"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 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.
Even though I never write reviews, I felt like I had to this time.
I listened to audio of GUTS again while out on a walk today.
No bullshit & with total honesty, I truly think it gets even more amazing each time you hear it...
It's almost like hearing it again for the first time. You know?
Only it isn't.
But, its like you hear something different for the very first time..
Something that impacts you in a new way..
Something that makes you say "Wow" Or "Damn"
Something that makes you think of something you hadn't before..
I honestly think your words & story are going to live forever, K.
I truly do.
I think in years to come people will still talk about GUTS and what it meant to them....
How it changed them, or changed someone they knew.
I'm sure you never could have imagined laying in that hospital bed for all those months the lives you would touch with your story..the hearts you would start to heal and the souls you would help mend..
But, you have.
through you people have realized that even though its hard as hell, they too can put one foot in front of the other and at least try..
That even if they fall 10 steps back then can still take two steps fwd..
That they don't have to feel shame..
That is an amazing thing to witness.
I'm really proud of you. Not just for how far you have come in your own journey, or for the lives you have touched...
But just for the person you are.
I hope you are as proud of yourself as everyone is of you. Because you truly, truly should be.
What can I say? Where do I start? First of all having Kristen narrate was awesome, no one could have done it justice but her. I loved her honesty and humor, she invites you to jump on the roller coaster and hold on tight. She takes you deep inside the issue of dependancy and addiction and how very vulnerable we all are. At the end you celebrate or her story and her survival and can't wait to see what happens next.
Yes, its very entertaining to listen .
It was a good pace.
All the characters
When she was in the hospital.
First rate for sure
No comparison, I loved it
Real, raw, loved how she added the English accents to give each character a voice.
Being alone in the hospital - can totally relate
Highly recommend it
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