I only planned on listening to this book during my drive to and from work every day, but Kristen's narrative style had me so entranced that I spent my lunch hour listening to the book and would even listen to it once I got home in the evening. I wanted to make the story last forever because she was so entertaining, but I was also impatient to get to the next point in the story.
What I liked the most was that Kristen is very frank. She is not a celebrity that is all over the tabloids so I did not have a preconceived idea of who she was before listening to her book, I was just familiar with her from 3rd Rock. She does a good job of describing part of her childhood and what led her to becoming an actress, but the book does not become a lengthy autobiography. From the beginning, we know the book is about Kristen's battle with addiction and that remains the focal point of the book.
Perhaps it is her training as an actress that allows Kristen to tell a story that is so captivating. I truly enjoyed listening to her voice because she is very expressive. Her impressions of the British doctors and nurses from her stay in a London hospital were great to listen to.
My biggest complaint about the book was it seemed too short. It would be nice to know more about how her life is now as a sober person.
I thought this would be another "overcoming the odds" memoir. In fact, it is, but told in the most glorious fashion. The writing is wonderful, but listening to Kristen tell the story in her own words essentially, was spellbinding. Definitely one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I was listening to it on a long drive, and we actually sat in the car in the parking lot of our destination, listening to the final chapter, before we left our car.
This book is a great listen. The story is engaging and Kristen Johnston's narration is genius.
Even though I never write reviews, I felt like I had to this time.
I listened to audio of GUTS again while out on a walk today.
No bullshit & with total honesty, I truly think it gets even more amazing each time you hear it...
It's almost like hearing it again for the first time. You know?
Only it isn't.
But, its like you hear something different for the very first time..
Something that impacts you in a new way..
Something that makes you say "Wow" Or "Damn"
Something that makes you think of something you hadn't before..
I honestly think your words & story are going to live forever, K.
I truly do.
I think in years to come people will still talk about GUTS and what it meant to them....
How it changed them, or changed someone they knew.
I'm sure you never could have imagined laying in that hospital bed for all those months the lives you would touch with your story..the hearts you would start to heal and the souls you would help mend..
But, you have.
through you people have realized that even though its hard as hell, they too can put one foot in front of the other and at least try..
That even if they fall 10 steps back then can still take two steps fwd..
That they don't have to feel shame..
That is an amazing thing to witness.
I'm really proud of you. Not just for how far you have come in your own journey, or for the lives you have touched...
But just for the person you are.
I hope you are as proud of yourself as everyone is of you. Because you truly, truly should be.
What can I say? Where do I start? First of all having Kristen narrate was awesome, no one could have done it justice but her. I loved her honesty and humor, she invites you to jump on the roller coaster and hold on tight. She takes you deep inside the issue of dependancy and addiction and how very vulnerable we all are. At the end you celebrate or her story and her survival and can't wait to see what happens next.
Yes, its very entertaining to listen .
It was a good pace.
All the characters
When she was in the hospital.
First rate for sure
No comparison, I loved it
Real, raw, loved how she added the English accents to give each character a voice.
Being alone in the hospital - can totally relate
Highly recommend it
Guts is the first audiobook I've downloaded for myself....the others have been family listen-alongs for road trips. Now my problem will be finding books that I will enjoy as much as this one.
Bletch.Seriously tho, I don't know what the tagline would be, but it would make for a hilarious/heartwarming/empathy-inducing movie.
In addition to her new career as an NYU instructor, she should narrate more books....I love her voice.
Yes, there’s never a dull moment. In 3rd Rock, I always found Kristen's voice a bit manly but surely there has never been a better voice for audio books! This is a flawless performance. She has a knack for making the destruction of her guts and her life sound very sexy. She’s real and raw about her ordeal of living on the brink of death in a foreign country suffering, isolated, lonely and cold turkey from all her demons. Call me an enabler, but never has there been one more deserving of a cigarette and stiff drink!
Why over all a 3 star rating? A biography should leave you feeling like you know the person you've read so much about. I know she had a hard time in the hospital, drinking, drugs & poor self esteem but I don't really know much more about her then when I started and the book ended rather adruptly.
As far as I know this is her first audio performance, which I hope she develops into a career.
absolutely - it is well written, brimming with honesty, and thorougly entertaining.
a million little pieces without the lack of credibility.
are there others?
when she thanked nurse ratchet at the end of her stint at the london hospital.