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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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    Susan Tiverton, RI, United States 02-06-12
    Susan Tiverton, RI, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Listening to Tina Fey reading her own words had me laughing out loud while I walked listening to my Ipod. I must have looked like a lunatic!


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    amy Portsmouth, NH, United States 02-06-12
    amy Portsmouth, NH, United States 02-06-12
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    "funny & insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    loved Tina Fey reading her own story... she is funny and yet genuine. You know she is telling the truth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her short and quick


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

    She is SO quick with her potty mouth that you wished you had that kind of talent!


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    Lita Santa Maria, CA, United States 02-05-12
    Lita Santa Maria, CA, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2015

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    "I like her! Great insight to her world"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    It's a breath of fresh air


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When her boss called her to come back in after she threw a conniption. He didn't correct her; he just left her a message of what's being served for dinner.


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

    How she points out the criticism of men in and out of her business.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never watched 30 Rock, I'll start recording it now.

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    Morlo 02-05-12
    Morlo 02-05-12
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    "SO much fun!!"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    funny, entertaining, enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Tina Fey doing SNL and 30 Rock impressions


    Have you listened to any of Tina Fey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, first one


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't usually read this kind of book, never would have considered buying the hard copy, but I was looking for something light and entertaining to listen to and this audiobook exceeded all my expectations by far!!
    There is so much added value in hearing Tina herself narrate this book, being the comic genius that she is, she really brings it to life - with sarcastic tones, impressions, intonations and more. It's a pure joy to listen to and I am already mourning the fact that I have only 28 minutes left...

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    Rita Alexandria, VA, United States 02-03-12
    Rita Alexandria, VA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Gotta love Tina Fey!"

    Tina Fey is a funny girl! I loved her on Sat. Night Live and she is a comedic genius as far as I'm concerned. Enjoyable listen and I laughed out loud many times. Well worth the listen!

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    Amazon Customer Victorville, CA, United States 02-03-12
    Amazon Customer Victorville, CA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Mostly for SNL fans"

    I like Tina Fey, and I like her movies. She's a funny lady. Her performance on the audiobook was enjoyable and humorous. I enjoyed her stories about growing up and about her family. I have never seen an episode of 30 Rock (though I do plan to get around to it someday), and I am not a big Saturday Night Live. A lot of the stuff she was talking about went over my head. This book would probably be most appreciated by hard core fans who follow all her work.

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    Kathleen Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada 02-03-12
    Kathleen Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada 02-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Only Tina Fey could narrate this book."
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tina Fey tell her very personal, humorous and a sometimes raw account of her coming of age as a truly amazing comedic talent and down to earth working mother. The story is so real and frank I don't think anyone but the author herself could or should have voiced the audible book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I laughed out loud st her


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sarah Palen emerging as a SNL star and Tina Feybooming into her own in front of the camera after years of being a behind-the-scenes writer.


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

    Yes, I could have but I enjoyed it over several days.


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    Helen Lanark, Ontario, Canada 02-02-12
    Helen Lanark, Ontario, Canada 02-02-12
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    "Well-done, but not very interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It filled the time pleasantly while doing housework, but was not riveting.


    What could Tina Fey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tina Fey narrated this book herself, and did an excellent job.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She has a pleasant voice, and understands the use of inflection and timing very well.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an autobiography. Tina Fey's life has not been filled with enough drama to capture the listener's passion. It may be that on concentrating on making the book funny, she has downplayed any struggles she has suffered. Even the incident that resulted in the scar on her face is barely mentioned, although clearly it must have been very traumatic at the time.

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    Lynaa United States 02-02-12
    Lynaa United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful! Tina has impeccable comedic timing."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I confess, I have not read the print version. But, with Tina Fey as the reader, one can assume that the audio version offers more entertainment & enjoyment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina as a 10 year old and how her mother's interaction (or lack there of) preceding the inevitable beginning to puberty.


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

    She brings fabulous inflection & comedic timing. I enjoy having the reader & author being the same, especially when the author is a performer.


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

    Definately! I did just that; all in one session.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful with moments of hilarity, empathy, & chuckles the whole book through. Don't forget the PDFs; they are a delightful icing on the cake!

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    Michelle 02-02-12
    Michelle 02-02-12
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    "one of my first audible books and loved it"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am new to audible and audio books in general. This was the second title I downloaded and I really enjoyed it. The extra treat was that Tina Fey narrates it herself. That alone makes it a fun listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I especially enjoyed her telling of her time while working at the YMCA. I have been in jobs like that myself and completely see the humor and empathy at the same time.


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