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Guts Audiobook

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

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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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    kimberly k lee 09-24-12
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    "relentless honesty"
    Would you listen to Guts again? Why?

    I will re-listen again and again. this is the calling of the Pink elephant and in a humorous sad happy honest way.


    What other book might you compare Guts to and why?

    no comparison


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

    never before but will now


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

    the ability to write with such passion and no regret so, the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 04-30-12
    Monica 04-30-12
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    "Gutsy, Real & Hilarious!!"
    If you could sum up Guts in three words, what would they be?

    Ha... see headline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Kristen Johnston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'd have to say the accents, she is FABULOUS.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    David 05-23-16
    David 05-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The Very Best Book Om Recovery"

    To be honest I've actually listen to this book over 15 times on audible.com, the book written by KIRSTEN Johnston is a brutally honest, completely entertaining book read by the author about the self-destruction of creative people and her fight back from the brink of death. It is so well written and feels as if you're sitting and having a conversation with your very best friend. She's a brilliant author and by far the most entertaining book I've come across that was read by the author. A must read for people in recovery to see that you can enjoy life and still have a sense of humor and be a sober person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Perritt Barrie, Ontario Canada 11-08-14
    Shelley Perritt Barrie, Ontario Canada 11-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I wanted it to go on forever..."
    Where does Guts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Guts to and why?

    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.


    What does Kristen Johnston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dunkirk, MD 06-19-13
    Amazon Customer Dunkirk, MD 06-19-13 Member Since 2015

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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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    C. A. Cameron United States 01-11-13
    C. A. Cameron United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Gut-Wrenchingly Raw, Searingly Hilariously Honest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guts?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kristen Johnston – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    (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.

    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 2015
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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.


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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 10-13-12
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 10-13-12
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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 2016
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    "Very funny!"

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

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    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 04-29-12
    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 04-29-12 Member Since 2016

    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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