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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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    Jessica Greeley, CO, United States 01-11-14
    Jessica Greeley, CO, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and enjoyable!"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, for when you just need a pick me up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cruise part was HILARIOUS! I was jogging and burst out laughing...and continued jogging and laughing...people were nearby....and I think I frightened them.


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

    Her impressions, accents, and dry humor. Perfect narration.


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

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I read this after the Game of Thrones books...much needed.

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    Amazon Customer Clackamas, Oregon USA 01-06-14
    Amazon Customer Clackamas, Oregon USA 01-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Deadpainter

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    "Famous people are a mess too"

    This is a great book to listen to when you think your life is just not going the way you want and you are not sure what to do...its good to know I'm not alone. That even famous people have the same wierd frutstrating anxious anoying and liberating life that I do. A good read - won't solve the national debt or cure cancer, but it will help you forget for a while.

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    Amelia LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, United States 01-03-14
    Amelia LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Happy she narrated."
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Girl Power Love


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tina does an excellent job of giving insight into her life while keeping you laughing.


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

    You are able to get a great idea about her tone much better with her reading it to you. I believe the audio is much more enjoyable.


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    Rebecca Evans Mills, NY, United States 01-02-14
    Rebecca Evans Mills, NY, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2016

    Busy full time student and part-time fitness instructor. I'm a sucker for lattes and wine.

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    "Tina Fey is amazing!!"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina Fey is absolutely amazing!! Hysterical!!! Great story teller. Extremely inspiring. I didn't become a fan of her until I read this book. She's different in that she's not the stereotypical "in your face" feminist (although I admire and adores those too), but rather, "please stop talking about how funny I am for a female". Very funny and very entertaining. I really enjoyed it. It's great for all, especially those who aspire to be in the screen writing, tv, radio, or theatre business.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Although very different stories and lives, I could compare it to Sheryl Sandberg's, "Lean In". I didn't realize how much of a feminist Tina Fey was. She's truly inspiring.


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    sykespro Tampa 12-30-13
    sykespro Tampa 12-30-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Gota love Tina Fey..."
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina's personallity comes off hilarious to me.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Can't think of any...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the little boy tore her coloring... Her response had me in knots laughing


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

    ...


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    david san francisco, ca, United States 12-26-13
    david san francisco, ca, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Tina Fey's bio - not as funny as expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a quick easy listen. I think Tina Fey is very talented and 30 Rock was one of the funniest shows on TV. 30 Rock didn't waste one line of dialogue - every word was funny. I expected the same from this book but was wrong - my fault though as it is afterall a biography and not a 30 Rock or Arrested Development episode. Some funny parts but more of Tina's condensed life story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting to hear the behind the scenes stuff for SNL and 30 Rock.


    What aspect of Tina Fey’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. It was nice to have Fey read it as she seemed to take liberty and improvise with comments.


    Did Bossypants inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Fey fan knows she's a feminist and she makes no bones about it in the book so expect it. But, I note her politics trumps her feminism. She seemed to find Monica Lewinsky a simpleton when many would argue that situation was a clear example of a man using his power and authority to take advantage of a subordinate woman. And, of course, Sarah Palin has been a great punching bag for Fey. But, don't let that turn you off Fey, whatever your politics. I look forward to Fey's next TV show.

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    Heather 12-14-13
    Heather 12-14-13
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    "Entertaining enough to listen to once"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it entertained me while I washed the dishes, made dinner, put on some laundry, and walked the dog. But it wasn't as funny, insightful, or surprising as I'd hoped - I won't listen to it again.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Her self-deprecating humor is similar to Anne Lamott's or David Sedaris', but she's not as genuinely vulnerable as Anne or as outrageous as David.

    Strangely enough, she makes her path to super-celebrity seem pretty smooth and uneventful... she soft-pedals the life-changing landmark accomplishments, and omits some things altogether (there's nothing about "Mean Girls"). You can't actually tell from this book what a super-famous and powerful person Tina Fey is.


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

    Her narration is witty and dry, and you recognize her as Liz Lemon (or a version of Liz Lemon). You also hear some "Jenna" tones.


    Do you think Bossypants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not under these circs ... but someday, after she's retired and doesn't have to be so nice and diplomatic, I'd love to hear a "no-hold-barred" memoir from Tina Fey where she would really dish dirt on the crazy obnoxious people she's worked with. I'd also like her to write about feminism and sexism in more than this glib one-liner way.


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    Mike Atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-13
    Mike Atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I could have passed out laughing"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    WOW - Funny - a great insight into a career and life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    She pulls no punches, Tina is a real person


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

    1st time with her work


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

    Really, I had to control myself from laughing too hard while driving.


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    Kelly EAGAN, MN, United States 12-10-13
    Kelly EAGAN, MN, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better material


    Any additional comments?

    This book was awful. I'm a Tina Fey fan but I couldn't even get through the first few chapters without snoozing. The material was incredibly dry and just not up to Tina Fey par.

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    Amy SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-05-13
    Amy SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Tina Fey's reading was brilliant! added a lot to the drama


    What did you like best about this story?

    So funny! and relatable


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

    Nope..and wish she has more!


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