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Bossypants | [Tina Fey]

Bossypants

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and '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.

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Publisher's Summary

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and '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. 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.

©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Mrs. K. Skarbek Australia 12-15-14
    Mrs. K. Skarbek Australia 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny, quirky and very, very enjoyable."
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey's delivery is perfect, she even includes audiobooks 'insider' jokes. She writes in a series of mini-essays on different topics and covers everything from children to what it's REALLY like on photo shoots to her days on Saturday Night Live. It is lively, entertaining and very funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tina Fey.


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

    Too hard to pick a favourite. Her overall performance was just brilliant.


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

    It made me laugh out loud on many, many occasions. Particularly, the essay about her child that began with 'First Lord, no tattoos...'


    Any additional comments?

    If you need an audio book that's easy to slot in and out of without losing any kind of 'plot', this is perfect. If you need something that's wonderfully written, well observed and laugh out loud funny in places, this is perfect. If you like Tina Fey, this is perfect. Even if you don't, I kind of think she will grow on you. I love this audio.

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    chelsie ballajura, Australia 05-26-14
    chelsie ballajura, Australia 05-26-14
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    "Holy smokes this book is funny!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though I wasn't overly familiar with Tina Fey when I chose this book, I still loved every second of it. She is funny, witty and insightful!


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

    She brings character to the book when she reads it too you and it feels more in depth.


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

    I would of if I could of! I listened to it mainly on buses and trains. Just try not to laugh out loud in public!


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    Matthew 04-29-14
    Matthew 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing and fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course! It's like everything Tina Fey has done combined into one


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Tina Fey


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

    Her voice is amazing and the impressions she does is fantastic


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

    I would if I could


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read book. Any fan of Tina would absolutely love this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Alexzander Australia 08-14-13
    Scott Alexzander Australia 08-14-13

    Interior Architect, homewares designer, Japan obsessed and lover of a good story

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    "Laugh out loud in inappropriate places"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, awkward, entertaining


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tina Fey? Why or why not?

    Definitely


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Shes as fun in voice as she is on screen if your a fan you will love it


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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-27-13
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm only selectively read biographies, and Tina Fey's book was a very entertaining story from start to finish. Her reading of the book was a big bonus for me, and really made her stories all the more memorable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fey of course! :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Auckland, New Zealand 07-01-13
    Dawn Auckland, New Zealand 07-01-13
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    "Entertaining"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    funny, entertaining, easy


    What did you like best about this story?

    easy to listen to, i really bought it to try out audible, so i picked a short book but ended up really enjoying it and having a good laugh!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    cant remember


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

    the non pc guide to bossiness


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    Jenna Port Kennedy, Australia 06-14-13
    Jenna Port Kennedy, Australia 06-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "HILARIOUS"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious
    Different
    Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Tina Fey she is an amazingly funny women sometimes without even trying


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

    Herself and Sarah Palin


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

    Behind the laughs things are never as they seem


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that Tina Fey actually read this as well as writing it made the book soo much more, I feel that reading this in print would not have the same feeling. The best part about this book is that Tina doesnt stick to the usual style of an Autobiography of a celebrity where their life is laid out for you in chronological order stating then this happened then this happened. I love the fact that Tina jumps forward in time and then back again it keeps you interested. The other thing I like about this is she makes it so easy to listen too as I was listen I actually pictured her in my head sitting in front of a mic reading and making faces and gestures, it made you feel like she was telling you this story one on one.

    All in all this was a great great great read and the only down side is that it wasnt long enough MORE TINA I WANT MORE. I will definitley recommend to all people I know that they need to get this as an audio book. I guarentee you will be pissing yourself laughing in the first 12 mins.

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    Felix Del Barrio Australia 04-12-13
    Felix Del Barrio Australia 04-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    "An even bigger fan now"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Short, sweet, and often laugh-out-loud


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Funny question.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yup!


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely trip down Tina's wonderfully unique memory lane.

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    E. Wright 03-20-13
    E. Wright 03-20-13
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    "It pays to have an insight into your boss's pants!"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    No I would not listen to the story again, not in the near future anyway. It was good the first time and that suits me just fine.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    I'm new to audio listening and Bossypants has encouraged me to listen to more. A similar audio book would be Moranthology by Caitlin Moran which I'm slowly getting through.


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    Olivia Brunswick East, Australia 02-25-13
    Olivia Brunswick East, Australia 02-25-13
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    "Excellent audio book. Highly recommend."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, it was read by Tina Fey and very, very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Tina Fey doing her Sarah Palin interpretation.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING


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

    Laugh out loud a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be hard to find another audio book to top this!

