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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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Publisher's Summary

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 2014
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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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    Lady Green Hawk 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful, funny and full of good advice."

    I enjoyed my listen and am contemplating how to invite my teenagers to read it. Carol says it better and is way funnier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cam 01-06-15
    Cam 01-06-15
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    "Decent"

    Quite entertaining, but definitely not a "must read" business book.
    I probably won't be spending more money on Carol's publications, but I don't feel cheated on this deal; she does at least make it fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scottyR00 01-04-15
    scottyR00 01-04-15

    South TX, Padre Island, Seafood, Space X...Nuff' said!?

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    "Could not complete the entire book"
    Would you try another book from Carol Leifer and/or Carol Leifer?

    Probably not. Here voice is grating for some reason. She seems likable enough however, I completely disagree with her assertion that we all need therapists. Maybe in Hollywood liberal land but the average working American, no. This was the main reason I stopped reading this book. Also, all of her advise is common sense. "Don't come to an interview without taking a shower and smelling dirty". Really, these are her words of wisdom? Sorry, but this book is not for me.


    What could Carol Leifer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dispense some good advise.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It's fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying?

    Too many to name but mostly the issue with needing a therapist.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could have returned this book but I only paid $1.99 for it. Would have been really upset if I paid more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cid23 01-13-15
    Cid23 01-13-15
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    "neither funny nor informative"
    What disappointed you about How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying?

    maybe it's just me, but I didn't think it was funny, nor did it give any valuable advise that is not pure common sense anyways (ok I won't be late for an interview, and I will shower before) Jokes were so lame and predictable.


    What could Carol Leifer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    narration is ok


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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