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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying | [Carol Leifer]

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying

For many years, television comedy was an exclusive boys' club - until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way.
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For many years, television comedy was an exclusive boys' club - until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way - and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors - even if you have to use a sledgehammer.

©2014 Carol Leifer (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An amusing, amiable read. Leifer wants you to love what you do and learn to move on from failures and rejections - and please, always shower before a job interview." (Kirkus)

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    Brian Burns Bethesda, MD 09-19-14
    Brian Burns Bethesda, MD 09-19-14 Member Since 2009

    Brian Burns

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    "The funniest business book ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying to be better than the print version?

    You have to get the audible version because Carol's delivery is priceless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so natural and authentic. Carol has a clear and honest view on life that does not ignore our sensitivity. That and her humor will make you howl in laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Be careful to play this in private because you will lose it several times. Carol has a way of surprising you will a perfect observation when you least expect putting you into a surprise laughter that is uncontrollable.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Tiel Pearce 04-10-14
    Tiel Pearce 04-10-14
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    "Great And Funny Advice"
    Where does How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have read as of late.


    What other book might you compare How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying to and why?

    Bossypants by Tina Fey. It is that level of greatness.


    Which character – as performed by Carol Leifer – was your favorite?

    I liked her impression of her father.


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

    The part about Joan Rivers sticking up for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Casey 12-18-14
    Casey 12-18-14

    Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.

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    "Great Pep Talk For People Beginning Their Careers"

    I'm a retired TV writer and from time to time young people ask me how to get their careers started in entertainment. In the future, I'll refer them to this book.
    It's loaded with great advice, much of it good for people beginning any kind of career,all of it illustrated with examples from Ms. Leifer's life.
    While I'm sure most people don't need to be reminded to bathe or to show up for job interviews on time, the best advice she gives is to be fearless and relentless.
    If you're beginning your career, as my children are, I think you'll get a lot from reading Ms. Leifer's book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leif salinas, CA 93906 12-15-14
    leif salinas, CA 93906 12-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy to listen and fun book"

    I really enjoyed this book, Carol Leifer has some great advice. I'm really glad I got this book. She has some excellent stories with Sainfield and other actors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Levine 06-11-15
    M. Levine 06-11-15
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    "Great Vehicle for Life Lessons"

    Nice mixture of stories and lessons about life and work. It moves along quickly and is fun, as well as enlightening. Highly recommended for teens and young adults, too.

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    Kindle Customer 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A little cheesy, but stories are interesting"

    It's a quick listen and it is entertaining but some of the humor is outdated.

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    PKsweets CA 04-20-15
    PKsweets CA 04-20-15 Member Since 2004

    A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!

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    "Loved this Book--Life lessons made fun"

    Just from seeing her droll performances on Seinfeld you would want to listen to her narrate! Knew nothing about her career but she has numerous memorable stories to back up major life lessons. For example: How she made up her mind to be a comic and very single-mindedly did it! Being a young woman in the 70's this was truly a gutsy move, but how wonderful her parents supported her decision! I cannot imagine that!
    Well written, a enjoyable funny listen, she truly is a classic!

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    Gilmore Girls FOREVER! St. Louis, MO 04-09-15
    Gilmore Girls FOREVER! St. Louis, MO 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good & somewhat humorous for people new to careers"

    I'm 50 years old and retired so for me this book wasn't really useful. I did find it entertaining in parts and I particularly enjoyed learning more about Ms. Leifer. I find her to be extremely down-to-earth despite her huge successes. I also appreciate her confidence and tenacity and envy her childhood with affection. If you want to learn more about her and her family or if you're new to a career, you should take the time to listen to this book. Otherwise, like me, you might enjoy it but you might also find parts of it boring.

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    Barbara 03-01-15
    Barbara 03-01-15

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    "Entertaining How to Get a Job Manual"
    Would you listen to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying again? Why?

    Funny book. It was enjoyable to listen to Ms. Leifer's experiences.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carol Leifer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many funny stories about her attempt to get into show business. One memorable story was her first job interview with a friend of her uncle. She broke every rule of an interview and was shocked that she did not get the job.


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

    Laugh. The humor of the author is the charm of the book. Having the author read the book adds to the enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    Another memorable story was when she "took" a can of soda pop during a job interview.

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    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-19-15
    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2007
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    "NOT Funny"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Leifer again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book might really help someone who is trying to get into the business (comedy writing), but otherwise it's not interesting, and in any case it is not funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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