Tina Fey is a cross between Dennis Miller and David Letterman. Like Dennis Miller, she sprinkles references to pop-culture and TV events throughout the book (most of which I don't get). Like David Letterman, she loves lists ("The 7 Things every Girl needs to know about Knuckle Hair"). Sure, if you just want laugh-out-loud funny, this is a great book. OK, maybe that's a good reason by itself. Many of the stories were geared towards women in the entertainment industry, which leaves me out on both fronts. I found myself at times wanting to stop reading because I couldn't really identify with her story, and sometimes finding it all geared towards punch lines instead of finding out about what makes her tick. She's a comedy writer, right? But autobiographies need a bit more "thematic lines" as they say in music - a long story that ties together and brings out some depth and inner feeling. That was often lacking here. But Tina Fey probably deserves an Emmy just for her Sarah Palin imitation...
I bought this book after randomly listening to the sample. I'm so glad I did. I don't think I've ever laughed as hard listening to an audio book. Tina Fey is an amazing story teller. I loved it.
I'm fairly new to Audible, but it ranks high on my list.
Towards the end of the book, the listening experience goes to another level that the book cannot. It gives a SNL clip in the audiobook.
Moved? Not in particular, but the SNL clip definitely stood out to me.
Shows why listening to a book can bring the book experience to another level.
I like Tina Fey a little less after listening to this book. Maybe reading it would have been better than listening as she comes across kind of whiney and borderline neurotic. The parts about her youth and early career were hysterical and the Tina I like, but then everything seemed forced. Too much time complaining about a couple of ignorant people who made negative comments. So what? Every celebrity has their detractors. She should throw it out and start over from her college career.
My name is Aly and I hate myself.
Tina Fey provides a comical memoir of growing up, going to school, getting involved in comedy through Second City (a comedy troupe in Chicago), her time on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and then being a mom. I especially enjoyed her narrative of getting on SNL, battling sexism in comedy, and starting up 30 Rock. (I always enjoy these behind-the-scenes looks at programs I enjoy, and this is very good example.) Other parts, like her commentary on being a mom, was less a little exciting, although even there, the description of the breast milk militants was very funny.
As a narrator, she reads the book wonderfully.
Note on content: There is strong language strewn throughout and some sexual humor, so it won't be for everyone.
Bottom line: It's a must read for comedy junkies.
I've always enjoyed Tina Fey's work, from SNL, to 30 Rock, to her movies. This book is performed by Fey in her typical style. However, for my $15 credit, this book was rather short. Also, Fey seems to jump from topic to topic without any warnings or segways, so it can be a bit hard to keep up with at times.
With all the buildup from previous reviews, I expected something really hilarious. The hilarious moment came in one of the first few chapters when she talked about "coming of age." After that it was just so-so. A few moments of minor chuckling, but nothing like I was led to believe. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this book.