I really did expect to like this one. Although I am well beyond the twenty somethings and thirty somethings that are drawn to Saturday Night Live - I have spent decades occasionally watching the show and am, of course, very familiar with many of its outstanding graduates. Not surprisingly, I have been exposed to Tina Fey's work and I have been mildly amused by her antics on SNL and more recently on 30 Rock. And who couldn't help but be delighted by her Sarah Palin characterization.
After one of my daughters listened to Bossypants and liked it, I decided to give it a try. And besides, for the life of me I couldn't find a book that I wanted to listen to and I was desperate for a new story.
I really thought I would like this book. I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't help thinking of the reaction I have when watching SNL and seeing a skit that just didn't grab me or I just didn't get the humor. No doubt Fey is funny, clever and engaging, but I only had a few chuckles and no laugh out loud moments. I did appreciate her comments about how hard it is for women in entertainment and women comedians - but I still expected to find this book funnier than I did.
Even though I am not a fan of authors who narrate their own work, Fey did an above average job - for an author.
I can't imagine actually reading the book because it was so entertaining just to hear Tina tell her story.
She does get a little political at times and is awfully condescending toward the right so depending on your own leanings, this could be a selling point or a deal breaker.
Despite all her self-deprecating remarks, Tina has spot-on comic timing, which was quite enjoyable.
When she talks about her struggle with deciding whether to have a second child, it was like she had been reading my diary. She is very genuine and transparent.
I gave the book 2 stars because, as much as I love Tine Fey, her narration was disappointing. Her reading sounded rushed, humorless, and overall negative- in a self-deprecating sort of way. I think I would have enjoyed the book much better had I read it instead of listening to it.
Super entertaining and very funny book. Just Tina Fey's narration is worth the price of the book. Other than seeing her Sarah Palin skits, I really didn't know anything about her or 30 Rock. While I'm not sure anything I listened to was true, it sure was funny.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Tina Fey is a very talented actor and comic writer.... as for a novelist, well.......I suppose this book delivers what one expects really. It's cute and funny sorta and I could have skipped it and not missed a thing.
If you are looking for "lite" entertainment you might consider choosing this book.
After reading all the 5 star reviews I was so excited to get this book and laugh my way through it. Unfortunately, I did very little laughing. I finished it because my reading rule is to finish all books, but I can't say it was easy to finish. Tina was just not funny. I had to go back and look at all the reviews and buried way deep in the review lists I found some like minded people, but for whatever reason we are in the minority of reviews for this book. Sorry, but there is no way I would give this book 5 stars, I can barely give it 2.
I downloaded this book based on the glowing reviews from so many other listeners. So many people LOL-ing when listening to this book, how could I go wrong? I bought this as as person who thought Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression was pure genius, but never found 30 Rock anything more than mildly amusing - so not a die-hard Tina Fey fan, but I respect her. And so I would suggest, based on my lackluster reaction - unless you are a die-hard Tina Fey fan - skip this book. Her life hasn't really been terribly interesting, and she make each little event in her life into a little joke, so it's one one-liner after another. These one-liners are her typical style of wry, sarcastic humor that is only mildly amusing (at best) unless your brainwaves are on exactly the same wavelength as hers. No LOL-ing here.
I found my mind wandering many times while trying to get through this book, it's just not that interesting. She does read nicely, though, I will say that. But overall, I feel I wasted my Audible subscription this month.
I have always liked Tina Fey - and Bossypants has it's funny moments. However, a lot of her jokes and observations are very womancentric and probably less funny to men. Though she talks about her career and experiences in general, she spends a lot of time on woman-only issues. Tampon and makeup humor anyone? There is a lot of that in there, but the book is funny overall and worth a listen.
Very near the bottom.
Sometimes it was funny.
Wait until Tina is older so the book will have more content.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
One may get a sense of Tina Fey’s book by watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the 2013 Golden Globes’ fete. If one liked Fey and Poehler’s performance at the Golden Globes, “Bossypants” will be a belly laugh; if not, “Bossypants” is a face plant.
“Bossypants” is a brief history of Fey’s rise to fame, the early days of high school and college, the struggle to find a paying job, the break at Second City Chicago,and the growing success of “30 Rock”. Along the way Fey explains marriage, motherhood, and the genesis of the Palin parody.
Inter-weaved in her story are Fey’s views on women’s rights, gay rights, politics, and the essence of improvised theater.
Bossypants is a fun listen with Tina Fey’s comic timing, writing, and direction.