I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I've never seen 30 Rock, and I didn't see Tina Fey on SNL, so I didn't go into this listening experience with an established connection to the author. I found her memoir interesting and sincere but not laugh-out-loud hilarious, as I had hoped. Instead it was heartfelt and entertaining.
I appreciated how she tries to balance work and parenting. For example, she was planning for Oprah's appearance on . . . was it 30 Rock or SNL? I can't remember. Anyway, while preparing for that momentous guest appearance, she was also trying to put together her little daughter's birthday party, and Amazon hadn't delivered the Peter Pan decorations yet. Both held equal importance for Tina.
I very much enjoyed the life lessons she learned from doing improv (for example, always say yes and add something to the conversation). She also stood up for women in her field of comedy (she was told that no audience would want to watch two females in a sketch), and I respected that. Tina offered practical advice (always wear a bra to a job interview), and she was charmingly self-deprecating.
She also addressed her initial reluctance to play Sarah Palin on SNL and talks about when the two met on the set. (Palin offered Bristol's services as a baby-sitter). Also interesting was how she put together the 30 Rock team and the respect she has for Alec Baldwin.
If you love Tina Fey, I'm sure you will love this book. If you aren't familiar with her, I'm sure you will like this book.
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.
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.
I've been on a Autobiography kick lately (Keith Richard's Life and Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends) so I picked up Tina's book. I don't know if their books being so good made this one not funny but I guess I was expecting the story of her life not a 5 hour sarcastic summary of her random thoughts. The things I enjoyed about the other books was learning how they started, rough spots in thier lives and how they found success even though they screwed up. Not that this is a bad book because it wasn't but just not what I was expecting. Tina does a great job narrating her own story but I would have liked to see more depth in her story.
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.
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Every one I talked to about this book and every book review I read, talked about how great this book was but to me, it was just okay. Not saying it was bad and it was funny but it definitely didn't live up to the hype.
As I was browsing the offerings, I saw the new book by Tina Fey, Bossypants. I read some of the reviews on the Audible site and after several had said, "Don't drive while listening to this, it's so funny you'll crash/pee your pants/spew milk out of your nose", I said to myself I have to have that book. So I bought it and began the download.
And I listened to it. But I didn't laugh. Not even once, I don't think. OK, maybe once. But I wasn't peeing my pants or spewing milk out of my nose, and I certainly wasn't crashing into any concrete barriers, as promised. The book was read by Tina Fey herself, which I thought would be a plus, since half the time with an audio book you get someone with a snooty British accent you can barely understand. I thought her reading the book would be as if she were sitting in the passenger seat next to me (I'm an over-the-road truck driver, with a lot of time to kill), telling the story herself. It wasn't. It was just eh.
She talked a lot about growing up, her experience with the Second City comedy troupe, how she got to Saturday Night Live, her success with 30 Rock; much of it about her struggle as a women not only in the comedy business, but in a position of power, such as being an Executive Producer. How the business is still very much a boys club, etc. Yeah, yeah, yeah. OK, great. She made it. But she didn't make it funny. And that's what I was expecting.
Great. I just spent twenty dollars to hear advice on something I'd been doing for years. Not worth it.
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.