Can You Handle the Truth?

Carrie Fisher

Some people run from the truth, others embrace it. Carrie Fisher was used to writing and reading and acting and…narrating her own books. Her new book, which she was promoting at the end, is The Princess Diarist. Previous books include Wishful Drinking, Postcards from the Edge, and Shockaholic. She has been on shampoo bottles and Pez dispensers. Performed in a one-woman show. She calls herself, “a result of Hollywood in-breeding.” Clearly, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. And she was not afraid of the truth! (Footnote: On 12/27 the sad news after she suffered from a heart attack is that she passed away.) In her book she dishes on all her costars, and on herself, all in a funny, believable way with a tone that suits the situation. Once again I’m reminded that it is always best for anyone writing a memoir to narrate it themselves. You get so much more than you would just reading the print book. You get to laugh with them, and to feel they are in the room with you…or the car, bus, or plane. It’s hard to read on a treadmill, or while running. I once saw a woman walk into a telephone pole while reading a paperback. Plus you can store a hundred books on an iPhone. Try carrying them. Of course reading print books is great, and I do that too. When I have time. Audiobooks extend my reading time, and as the new print and audiobook The Untold Story of the Talking Book says, listening is not cheating. You are still “reading.” A just completed conference called The Future Book agrees. They still digital media changing the way we read. Authors from Stephen King and James Patterson to Janet Evanovich and Sandra Brown are bullish on audiobooks. It’s now a billion dollar industry. So give one a try and see what you think. A good one to start with is Princess Leia’s, who will never be forgotten.

My interview with the narrator of Star Wars Catalyst, a Rogue One novel, is here. The award winning actor who narrates my novel Fame Island (ebook version The Instant Celebrity) also voices some Star Wars games. Kristoffer Tabori has appeared in many TV series and movies, and is currently directing movies for the Hallmark channel. Biography of Audrey Hepburn? Here.

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