Monday, September 25, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Princess Diarist By Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist By Carrie Fisher
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Release Date: November 21st, 2016
Format: Audiobook narrated by the author & her daughter Billie Lourd
Source: Overdrive app
My Rating: ★★★ 1/2

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The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher's intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Warsmovie. *PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016 *New York Times Bestseller *

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring Carrie Fisher, is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds debuted on HBO in January 2017.


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 recognized. 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, Harrison Ford. 

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. 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 candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
Since the passing of Carrie Fisher I really wanted to finally read one of her books, so I was on the waiting list to get the audiobook via overdrive, but was finally able to listen to her latest book. I haven't read any of her other books but I still want to read those as well.

As much as I like Fisher, I have to admit that I wanted to like this book way more than I actually did. I think part of my issue with it was that I thought it was going to be more about behind the scenes from the original Star Wars movie. There was that, but basically the entire book was about her love affair with Harrison Ford. I knew that was going to be talked about in this book, but I didn't know just how much it was going to be a part of this book. I think for me I just had different expectations from this book.

The book also talks a little about Carrie's childhood and man it is messed up. I knew a little bit about her home life, but we get a little bit more from this book. I think she goes more into detail in her other books about her childhood so it makes sense if she didn't talk about it quite as much in this one.

So let's talk about the narration! Carrie does most of the narration for this book, but for one chapter her daughter reads her poems that she had wrote in her diaries at the time. For me I didn't find this particularly interesting. At that point I was thinking, "Okay we get it, you were in love with Harrison Ford. Can we talk more about the other Star Wars stuff?" And I have to admit, as much as I do love Carrie, she is not exactly a great narrator. In certain parts her voice was grating and the audiobook suffered from vocal fry. I was able to get over it, but mostly just because I was interested in what else Carrie had to say.

So do I recommend this audiobook? Hmm, I think it's okay to just read this one especially if you have issues with vocal fry. If you are not interested in hearing about the Harrison/Carrie love affair maybe pass on this one. I don't regret reading this one, it just wasn't what I thought it was going to be.

Have you read this one, what did you think? Have you read any of Carrie's other books?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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