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Bossypants Audiobook

Bossypants

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Why we think it's Essential - Witty, finely-crafted, and meant to be heard, Bossypants is one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. Tina Fey knows how to deliver a good punch-line – and does so hilariously throughout her memoir. Her self-deprecating humor shines through, and this half-memoir, half-stand-up routine left me laughing for all in the subway car to hear. From her days in the Second City comedy troupe, to Saturday Night Live, to Hollywood, Fey's stories and memories will leave you in stitches. —Jess

Publisher's Summary

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin", Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)

"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." (Mark Twain)

"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny - oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)

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    Jon Newark 11-07-14
    Jon Newark 11-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I can write a musical hook but not a literature book.

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    "More than funny...hilarious."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, just so I could laugh as hard as I did the first time I listened to it.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    ATTITUDE!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to, but I didn't have time for that. However, now that I know the story, the next time I listen is going to have to be a time when I have more than 4 hours to spare so I can get the whole thing down in one shot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more than a book. It is a story; a life story that has no real order. I expected it to be narrative, but it was so much more. Tina is the storyteller, and she is telling her own story. With Tina’s experience as an entertainer, she knows how to captivate her listener by using the comedic approach to a mundane adolescence. Without real chronology, Tina takes her listener through her interpretive brain of an awkward childhood in Upper Darby, PA. while humor follows her through her uncomfortable time at University of Virginia. As she climbed life’s ladder of success, her many anecdotes, while very funny, also give a nod to the harsh reality that she was performing in a world dominated by men. Behind the scenes, Saturday Night Live wasn’t so funny. She was tormented, and talks of the time when she grabbed the Sarah Palin character and let it fly. She talks about getting accepted into Second City in 1992 Chicago, and she takes you into the bowels of “30 Rock.” Tina narrates the book with the same voice as her character on 30 Rock. If you don’t like Tina Fey, her read is funny. If you do like Tina Fey, her read is hilarious.

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    Hanifah Wilson 11-06-14 Member Since 2014

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." -Nelson Mandela

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    "Laugh Out Funny. Sarcasm For Days"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is nothing to change about this book. Tina Fey told the story of her life from a comical perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    When Fey told the story about the gay guy in college who I believe she secretly had a crush on. Just the way she tells her stories with so much sarcasm and wit will keep anyone laughing for days.


    Have you listened to any of Tina Fey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of her other performances but I have watched her on Saturday Live.


    Do you think Bossypants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course it needs a follow up book. I would love to hear more about her life story, especially if she tells it from a comical standpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    Not at the moment

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    disgusted 11-04-14
    disgusted 11-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Laughter is the language of the soul. -Pablo Neruda

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    "Funny is an Understatement !"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    For me, not being so big on reading, i must say that Tina Fey has definitely made my first audiobook experience a quite delightful one. I am always on the go and extremely particular when it comes to EVERYTHING, especially books! I lose interest immediately if I don't feel a personal connection within the first few chapters and Bossypants captured my full attention from the start.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Tina Fey gave her listeners the opportunity to not only showcase her brilliant humor but she let us all in to her life. She's a regular girl, with dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us and she unveiled the obstacles it took for her to get to where she is now. It's truly inspiring!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book a million times! Bossypants is a great listen with a greater lesson on how to be you no matter how impossible the circumstances may seem. Anyone can be successful if they do what they love everyday.

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    Laura Wise South Lyon, MI USA 11-01-14
    Laura Wise South Lyon, MI USA 11-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good mix of comedy and struggles of a smart woman"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the humorous struggles of growing up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stories around teenage experiences.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Candor around what probably were painful experiences, but using humor to diffuse the situation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The struggles as a up-and-coming professional comedian in a male-centered industry.


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    Mark Newark, NJ 10-30-14
    Mark Newark, NJ 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Anything is Possible....

