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.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I enjoyed the start of the book but it won me over with the mom stuff. yeah.
I like Tina Fey generally, but I'm not a big fan of 30 Rock so I wasn't sure about the book. (for the record, I think the story lines are ridiculous, I think Alec Balwin is slightly annoying and I many of the 30 Rock jokes make me feel slightly uncomfortable.)
I didn't think this book had any of the problems that 30 Rock has. Tina Fey seemed a bit neurotic but mostly just funny. I like her sarcastic take on most things (exception being: She seems pretty amazed by Alec Baldwin in a way I don't get).
I was listening to the audiobook (earphones), in part, while my daughter napped. I laughed out loud several times and was actually worried that I'd wake her.
Like I said, I particularly laughed at some of the times she talked about being a working mom and the pressures of being a mom (working or otherwise) in society today. This stuff always gets me, because I found the first 6 months of motherhood to be really hard and I like hearing from otherwise successful people who also had a hard time. Especially if they make it seem ridiculous that other people made you feel bad then. yeah.
anyway, its pretty short. You should probably read it. the book generally had some pretty right-on moments that I haven't heard before. It wasn't heavily SNL, 30 Rock or even feminist (I wouldn't have minded the former or the latter). I kept feeling that she concisely poked at a bit of truth over and over again, in a way that was light, funny and real.
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'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.
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.
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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"
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Tina Fey is a genius. Could not stop listening, so much funnier when she reads it.
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.
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."