"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
Kristen Johnson was simply the woman from 3rd Rock to me who I recognised from her guesting on RuPaul's Drag Race. Now, she's someone I applaud for her writing, her honesty, her drive to create change. I'm so thankful I found this amazing book. It's helped me and changed me. Plus it's damn well read by the author.
"Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
Or so smart and sexy.
Kristen Johnston's voice is one that I could listen to for hours on end. As soon as I sampled this audiobook, I knew I had to get it. But as a serious and responsible adult, I passed it by for a few months to purchase the tofu and vegetables of my normal purchases - business, physics and philosophy etc.
After one of my crappiest days in a long time, I decided it was time for an audiobook version of a cheeseburger, fries and a large chocolate shake. I immediately downloaded Guts and began listening.
Oh no! This is so good and only four and a third hours long! I was captured by Kristen and her book in the first few seconds. This woman is smart as a whip, charming, funny and so expressive. It's a joy to listen to her performance.
But performance doesn't really capture it - it's really an intimate conversation she has with us. Her voices were spot on and so entertaining. And boy can she write and tell a great story.
This is a celebrity book, and an addiction book, but it is so much more - Guts is a very human story of a brave and good person. I found it very inspiring and so sweet, but very strong at the same time.
Now Kristen - a small request - please write and perform more. I need more of this stuff - the world needs more of this. If you really want to get inspired Kristen, you could download The Complete Essays of Montaigne, the great essayist from the 16th century. I think you have the potential to be a great and entertaining essayist too. I could so listen to 49 hours and 39 minutes more of Kristen Johnston.
In the meantime, I am looking forward to listening to Guts again with my wife on a road trip next weekend. This is why I subscribe to Audible. Kudos to everyone and I mean everyone involved - you too Schultz. Readers and listeners will understand.
"Should win awards for best audiobook performance"
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and never bothered to review one, but this is one of the best performed audiobooks that I've come across. After listening to this, I would listen to any audiobook performed by Kristen Johnston and her
Kristen Johnston. But Nurse Wretched is a close second. Followed by Mr. James.
Anything in the hospital. Who knew peritonitis in the public ward of a London hospital could be so funny. I also like 'bloated has-been' and 'ice cubes.'
Yes, and I did.
Just that she is the kind of reader who really voices all the characters and I appreciate how much craft went into this audiobook. The fact that she wrote it too is pretty incredible.
I loved every second of listening to her tell her story. She is funny and a great writer! I very much hope she writes another book!
"Could not stop listening"
Kristen tells her story so well you find your self laughing at points that should make you cringe or shake your head.
When her incident happens in the London apartment
No one else can tell someone's story like the they can.
We are all addicts in our own way.
Kristen tells it like it is and that is great. She makes no excuses for what happen and that is refreshing for once to hear someone take responsibility for their own actions.
"Please Please Please, Kristen, do more audios"
She is the best reader I have ever heard in my many years of Audible membership. I really hope she reads other books for us.
"Bold, Honest, and Unbelievably Moving"
Kristen's conversational reading of the book was outstanding. I felt as if she were telling me the story, personally, over several cups of coffee.
This story is the most honest accounts of addiction and its effects. Even before finishing the book, I recommended it to all of my friends.
I enjoyed all characterizations. The various english accents were especially amusing.
Yes. I finished it in 2 sittings.
Kudos to Kristen for this raw, honest story. Thank you for not keeping silent.
"What a Pisser"
I loved this autobiography. Ms. Johnston's account of her life is funny, naked and yes... gutsy.
Others reviewers have said it all, so I won't go on...but I'm really glad I listened to this book. SUPER FUNNY!!!!!!! And dear in a weird way too.
It's a YES from me.
"Good, but hoped for a little more"
Yes, definitely - loved the conversational style
It just kind of ended, a little on the "sell out" side, but okay.
No, this the the first one and I look forward to more
Didn't specifically inspire me, but I enjoyed her story and experience
Liked it, but wished it went a little a little deeper, perhaps I am shallow, but I kind of wanted more dirt. Worthwhile purchase though.
"Raw and funny"
I really liked it. It's a little short but i think it's worth a credit. She doesn't pull any punches and takes ownership of her wild choices. Over all a good listen. caution; lots of talk about drug use.
"Hilarious, moving, fantastic!"
Kristen had me in the first few sentences. It was interesting, moving, and sometimes so hilarious at how she described some events I was actually laughing out loud while my cat stared at me in bewilderment. Great read and thank you for sharing your story.
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