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
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.
Tina is very funny and I could relate to what she was saying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I definitely would listen again! It's engaging and funny, and you can pretty much re-listen from whatever point in the story.
I loved the titles of each chapter, consistently witty.
Her voice is so well modulated, and really interested and not annoying.
I haven't read the print version so can't comment on whether the audio version is better. Tina Fey's narration was brilliant, though.
I was expecting it to be simply funny; a story about Ms Fey's life full of jokes. It was definitely funny but it was more than that. There was real experience and advice, told jokingly but actually useful advice, and I have come to admire her as more than just a very funny person.
Apart from her clear diction and good use of pacing and volume (to be expected from an actor) I enjoyed her little asides about the audiobook creation process, as a special treat to listeners.
Not really - that would end the fun too soon. I listened in small doses, to stretch out the enjoyment longer.
Absolutely. I'm a huge Tina Fey fan and I wasn't let down.
Fey's honesty and her wicked sense of humour.
When she was talking about her struggle with breastfeeding and being judged.
I'm a huge Tina Fey fan, so this was always going to be a winner for me and she didn't let me down!!
The narrator. I am an unqualified TF lover but the narration weakened the delivery. Don't understand why it was so.
Where she can't cope with the anthrax scare. It touched me as I could feel how scared and despondent she was. She also makes it clear how she admired how her boss Lorne Michael's handled it. The story is just not comedy. There is leadership learning too. It's a great story.
Tina's reading made it less funny than the print. I love her on screen & in writing but
Definitely because Tina Fey has so much to offer.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Have been busted listening to it and laughing so hard that I've snorted!
Tina's narration is wonderful. Generous, self effacing & warm.
definitely the top of my 'easy listening' list
audiobook is so much better, because it's her!
didn't want to stop. but had to ration myself
Fantastic book, having it read by Tina really adds to the humour and gives us extra little snippets which would be lost in the paper copy. Well written, heart warming and honest. Fully recommended to anybody, not just fans of Tina Fey.
"so funny and true"
Been a fan of Tina Fey for so long and this audio book I'm hilarious and well worth hearing as its narrated by Tina very funny buy it.
"A humorous way to pass the time."
I was looking for a way to get back into audiobooks, after listening to 'In The Plex' and loving it, I struggled to find a replacement.
After loving 30 Rock and SNL, I thought I would attempt an easy going book, slapping some dorrah down on this beauty, I was instantly hooked. I am three quarters of the way through now (on the second day of listening) and would normally wait to write a review once I am done.
However, Amazon prompted me to write a review in exchange for a (possible) Kindle Fire HD and my attention span is short; so I had to act quickly.
If you like improv, quirky sidelines and Tina Fey then this is 5 hours well spent.
"the brilliant Tina Fey"
I loved this book and with Tina reading it lots of funny incidents and great comic moments
"Easy Listening to hard working star"
a very easy going but frank bio that doesn't pull any punches about showbiz or the sexism that exists there.
"Not that funny..."
...compared to what I was expecting, the laughs are few and far between. This could be stating the obvious but it is also very "American" with lots of references to shows and people un the US, which I hadn't heard of.
Still an interesting read. Nothing about Mean Girls in it and a lot of promotion for 30 Rock though.
"Self-deprecating humour from the hilarious Ms Fey"
Tina Fey writes (and reads) an absolutely hilarious account of her life, that's not to say that some moments aren't touching- they are. Fey writes honestly without seeking sympathy. Fey also engages with feminist debates and ideas with a great deal of humour; addressing her issues with photoshop, gender politics in the work place and the importance of women supporting each other in male dominated industries. Plus we get to hear what it is like working with Alec Baldwin, what Sarah Palin is like and we are left trying to work out who the 'D-bag' celebrities are she has worked with.
"Born in the USA"
I found this funny and amusing - very funny in places. But it was sometimes hard to relate to all-American experience with names of stars and shows that I didn't recognise and couldn't relate to. Also sometimes too much information on women's physiology for my taste.
I thought this would be great...should be funny and possibly insiteful. I had visions of David Nivens books as a benchmark and really looked forward to hearing this....Boy what a shame!
Instead I was disappointed and felt like i was on the receiving end of someone who had overdosed on speed and who was in a hurry to get a story out, but not the whole thing, just the bits they thought you should hear. I did laugh at quite a few of the jokes but this was contrived humour and not the natural laughter that comes from something that is simply genuinely funny. Ms Fey makes it clear that she wouldn't care less what I or anyone else thought and from this you get the impression that she lacks any pride or purpose in creating this audio book other than as a vehicle to make money using the rough framework of her life to base the narrative on....I wouldn't buy this again!
"Hilarious & brilliant"
Definitely one of the best autobiographies I've listened to - and she is a *brilliant* reader. It is absolutely hilarious, had me laughing out loud on many occasions, and had me running immediately for the 30 rock series 1 dvd that I hadn't got around to watching - now my new favourite show.
Cannot recommend too highly as an entertaining read.
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