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    "Sarcastic Memoir, Hilarious Narration"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes- A lot of the humor was female based and it was interesting to hear about Tina's perspective on a lot of feminist based topics I wasn't aware about. Since I am male, it was also funny to hear her make fun of different aspects of American culture. She does an awesome job with her narration delivery in a very sarcastic manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story was the amount of random stories she brings up regarding American culture and things most woman encounter while growing up. Believe me when I say that she doesn't mind crossing that line in order to make you laugh.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    I believe she did an excellent job in demonstrating her sassy and witty humor throughout her entire performance in this audio book. I also enjoyed the amount of voice impersonations she does, those impersonations include everything from northeast male accents to Sarah Palin.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book is too sarcastic and humorous to move you in a serious emotion sense. However, my cheeks and stomach were severely moved at various times throughout the audio book due to laughing so hard at her jokes and impersonations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't mind crude humor that is nonstop funny, yet inappropriate to speak about in public, then this is the right book for you.

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    Robin Storey 10-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "What a refreshing example for human normalcy."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Never estimate the power of will.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Her talking about Don Fey.


    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feel of New York.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Tina Fey is an inspiration.

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    Keith Moran 10-27-14
    Keith Moran 10-27-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fan Of Wit and Sarcasm? This Is For You."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I'm not sure if I would read every single chapter again but I would definitely go back and listen to specific stories she told. The reason for this is simple some stories were more interesting and funny then others.


    Have you listened to any of Tina Fey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I was a fan of 30 Rock for a while. I really enjoyed hearing Tina Fey's wit and humor used to narrate her "life story". The narration is really what sold this book for me. I can't imagine listening to some of these stories by anyone who does not have Tina Fey's wit and sarcasm. That being said I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book if it had not been narrated by Tina Fey.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Tina Fey or at least a fan of anything she has been in you will enjoy this audiobook. This was my first audiobook off of audible.com and I would highly recommend it to anyone just getting started. Listening to a familiar narrator who has worked on other things I enjoyed definitely helped me to ease into the audiobook.

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    TiaraIvy Newark, NJ 10-27-14
    TiaraIvy Newark, NJ 10-27-14 Member Since 2014

    -carpediem.

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    "Tina Fey >>"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    - Colorful
    - Funny
    - Entertaining


    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    - Tina Fey is so colorful with her story telling . Hearing her narrate it made her life story pop.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    - When she vaguely told the story of her scar , I've never noticed that she had one to begin with and how she overcame her imperfection.


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    Vritaniss 10-27-14
    Vritaniss 10-27-14 Member Since 2014

    A fellow Bookworm. :-) Bookworms unite!

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    "You'll laugh & suddenly feel like watching titanic"

    Now I know why Tina Fey was able to create so many amusing and wacky character's in her hit show 30 Rock - she's known some interesting characters her whole life. From her flat footed dad, to the guy who constantly repeated his life story and always ended it with a reminder to wear a helmet, to the two lesbians in their 20's who Tina was best friends with in High School, Tina Fey has known it all and seen it all. And all these zany people and strange life experiences have made her who she is: a ridiculously talented and funny women (with flat feet.)

    Listening to Bossy Pants was awesome because you get to hear Tina Fey retell her book as if it were a fond memory or a secret journal entry. And as a bonus you also get to hear the hilarious sketch she did with Amy Poehler on SNL (the one where Tina masterfully cloned Sarah Palin and Amy nailed the role of Hillary Clinton). To this day that sketch will make you laugh out loud in public as you listen to Bossy Pants on the bus and receive funny stares from the people around you.

    But you won't care because like Tina Fey proudly declares - and no I'm not referring to the time when as a kid she yells "I am the boss! I am the boss!" - but to the moments throughout the book where she talks about what she thinks about her body image, her haters, the topic of plastic surgery and even photoshop: you just won't care in the end.

    Tina brilliantly conveys the message that you shouldn't feel awkward, embarrassed, or ashamed of being you! So go ahead and own it like a boss as you strive to accomplish something as small as a trip to the beach without feeling self-conscious or large as your life goals.

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    Irene 10-22-14
    Irene 10-22-14
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    "LAUGH-OUT-LOUD!"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THE BEST


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    none can compare


    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her delivery is absolutely hysterical


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed her humor.
    but this insight into her personal life is just priceless.
    Loved it!
    and recommended it to many friends

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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