out of such depressing experiences she went through really made me realize that life *can* suck in a void, but that doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. As dark and dour as this book can get, Fisher manages to be the shining light in all of it.I also found Fisher to be very smart. Her eloquent vocabulary and sharp wit is not something you can easily replicate. We also won't be able to replicate Carrie Fisher, who was sincerely a great woman. I really liked this book.

  • victoria.p
    2019-03-25 15:16

    Having just watched Wishful Drinking, this seemed a little repetitive, but there's some lovely writing about what it means to sit with someone until their death, and also about her eventual relationship with her father. I also liked the story about becoming friends with Elizabeth Taylor. So probably 3.5 overall.

  • Margot
    2019-03-29 13:11

    I didn't realize until at least two-thirds of the way through that the theme of this work is actually father-figures. More accurately, the theme and focus seemed to suddenly swing away from Carrie's drug-abuse and Electroconvulsive (shock) therapy over to the father-figures in her life and, ultimately, her father Eddie Fisher.As with Wishful Drinking, I found this second memoir by Carrie Fisher mildly annoying and something to be gotten through. She likes to preface all her memoirs with lengthy introductions about how she knows she is famous and uber-rich and so really doesn't have a right to complain about the difficulties in her life, blah blah blah. And I get that. Nobody's life is perfect and being famous and rich doesn't buy you happiness. And yet I still find myself wanting to say, just about certain things: Suck it up a little, Carrie. You were not chubby as a young and middle woman, but gorgeous. Boohoo that Star Wars become an instant classic and launched you into unwanted stardom. You made bank; set for life. Get over it. And the Princess Leia hair and the metal bra really don't justify all the whining I'm hearing from you. So dudes like to picture Princess Leia while they masturbate? DEAL WITH IT! Shockaholic was a little better than Wishful Drinking in terms of the writing (many fewer "So..."s and "Anyway..."s), the whining quotient, and Carrie's reading of the book (in the audio version) but, as stated above, not so great in terms of organization and cohesion. Plus, I just don't find her jokes funny.

  • Erin
    2019-04-11 15:19

    Having loved the first book I read by Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking, I was far from surprised to say that I loved Shockaholic as well. Carrie makes no secret of the crazy life she's lived, growing up as the daughter of Hollywood royalty, and becoming Alderaanian royalty in George Lucas's blockbuster Star Wars films. She doesn't hide the rest of her crazy life either... the drugs, the mental illness, the ECT... The woman loves ECT... The name of the book? It's there for a reason.Drugs and ECT were hard on her memory, and you get the feeling sometimes that she's keeping these things in written form so that she can remember them as much as anyone else. But Fisher, while an accomplished writer in her own right, is also, in many ways, just a woman telling her story. And what a story it is. With the added bonus of listening to the audiobook read by -- you guessed it! -- Carrie Fisher, Shockaholic becomes a meeting over coffee with an old friend to tell you all the crazy shit you missed out on. Some of her stories shocked me to the point of my jaw dropping open, and others literally moved me to tears, but there wasn't any of this conversation with Carrie Fisher that didn't effect me in some way, on some deep emotional level.I certainly recommend this for anyone who's struggled with mental illness or substance abuse, because Carrie does an amazing job of helping us to both look at it honestly, and have a few good laughs at her (and sometimes our own) expense.All in all, an excellent piece of work... if a bit twisty and turny. Give her a break... It's the ECT, don't you know.

  • Schmacko
    2019-03-26 09:14

    I won’t write a lot about this, because I am trying to keep these reviews short. I will say, however, that I love Fisher’s early fictional work, especially Postcards from the Edge and Surrender the Pink. Recently, however, she’s been on a tell-all kick – with this and Wishful Drinking – and although she is entertaining, I am less enamored.Shockaholic covers Fisher’s severe mood disorders and her need for what was once called electro-shock therapy. She does so much work trying to convince us that it’s not wacky that it ends up feeling wacky. She tries to persuade us with science and logic that it ends up sounding like a crazy Hollywood person sucked in by a strange cure.And yes, there is something about her spending Michael Jackson’s last Christmas with him. And she does a little dish on Hollywood, which is fun to read. Plus, she’s a very funny, with a razor-sharp ability to turn a phrase. I will say that Wishful Drinking – her accounts of alcohol and drug abuse – has more life in it, because she was able to hone the story on stage. Here, there is less polish and direction. Still, she’s a fun, light read, and she is always fascinating.

  • Julie
    2019-04-13 13:13

    Parts of me were entertained and annoyed by this book. Carrying on from her earlier memoirs she seems primarily in this small book to be filling in with a few more stories from the past few years. Her now almost regular sessions of ECT therapy to treat chronic depression, her relationship with her step father, her father, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and a night out with a Kennedy.A major theme too, seems to be trying to adjust to looking in a mirror and seeing a sixty year old woman, when everybody is looking for the nineteen old Princess Leia. I can understand her pain, getting older in Hollywood must be no kind of fun.It only took me an hour or so to read this book and I left it a little confused. It seemed that maybe it should have been called Ramblholic as it seemed to slip from story to story without any common threads, and I ended up feeling like a guest at a dinner party where someone is hogging the limelight with all their celebrity sighting tales.