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Bossypants Audiobook

Bossypants

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Why we think it's Essential - Witty, finely-crafted, and meant to be heard, Bossypants is one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. Tina Fey knows how to deliver a good punch-line – and does so hilariously throughout her memoir. Her self-deprecating humor shines through, and this half-memoir, half-stand-up routine left me laughing for all in the subway car to hear. From her days in the Second City comedy troupe, to Saturday Night Live, to Hollywood, Fey's stories and memories will leave you in stitches. —Jess

Publisher's Summary

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "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 of those 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.

Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)

"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." (Mark Twain)

"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny - oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)

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    sarah 11-11-14
    sarah 11-11-14
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    "Laughing out loud in public"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! actually debated missing my second favorite class to keep listening as i arrived to campus


    Any additional comments?

    Made me laugh out loud in public and not really care, her own confidence in her own quirkiness is contagious :)

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    FromBlue2U 11-11-14
    FromBlue2U 11-11-14 Listener Since 2010

    I think it's about time I stretch out a bit...

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    "You gotta pay the cost..."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Absolutely. Number 1: Tina Fey is a friend in my head. Many of the same smartaleck quips, neurotic reflections on life and marveling how at this point in life she hasn't totally F*$@ed it up is exactly my own inner monologue about my life. Both her chronicle and my own makes me laugh aloud, sometimes cackle. Number 2: Her dad sounds like he's hot! LMAO!! Number 3: I am a long time fan of hers from way back in the day, and it is refreshing to hear her reflecting on her own life and not the life of a character she is playing.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Hmmmm I would have to say "Hello Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" by Chelsea Handler (Another friend in my head, but more like partner in crime), but not quite as boozy. And the feel of Jim Gaffigan's books mixed with Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously... I'm Kidding"


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    That her cussing is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Even from SNL and movies, it's hilarious to me. It doesn't sound forced or campy, just as natural as any jersey girl's, but if a Jersey Girl was cussing on a Sunday after church. Yes, that's why it makes me laugh; it's authentic Jersey Girl Lite.


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

    Yes. I could genuinely relate to some of the experiences and pragmatic perspectives she had with her own life situations with my own.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a surprisingly fun listen. Had it not been made a requirement for my course, I don't think I would have chosen this book. But I am super glad I chose this book to listen to. あなたのキャロルに感謝 Carol!!

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    Doug 11-09-14
    Doug 11-09-14 Member Since 2015

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "Made me laugh!"

    The whole point of Tina Fey is to have some laughs. And she will cause you to laugh, or at least she brought laughter out of me. I laughed out loud more than once. There is some vulgarity, so be prepared. I would buy another of her books.

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    Noelle Newark 11-07-14
    Noelle Newark 11-07-14 Member Since 2014

    When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would because of its down to earth approach. Tina Fey did a great job in making her story relate-able and fun. It is good a listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    most memorable for me was when she was discussing how she learned all about being a lady and beauty tips from her family in Wildwood, NJ. Memorable for me because I am actually from NJ and so i could totally relate to the summers being spent at the Jersey Shore.


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

    Her voice! just the way she spoke about it I'm sure i wouldn't have gotten the same results if i would've read it in my own voice.


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

    The whole book did. I'm glad i got to know her a little better. I was always a fan of hers. She always kept me laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how she is so down to earth and her story really shows just how human she really is aside from her being a famous Actress. Very easy and fun listen! I give it 2 thumbs up.

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    A.M.O. South Carolina, USA 11-07-14
    A.M.O. South Carolina, USA 11-07-14
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    "Funny and a little dorky - exactly what I expected"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    It doesn't feel as much like Tina is directly reading her book, but like she's sitting in front of you, telling you her story.


    Any additional comments?

    Tina's wit and humor are apparent throughout her book. It's obvious that she loves writing and acting (of course, I think she is quite good at them). I am now an even bigger fan-girl than I was before I read this, which I didn't think was possible.

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    Jon Newark 11-07-14
    Jon Newark 11-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I can write a musical hook but not a literature book.

