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!
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"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)
I read a lot, oftentimes professionally, oftentimes not.
I've only seen a few 30 Rock episodes and my knowledge of TF's work on SNL is limited to the Sarah Palin sketches that went viral. When I bought Bossypants I was looking for something smart and funny. It worked. There's more SNL/30 Rock backstory than I expected, but Fey puts these events into context and uses them to reveal a pervasive sexism in comedy. My 8 year old son listened to a few minutes and declared, "Do you have more of those busy mom books? I like them. They're pretty funny." That said, it's grown-up humor. If you do let your 8 year old listen to the book, you might have a lot of explaining to do.
I am a married 54 year old mother of 2 adult kids and 2 yorkies. I love cruises and audiobooks!
I did not read the print version, but having Tina Fey as the narrator I would have to say yes. Only SHE could have read this book and made it this funny.
Her comedic timing and her impressions.
Yes, I may have to listen to it again sometime soon.
I laughed out loud so many times while listening to this audiobook. I hope she does another one.
The blantant honesty.
Tina is my favorite character. I love the way she thinks and how honest she is.
Sometimes she talked very fast and then would drop off in a mumble. I listen in my car while I commute and that made it hard to hear and understand her sometimes.
I laughed over and over again.
If you like Tina Fey you will love this book.
Lots of driving, lots of books.
Oh Tina Fey how do I love you? Let me count the ways.
This is one seriously funny woman, who makes this biography great by reading her little inside jokes just like she meant them to be told. Better than the book because you get all the vocal inflections, and now I can see where the characters she writes gets their neurosis from. And I say that with the greatest admiration and love.
Can't say I'm a huge fan of Tina Fey before this book, but I have to say after listening to this book I can see why she survived in such a male dominant world of comedy, especially a comedy writer. The story is more of a biography, with some very witty and undoubtedly funny words from Ms. Fey. I find myself laughing out loud at times, which is hard to do listening to an audio book. The storyline is not particularly interesting, but the performance of Tina Fey definitely helped tremendously with the quality of this book. If you are looking for a lighthearted easy listen, you can't go wrong with this book. It's good to take a break from all the thrillers I listen to most of the time.
It's a fun book, and it has some funny moments read by Tina Fey, but it's trying to be a comedy book and a memoir at the same time, and at times it didn't work for me. Also, as a male listener/reader, this book was clearly written for a female audience in mind, so it wasn't always a book for everyone, which is a bummer, because I think Tina Fey is really funny as both a writer and performer.
life changes so fast, turns on a dime, flies like sand kicks your face and runs, standing still is still like a Chameleon on a strobe light at burning man. Ahhh..... Hear this lizard! Audio Books! ...and inside a little voice shines,"read me a story?!"
To hear Tina Fey tell these stories with her specific tones of sarcasm, pointedness, and unique charm is a rare treat indeed. This is one of the best instances of a writer reading, and really performing her own work, that i have heard. . It seems to play like a good comedy record, and not just an autobiographical share.
Really the only thing that bothered me throughout the book was the actual sound of the recording. It sounded terrible! At least to me, and I not only listen to books, and spoken word recordings frequently, but I also work in a recording studio with sound every day.
I was surprised at the quality. Bad mic choices? Bad transfer? It may have been on my end, but I did check it.....and, yeah..it just didn't sound very good.
By no means did that spoil it for me, and I have recommended the book, and especially the recording of her reading it. It is great fun, and full of little springs and spur of wisdom!
Love her stories of SNL, and her relationship with Lorne Michaels , holarious and indearing.
Tina does her best to protect her husband's privacy and even changes his name ..... Several times, as she apologizes to him and uses his real name..... I think.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
It's Tina Fey telling you about her own life. She has had to work extra hard to make it so successfully in a (previously?) male dominated industry ( comedy is an industry?), but she recounts it with humor and (mostly) fairness.
I have liked her for years, now I truly admire her.
Just buy it and listen already.
Tina 's reading of her own book makes it an enjoyable ride. It is a ride though and not much of a journey. The book ends up being rather thin regardless of its great start. Each sentence has a comedic aside that makes for fun listening but would be impossible as a stand-up routine. While I did not expect the story to be wider than her personal experiences the end suddenly arrives and you realize that Tina's claim to fame (according to her) and the book's highest moment is her 6 weeks of impersonating Sarah Palin. Then she justifies her being a working mom and then it ends on a weak note. I was not disappointed I listened to it but it was like a show that has great promise with a dense beginning but it eventually becomes less dense and eventually falls apart.
I listen to it over and over again!
The journey of her career, from Second City to SNL to 30 Rock.
Her humbleness and the support/praise she gives to her peers.
A great "listen"!
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