• Guts

  • The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
  • By: Kristen Johnston
  • Narrated by: Kristen Johnston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-03-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (50 ratings)


"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 23-01-15

The best kind of raw!!

This book is sensational! I could listen to Kristen voice all day.
A great story that hits your core and your funny bone!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By MR on 05-03-15


This was heartbreaking yet hilarious. Insightful and purely honest! Great listen! Would highly recommend. This woman is a bloody star.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ohjohnny on 19-03-12

Should win awards for best audiobook performance

What made the experience of listening to Guts the most enjoyable?

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

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kristen Johnston. But Nurse Wretched is a close second. Followed by Mr. James.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.'

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

Yes, and I did.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John Campbell on 14-05-12

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.

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