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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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    Eli Gallatin, TN, United States 04-02-12
    Eli Gallatin, TN, United States 04-02-12
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    "Funny and well-read"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I liked the honesty here. She shares a lot of personal information in a funny way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that she constantly changed topics. She never dwelled on something so long that it became boring or overdone.


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

    Because Tina reads the book, you know you're getting the right intonation. The subtleties of sarcasm and the timing of the jokes are spot on.


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    Angie WINTER PARK, FL, United States 04-02-12
    Angie WINTER PARK, FL, United States 04-02-12

    I'm an aspiring best-selling author, so I dream of seeing my own books on here one day. :)

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    "Can't imagine have read this without Tina's voice!"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audible.com audiobook, and it was a great way to kick off my membership! I loved hearing this book in Tina's own voice. It also included so many great extras (e.g., audio clip of her playing Sarah Palin on SNL).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Because I became a fan of Tina's after seeing her on SNL, it was fun and interesting to hear some behind-the-scenes stories, as well as to learn more about her as a person and not just her TV persona.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She's just awesome. Even though I would have read the story in her voice had I not listened to it via audiobook, her actual voice really made a difference. I'm sure it was much funnier thanks to her timing and pace, and the way she added what seemed like extra little comments (not sure these appeared in the physical book?).


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

    That may have been nice, but devoting five hours in one sitting is usually pretty difficult. Instead, I planned to listen to it a little bit at a time during my drive to and and from work, and that's exactly what I did. It made me look forward to getting in my car every day!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of Tina Fey, or humor in general, I definitely recommend this one! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 03-31-12
    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Hilarious!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey is a comedic rock star! She is easy to listen to, like your spending time with a close friend, only funnier!


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Another funny listen is Ellen's


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

    This was my first Tina Fey book..I don't watch her shows, but have seen her on SNL and in movies. I wasn't a fan before...I am now!


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

    I laughed and laughed. I'm sure people in the cars around me thought I was crazy, what with the way I was smiling and giggling as I commuted to and from work!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Miamisburg, Ohio, United States 03-31-12
    Heather Miamisburg, Ohio, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Hysterical! Why did it have to end?"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I listened to Bossypants twice in a row because I thought it was so funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tina Fey was down to Earth and told it how it is in her witty way.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She was genuine and funny.


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

    I laughed so hard, I woke up my husband who was sleeping next to me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sailaja 03-30-12
    Sailaja 03-30-12
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    "Fun listen"

    I could really relate to Tina - I enjoyed her sarcasm and commentary on being a working mom.

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    Lori Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-28-12
    Lori Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it.....Tina great story teller!"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    She made me laugh, she had some good pointers for life`s journey.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    None, stood on it`s own!


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Love it!!!!


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

    Her growing up the bra over her clothes, her husband & her honeymoon on the cruise, all of really.


    Any additional comments?

    She is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carly San Diego, CA, United States 03-28-12
    Carly San Diego, CA, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Environmental engineer with a SciFi/fantasy addiction.

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    "Crazy funny"

    I have listened to this book several times and I still find most of the material hilarious. I laughed so hard the first read through that I had to pull over on the shoulder and wipe my eyes. I will say that some of the stuff that particularly tickled me would not necessarily be as funny to some guys (since it's "girl stuff"). Even so, anytime I had someone new in the car with me during a roadtrip, I would play part of the book and got equally positive reactions from them. Tina is such an excellent writer and her performance is perfectly timed. This audio book saved the sanity of myself and three friends when we suddenly got stuck in traffic from 3-lane closures for over an hour. Thank you, Tina!

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    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 03-26-12
    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny, warm, human"

    I'd like to sit down and have dinner with this woman. She is so obviously talented and funny and yet her ego doesn't seem to get in her way. I missed a few of the references - it's all about social context and there are more than a few names of the famous and talented so ocassionally I got a bit lost trying to determine the reference point. Fast paced so sometimes I had to go back and review - but that's okay. Sometimes I was laughing too hard to hear what was next. Fortunately there are really small chapters so going back or forward was not too difficult. Well worth it.Thank you Tina Fey!

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    Alyssa 03-26-12
    Alyssa 03-26-12
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    "Fun Read"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    No, I don't normally read a book more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina as a young girl. She was very entertaining!


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

    The fact that Tina was the one who read the audio book added so much more. Her tone of voice and the funny little remarks made in the way on Tina Fey can; it made it more like listening to a comic routine. It was very entertaining, funny, and heart-felt.


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    Angela GREENVILLE, SC, United States 03-26-12
    Angela GREENVILLE, SC, United States 03-26-12
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    "Tina Fey is a great reader"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, Informative, Creative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I really enjoyed Tina's story about her experience on a cruise ship. I will never look at cruising the same again.


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

    I think this book is probably better as an audio book than as a regular book. Hearing Tina Fey read her own words added a whole other element of hilarity.


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

    Tina Fey, funnier than you already thought she was.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was great and I would highly recommend it to anyone that has a sense of humor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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