"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
avoiding road rage one book at a time...
First, this is the best narration performance I've ever, Ever, EVER heard. Kristen's sultry, rich, expressive voice is ahhhmmaaazzzing... I wouldn't care if she was reading the yellow pages; this girl could make anything sound interesting and entertaining. Couple her better than Bacall voice with the story of her life, a crazy life (and she's only 45), with no fear, no holding back, spilling her GUTS - it is perfection. Creatively told, cleverly written and thoroughly engaging. I can't say enough about this book and I'm convinced that hearing it makes the experience complete. Kristen should read every book ever committed to audio.
The best (out of 3, so take that as you will)
That she narrated it. She is possibly the funniest woman on the planet.
Her humor and her ability to poke fun at herself.
Not that I can recall. It was mostly just very funny.
Kirsten's honesty is worth a listen. She has a great story. Her witty and sarcastic viewpoint is refreshing. Addiction isn't pretty and she doesn't treat it that way; she just tells it like it is. Way to go Kirsten
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.
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