Audiobook Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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the-princess-diaristSource: eStories– I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: –
Narrator: Carrie Fisher & Billie Lourd
Edition: Audiobook,  5 Hours  10 Minutes
Genre: Memoir
Purchase: Amazon / eStories / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars

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 Wars movie. Named a People magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.

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 candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

The Princess Diarist is my second Carrie Fisher novel, but my first on audio…and I have to say the experience was wonderful, heartbreaking at times, but wonderful.

Carrie’s death hit me sort of hard. I had literally just stepped out of the theater restroom (we got out of Rogue One only a few minutes earlier) and my boyfriend had this almost pitying look on his face, he showed me his phone screen and I broke down. In the middle of the theater lobby. I don’t cry.I might blink rapidly or swallow hard, but the act of crying is something I hold back right up until I just can’t anymore. As a kid Leia was my hero, as an adult it was Carrie. So going into this audio was hard, but you can’t really stay upset when you have Carrie Fisher in your ear making jokes about her hair and everything else. I needed this. On that note, I fully recommend the audiobook! The book has an almost conversational tone that really works for audio, and it helps that Carrie is the one reading it. I think it’d probably be better as an audio, to be honest. We also have Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter, reading the diary entries in the middle.

I think the title could be a little misleading for those who are looking for a more in-depth glimpse of her filming the movie. Instead, this book focuses on two things: Carrie’s relationship with Leia, and Carrie’s affair with Harrison Ford. Carrie’s portion is full of her characteristic wit and self-deprecation as she goes over how Leia has shaped her and who she is. I think the audio shines because these portions really flow like a conversation, and I’ve seen reviews saying that reading it was odd. She knew how to poke fun at the odd portions of her life and really hones in on all aspects of ‘being Leia; everything from horrible hairdos to convention visits. Even with her breaching actual issues, it’s light and fun. The diary entries, however, hold a different tone. We see a young woman struggling with fame and with being in love with a man who has no intentions of being in love with her. We see her struggle with mental illness, self-loathing, and drug use. These entries are beautifully written and utterly heart wrenching in areas. To see her struggle with the infidelity but not want it to disappear, and struggle to be a woman that would make a lasting impact on those around her it really hurts. For a woman who shared so much of herself with everyone it’s odd to say that this provided a candid look at her life, but in some ways, it does feel more personal and intimate than normal.

If you were a fan of Carrie Fisher, be it her films or her work with mental illness awareness, then I definitely suggest finding a copy of this one audio. It’s not one of the ‘must read’ books that will become the tome which she is known by but it really does give you a glimpse into her life that was previously left untold. It’s raw and holds nothing back, like Carrie herself.

4 stars

 

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One Response to Audiobook Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

  1. Oh cool, I’ll check that site out. Yeah, that was terrible about Carrie,. Glad the book was good and brought some comfort.

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