"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
I will re-listen again and again. this is the calling of the Pink elephant and in a humorous sad happy honest way.
never before but will now
the ability to write with such passion and no regret so, the entire book
Ha... see headline.
The thing I liked best was how honest she was, shameless bravery is an understatement. Second would have to be how one minute I was laughing my ass off and the next I was crying.
I'd have to say the accents, she is FABULOUS.
Both... I actually went back and listened to it again, I've only done that with one other book, The Help... So it's safe to say, I HIGHLY recommend GUTS.
I've listened to lots of good books but Guts remains my favourite. The brevity of the book is mostly because it was focused on a specific event but I wished it was longer because of how much I enjoyed the narration.
There really is no comparison, the story is certainly unique (since really, Kristen shouldn't be alive after her medical emergency) and Kristen's story telling and narration was so, so amazing.
Her English accents are great and I know others have said this, but it really is like she is telling you her story over a cup of tea. Like we're old friends hanging out. I read somewhere that she rehearsed her narration for a very long time and made all her friends and family listen to her but it doesn't come across as rehearsed at all.
I really hope that Kristen either writes another book or someone else asks her to narrate. The book is very, very funny but also sad and insightful.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely! Ms Johnston lived every second, every minute, every endless hour with us, sitting right beside her, rapt, amazed, in tears, afraid only to miss even a single syllable, or on the floor in writhing in gales of helpless laughter.
Aie! So many moments, leavened with memories of her utterly astonishing "Sally" on 3rd Rock from the Sun. (The sneeze ... I remember Sally's reaction to a sneeze. Surely YouTube has it ...) And how the f**k did she do all THAT and completely under the influence of a truckload of pills, I have no earthly idea. (And neither did her co-star, as he freely admits). Well, having to pick one, if I must, and using the British term, "hospital". All of it. But her childhood drifts into The Other come a close second. Yowza, I can sure relate to drifting into The Other. Bet a lot of her readers can, too.
Creepily, her mother, driving her in tennis whites under a mink coat in a late model car to a doctor worrying aloud that Kristen's growth spurts might turn to giantism. And her stage manager in London, whassisname. PURE English.
I listened to it under cover of darkness at 2AM while visiting my elderly mother this Christmas. I tell you this, hand on heart, Kristen kept me sane in a very strange and crazy-making time.
(1) Kristen Johnston must read every future Audible book from this moment forward, forever. (2) She is my hero and what is more, she is her own hero. (3) May she live long and prosper outrageously, find true love and write it all down so we can all hear it from her own magnificent mouth.
Brilliant. Raw. Candid.
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.
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.
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!
It was like sitting with an old friend who has finally cleaned up.
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!
Being Real - Really Real
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.
Kristin Johnston transformed what could have been a grim story through her brilliant humor and delivery.
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
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.
this book is so shallow. yes it has some funny parts but the author spends half the book trying to make jokes about her 6 week stay in the hospital. there is so little value to this book and really offers little to help the addict in recovery.
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