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Bossypants | [Tina Fey]

Bossypants

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 these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Serona 05-14-12
    Serona 05-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Something about myself

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    "It was ok."
    What did you like best about Bossypants? What did you like least?

    I liked that Tina Fey narrated the book, she made it bearable.


    Any additional comments?

    From the reviews I expected to piss my pants from the joke and also I think Tina Fey is hilarious. Maybe I went in with too much expectations. The book had its moments. I'd recommend it if you want a light read without having to pay too much attention to the story. Overall it was ok, nothing over the top.

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    Lolo MIAMI, FL, United States 05-14-12
    Lolo MIAMI, FL, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Bookaholic!

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    "Too childish!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too childish. It is supposed to be a funny one, but she forces it too much...


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    Tim Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-14-12
    Tim Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-14-12
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    "Tina . . one funny lady!"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    It is written in a breezy style that moves from one subject to another rather quickly. When listened to in short periods of time, you can "digest" sections/chapters without worrying that when you resume later, you won't be "lost" as to where you are in a longer storyline.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Bill O'Rielly's books (and Steve Martin's "Cruel Shoes") are easlily digested in short periods because of the nature of telling short stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't think of any one scene.


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

    Several of Tina's candid telling of unsettling and/or unpleasant memories demonstrated her strenght in overcoming obstacles in her life were particularly inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Yana Nampa, ID, United States 05-13-12
    Yana Nampa, ID, United States 05-13-12
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    "Hilarious, Honest, and Humble -- Hina Hey (sp?)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's a good book.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    "30 Rock - The Scripts"


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    Young Tina Fey


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

    While walking, listening, and laughing to her hysterical stories I ran into some poisonous bushes and received a terrible rash.

    The rash is currently retreating but my thorough enjoyment of the book still exists.


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    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 05-12-12
    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Celebrity Trash Book"
    What would have made Bossypants better?

    If there were an actual story worth reading--that would be a start. I usually avoid celebrity novels, but I was in the mood for something funny, having read and listened to David Sedaris over and over again one too many times, and this did NOT fit the bill.


    What was most disappointing about Tina Fey???s story?

    This felt like someone handed Fey a book contract and a hefty advance, and then she had to come up with something to fill the pages with. Fey is an interesting and lovely woman, but a few hundred pages about her life is a bit much, at least as this book is written. The highlights could have been covered in a magazine article or two. Her humor is present, but it feels pretty forced at times. She is clearly more suited to writing for TV than in book form.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Tina Fey's reading of the book was pretty good. She has an appealing voice, and I love her work on 30 Rock so it reminded me of the show.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bossypants?

    I'd have cut most of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    There were certainly some funny moments, and I enjoyed getting some insight on Fey. The stories about her dad were fascinating. However, most of the book was totally unmemorable.

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    karen farmington hills, MI, United States 05-11-12
    karen farmington hills, MI, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "You will enjoy if you are a Tina Fey Fan"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was lightly entertaining. Interesting story about her growing up, and how she entered show business.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little choppy


    What about Tina Fey???s performance did you like?

    Her reading the book.


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

    Maybe in 10-15 years


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SJS 05-10-12
    SJS 05-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious and interesting"

    This book delivers what readers expect: behind the scenes stories about SNL and 30 Rock in a funny, engaging voice. Tina Fey comes across as an ordinary person who works extremely hard and happens to have a talent that brings attention and large financial rewards in today's society. I would have happily listened to three times as much.

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    Etana Seattle, WA 05-09-12
    Etana Seattle, WA 05-09-12
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    "Fans of Tina Fey, This Book Won't Let You Down"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, Insightful, Self-Deprecating


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

    This book can easily be broken down, chapter by chapter, to listen to over your commute to work. However, I enjoyed it in almost two sittings while completely some repetitive but necessary tasks at work. Fey was able to keep me from going insane while completing these ridiculous tasks; something I think she would be proud of.


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    JoakimHD 05-08-12
    JoakimHD 05-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    What about Tina Fey???s performance did you like?

    Tina's performance was lively and energetic. I often found myself laughing out loud in the train. My only criticism is that it was sometimes hard to hear what she was saying, almost bordering on mumbling.


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    Hyacinthe 05-08-12
    Hyacinthe 05-08-12 Member Since 2014

    Prolific reader, writer of short stories, novels and non-fiction.

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    "An enjoyable, well-done read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend it. There is a good balance of humour, life lessons, and insight into the comedy 'biz'. Tina has such a pleasant voice, she's never snarky and she doesn't take herself too seriously. The pacing was excellent - I listened to Bossypants on my daily walks and lost track of how far I'd gone, it was that good. There was just enough name-dropping, too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Tina stories about her father were warm, funny and respectful. They gave a good backdrop to her character. The scenes about her husband's experiences with fear of flying were funny and touching, and showed her as a considerate, caring woman who wasn't just out for laughs.


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

    It made me laugh out loud. It reminded me that famous people are just that - people.


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