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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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    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 Member Since 2017
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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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    R. Roloff 10-22-14
    R. Roloff 10-22-14
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    "Tina Fey is brilliantly funny!"
    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing Tina's voice makes the words on the page jump to life while she accentuates and emphasizes in ways only Tina can. If you are a Tina Fey fan you will love to listen to her, and the stories contained within this book. If you are not a Tina Few fan, hopefully this book will introduce you to her in a new way. She is kind, funny, smart, and talented.


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    ashley t. linden, nj 10-21-14
    ashley t. linden, nj 10-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.

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    "Hilarious and highly recommended!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I've never had the opportunity to read this particular book, but after experiencing the audio edition I can't imagine this memoir any other way. Tina Fey's narration truly brings the words to life, and I admire the way in which she adds a self-deprecating but relatable sense of humor to every facet of her work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    There's so much worth mentioning here - Fey doles out many excellent little tidbits concerning women in the workplace, anchoring her advice with her experience working with Second City, SNL, and 30 Rock. I've recently started a new job myself, and her advice is strong, clear, and much appreciated.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Tina Fey's personality shines from start to finish - she is a terrific narrator. I especially loved her prayer for her daughter toward the end of the book. I'm not a mother, but I can get a good sense of Fey's love for her child in this passage, and her quirky sense of humor isn't sacrificed one bit.


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

    Not necessarily. I feel like Bossypants is a book best digested in multiple listenings. Even in its most serious moments, the book is incredibly lighthearted and kept me great company on my morning commute.


    Any additional comments?

    If nothing else, hearing Fey talk about her impersonation of Sarah Palin is well worth the listen. So funny.

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    wolffw34 10-18-14
    wolffw34 10-18-14 Member Since 2014

    My name is Will and books come out of my headphones.

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    "The Perfect First Start At Listening To Audiobooks"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    The re-listen value of 'Bossypants' is exceptionally high! Tina Fey provides numerous stories and tales that have hilarious punchlines, unique gossip, and emotional resonance. I could listen to them over and over again.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    The great thing about listening to a memoir, written by, and then narrated by an entertainer, is they tend to treat it like just another performance. Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?', Billy Crystal's "Still Foolin' Em", and Lena Dunham's "Not That Kind of Girl" all ring true to this rule. B.J. Novak's "One More Time" is performed by practically half the cast of The Office.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section in which Tina Fey talks about her performance as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, complete with audio clips from various SNL sketches. Hearing her explain and dissect the humor of the bits (what people got, what people missed) showed me how truly brilliant Tina is.


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

    Tina's discussion about how she dealt with people asking about her facial scar (a result of being slashed in the face by a stranger at a young age) was particularly emotional. It gave me good insight into what people who've been through trauma feel thereafter and what you should and shouldn't say to them.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen, particularly for a first audiobook experience, and I can't recommend it enough.

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    Lindsay Rose 10-17-14

    When I die, put my ashes into an hourglass at a comedy club. When people ask about it, the staff can say, "That's Lindsay doing 5 minutes."

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    "Buy it!"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I listen to audiobooks at work, and this one really made the day fly by. If you don't work in an office, I will explain that this is a very good thing and something that you always wish would happen.


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

    When I listened to Bossypants, it felt more like being told a story than it did being read a book. You know what I mean? Tina's delivery is fun, warm, conversational, and lovely to listen to. She's a great writer and I loved every part of it.


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

    I really enjoyed the bits about female empowerment. I also greatly enjoyed her recount of the day that made her quit the crappy job she had. I totally relate.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is currently breathing (sorry, non-breathers).
    Also, if you've already listened to this book and aren't sure what to do next, try leaving it on for your pet when you leave the house. It will teach them to be better improvisers on stage, and maybe get a call back from Lorne Michaels.

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    Sally 10-17-14
    Sally 10-17-14

    Life will happen because it is unstoppable... But I choose to happen to life... I will leave my mark.

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    "TINA FEY FUNNY!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    In typical Tina Fey fashion, there is a slue of sarcasm and point blank funnies to keep a reader unexpectedly laughing out loud in public.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    This book reminds me of Chelsea Handler's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea because there is a lot of dry humor and sarcastic jokes.


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

    No


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

    Yes


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