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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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    Amazon Customer 11-05-12
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    "So Funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    It has to be! Kristen's voice is the best part.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was in the hospital for the second time. Her own insights are hilarious.


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

    Yes. I had it on all the time.


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    shoesieshoe 10-16-12
    shoesieshoe 10-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Hilariously Cringeworthy"
    What made the experience of listening to Guts the most enjoyable?

    Kristen's honesty and humor in telling a very dark and chilling tale.


    What other book might you compare Guts to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her describing a colostomy bag as 'something people wear when their butts fall off,' made me choke with laughter.


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

    Yes! I listen while sewing, so I got a lot done.


    Any additional comments?

    Kristen, you're a trip. You're good at what you do. You deserve your success. Be well.

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    Michelle 10-01-12
    Michelle 10-01-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Guts?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Johnston again?

    Yes. I still think she is very interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kristen Johnston?

    I liked her as a narator, it was the lack of a real story that I didn't care for in this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the book had some funny moments


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    Shauna 09-23-12
    Shauna 09-23-12
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    "Dark night of the soul"

    Kristen does a wonderful job of educating those of us who haven't been where she has. She is great to her readers. She kept me interested in her story the entire way through, never a dull moment.

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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 08-27-12
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 08-27-12
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    "UNEXPECTED!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The written word is often sufficient. But, there are times when a good old fashioned conversation is in order. This is one of those times. The points and the emotion can be felt more effective and with the conviction that is meant to be delivered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kristen herself


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

    The emotion, humor and thought provoking process


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

    All of it. You begin to realize that we are all addicts in some form. As I told 1 reader in a tweet... It's like an epic look into a mirror at yourself. It's not about addiction to drugs, alcohol etc.... But, addictions of any kind and how they control each of our lives. As good or bad as they may be... truly, we are all addicted to something.


    Any additional comments?

    Very Nicely Done !

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    Brian 08-13-12
    Brian 08-13-12
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    "Triumps and tribulations, a great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone can relate to her story in one way or another. Definitely an eye opener for some.


    What other book might you compare Guts to and why?

    I don't know at this time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nurse Prachet, but really the entire book.


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

    The truth about you, unfolded.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    D. Evans Central New Jersey 08-12-12
    D. Evans Central New Jersey 08-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "As a fan of "3rd Rock," quite an eye opener!"

    I like listening to personal stories read by the people who wrote them. Kristen narrated her story and did an excellent job. Her raspy voice told a lot about how she treated herself over the past few years. Eesh! What a mess she was.

    All I knew about Kristen was that I thought she was great on the TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun." I had no idea what she had done to herself or where she had disappeared to. It was interesting listening to how she ended up in a hospital in England, near death, and how she managed to pull herself together again.

    It's amazing she has been able to keep her sense of humor through it all.

    I saw Kristin on "Anderson Cooper" and that's how I learned about her having a book. She looks like she has her act back together now. If you were a fan of "3rd Rock," you'll enjoy hearing about the rise and fall and rise of Kristen Johnston.



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    Valarie BOSTON, MA, United States 08-03-12
    Valarie BOSTON, MA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Gutsy Performance in more ways than one!"
    What made the experience of listening to Guts the most enjoyable?

    Kristen Johnston's candid humor confronts her addiction head, heart and stomach first. If you or a loved one struggling with addiction, this is an important work to experience. Just hearing how she moves through life and then is forced to face the ramifications of drug and alcohol abuse is worthwhile; but Kristen makes it so enlightening, entertaining and hilarious that you feel you are there witnessing every gut-retching pain and triumph she faces, and even if this is not your addiction, you gain a great respect for her desire to lay it all to there in a way that only she can!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kristen and her sidekick, Mr. M (Morphine). Kristen's story of facing her addiction after a devastating gut explosion due to drug & Etoh addiction is a wild ride. She goes back to her childhood self esteem problems, but does not blame anyone else for her addiction. She owes it, or acknowledges how it owed her without her knowing it.


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

    See above


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

    Yes, her humor even in the most painful moments is captivating, you can't stop listening or laughing.


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    Donna United States 08-01-12
    Donna United States 08-01-12
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    "Gloriously Gutsy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio edition of Guts is definitely better than the print version since the author narrates the story and puts so much of herself into the performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kristen, as herself, was the best character throughout the book. All the other players had their place and she portrayed them equally well. I think Kristen was my favorite because she was so genuine, brutally frank and her delivery was spot on.


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

    Krsiten made me laugh out loud throughout the book. I could identify with a lot of what she was saying, although thankfully, my life has not spiraled out of control like hers did! Her assessement that everyone is addicted to something really spoke to me. Highly recommend!


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    Laura Hugo, MN, United States 07-24-12
    Laura Hugo, MN, United States 07-24-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Guts?

    I loved Kristen telling her own story without sugar coating anything. She was real and honest and I appreciate that about her.


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

    Her tone and voice totally make the audible version much better than if I would have just read it myself.


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