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The Princess Diarist

By: Carrie Fisher
Narrated by: Carrie Fisher,Billie Lourd
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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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I love this

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

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A love letter to her fans

I miss Space Mom and this memoir of sorts is perfect for anyone who does.

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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
  • 12-28-16

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
  • 01-03-17

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
  • 12-30-16

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
  • 12-31-16

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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  • Ben
  • 01-05-17

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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  • Emma Fevrier
  • 12-30-16

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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  • Sharon
  • 01-02-17

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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  • Trancephoenix
  • 01-01-17

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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  • Digirati
  • 06-25-17

Potential Missed ... not for Star Wars Enthusiasts

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book may well appeal to fans of Carrie Fisher who want an insight into her personal thoughts around parties, booze and men. If you want to discover just how vacant a teenagers diary can be then this is it. I guess I wanted something a little deeper and indeed some sort of intelligent comment on anything would have been good! I knew the Harrison Ford affair was a part of this book, and that did seem well written and brought the period to life rather well, but in the end it was the only part of this read that had any life to it.

What was most disappointing about Carrie Fisher’s story?

This book did not give any insights or behind the scenes stuff on the making of Star Wars. I bought it because I hoped to get a Carrie Fisher perspective on the production experience. The making of Star Wars through the eyes of one of its stars, but that is not in here at all. There was one section of a few sentences where it is mentioned, that was it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd ’s performances?

Both are clear and interesting speakers. Billie Lourd especially, but they will need better material than this to be saying.

What character would you cut from The Princess Diarist?

None one, as 99% of it revolved around the head space of carrie Fisher. there really would be nothing left!

Any additional comments?

I admire and appreciate Carrie Fisher as an actress. Her daughter Billie Lourd has done some beautiful tributes to her mother since her sad and untimely death. I was pleased to get this insight into the mind of Carrie Fisher at 19, but it was an experience not well told in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-22-17

struggled

didn't enjoy this one at all. really struggled to keep reading it.thought it would be a great read. sadley mistaken .

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  • Steve
  • 12-05-16

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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  • Cassandra
  • 06-18-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-19

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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  • Mr. B. MacEllen
  • 03-12-18

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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  • Lisa Hoskin
  • 04-05-22

Not the book of insights I thought it would be

Mainly focussed on her brief affair with Harrison Ford. Not many stories about the making of the movie - very evident she was troubled when she was young. Parts of the book are funny, a lot of it is sad & she does spend too much time dragging out stories. From Chapter 7 onwards it was hard going.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-22

Exceptional.

This book was the best company ever in the less than a day I enjoyed every single word of it as it’s a rollercoaster ride of an extraordinary big life shared with a disarming sense of intimacy, unbridled humour that constantly had me in fits of laughter & the kind of depth of vulnerability that cannot be duplicated. Incredible. 👍🏼👍🏼 #fivestars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-22

Inside the head of a 19 year old...

Carrie's musings for the first half of the book were interesting. As soon as the narrator changed and the diary started to be read, I almost gagged. I couldn't stand listening to more than 2 minutes, so have no idea if it got better after this. I think it reminded me too much of my overly romantic teenage self.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-22

Sublime.

Funny and beautiful. This is probably the best audio book I've listened to, I didn't want it to end.

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  • Clare Millar
  • 01-17-21

A beautiful insightful book about Carrie Fisher

A beautifully written truthful book about Carrie's life before, during and after Princess Leia. Carrie shatters any dissolution that Hollywood has created this high rolling persona of an actress life. Carrie speaks of her relationship with Harrison and life on set of Star Wars and how she feels about Comic con expos. It is well written, funny, insightful and truthful about her life and to top it off she narrates in her voice to be more personal for the reader. I loved it and thank Carrie for writing this before the Force took you to another dimension far far away.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-20

"Carrison" existed before "Brangelina"

Carrie Fisher reading her own memoir was a delight, with a cameo narration by her daughter Billie Lourd.

Raw, comical and sad at times.

The coming of age of a young women (and actress), The objectification of females in a man's world, not only movie-land. She would spend the rest of her life in the shadow of an Intergalactic Princess, yet fiercely protective of Leah.

RIP Carrie