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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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    J. Spanbauer Cincinnati, OH 04-29-12
    J. Spanbauer Cincinnati, OH 04-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amusing excerpts of Tina Fey's life"
    Would you try another book from Tina Fey and/or Tina Fey?

    Having never watched 30 Rock or SNL I wasn't aware of all the fuss surrounding Tina Fey. She is a hard-working gal who can put a humorous spin to most situations. Having said that, I don't feel moved to listen to anything more about her in the near future.


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

    The most enjoyable parts of the biography were, for me, when Tina was talking about her experiences working at SNL and 30 Rock. The Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton skit was very funny.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not likely


    Any additional comments?

    Parents, be aware of R-rated language at times. Not appropriate with children in the car, for sure!

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    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2015

    Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!

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    "Yes! Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    It simply must be, because Tina Fey (the author and narrator) performed this book far better than I would have with my inner narrator. She is hilarious, and she really tried to put some personality into her reading of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I tried to listen to it, I turned it off after a few hours because she gets quite preachy in the early part of the book and that can get boring. But, I am very glad I gave it a second chance, because it is actually a short portion of the book that is that way, and the remainder of the book far more than makes up for it. In fact, after having re-listened to the preachy part, I don't think that part was all that bad either- I must've been in a mood...

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    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-29-12
    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2014

    I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science

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    "Funny book, funnily performed"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Probably not, but I hardly ever listen to anything twice. I'm sure I would still enjoy it if I listened to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don Fey, because he is "one boss, bold, bladed mutha f----r"


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

    The part where Tina Fey gives shout-outs to all the 30 Rock writers and recites quotes from their "MVP episodes" moved me to laughter


    Any additional comments?

    I thought there were some boring parts to this book. There was a whole chapter on how to do a photo shoot, for example, that just didn't resonate with me. I LOVED the sections where she discussed her time on SNL and 30 Rock, though.

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    Teresa Grand Rapids, MI, United States 04-29-12
    Teresa Grand Rapids, MI, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Somewhat amuzing"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not finish it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I started out thinking it was funny but it was just a rambling monolgue with no real purpose or story line. Lost interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-29-12
    Elizabeth 04-29-12
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    "Mediocre"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Tina Fey has a weird obsession with a woman's ---- (not sure it's appropriate to name the private part). The story of 30 Rock was great. Beyond that, it was pretty mediocre and I didn't laugh as much as I expected. It was a disappointment.

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    Kathleen Santa Clarita, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Kathleen Santa Clarita, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Snappy fun"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Probably not. Although, I did enjoy it. Towards the end it gets a little slow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing Tina Fey read the book in her own voice added vulnerability and sincerity that I would not have picked up from the text.


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

    It's autobiographical - the best character is obviously the author.


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

    I keep reflecting on the way she described her father. The pride and yearning in her voice made an impact more than the actual words.


    Any additional comments?

    It was good. Exactly what I signed up for. Liked this one very much.

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    "Funny Funny!"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I would listen again..this book was hilarious! Tina Fey is so funny to listen to, it did not even matter that they were just random stories because I was laughing so hard.


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

    Her voice reading the story made the story..I don't think it would be as funny reading the book my self.


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    Matthew Annapolis, MD, United States 04-25-12
    Matthew Annapolis, MD, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2009

    madmatter23

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    "Definitely made me laugh out loud."
    Any additional comments?

    If you like 30 Rock, you'll love this. Tina Fey made me laugh out loud repeatedly.

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    KEVIN United States 04-25-12
    KEVIN United States 04-25-12
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    "Love her or...is there any other option?"

    Tina Fey is endearingly self-deprecating and it was a pleasure to listen to someone I would consider stalk-worthy efface herself to the point where I felt like I had shared a bunkbed with her through all of childhood. That's pretty cool. The behind-the-scenes story of her SNL stint are hilarious. I work across the street from 30 Rock in NYC and can't look out the window of my office without scanning for jars of pee in the window sills across 49th Street. Listen and you will understand.

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    E draper, UT, United States 04-24-12
    E draper, UT, United States 04-24-12
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    "Tina Fey is a Goddess. An Honest Real Life Goddess"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I loved that Tina Fey was the person who read it. It made it PERFECT.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don Fey.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She read it like she was talking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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