YES! This book was hilarious! I listened to it with my wife, and we laughed so hard through so much of the book that I am sure we missed more quips and episodes to chuckle about.The tone of the book, the level of intimacy divulged, and the fact that Tina narrates the book makes you feel like you just got finished hanging out with "Teeners," as my wife and I nicknamed her; sorry, Tina. Also, if you are an SNL and/or a 30 Rock fan, this book paints such an amazing behind the scenes look at what it is like to be on the inside of one of these renowned NBC "bubbles." What is even better is that this book goes beyond showbiz, and paints a real image of Tina the person, which is even funnier.
My favorite scene is when Tina talks about her Dad, Don Faye. He reminded me a lot of my Dad, and her description of this "man's man" was so vivid I felt like I could recognize him in crowd even though I have never laid eyes on him. Plus, every story involving him is hilarious. He is the exact opposite of what I thought Tina's Dad would be like.
This book proves that Tina Fey is just as weird as her work with SNL and 30 Rock always lead you to believe; the stories are told with her trademark dead pan and totally ridiculous style and it's absolutely hilarious. Clearly you'd have to be a fan of her oddball style of humor to enjoy it, but if you do I feel like Bossypants is a great choice for a download.
I'm also glad I chose to purchase the audio book as opposed to just the book itself; Tina lending her inflections to the stories make them so much better and really clarify the tone she's going for. It was also really interesting to hear her occasional commentary on and experience with being a woman in comedy and in business in general; she's a straight-forward and basic lady, and it's great.
The only downside to the audio book is what others have mentioned - her occasional asides are often too quiet or fast to hear, even when I'm listening with headphones. A little more consistency would have been nice to eek out every ounce of comedy.
I personally have not read the print edition; this was certainly one area that detracted for me because Fey mentions referencing the .pdf to get the gist. For me this was impossible, I listened to this while commuting and there was no way that I could access a .pdf while in transit.
There were certainly moments of out loud laughter, and I didn't even mind the strange looks people were giving me while sitting at a light or in the long line of traffic.
Fey did a great job taking some of the most obnoxious and hurtful things people could say as criticism and turns it into a fantastic little bit that shines a new laughable light on them. Overall, it was a good light listen for the commuting which can be a nightmare at times.
I would for anyone who is a fan of comedy, or even just a fan of SNL. She has been very involved with both and also touches on her time with Second City.
Tina Fey, of course!
She really breaths life into her own book, especially since she wrote the book and can give proper inflections to every moment.
Yes, I enjoy stand up comedy and the book comes across as one big stand up act over eight hours or so.
Any fan of comedy should check this book out as it gives great insight into a world that a very small part of the population truly ever sees.
I listened to this book while driving from Las Vegas to Southern California. It made a usually tedious drive fly by. It was a pleasure to hear Tina Fey read it herself (especially with her very busy schedule that you will hear about), and her acknowledgements that this is an audio book are very funny. She does an excellent job expressing her point of view without shoving it down your throat and with excellent humor.
Tina Fey includes her inflection and reads the book with her intended emphasis.
I loved hanging out with Tina Fey through all the however-many hours this was. Totally bummed when it was over. Can't wait till she writes another one.
I have never reread a book in my life. I usually take my time with it the first time around. But Tina is so funny and so raw, I just can't help myself. It's like listening to stand up, you just want to hear the joke over and over again until it loses its punch. Tina also provides quite valuable life lessons and tips no woman should do without.
Ellen DeGeneres's books are just as funny. Tina packs in the life stories ranging from child hood until the date she finished writing, unlike Ellen, but they have very similar types of humor.
I love the impressions and voices. No one else could have done the writing nearly enough justice.
Because you can't leave your co-workers and Drew Barrymore to die in an anthrax ridden building...
I want to babysit your daughter, Tina!
I would highly recommend this book to people who are fans of Saturday Night Live and/or 30 Rock. For others, such as myself, this is an interesting glimpse into the the life and mind of a famous person.
I really liked the representation of Tina Fey's father. He seems more multifacted than most people and it is clear that his daughter loves, respects and fears him.
The summer art/theatre friends in high school. Since it parallels my own experience and that of my children so well.
It entertained my wife and I completely during a long "going on vacation drive" from Iowa to Michigan.
This was my first Audible book experience and I enjoyed it very much.
I enjoyed listening to Tina Fey's voice and listening to the sketches.
Tina Fey was articulate, down to earth and professional.
Yes...hearing it read by Tina Fey...makes it sooo much funnier.
Everything, her views and thoughts and all the life stories...hilarious.
Her voice and personality.
It all makes me realize that she is a real person wife real emotion and fears and insecurities, cause you would not know it from seeing her on TV.
I laughed so much it was uncontrollable, and even when in public I could not keep myself from laughing out loud.