Very disappointed.. Tina Fey is one of my favorites performers, but her narrative is too "cute".
She has so many interesting things to tell us but she rushes through, you would think she is in a hurry to finish reading the book.
I enjoy watching Tina Fey on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live so I thought I would give her audiobook a try. It was funny and really lets you see into her life a little. Tina narrates it herself so it feels like she is telling you personally her story. I wish it was longer than 5 hours but that seems about typical for most bios. Warning there is a lot of language so it’s not one to put on in the car with the kids. Oh, make sure you download the PDF it goes with the book, I did not realize there was a PDF until she kept saying check the PDF at first I thought it was a joke but no there really is a PDF with this book. After you buy the book go into your library and find Bossypants. Under the title there is PDF click on it and save it. I wish all bios you get on audiobook would come with the pictures that are with the print book.
Hahahahah. I laughed so hard. But Tina, in addition to being funny, is serious, tender and thoughtful, and at times a little vulgar. She certainly looks at the world in a different way from most of us. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Don't read it if you are overly sensitive about people speaking what is on their mind, or throwing in a few choice analogies and real life (gross) experiences. This book is not for children, but I think those of us who purport to be grown up can handle her frankness. I really enjoyed the backstage tour of many of her performances and projects. She is multi-talented.
Tina does a great job of reading her own book. I can't imagine anyone else doing it justice.
Me, myself, and I.
I loved listening to this, even if I had hoped for something a bit funnier. Still very funny, Tina's small revelations shared throughout this story make for an interesting read/listen, and is definitely worth diving into.
Paul is a writer of things, such as plays. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource and contributes regularly to "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM OutQ.
There is so much to love about this memoir, which anyone who's interested in what it's really like to work your way up through the ranks of television comedy should find very illuminating, but I have to give particular kudos to the book for two reasons:
1. As a gay reviewer, I found Fey's portrait of her many young gay friends figuring out their sexual identity's a nice combination of funny, sensitive and honest. The time in a gay person's life when he/she has either figured out their sexuality but not had sex or started experimenting sexually but is not sure what it means for their identity can be very confusing. The fact that Fey both manages to create portraits of these young people that both point out their foibles while acknowledging why they might be so en-foibled (yes, I made up that term) is like a successful high-wire act that incorporates a chair and a dog.
2. Apropos of Audible, this is DEFINITELY a book that's worth hearing in the audio format, even if you've read it already. Fey's intonations, imitations and inflections are not only super-enjoyable if you're a Tina Fey fan but also add a richness to the text that's characteristic of writers who have experience writing for performers.
"It is a testament to my parents that they never reacted negatively to the 4 year Pride parade that marched through their home." -Tina Fey, "Bossypants"
Love Tina Fey but was disappointed with this book. Her narration, while expressive and enjoyable, contained so many sotto voce asides where the volume dropped off so much that it was difficult to hear, therefore I frequently missed portions of the material the first time around. I ended up having to skip backward and turn up the volume to hear those parts - very frustrating. Also, based on other reviews I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny, but this didn't deliver. If you like Tina, you'll like this; amusing, but not a "must read."
Tina fey launches another salvo in her feminist war on men by causing me to me to laugh my d-ck off. Inexcusable! They will be hearing from my lawyers.
I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis
Well, I love her, but I’m not in love with her, you know? From Saturday Night Live, to 30 Rock, to movies, she can do no wrong, and continues to do no wrong in her memoir. It’s funny, it’s interesting, it’s self-deprecating, it’s relatable, and she is adorable. I definitely would have enjoyed more behind-the-scenes at SNL-type stories. As funny as the parts about her father, Don Fey, are (he sounds superhumanly cool), I would rather a tiny bit of dirt on what celebrities make bad hosts. This book is short and sweet.
Social Media Misanthrope, audio book lover, wanna be spy, generally decent guy.
Tina Fey is a genius. Could not stop listening, so much funnier when she reads it.
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.