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Bossypants Audiobook

Bossypants

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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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    Alex Orlando, FL, United States 11-18-14
    Alex Orlando, FL, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant, I listen to it again every 6 months!"
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    She is so smart, relatable, and funny! Our lives are so insanely different yet she offers amazing advice and perspective!

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    Anthea 11-17-14
    Anthea 11-17-14
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    "I finally understand the hype over audiobooks"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the second audiobook I've listened to, and I really think the key is listening to an audiobook recorded by the author him/herself. The first audiobook I've listened to was "My Beloved World" by Justice Sotomayor and it was definitely a captivating story. However, Bossypants really turned up the entertainment factor for me and I now look forward to my walk to work.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still a fan of physical books and reading, but perhaps no one can really deliver the story of a memoir as well the author him/herself.

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    Carie M. Dobson 11-13-14
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    "Tina Fey is hilarious, and does not dissapoint!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. In fact I think reading in print would be so much less enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina herself


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

    If I could have, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    It's like sitting with a fantastically witty friend when you listen. I frequently laughed out loud during her stories. What a treat!

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    Ed Maximus Kearny, NJ USA 11-13-14
    Ed Maximus Kearny, NJ USA 11-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Living my life one chapter at a time!

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    "Slow But Then Enjoyable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the audiobook for the very solid performance Tina Fey put behind the story.


    Would you recommend Bossypants to your friends? Why or why not?

    Bossypants I'm on the fence of recommending. The story itself starts off really slow, but gets fairly entertaining towards its later chapters.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed that she was able to put an actual SNL bit into the audiobook.


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

    The moment that particularly moved me was her struggles with trying to figure out if she wanted a second child.


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    sarah 11-11-14
    sarah 11-11-14
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    "Laughing out loud in public"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! actually debated missing my second favorite class to keep listening as i arrived to campus


    Any additional comments?

    Made me laugh out loud in public and not really care, her own confidence in her own quirkiness is contagious :)

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    FromBlue2U 11-11-14
    FromBlue2U 11-11-14 Listener Since 2010

    I think it's about time I stretch out a bit...

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    "You gotta pay the cost..."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Absolutely. Number 1: Tina Fey is a friend in my head. Many of the same smartaleck quips, neurotic reflections on life and marveling how at this point in life she hasn't totally F*$@ed it up is exactly my own inner monologue about my life. Both her chronicle and my own makes me laugh aloud, sometimes cackle. Number 2: Her dad sounds like he's hot! LMAO!! Number 3: I am a long time fan of hers from way back in the day, and it is refreshing to hear her reflecting on her own life and not the life of a character she is playing.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Hmmmm I would have to say "Hello Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" by Chelsea Handler (Another friend in my head, but more like partner in crime), but not quite as boozy. And the feel of Jim Gaffigan's books mixed with Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously... I'm Kidding"


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    That her cussing is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Even from SNL and movies, it's hilarious to me. It doesn't sound forced or campy, just as natural as any jersey girl's, but if a Jersey Girl was cussing on a Sunday after church. Yes, that's why it makes me laugh; it's authentic Jersey Girl Lite.


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

    Yes. I could genuinely relate to some of the experiences and pragmatic perspectives she had with her own life situations with my own.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a surprisingly fun listen. Had it not been made a requirement for my course, I don't think I would have chosen this book. But I am super glad I chose this book to listen to. あなたのキャロルに感謝 Carol!!

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    Doug 11-09-14
    Doug 11-09-14 Member Since 2015

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "Made me laugh!"

    The whole point of Tina Fey is to have some laughs. And she will cause you to laugh, or at least she brought laughter out of me. I laughed out loud more than once. There is some vulgarity, so be prepared. I would buy another of her books.

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    Noelle Newark 11-07-14
    Noelle Newark 11-07-14 Member Since 2014

    When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would because of its down to earth approach. Tina Fey did a great job in making her story relate-able and fun. It is good a listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    most memorable for me was when she was discussing how she learned all about being a lady and beauty tips from her family in Wildwood, NJ. Memorable for me because I am actually from NJ and so i could totally relate to the summers being spent at the Jersey Shore.


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

    Her voice! just the way she spoke about it I'm sure i wouldn't have gotten the same results if i would've read it in my own voice.


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

    The whole book did. I'm glad i got to know her a little better. I was always a fan of hers. She always kept me laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how she is so down to earth and her story really shows just how human she really is aside from her being a famous Actress. Very easy and fun listen! I give it 2 thumbs up.

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    A.M.O. South Carolina, USA 11-07-14
    A.M.O. South Carolina, USA 11-07-14
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    "Funny and a little dorky - exactly what I expected"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    It doesn't feel as much like Tina is directly reading her book, but like she's sitting in front of you, telling you her story.


    Any additional comments?

    Tina's wit and humor are apparent throughout her book. It's obvious that she loves writing and acting (of course, I think she is quite good at them). I am now an even bigger fan-girl than I was before I read this, which I didn't think was possible.

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    Jon Newark 11-07-14
    Jon Newark 11-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I can write a musical hook but not a literature book.

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    "More than funny...hilarious."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, just so I could laugh as hard as I did the first time I listened to it.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    ATTITUDE!


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

    I would have liked to, but I didn't have time for that. However, now that I know the story, the next time I listen is going to have to be a time when I have more than 4 hours to spare so I can get the whole thing down in one shot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more than a book. It is a story; a life story that has no real order. I expected it to be narrative, but it was so much more. Tina is the storyteller, and she is telling her own story. With Tina’s experience as an entertainer, she knows how to captivate her listener by using the comedic approach to a mundane adolescence. Without real chronology, Tina takes her listener through her interpretive brain of an awkward childhood in Upper Darby, PA. while humor follows her through her uncomfortable time at University of Virginia. As she climbed life’s ladder of success, her many anecdotes, while very funny, also give a nod to the harsh reality that she was performing in a world dominated by men. Behind the scenes, Saturday Night Live wasn’t so funny. She was tormented, and talks of the time when she grabbed the Sarah Palin character and let it fly. She talks about getting accepted into Second City in 1992 Chicago, and she takes you into the bowels of “30 Rock.” Tina narrates the book with the same voice as her character on 30 Rock. If you don’t like Tina Fey, her read is funny. If you do like Tina Fey, her read is hilarious.

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