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The Princess Diarist

Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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Winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

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 (sort-of) regular teenager.

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. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, 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 candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

©2016 Carrie Fisher (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Not what I expected but still enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed listening to this, Carrie Fisher's, latest offering.

I was expecting a book all about the behind the scenes thoughts and recollections of Carrie during her filming of the original Star Wars movie, but it turned out not to be so. It is predominantly a reflextion on her dealing with being a Star Wars celebrity, which she recounts in a way that only Carrie can. I laughed out loud many times and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Realy the only thing her "Diary" talks about is a relationship, which I was suprised to discover, which occured between herself and Harrison Ford, during the filming in London.

Anyway, don't expect a Star Wars behind the scenes revelations and you will not be dissapointed. I think the title was a tad missleading, but this probably is because I did not buy the book after reading any reviews or other information, I just grabbed it straight away. Just understand it is more an insite into how Star Wars has made Carrie Fisher into the much loved celebrity that she is today and you will thoroughly enjoy this audio book.

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amazing

listening to Carrie Fisher was part Joy part sad but her words out of her mouth just brought me pure joy

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the most perfect memoir

real. relatable thought process. comforting. and so heartfelt. listening to these words have helped me to feel a lot more confident in who I am and my natural flow and 'writers voice'. it feels bittersweet listening to the last thing this goddess birthed into this world. I am ever so grateful that Carrie chose to speak up about the things that mattered. I think the words in this book will bring a lot of hope to others who experience life in the way Carrie did. thank you Carrie, your legacy truly lives on

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A life well lived

She was so funny and all that dry, self effacing humour shines through in this fantastic book. I grew up with Star Wars but had no idea what was going on for the actors behind the scenes. The book would be worth reading as a fascinating insight into a cinematic phenomenon but add to that Fisher’s personal experiences and the book is dynamite! Carrie Fisher was an example of how people with mental health challenges live with those challenges and even use those aspects of their life to add creativity to others. And I bloody knew it about her and Harrison!

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Excellent

Well narrated by author.
Very interesting insight into the StarWars story.
Highly recommend this book.

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Oh Lo(u)rd! The diaries!

The rest of the book is okay, Carrie maybe over delivers the narration and perhaps over glorifies the back story. But my Lo(u)rd! Billie Lourd’s narration of the diary entries and Carrie Fisher’s young poetic prowess is PHENOMENAL and I could listen to that portion of the book over and over and over and take something new from it every single time. It is stunning. For anyone that has felt the pangs of unrequited love or inexperienced sexuality - it is just beautifully clever, painfully accurate, and artisticly acute,

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The (reluctant) Princess we miss!

The only thing better than reading a book by Carrie Fisher, is to have said book read (performed) by Carrie Fisher!

Thank you, Carrie, for your humour, your candour, your creativity, your imperfections, your intellect, your courage, and your Joie de Vivre. We miss you.

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Wonderful insight for Star Wars fans

if you love Princess Leia you will be interested in the behind-the-scenes insights into how the cast felt at their transition from mostly unknowns into major celebrities. There is a large chunk dedicated to her affair with Harrison Ford though.

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Amazing and hilarious

Absolutely hilarious with an amazing author and narrator. the insight into Hollywood provided by this biography helps she'd some light onto the true nature of stardom.

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Good, but didn't go deep enough

Carrie is hilarious but a whole chapter of diary poems really turned me off. Way too much time spent talking about her affair with Harrison Ford not nearly enough about her on set experiences.

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  • KaGa
  • 27-03-2018

I love this

She has the funniest analogies ever, really worth the read, and much more worth the listen

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  • Encey
  • 22-02-2017

I loved it!

I am little sad only just to hear this now after her passing but I think she will always be with us in force and in memory forever :)

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  • Dan
  • 28-12-2016

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Fishers honesty in Princess Diarist is refreshing and commendable. Her diaries are works of art, no wonder she was such a good script writer late in life!

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  • Nathan
  • 03-01-2017

Carrie on Carrying On

When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.

What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.

From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.

She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.

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  • Mr Aitken
  • 30-12-2016

Only way I'm able to cope this week

Hearing Carrie Fisher and her daughter read her new book is wonderfully entertaining and utterly heartbreaking. I urge everyone to listen to this as it's truly rewarding and cathartic. God speed, Carrie.

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  • John Blair
  • 31-12-2016

Great Listen

Carrie Fisher's onset Star Wars diaries don't really constitute a very big part of this book. And although touted as the big draw don't really offer anymore than any other teenage diary - angst ridden and moody as they are. And the revelation of an affair with Harrison Ford seems to be more about recollecting youth across a passage of time. She could be talking about anything... It just happened to be an affair. Putting the diaries and the affair to one side and the book's real heart is revealed.. A 60 year old trying to remember her life at 19 and on the cusp of something she never could have forseen. And also how she has dealt with Star Wars, the fame and the expectations that come with it. This is where the book shines. And the narration is perfect.... Like a wise best friend sat opposite you making you laugh and listen. Rest in peace Carrie Fisher.

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  • Emma Fevrier
  • 30-12-2016

Laughed and cried

This was a wonderful insight in to Carrie's earlier life and what Star Wars has done for her.

I honestly felt like I was sat with a friend for the last 4 hours.. so brilliant.

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  • Ben
  • 05-01-2017

A final farewell

I started this before she passed away which made for a heartbreaking last few chapters. as always Ms Fisher is a delight and shows an insight like never before in to the turbulent life where she was and wasn't Princess Leia. A fitting final book to her amazing life.
She will be greatly missed.

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  • Sharon
  • 02-01-2017

Wonderful Audiobook

This is a wonderful reflective humorous book. Particularly enjoyable listening to Carrie Fisher read her own story with her humour and passion. I've never seen Star Wars but am now inspired to do so to witness the evolution of such an inspiring unique woman. Also look forward to downloading her other audiobooks. Highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Ian Hepworth
  • 19-01-2017

was this a lapdance

interesting but found it a bit rambling and very cynical for the fans. other than the Ford affair nothing enlightening but then again I haven't read wishful drinking so might give that a go

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  • Trancephoenix
  • 01-01-2017

Love Carrie Fisher but lots of teenaged angst.

I chose this book because of my fondness for Carrie Fisher and all things Star Wars. While I enjoyed hearing her perform her own reading and acknowledge that her ability with language and even her youthful poetry is quite beautiful; I have to admit that I found the intense navel gazing (which is inherent to the experience of life as a 19 year old) to be just a bit overdone for me. My 19 year old self would likely have appreciated it more as I can relate to much of what she expressed at that period of her life. In the narration of her story from hindsight, I think that she was sharing her story and dealing with the large amounts of speculation from both a personal perspective & attempting to be objective at the same time. This gives a thoughtful insight into her experiences, however it does make for a very detailed and drawn out, introspective narrative. If that's what you are in the mood for then this book is perfect. Just listening to Ms Fisher's reading is reason enough to listen once at least.

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  • Mr Paul Bromley
  • 23-06-2020

Not bad

nice witty memoir of our surely missed princess. wasnt quite what I was expecting, went into the realms of fantasy more than actually reminiscing. But fun none the less