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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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    Jeanette EAST BERNARD, TEXAS, United States 06-06-12
    Jeanette EAST BERNARD, TEXAS, United States 06-06-12
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    "This helped me to know Tina Fey. I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    I guess knowing she is presently a well known actress and she spoke about things in a very down to earth manner.


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

    no.....i enjoyed it but had to space out the chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Tina Fey has gained my respect. She has worked very hard for what she has and deserves a lot of respect from the media!

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    Paul Sturm Arlington, TX United States 06-05-12
    Paul Sturm Arlington, TX United States 06-05-12
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    "Entertaining - even to a guy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Maybe - since it's narrated by Tina, I think I probably got more of he subtle jokes this way.


    Any additional comments?

    It's interesting to learn some of the behind-the-scenes and background to what we publicly see.

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    Aaron Jones 06-05-12
    Aaron Jones 06-05-12
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    "To share with your young adult daughters"

    Very funny! Both my daughters listened to this also and it was fun to have a book we all enjoyed and could talk about. Be careful listening in public - you WILL laugh out loud.

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 06-05-12
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "relaxing and entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. Why would you expect me to listen to AND read the same book?


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    I really like the sound of her voice, and I like the way she pronounces words - with crisp consonants and an obvious intelligence. Sometimes, when she made throwaway jokes, she mumbled and I couldn't understand her.


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

    I did laugh out loud in some parts, especially her Kim Kardashian joke. The memoir touched on events that I have some memory of - Fey was very prominent during the 2008 election, so she made news. She is fairly self-deprecating and you can feel her genuine joy and humility for being so fortunate in her job and in her life. Some of the anecdotes make her seem like a bitch (not "in" enough to be a "mean girl," just a bitch). She is honest about that, and seems mostly remorseful for youthful mistakes, but her sharpness has just been redirected to those who more or less deserve it.Before I listened to this memoir, I had not known that Fey is a feminist. She is unabashedly feminist, and advocates for her fellow female performers and writers throughout the book. I ended up really liking her, though also hoping that if we ever meet she thinks highly of me, because I'd hate to hear what she would have to say about me otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a 30 Rock fan, but some of the lines she repeats here as she gives a shout-out to the writers made me snarf with laughter, especially the pigeon joke. Even though I'm not hugely into Tina Fey, I enjoy her work and admire how smart she is. Fey used the book to show us a glimpse behind the scenes to some of the most interesting media happenings of 2008, and how she was caught up in as well as shaped the national conversation. She is very graceful towards Sarah Palin and even to dummies who sent her death threats after her 2008 impersonation. I really enjoyed listening to this book.

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    Leah Oakland, CA, United States 06-04-12
    Leah Oakland, CA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining the whole way through"

    If you like Tina Fey you'll love this. She ventures into her childhood, her training, her time on SNL, and now time as both being a mother and 30 Rock.

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    Xinye SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-04-12
    Xinye SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-04-12
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    "better than watching 30 rock"

    Tina Fay's narration is irreplaceable!! Although I've never read the print version of the book, I can say with confidence that the audio book is way better.

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    J. Mccloskey Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, United States 06-04-12
    J. Mccloskey Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Live life smell the roses and rejoice.

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    "So Funny you will cry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to any of my friend especially female friends or male married friends. The person must understand sarcasm.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was funny


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Williams Sonoma T***tie juicer....


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    MediaBaron Hilo, Hawaii 06-03-12
    MediaBaron Hilo, Hawaii 06-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fey is great, knocked off some stars b/c editing"

    Tina Fey is witty and it's great to hear her voice doing the reading. The book is partly aimed at what it's like to be a woman working through a male dominated profession which was great to shed some light on. Overally a great story.

    I had to knock a few stars off due to some production issues with this audiobook. There are several times when Fey whispers subtext to something she says and it's too soft. I know this is for effect but it's much too soft and I had to keep rewinding and pushing the volume way up since I listen over a car stereo and not earbuds.

    The other editing problem that got past editors is when Fey does her reading she sometimes repeats what she says for a slightly different form of emphasis. This is common when doing any kind of spoken text but the editor is supposed to delete the extra phrases as she's saying the same thing. I believe I heard this happening at least three times during the audiobook.

    One last minor thing about the editing is the pacing of the no-audio gaps between what Fey is reading. The audio system clamps down the audio gain which normally wouldn't be noticeable but the gaps are too long so it becomes very noticeable.

    Seems like the production of this audiobook was rushed due to these production gaffes. But still a great listen.

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    Sara YORKVILLE, IL, United States 05-29-12
    Sara YORKVILLE, IL, United States 05-29-12
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    "I love that it was narrated by Tina Fey"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Having the book read by the author allows it to be enjoyed the way that they intended it to be. I love hearing it in her voice so that the tone comes across perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Tina Fey is a wonderful woman and this book made me laugh out loud several times. It is something I will go back and listen to again... and again.

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    DeeDee Beaverton, OR, United States 05-29-12
    DeeDee Beaverton, OR, United States 05-29-12
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    "Great book, learned to love Tina"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know that much about Tina Fey, but her openness was refreshing, I also appreciated it was some dirty tell all about exploits or self promoting. Just honest and human.


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