She's a great narrator. And she customized the book to reflect the audiobook format in places. It really felt like she cared about the format enough to make it its own piece of work.
Talking about management and what she learned from Lorne Michaels.
This is my first, but I hope there are more to come.
Keeping it real in the unreal world of film and TV.
Get it now.
Tina Fey is a very funny woman and a touching writer. Her book is honest and bright and quirky. Since she is an actress, her performance for her own work is outstanding, unlike virtually every other author-read audiobook I have listened to. (Pet peeve: Authors who read their own audiobooks. Sigh.) This was a pleasure to listen to and I had several laugh out loud moments, as well as several "Oh, yeah, I've been there" moments. There were, however, no stifling, OMG, cross-your-legs-while-laughing-in-public type moments that I have had while listening to a Ricky Gervais podcast or a J. Maarten Troost book...but still...very, very funny and worth the money or credit. I didn't give the story five stars just because her section about her life as a writer at SNL kind of dragged on...don't get me wrong, it was interesting and probably the kind of stuff that most people want to listen to, but I didn't like it as much as other parts of the book.
I was surprised to discover I didn't find Tina Fey's book as funny as I thought I would. As a formerly obese adolescent truly versed in what it is to be loathsome and outcaste, I didn't really buy her self deprecating humor, and all the stories and characters she seemed to take as knee slappers and whacky, were just kind of not all that special. There were parts that were motivational, and the book really picked up once she got into the SNL years, but if you're REALLY looking for a tears running down your cheeks, aching at your sides hilarious read, go read anything by John Hodgeman.
The book is rather episodic in nature, which means that there are plenty of natural stop-and-start places. If you're going to listen to it during a commute or a road trip, you won't have to back up in order to re-acquaint yourself with the story.
What was best about it was that it wasn't just her own voice (as in, Tina Fey did the recording), but the fact that she took the time to A) adjust some of the text to allow for the fact that it is an audiobook (e.g. referring listeners to the PDF), and B) used some of the typical inflections in her speech to help propel us through her stories. These added up to a very enjoyable experience.
As it happens, I was on a long road trip and this is exactly what happened.
Yes, this book is a book for any girl in the business world. Tina tells her life story, and she is just naturally funny.
I loved that Tina narrated this herself
First off, I love listening to books read by the author. And this one was throughly entertaining and enlightening. It made me - a sheltered good-girl - feel validated and way less lame. I'm inspired to follow my ambitious heart. Thanks for the awesomeness Tina Fey.
Tina Fey's humor and honesty. The book is hilarious.
The audiobook recording quality sounded a little distant compared to other audiobooks, but hearing Tina Fey's narration was priceless.