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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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    Kymi 03-20-13
    Kymi 03-20-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Brilliantly told with ruthless honesty."
    What made the experience of listening to Guts the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Kristen brings her own story to life.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    sandra Osborne Park, Australia 03-15-13
    sandra Osborne Park, Australia 03-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best"
    Where does Guts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


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    A. Devero Tampa, FL USA 03-04-13
    A. Devero Tampa, FL USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Authentic, Funny -- Great Listen"

    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).

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    lindsay BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-24-13
    lindsay BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-24-13

    i need to find more good ones

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    "wished it were longer"
    What did you love best about Guts?

    i could listen to kristen all day. she is honest and gross and charismatic.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kristen Johnston? Why or why not?

    YES


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

    no


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    Kerri 02-01-13
    Kerri 02-01-13
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    "I've listened to it three times"
    What did you love best about Guts?

    Kristen


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guts?

    The whole book is fantastic, Kristen is funny and direct she pulls no punches


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

    Both she is hysterical, I have listened to it again for that reason


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    courtney 12-28-12
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    "Better than expected."
    What did you love best about Guts?

    I didnt know much about Kristen Johnston and found her story interesting and well read.


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

    No


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

    There was laughter and sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    Better than expected. I quite enjoyed it.

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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-17-12
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable and honest"

    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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    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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