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    "More than funny...hilarious."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, just so I could laugh as hard as I did the first time I listened to it.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    ATTITUDE!


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

    I would have liked to, but I didn't have time for that. However, now that I know the story, the next time I listen is going to have to be a time when I have more than 4 hours to spare so I can get the whole thing down in one shot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more than a book. It is a story; a life story that has no real order. I expected it to be narrative, but it was so much more. Tina is the storyteller, and she is telling her own story. With Tina’s experience as an entertainer, she knows how to captivate her listener by using the comedic approach to a mundane adolescence. Without real chronology, Tina takes her listener through her interpretive brain of an awkward childhood in Upper Darby, PA. while humor follows her through her uncomfortable time at University of Virginia. As she climbed life’s ladder of success, her many anecdotes, while very funny, also give a nod to the harsh reality that she was performing in a world dominated by men. Behind the scenes, Saturday Night Live wasn’t so funny. She was tormented, and talks of the time when she grabbed the Sarah Palin character and let it fly. She talks about getting accepted into Second City in 1992 Chicago, and she takes you into the bowels of “30 Rock.” Tina narrates the book with the same voice as her character on 30 Rock. If you don’t like Tina Fey, her read is funny. If you do like Tina Fey, her read is hilarious.

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    Hanifah Wilson 11-06-14 Member Since 2014

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." -Nelson Mandela

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    "Laugh Out Funny. Sarcasm For Days"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is nothing to change about this book. Tina Fey told the story of her life from a comical perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    When Fey told the story about the gay guy in college who I believe she secretly had a crush on. Just the way she tells her stories with so much sarcasm and wit will keep anyone laughing for days.


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

    I have not listened to any of her other performances but I have watched her on Saturday Live.


    Do you think Bossypants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course it needs a follow up book. I would love to hear more about her life story, especially if she tells it from a comical standpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    Not at the moment

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    disgusted 11-04-14
    disgusted 11-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Laughter is the language of the soul. -Pablo Neruda

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    "Funny is an Understatement !"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    For me, not being so big on reading, i must say that Tina Fey has definitely made my first audiobook experience a quite delightful one. I am always on the go and extremely particular when it comes to EVERYTHING, especially books! I lose interest immediately if I don't feel a personal connection within the first few chapters and Bossypants captured my full attention from the start.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Tina Fey gave her listeners the opportunity to not only showcase her brilliant humor but she let us all in to her life. She's a regular girl, with dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us and she unveiled the obstacles it took for her to get to where she is now. It's truly inspiring!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book a million times! Bossypants is a great listen with a greater lesson on how to be you no matter how impossible the circumstances may seem. Anyone can be successful if they do what they love everyday.

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    Haworth South Lyon, MI USA 11-01-14
    Haworth South Lyon, MI USA 11-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good mix of comedy and struggles of a smart woman"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the humorous struggles of growing up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stories around teenage experiences.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Candor around what probably were painful experiences, but using humor to diffuse the situation.


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

    The struggles as a up-and-coming professional comedian in a male-centered industry.


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    Mark Newark, NJ 10-30-14
    Mark Newark, NJ 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Anything is Possible....

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    "Sarcastic Memoir, Hilarious Narration"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes- A lot of the humor was female based and it was interesting to hear about Tina's perspective on a lot of feminist based topics I wasn't aware about. Since I am male, it was also funny to hear her make fun of different aspects of American culture. She does an awesome job with her narration delivery in a very sarcastic manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story was the amount of random stories she brings up regarding American culture and things most woman encounter while growing up. Believe me when I say that she doesn't mind crossing that line in order to make you laugh.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    I believe she did an excellent job in demonstrating her sassy and witty humor throughout her entire performance in this audio book. I also enjoyed the amount of voice impersonations she does, those impersonations include everything from northeast male accents to Sarah Palin.


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

    This book is too sarcastic and humorous to move you in a serious emotion sense. However, my cheeks and stomach were severely moved at various times throughout the audio book due to laughing so hard at her jokes and impersonations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't mind crude humor that is nonstop funny, yet inappropriate to speak about in public, then this is the right book for you.

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