This book was not at all what I expected. Tina sounds like a PTO mom on a rant. It was not particularly funny and felt like a lot of work to listen to. I am not a huge Tina Fey fan which doesn't help. I expected a lot more.
Very highly! It was one of the first audiobooks that I've listened to, and now I am reviewing it following my second listen. I love that Tina narrates it herself, and I laughed a ton.
Well, I have heard that Chelsea Handler's "Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea" is along the same vein, but I haven't listened to it yet. Bossypants is a lot like listening to standup, and Audible has some great standup recordings, so I guess I could compare it to those.
I loved that she was so open and honest, I appreciated the self deprecating humor. It was really neat hearing her talk about celebrities as her peers (Alec Baldwin, Lorne Michaels, etc.), so one could get a bit of insight into their lives as well as her own.
Actually what I liked a lot about the book is that since she describes several different events in her life, it was easy to stop and start without getting lost. I didn't feel like I was forced to keep listening all at once at the risk of forgetting an important plot point.
My husband and I picked this book for one leg of our road trip. He doesn't care for fiction and we both enjoy comedy. Without spoiling it, there is one part when she is talking about summer camp where I was laughing so hard, I almost drove the car off the side of a mountain! We had to stop the audio book and pull over so I could wipe the tears from my eyes!
I listened to this audio on my daily commute, when reading a book would be impossible. the audio version made it very easy to complete in my 2 hours in transit per day.
Tina Fey covers a range of subjects from her family and childhood to Second City, SNL, Sarah Palin and 30 Rock. Her voiceover kept it very genuine and entertaining.
Tina Fey is a celebrity trying to please network bosses, relatives in Youngstown and a demanding toddler. Her story is a window into TV land and the life of an ambitious talent somehow propelled by self-doubt. But more than that, as someone who likes (and sometimes needs) a little push to be more of a bossy pants, I appreciated her directions on how to make it work. Improv, she tells us, is all about saying, "Yes," and then reacting. Since life is indeed an improv, I very much enjoyed lending her my ear. Her reading was ironic, empathetic and her timing brilliant. Loved it.
I've always loved Tina Fey, but I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was way too short.
I really loved when she went through all the lines from 30 Rock and which writer they are credited to. My sister and I talk in 30 rock lines, so it was really funny to hear how they came about.
It totally made my laugh. It was great. I've made 2 people listen to it after me
If there was anything I would change about this book, it would be the flow of events in her book. I would have appreciated it more if she did not jump around too much when telling her story.
Bossypants might have made me realize that this type of genre is not for me but I think I would still try out another book just to make sure.
Three words to describe Tina Fey's voice are quirky, upbeat and supportive.
Bossypants inspired me to never apologize for who I am and not to care of what other people thought of me. As long as I know that what I want, go for it and do not look back.
I downloaded the standard quality audiobook in my iPhone and was distracted with the slight echo quality while listening.
I highly recommend. The fact that Tina Fey does the narration makes it extremely enjoyable and I know people who have read the book and still want to hear the book on tape. The comedic timing when read is spot on and totally enhances the experience.
I've only listened to two and this was the better of the two.
I loved Tina reading her own words,and occaissionally it seemed that she added little side comments that weren't in the book (but were funny).
As a big Tina Fey and 30 Rock fan, I enjoyed the chapters about 30 Rock. It was interesting to get a behind the scenes view and the only bad thing about the audiobook is when it ended! It was also cool that they were able to put clips from SNL in there.
Tina Fey is truly a witty and talented comedy writer (as you can tell from her work on SNL and 30 Rock) but it really comes out and makes Bossypants a pleasure to read. The book is a fantastic mix of personal stories, advice, top ten lists, and even a poem or two - the end result is not only sure to have you laughing out loud but also has some endearing moments that gives the book a heart. Overall I was very pleased - and you can't beat Tina Fey reading it herself for the audiobook - that definitely makes this a five star instead of four star review.
I typically don't buy comedy books so I don't have anything to compare it to, but this one makes me want to try more.
She really does bring the book to life, and to have an author herself read you her own biography makes you feel like you're sitting across from her on a couch for hours and laughing together.
Much laughing. No crying, except for when the laughing was too extreme and I couldn't catch my breath. Do expect to do a lot of smiling and occasional giggling and full-blown laughing if you're listening to this with headphones in public.