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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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    Arlene Taylor Euless, TX United States 04-30-12
    Arlene Taylor Euless, TX United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Funny and informative peek into the comedy business. A view from the inside from the female point of view. Love to listen while I work on my clay projects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Short episodes kept me entertained.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Clear diction easy to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Go for the second sibling child. You wont regret it.

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    Caity Muskego, WI, United States 04-30-12
    Caity Muskego, WI, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Tina."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! Hearing Tina read her own book is such a perk and made the "reading" experience that much more enjoyable.


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

    I had to pause it a few times to write the quotes or ideas down. Usually while reading a book I'd just mark the page but while listening, I couldnt. I will enjoy listening to this book again to catch all the lines I wanted to remember! I laughed a lot!


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    Christina San Francisco, CA 04-29-12
    Christina San Francisco, CA 04-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Lisa

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    "Smart, entertaining, enlightened, fun book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Bossypants is not meant to be a hard read/listen, but Tina Fey tells her story so far. It is not a deep saga, but she muses on how she has evolved, from something evil that happened onto a story of wit and believing in herself. She also writes about her start in theater arts and then in SCTV. I grouse about never having time to read books. I bought the hardcover book. It sat in various parts of my home unread. I don't care how tired I have been this was too quick. I wanted more. I listened to 2-hour chunks at a time. This audio book (unabridged) felt too short because I enjoyed her narrating the books so much. I love the way she processes the world, tries to hold true to her beliefs, sees how goofy things can really be and how to do something creative and productive with your life. As a "Tina" myself, she has helped me accept and move on after 55 years of resenting the name - accepting my Tinaness by the fun she has poked at the name. I know I am not alone. Her life and views validate a lot of what I believe about compassion and funny and how sexy self-confidence. Most importantly, she understands how negativity drains energy. It does not mean she can't have fun balancing the scales of justice. I am so happy that she is out there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fey. She is fun. She is drop-dead intelligent. I am glad she narrated her own book.


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

    It is her story. I think there is a little extra in the Audible package too because she says things that don't sound scripted. Her delivery is wonderful.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am a miserably slow reader. I have the hardcover book and had not read it for a while. It is nice, no matter how tired I am, to have this on my iPod and catch up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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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    Amazon Customer 04-26-12
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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