"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
Hands down the narration of Kristen Johnston made this book most enjoyable. I'm so glad she read her own story so that I know the way she meant it to be heard. She is witty and hilarious. Some of the things she said was down right heartbreaking. I'm sad it was only 4 hours. Also her accents are spot on. I was totally engrossed in everthing she had to say.
Kristen brings her own story to life.
2 parts - I laughed until I cried when she talked about kicking that bully kid. And I felt empathy for her when she was so sick yet trying to convince everyone she was well trying to cover up at the expense of her life.
Aside from being the girl who fell out of a highrise window on an episode of Sex and the City, I didn't know much about Kristen Johnston. She's very talented - I can tell just from her narration of this book. She is definitely an actress I will follow now. And I hope she narrates other books in the future.
This is hands down one of the best audio books I've listened to so far. Kristen doesn't hold back in her story, which is funny, sad and enlightening all at once. People primarily identify addiction with substance abuse, but her wry definition of it made me laugh. Her reading of her story was a theatrical masterpiece, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone. You'll laugh, you'll learn, and if you're like me you'll immediately to go YouTube to watch some of her performances in Third Rock from the Sun.
Kristen ... MORE PLEASE!
This book is a perfect choice for listening rather than reading. Kristen Johnston's own voice is perfect to deliver her painfully funny account of her personal road to ruin. Her story is poignant without ever degenerating into self-pity. She is both responsible for and utterly honest about her descent into addiction and the life-threatening health issues that land her alone in the hospital. Everything about the book reinforces the sense that this is someone who it would be great to hang out with over a cocktail (or more likely, a coffee).
i need to find more good ones
i could listen to kristen all day. she is honest and gross and charismatic.
The whole book is fantastic, Kristen is funny and direct she pulls no punches
Both she is hysterical, I have listened to it again for that reason
I didnt know much about Kristen Johnston and found her story interesting and well read.
There was laughter and sadness.
Better than expected. I quite enjoyed it.
This book was a great break from my usual reading. It's very current and honest. Ms. Johnston's reading is exceptional and entertaining, as many other commenters have mentioned.
It has to be! Kristen's voice is the best part.
When she was in the hospital for the second time. Her own insights are hilarious.
Yes. I had it on all the time.
Kristen's honesty and humor in telling a very dark and chilling tale.
I'd compare it to Tina Fey's 'Bossypants' because of the delight of hearing it read by the author in such a humorous, lively way. Also, 'A Piece of Cake' by Cupcake Brown because of the unflinching honesty.
Her describing a colostomy bag as 'something people wear when their butts fall off,' made me choke with laughter.
Yes! I listen while sewing, so I got a lot done.
Kristen, you're a trip. You're good at what you do. You deserve your success. Be well.
To me the story had huge gaps, didn't really talk about 3rd rock and was really focused on her medical condition. I wanted to know more about her life and the details of how she overcame addiction.
Yes. I still think she is very interesting.
I liked her as a narator, it was the lack of a real story that I didn't care for in this book.
Yes, the book had some funny moments
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