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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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    E. Cave 03-15-12
    E. Cave 03-15-12
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    "Tina Fey, fab. Production, horrible."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the story of Ms. Fey, as she shares the thoughts and memories and choices for her life. I would give her actual story the highest possible rating, because she is that kind of fabulous.


    Any additional comments?

    The production of the audiobook is severely lacking.

    There are times it sounds as if Ms. Fey is being recorded in a bathroom shower with a strange echo. There are other times that it is obvious the producer/editor did not actually listen back to the full recording. Ms. Fey would speak a line and then automatically, repeat it in the same voice with a different inflection in her tone.

    While repeated lines may actually appear in the book, on the audiobook it just sounds like someone was recording her on a cassette tape, pressed stop, asked her to repeat the same line, and then proceeded to press the record button again... without even bothering to rewind to the original point.

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    Afi Ann Arbor, MI, United States 03-13-12
    Afi Ann Arbor, MI, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Job Tina"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    funny, self depreciating, opinionated


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

    Don Fey - ( I picture tight shirts, cold eyes)


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

    No had to break it up


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    Scott Sandy, OR, United States 03-13-12
    Scott Sandy, OR, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Laughing out loud while wearing headphones"

    I listen to audio books while at work and usually this is a good thing. However Fey's book got me some strange looks. I would burst out laughing in an other wise quite room.

    I am sure her publicist said, "write a book" and so she did. Her style, wit, and the way she tells that story, is simply superb.

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    Gregory 03-13-12
    Gregory 03-13-12
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    "Great Story, dirty mouth."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed Tina Fey's story, but the language was not what I would recommend to my daughter who was very interested in this book. I'm fine when bad language is in context, but it just seemed out of place in many instances.


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

    Yes.


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    Gabriela Santa Clara, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Gabriela Santa Clara, CA, United States 03-12-12
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    "Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    It's funny but clever, she's down to earth and is able to make fun of herself, she's very approachable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    The re-play of the Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton skit.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    The intonation could not have been any better.


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

    It made me laugh several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for her next book if she ever writes another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Leesburg, VA, United States 03-12-12
    Kristine Leesburg, VA, United States 03-12-12
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    "Entertaining and funny!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book. It was interesting to hear about Tina Fey's rise to fame and it is filled with many funny stories and humor. I found it an entertaining listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy learning about peoples lives and how they reached their success. This was more than just the facts. It was filled with Tina Fey's humor which made it very entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have many favorites. The story about her disastrous honeymoon trip is interesting.


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

    When Tina talked about her father.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 03-12-12
    Lauren PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 03-12-12
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    "Hysterical and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was so entertaining I listened to it while cooking (which I hate) and it made it so much more entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    The parts when she talked about the different skits she has done on SNL


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

    She reads it so you are really hearing how she thinks about it and how she would say about it. I love that when I am listening to an audio book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I am not good at this kind of question


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha High Level, AB, Canada 03-11-12
    Samantha High Level, AB, Canada 03-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Job Tina"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this audio again! I am not a SNL fan, so I was steering left when I purchased this book. I was certainly not disappointed. She is candid, personal, easy to identify with and seriously funny. Would definelty recommend to other women out there who could use a good break away from their own for a few hours.


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    Olga Middleton, MA, United States 03-11-12
    Olga Middleton, MA, United States 03-11-12
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    "Laughing out loud during the worst traffic jams"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Her voice is priceless


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her behind the scene at her impersonation of Sarah Palin


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

    Her humor. Her sense of intimacy. It feels at if you ar having a drink with her and she is telling you her personal experiences.


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

    Her being thorn at the image of the ideal mother while still loving her career. Any working mother that loves her career has been there.


    Any additional comments?

    She refers to images of the book and invites you to look at them at your electronic version, but I could not do that...It feels like as a listener you are missing part of the story by not being able to check on those images. PLEASE FIX THAT. Still, it was amazing.

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    Josh E. Orem, UT, United States 03-07-12
    Josh E. Orem, UT, United States 03-07-12
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    "I loved that she read her own book"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Bossypants was a great book to listen to for many reasons. A few of those reasons to me are that she reads the book so she can put the right emphasis on the words. Also that it gave me a better understanding on how SNL, and 30 Rock work. It was fun to listen to it and also learn.


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