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Bossypants Audiobook

Bossypants

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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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    adelise seven hills, Australia 02-02-13
    adelise seven hills, Australia 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "SAFTEY WARNING!"

    Please be warned, this audiobook may be dangerous when listening in the car. I laughed so hard it brought me to tears and it could not have been safe to be laughing that way while driving home from work! I loved this book, and I really think that Tina Fey did a great job at performing it (as expected) and I am glad that I got to listen to it rather than simply reading it.
    I can't portray how much i enjoyed listening to this audiobook, I came home every day and re watched 30 rock and annoyed my husband with little tidbits of information while watching. I am sure he is happy that I have finished it! But I think I will listen to it again.
    Thanks Tina for sharing and writing and reading. Oh, and I did not even notice her scar... but maybe I just need a better TV. I don't know.
    Get this audiobook. It's great.

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    emilie Melbourne, Australia 10-08-12
    emilie Melbourne, Australia 10-08-12
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    "fabulous"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, there were plenty of KILLER lines and quips


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I very much enjoyed Tina's description of her childhood and her father.


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

    nope.


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

    I could have...


    Any additional comments?

    Although it was very entertaining I felt I didn't really learn anything terribly deep about Tina, and I wanted to.

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    Qwerty1 09-07-12
    Qwerty1 09-07-12
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    "Stick to 30 Rock"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Tina Fey, and enjoyed hearing her life story so far.


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

    A lot of names mentioned, but if you're not in the US acting scene, they dont mean much!


    How could the performance have been better?

    When Tina swears, it sounds so contrived and unnatural. Also the narration basically sounded like her sitting there reading it out. If it's your own story, it should sound a bit more as though she is talking with you not at you. There was no natural tone or intonation.


    Was Bossypants worth the listening time?

    Was ok, but not great.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you're a big fan, i think you will find this a bit so so.

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    Valerie 08-27-12
    Valerie 08-27-12
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    "Entertaining"

    I'd never heard of Tina Fey before listening to this audiobook, and I don't own a TV so I had no idea about any of the shows she is talking about. Even with these disadvantages this was still a very enjoyable few hours. She has a knack for anecdote and a superb grasp of the punchy aside.

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    David Kambah, Australia 07-21-12
    David Kambah, Australia 07-21-12
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    "Bossypantastic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    As Tina Fey, herself, narrates the book, you are able to understand her point of view from the tone and inflections in her voice better than if you were to simply read it. Not only that, but listening to her voice is awesome. Also, she ads little comments that would obviously not be in the printed edition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Tina's advice about improvisation is helpful and amusing. It is also interesting that she uses it to relate back to everyday life. Another memorable moment was her commenting on the internet feedback she receives. Very funny.


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

    It was so funny. Continuously through the book, I was laughed very loudly. This gave me a few odd looks when I was listening to it in public on my iPod.


    Any additional comments?

    Tina Fey is a genius and I recommend this book to any comedy-loving reader.

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    Murray Clifton Grove, Australia 05-01-12
    Murray Clifton Grove, Australia 05-01-12
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    "Truly funny and heartfelt"
    Any additional comments?

    Tina Fey is a very talented writer and performer and this is really highlighted here. She is honest and open about the events that have moulded her life and the fact that she reads it herself provides an extra dimension of interest. Very highly recommended.

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    Annette Calwell, Australia 04-24-12
    Annette Calwell, Australia 04-24-12
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    "Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina is very funny and I could relate to what she was saying.


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

    Hearing stories of her progressing through life was interesting. The book focusses way too much on '30 Rock' towards the end. I lost interest, but only right at the end.


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

    Her voice.


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

    Hard to say. We listened to it on a road trip, so it was one sitting regardless. It was entertaining, but I may not have started listening again had I stopped though.


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    Amazon Customer 04-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious insight into the life of a Bossypants"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Feys comedic timing really enhances the telling of her own story. If you love 30 Rock, you'll listen to this at least 3 times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tina's life as a teenage girl and how she was introduced and fell in love with live theatre, acting and putting on a good show and as she got older, learning about what it means to be seen as an ambitious career woman in a male dominated industry. Many tongue in cheek moments.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    You can tell how much work she put into this book and how passionate she is about her family, friends and work. Her execution was well timed and fricken hilarious.


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

    Bossypants is a hilarious look at the life of an improv queen battling crotch biscuits and many more of life's challenges one laugh at a time.


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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 04-16-12
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 04-16-12
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    "So funny"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    This book was so funny that my family thought I was crazy, I just couldn't stop laughing


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    Ruth Melbourne, Australia 04-09-12
    Ruth Melbourne, Australia 04-09-12
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    "Amusing and fabulously read by Fey"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I definitely would listen again! It's engaging and funny, and you can pretty much re-listen from whatever point in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the titles of each chapter, consistently witty.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is so well modulated, and really interested and not annoying.


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

    Noooo idea.


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  • hannah
    1/23/16
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    "loved it"

    loved it - finished in two days and wished it was twice as long. funny, warm and interesting.

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  • Laura
    1/3/16
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    "Good, could have been more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I think performers delivering their own autobiographies is usually better and Tina Fey does it with expression and passion. The only slight criticism would be the way the edit fades down the last words in each chapter... It was weird and hard to hear but a minor complaint overall.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tina Fey before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't, but having seen a lot of her TV and film this was nice to hear.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The early improv years - I like hearing how it was literally just hard work and trying that hit her up.


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

    Laugh in places, but not over
    Y emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like there is a lot missing from the book as a whole and she could have been much more thorough. I don't regret listening to it but I would hope there'll be a follow up book one day.

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  • Mitzie
    10/11/15
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    "delightful!"

    Enjoyable listening - maintains interest throughout, some laugh out loud moments with wise insights. A gift !

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  • eliisa
    9/21/15
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    "Fell in love with Tina!"

    I listened to this while jogging and ruined my pace laughing out loud. I scared fellow joggers, dogs and children, it was worth it.

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  • Mason
    9/13/15
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    "Simply amazing"

    Couldn't stop listening. Throughly entertaining, great insights and absolutely hilarious! So easy to listen to I wish it didn't finish.

    0 of 0 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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