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Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster | [Kristen Johnston]

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.
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Publisher's Summary

"It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, I'd still be screwed, because there's no way I'd ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors."

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

With Guts, Johnston takes us on a journey so truthful and relatable, so remarkably fresh, it promises to stay with the listener for a long, long time.

©2012 Kristen Johnston (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Stephanie United States 04-15-12
    Stephanie United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but hoped for a little more"
    Would you try another book from Kristen Johnston and/or Kristen Johnston?

    Yes, definitely - loved the conversational style


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It just kind of ended, a little on the "sell out" side, but okay.


    Have you listened to any of Kristen Johnston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this the the first one and I look forward to more


    Did Guts inspire you to do anything?

    Didn't specifically inspire me, but I enjoyed her story and experience


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it, but wished it went a little a little deeper, perhaps I am shallow, but I kind of wanted more dirt. Worthwhile purchase though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dunkirk, MD 06-19-13
    Amazon Customer Dunkirk, MD 06-19-13

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    "This is so, so good."
    Would you listen to Guts again? Why?

    You know, I don't know that I've ever listened to an audio book more than once, but I would definitely considering listening to this one. Kristen's narration is wonderful and the story is heartbreaking.

    I listen to audio books during my hour long commute in the mornings and afternoons and this morning I barely remember how I got to work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I still have a few hours left of the book, but I was tearing up when she talked about the doctor who stopped to hold her hand when she was scared.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really touching and interesting and funny. I'm a big reader, but I'm glad I got the audio book because Kristen's narration adds so much to this story. I got it on a whim with one of my credits and had no idea I would like it so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charles Town, WV, United States 12-24-12
    Amazon Customer Charles Town, WV, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nobody's got a voice like Kristin Johnston"
    If you could sum up Guts in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant. Raw. Candid.


    What other book might you compare Guts to and why?

    Hard to compare with other audiobooks except maybe David Sedaris, who has the same ability to make you laugh while telling a heart-wrenching story.


    What about Kristen Johnston’s performance did you like?

    That voice. That voice. That voice is MADE for audiobooks. Kristin is one of the rare performers who has the looks to match that mesmerizing voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 10-13-12
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Guts?

    Kristen is so honest. Sadly, many moments made me cry because it came too close to home with a friend of mine. But the way Kristen reads this brings laughter too. It's the first audio book I've had, but I have since downloaded a half dozen more. What better way to fit "reading" in to my daily schedule!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was like sitting with an old friend who has finally cleaned up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When her friend finally told her that Kristen wasn't fooling anyone and her real friends knew for a while she had a problem - and that they took the opportunity to call her on it...and she LISTENED!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Being Real - Really Real


    Any additional comments?

    While I loved hearing Kristen's story - I hope there is never a need for a follow up book due to relapse. Best wishes to her for continued sobriety and success in all she does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shepherd Hoodwin Laguna Niguel, CA USA 08-27-12
    Shepherd Hoodwin Laguna Niguel, CA USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very funny!"

    Kristin Johnston transformed what could have been a grim story through her brilliant humor and delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-26-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Raw and funny"

    I really liked it. It's a little short but i think it's worth a credit. She doesn't pull any punches and takes ownership of her wild choices. Over all a good listen. caution; lots of talk about drug use.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 04-29-12
    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 04-29-12 Member Since 2008

    A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.

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    "Loved everything about this book"

    Every word of this book was entertaining. I haven't laughed and smiled that much listening to any other book. She didn't just read the book, she performed it, and I loved every minute. But it was too short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 06-10-14
    Gayle 06-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to Guts the most enjoyable?

    Great story teller..funny but so honest..listened more than once, you laugh and cry at the same time!


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    Sarah United States 01-11-14
    Sarah United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Unexpectedly Great"

    My daughter and I are big 3rd Rock from the Sun fans, so I was really excited to hear this book. Johnston was amazingly funny and real in this book. Her story of her addiction was inspiring and very "real".

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    Laura L Rodriguez Washington, DC United States 12-17-13
    Laura L Rodriguez Washington, DC United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This took Guts"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow, who knew? I loved it. I think it took guts just to put it out there. I love it and I love hearing it from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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