I listened to this book not knowing what to expect. I have never watched the show 30 Rock and I watched less than a handful of SNL shows when Tina Fey played on it. I will say, the one real reason I chose this book was due to her outstanding portrayal of Sarah Palin. She was spot on! After reading/listening to Bossypants, I'm still not sure why she chose this title. Is it just me? In the beginning I felt I knew where she was going with it, but then she lost me. Even though she made references to the title a few times, I don't think it fit. She made me laugh from time to time especially when she was trying not to use her husband's real name and was totatlly unsuccessful at it. But I didn't find it any where as funny as other readers did. This may be due to my being unable to relate to her as we are from different generations. The one area I can relate to is being a parent and wanting to spend as much time with your child as humanly possible. Especially when they are babies. She was very fortunate to have the type of job where she was able to take her baby with her when she needed to. Although this wasn't the book for me, I give Tina Fey Kudos for an excellent job in her narration. She has a very expressive voice that helped me make it through to the end. Will I listen to another book by Tina Fey? Probably not.
Tina Fey! I have been a fan of Tina Fey for a while and I enjoyed learning about her life off camera. It is an entertaining and honest book. Also, that PDF is pure gold!
I probably wouldn't read another book by her. However, I would definitely listen to another book if she is the narrator.
Tina Fey brings her own style to the book. She knows her lines and she knows how to deliver them.
The majority of the story moved me to laughter.
Overall it was a pretty good listen. It definitely made my commute to work much more enjoyable.
If you have never thought about listening to a book because you thought, well, whatever you thought, this book will change that!
Tina Fey does the narration on her own book and there were so many times I was laughing out loud (more than just LOL). She has most definitely learned how to make lemonade out of the lemons and then learned how to sell it! I am so grateful that she is able to put into words how she sees (saw) things. She eloquently expresses many of my thoughts!
Completely entertaining and I loved the PDF that was included. I will be listening to this quite a few times and seldom to do re-read or re-listen to books.
What's funny, is even though I had seen great reviews of this book, I avoided it because the cover is so unattractive. After reading the book, I saw somewhere on the net a byte from her dad saying the book wouldn't do well because of the cover! Yeah, her humor is partly derived from her father.
But you will enjoy it!
I bow down to Tina Fey. I so love how she makes no apologies for being a smart, outspoken, competitive woman! What a great role model!
The book is one of the best on audible. Her characterization of the various voices is fantastic...the very reason I love audible vs. reading. The story is fantastic as well. She addresses all the stuff we want to hear about. Fantastic book!
Tina Fey read this herself, so it must be funnier than the print version.
Tina delivers lines in her own style, and imitates the voices of people (like her dad) that the reader doesn't know.
If you listened to this as an audiobook, you'd have to pull the car over due to laughing too hard to drive.
This was one of the better books I have listened to. I was truly sad when it was over.
I liked hearing the rough side of Tina Fey. Hearing her struggle as she did, both with herself and with the world. I felt a connection.
She knows herself well! I loved her comments that were "off camera" so to speak, almost mumbled, but still perfectly clear. It felt like I was having a conversation with a lousy listener.
There was a scene with Oprah Winfrey and Tina is juggling a million things and Oprah comments on her schedule - Tina Fey says "When Oprah Winfrey thinks you are too busy, you REALLY need to look at your life".
I have heard that in my head DAILY since then! Love it!
Not a book if you want to hear Tina Fey do stand-up, but a great book to get to know her as a person. A funny, wonderful, smart, passionate, imperfect person.
Of course Bossypants was worth the listening time and I do not regret spending the money for the book. I like autobiography's that are narrated by the author. It is written as if she is speaking to you at a social gathering with a bunch of asides. I know "asides" are a way that comics use to add interest and it works in some cases. In this narrative it was just a bit over done so that it made the story feel disjointed. However, it did give a little more insight into how she processes and I suppose that was the intention in the end. In hearing her life story (so far) you see that Tina has presented herself transparently in her body of work. Definitely not to say "see through" like you see right through her but more like she allows you to see into her core that is vulnerable and shows a great deal of strength at the same time. Outside she may be "bossypants",. inside she is boss of herself. Sometimes bosses are good sometimes they are bad but what she communicates here is that a "good" boss always learns - from good or bad. Kudos Tina!
I love Tina Fey and her work, and finding out about her background was a great experience.
I especially loved the part where she talks about her experiences and advice about improv. If you only read one thing in this book, read that. The next best thing is the story about Don Fey; go read that.My favorite quote from the book, however, if from another chapter and it's about how to be a good manager: "Hire talented people, then get out of their way!"
The sole reason I can only rate this 4/5 is because it's hard to understand all that stuff about vaginas! :-)
Entertaining stories that were easy to get involved in and enjoy.
I'm not sure I would call it a real comparison, but it makes me think of "Born Standing Up". I wouldn't consider Tina Fey a comic, but both are interesting looks at comedy.
I haven't listened to any other audio books narrated by her.
I don't know that I was moved, other than to laughter - and that comes throughout the entire book!
It's a wonderfully entertaining book. We listened to it on weekend trip, and it was perfect to listen to short pieces, and not feel like you were disconnected with the book. I will probably listen to it again!
Listening to Tina Fey narrate her own stories was the most enjoyable experience. You could hear her accentuate each moment/ funny story and go back those places in her memory while adding a funny twist.
I would have liked her to spend a little bit more time on the relationship between her and her husband....but I could also understand why she chose to keep it private....maybe a fictionalized version of it would have been funny.
I would say the description of her father because I could literally imagine how he was such a strict man. I also enjoyed her description of her college personality as she was discovering her talents and herself.
No extreme reaction. I did enjoy her debunking of her photoshoot experience. I always thought getting photographed for a magazine was luxurious, but I enjoyed her reality check about how vain it really is.......and how it is all and illusion. Now every time I watch her Garnier commercial I will know that it probably was not an enjoyable experience for her.
If you love Tina Fey and her comedy this is the book for you.