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.
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 enjoy 30 Rock and bought this book expecting the witty, biographical ramblings of a deeply talented comedian. Instead, this was an un-funny, highly political, boring biography that intentionally omitted the only potentially-interesting part. (An attack on Fey as a child. I can respect the fact that she chose not to share the details of that attack, but then why refer to it at all if only to say that she's not going to talk about it? Good grief.) In this book, Ms. Fey comes across as an opinionated bigot (I was dumbfounded at how she repeatedly made fun of a man with a severe head injury) without a humorous bone in her body. I wish I'd never listened to it. Not only was it a huge waste of time, I have lost a lot of respect for her and her work. Don't bother.
Long commutes make for great listening time!
I'm not going to say that the audiobook was better than the print version, but there's nothing like hearing Tina tell her own story! And the clips of SNL just make everything even better!
Perhaps this doesn't matter to most, but I appreciate that Tina still managed to tell her whole life story and, yet, only minimally talked about her husband and children. Sometimes you can say a lot with every little if you do it right.
Audible Editor, fiction lover, chocolate addict. "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!" - Mitch Hedberg
I read Bossypants when it first came out a few years ago, and I absolutely loved it. I remember laughing out loud at Tina’s sarcastic voice and unapologetic recounting of her glamorous childhood (see that – sarcasm. Tina would get it). I can’t believe it took me so long to listen to the audiobook. Actually hearing her tell these stories made them all the more funny.
I admire her confidence, and even found it a little infectious while listening to her. It’s refreshing to hear someone be so secure in who they are, and who they were – and her story is just so relatable.
I also became super envious of her little shout-outs to Amy Poehler. How can I get in on that friendship? It made me long for their SNL days. I hope they work together again soon…maybe on an audiobook? I’ll take another co-hosting awards show gig at the very least.
My one complaint is that the audio seems to fade out a bit at the end of each chapter, and you lose a little of what Tina says. But she’s just so endearing, I can’t stay mad for long.
Just a little bibliophile! ;)
I like Tina Fey and think she's funny, so this audiobook was an entertaining, enjoyable listen. To me it got even better during the second half. I must say, the "hype" surrounding this book/audiobook was a bit far beyond what is the actual experience to me. Tina is funny, but not any more than you imagine or expect if you are a fan. Seriously people, don't be crashing your cars or anything like that. A comment on the actual audio production: The sound quality could be better...not sure why it sounds like Tina's in a tunnel or bathroom or something.
Yes! I think most of the jokes in this book would still be funny the second time around!
There are so many things about her delivery that make this book great, and I think that anyone reading the book missed out on a great experience.
This is definitely one of the better actor autobiographies that I've listened to. Tina Fey tells a funny story while keeping you interested the whole time.