Kristen Johnston's candid humor confronts her addiction head, heart and stomach first. If you or a loved one struggling with addiction, this is an important work to experience. Just hearing how she moves through life and then is forced to face the ramifications of drug and alcohol abuse is worthwhile; but Kristen makes it so enlightening, entertaining and hilarious that you feel you are there witnessing every gut-retching pain and triumph she faces, and even if this is not your addiction, you gain a great respect for her desire to lay it all to there in a way that only she can!
Kristen and her sidekick, Mr. M (Morphine). Kristen's story of facing her addiction after a devastating gut explosion due to drug & Etoh addiction is a wild ride. She goes back to her childhood self esteem problems, but does not blame anyone else for her addiction. She owes it, or acknowledges how it owed her without her knowing it.
Yes, her humor even in the most painful moments is captivating, you can't stop listening or laughing.
I think the audio edition of Guts is definitely better than the print version since the author narrates the story and puts so much of herself into the performance.
Kristen, as herself, was the best character throughout the book. All the other players had their place and she portrayed them equally well. I think Kristen was my favorite because she was so genuine, brutally frank and her delivery was spot on.
Krsiten made me laugh out loud throughout the book. I could identify with a lot of what she was saying, although thankfully, my life has not spiraled out of control like hers did! Her assessement that everyone is addicted to something really spoke to me. Highly recommend!
I loved Kristen telling her own story without sugar coating anything. She was real and honest and I appreciate that about her.
Her tone and voice totally make the audible version much better than if I would have just read it myself.
Yes. Her performance was energetic and fun. I could feel her presence...as if she were in your living room telling you her story.
Guts is a fairly typical actor hits rock bottom and recovers story but it's a fun, breezy, laugh-out-loud ride as narrated by Kristen Johnston herself. Not sure if it would be as enjoyable as a regular read. I think she should try her hand at fiction using her in-your-face, loud, physical, and very funny voice.
Not the best biography I've read for sure. Mostly, it was interesting because of the connection to 3rd Rock from the Sun. It was OK.
The end was OK.
Narration was by the author and it was fine.
No. The story was complete.
Kristin Johnston's incredible narration of this book, her wit and writing style.
Her description of getting ready for her first performance after her 1st hospitalization--well before she should have been out of bed, much less on stage.
This book is a perfect example of a book that should be listened to--not read. Perfection! I will listen to this book repeatedly. All I can say is : Kristen (if I may address you by your first name), write and narrate another book soon. I suspect you have more stories to share.
Listening to Kristen tell her story made it very personal and real. This is her story, all the pain, the highs and especially the lows are told to entertain, she acts it out flawlessly.
It is laugh out loud funny. Kristen tells it warts and all and makes awful situations hysterical.
Typical Hollywood story only told in a very funny and entertaining manner. Very enjoyable listen
Many memorable moments, but if I had to choose one it was when she was crying in the hospital and the doctors where uncomfortable with it.
It was a paradox... Sadly funny and I love her voice
It made laugh and cry, sadly funny, I felt for her, and related to her
I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!
Johnston is a good storyteller, and I really enjoyed listening to her story. It was delivered with a great deal of humor and honesty.
The book itself is delivered more like a monolog than a memoir. Being an actress, I think Johnston's already strong storytelling abilities are naturally geared towards an Audiobook delivery rather than print. There were many non sequiturs that seemed completely spontaneous, and added to the authenticity of the story.
As far as the arc of her memoir goes, its not terribly different than the typical Hollywood addiction story, but the story is recounted in the humorous, self-effacing manner that betrays Johnston's Midwestern roots. She charms the listener and it makes Johnston a likable, but very flawed protagonist.