I had just began watching 30 rock when I read this autobiography. The text was a bit more raunchy than I expected; I think another reviewer wrote something about their teenager also listening to it which I do not think I would advise. As a male listener, I found the book geared a bit more to a female audience. Many of her stories were funny, and I think she tried to also infuse some leadership lessons. I gave it three stars because I thought it was somewhere around average with Tina Fey style and comedy. I think I like her television work more than the book. I always enjoy when authors actually read their audiobooks, so that was a plus as well.
I'm so glad I didn't rely on some of the negative reviews. She told her story in a funny, very real way. Who knows maybe there will be a part 2, she certainly seems to live life like there should be a funny second part.
Tina Fey is funny when she acts and funny when she writes. Here she gives humorous glimpses into her past -- how she's reached her fame and renown. A fun listen that doesn't get too deep.
This book had me cracking up, and my husband looking at me like I was crazy! Tina Fay is a fantastic writer and a wonderful narrator as well! Definately worth the money!
Tina Fey has a brilliant style of humor that can even make stories of workplace discrimination funny. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at her work on SNL and playing Sarah Palin that is intruiging and incredibly witty. Her insights on the world of comedy and the women-just-aren't-funny judgements that gave me a new perspectve and left me crying with laughter.
Love this book about Ms. T. Fey's life to date. You get the "rest of the story" about her time on Saturday Night Live and how she came to play Ms. Palin. Tina narrates this book herself and it's almost like a conversation with a friend, although this friend is funnier than hell. Very enjoyable listen. My only complaint, it was over too soon!! Thanks for sharing a little bit about your life Tina. You rock!
I have always loved Tina Fey on SNL and 30 Rock, and I was excited about getting this book. Since she narrated it, I think it was much better as an audiobook then it would have been otherwise. Her inflections and tone make jokes out of seemingly flat text. I took a road trip, and normally can only listen to an audiobook for an hour or so before I get sleepy. I listened to this book all the way through! Her life stories were interesting, and she integrated so much of her sense of humor throughout that it made it a book I just "couldn't put down." A must listen to Tina Fey fans!
Bossypants is a fabulous audiobook--perhaps one of those books that is just as good, or better, in audio form than on the page (and I, a devout page-reader, say that very seldom.) Tina Fey herself narrates, so the tone is spot-on, and the content here is not just funny, but also very, very smart, self-reflective, and in places, quite moving.
What surprised and gratified me most about this book is how skilled a memoirist Fey turns out to be. It's not just a collection of funny anecdotes--she brings a clear-eyed, frank, and nuanced eye to fraught matters of race, class, sexuality, and political differences, and she doesn't let herself off the hook in the process. Highlights of the narration, for me: her job at the YMCA in Chicago, the Palin impersonation period during the 2008 elections, and the arrival of her daughter. But the whole thing is really a treat. Listened to it on a long road trip and it carried me through.
As a female in leadership (though not nearly as funny and not at all as famous as Tina) I appreciated hearing from Tina Fey on the development of her career. Of course the book makes you laugh out loud, but she shares her life lessons in a charming and candid way that adds depth and poignancy. It was a treat to listen to the Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton skit again and to be let in on the behind the scenes development of Tina's Palin persona (not nearly as sinister as some might imagine!). I've determined that the rules for improv make great rules for life... never shut down another person's contribution... always add to it. I'm glad I listened.
I downloaded this book to serve as a light-hearted diversion while traveling. I got much more. It was very funny, but what pleased me most about the book were the many insightful gems that are embedded in her story. I want my 14 year-old daughter to listen to this book, to laugh at the stories as Tina relates her journey from teenage awkwardness to TV stardom, to hear all the honest self-deprecating comments, and her persistence in the face of struggles. Tina's narration was great and I took a lot more away from the book than a few good laughs. Thanks Tina!