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  • Jennifer
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    6/7/11
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    "Extremely funny and wholeheartedly recommended"

    This audio book is brilliant, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. It is consistently funny and Tina Fey, as you might expect, does a great job of narrating.

    I also really appreciated that bits were altered from the print edition to work in audio form, as well as the inclusion of one of her Saturday Night Live Sarah Palin skits and other nice touches. Or as another reviewer says rather more succinctly, it's an audiobook that knows it's an audiobook.

    But Audible.co.uk: where's the PDF to which she refers several times? I can't see it available to download on your site (possibly because I'm being an idiot). I would really like to see a copy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    8/17/15
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    "Hilarious!"

    I bought this book because it was a "daily deal" but I'd gladly spend a credit on it. As you would expect Tina Fey reads her book perfectly to laugh out loud consequence!

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  • DaisyCutter
    8/15/15
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    "Sweet, self-depreciating, but a touch evasive"

    I enjoyed Bossypants a lot. Tina Fey is sweet and sharply witty as ever. I did wonder at times why she was writing an autobiography as it felt like she was reluctant to share the truly meaningful aspects of her life... And compensating for this by sharing pseudo-intimate anecdotes that create the impression the author is giving you some real deep Tina (e.g. period talk, breast feeding), but which you sense aren't really that private or intimate to her. The gaps and silences in Tina Fey's book tell you a lot about what is really important to her and as always, she is self aware enough to joke about that (see the "dammit I wasn't going to use my husband's real name skit").
    I came to the conclusion that the book is either a) a contractual obligation or b) Tina's way of telling people about herself in a controlled way so that they will stop with the questions already. However, leaving that aside, there are some great pieces of discussion about her career, philosophical and feminist perspective and early life which are sharp, witty and incisive. She reads it beautifully and it is a lot of fun, whilst also being thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous
    8/7/15
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    "great"

    Really enjoyed it, very funny in places and great performance. being a fan of her definitely an advantage!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Griffin
    7/28/15
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    "She could bossy me any day!"

    Listening to Ms Fey narrate her life story so far for some maybe a recording too far but I found it turned her audio book into a conversation. All be it a one sided conversation but I found and I would encourage others to welcome her and her family into your own.

    Ms Fey (I cannot call her Tina) tells you how difficult it was for women to be seen as funny back then when these days women are often the funniest. How she was one of the '1st's' to do this and to do that.

    She pokes fun at herself, her life, her rise and everything in between (except Don Fey her Father) but you will love how she understands how Americans can appear to the rest of the world as highlighted in the honeymoon cruise saga.

    I genuinely would encourage you to purchase or credit this book. I have re listened to this on numerous occasions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josie
    7/23/15
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    "Absolutely Loved It"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I have been meaning to read/listen to this book since it was released, and I'm so sad I ended up waiting so long, because it is brilliant. The book is well read, hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable, I couldn't stop listening.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I would definitely recommend listening to the book, not only because Tiny Fey's narration is excellent but because it includes audio extracts of performances.


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

    'Bossypants' is very funny, just what I'd expect from Tina Fey. I was extremely upset when it finished, I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Tina Fey, I'm sure you won't be disappointed after a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • moi79
    7/23/15
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like most about Bossypants?

    I love Tina Fey's wry sense of humour and delivery - this is one of those books you need to hear read by the author


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    All of it!


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

    Er, Tina Fey


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

    Be aware of where you listen to this - I laughed aloud in public on many occasions


    Any additional comments?

    Witty, positive, pleasant, and very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss G K Rai
    6/5/15
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    "If this is Bossy Pants, I want to be bossy!!"
    What did you like most about Bossypants?

    Tina Fey is instinctively funny and totally human. She speaks so well and makes what some would deem uncomfortable... Comfortably uncomfortable. You just have to listen to understand.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Hearing her talk about SNL, the infamous Palin sketch.


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

    Having Tina read her own autobiography meant that she could go off script slightly and be hilariously funny whilst doing so.


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

    When Tina spoke about not asking people about reproductive plans... And so much more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    6/2/15
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    "Listened to it twice in 2 weeks!"

    Loved it. Laugh out loud funny and great stories throughout. Great to hear some of the stories behind SNL and 30 Rock

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    5/23/15
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    "Hilariously endearing"

    I chose to get this book to have as background sound as I worked on my final hand in at university, I haven't stopped listening since I downloaded it and have spent most of that time crying with laughter, in particular as soon as the words 'childs old colonial lady costume'. I strongly recommend this, especially as an audio book as unlike other writers I think the words are so much funny coming from the person, especially from Tina Fey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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