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.
I am so glad Kresten Johnston narrated this book rather than have a random reader - it really made her story come to life. I love her sarcastic sense of humor. Also, the story of her addiction and subsequent health issues was very intersting as well.
Gritty, Honest and Funny
I love the way Kristen tells her story. Almost as if she is sitting with you, and you are her best friend.
From the book title, "The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster"
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.