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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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    R. Roloff 10-22-14
    R. Roloff 10-22-14
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    "Tina Fey is brilliantly funny!"
    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing Tina's voice makes the words on the page jump to life while she accentuates and emphasizes in ways only Tina can. If you are a Tina Fey fan you will love to listen to her, and the stories contained within this book. If you are not a Tina Few fan, hopefully this book will introduce you to her in a new way. She is kind, funny, smart, and talented.


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    ashley t. linden, nj 10-21-14
    ashley t. linden, nj 10-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.

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    "Hilarious and highly recommended!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I've never had the opportunity to read this particular book, but after experiencing the audio edition I can't imagine this memoir any other way. Tina Fey's narration truly brings the words to life, and I admire the way in which she adds a self-deprecating but relatable sense of humor to every facet of her work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    There's so much worth mentioning here - Fey doles out many excellent little tidbits concerning women in the workplace, anchoring her advice with her experience working with Second City, SNL, and 30 Rock. I've recently started a new job myself, and her advice is strong, clear, and much appreciated.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Tina Fey's personality shines from start to finish - she is a terrific narrator. I especially loved her prayer for her daughter toward the end of the book. I'm not a mother, but I can get a good sense of Fey's love for her child in this passage, and her quirky sense of humor isn't sacrificed one bit.


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

    Not necessarily. I feel like Bossypants is a book best digested in multiple listenings. Even in its most serious moments, the book is incredibly lighthearted and kept me great company on my morning commute.


    Any additional comments?

    If nothing else, hearing Fey talk about her impersonation of Sarah Palin is well worth the listen. So funny.

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    wolffw34 10-18-14
    wolffw34 10-18-14 Member Since 2014

    My name is Will and books come out of my headphones.

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    "The Perfect First Start At Listening To Audiobooks"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    The re-listen value of 'Bossypants' is exceptionally high! Tina Fey provides numerous stories and tales that have hilarious punchlines, unique gossip, and emotional resonance. I could listen to them over and over again.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    The great thing about listening to a memoir, written by, and then narrated by an entertainer, is they tend to treat it like just another performance. Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?', Billy Crystal's "Still Foolin' Em", and Lena Dunham's "Not That Kind of Girl" all ring true to this rule. B.J. Novak's "One More Time" is performed by practically half the cast of The Office.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section in which Tina Fey talks about her performance as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, complete with audio clips from various SNL sketches. Hearing her explain and dissect the humor of the bits (what people got, what people missed) showed me how truly brilliant Tina is.


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

    Tina's discussion about how she dealt with people asking about her facial scar (a result of being slashed in the face by a stranger at a young age) was particularly emotional. It gave me good insight into what people who've been through trauma feel thereafter and what you should and shouldn't say to them.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen, particularly for a first audiobook experience, and I can't recommend it enough.

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    Lindsay Rose 10-17-14

    When I die, put my ashes into an hourglass at a comedy club. When people ask about it, the staff can say, "That's Lindsay doing 5 minutes."

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    "Buy it!"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I listen to audiobooks at work, and this one really made the day fly by. If you don't work in an office, I will explain that this is a very good thing and something that you always wish would happen.


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

    When I listened to Bossypants, it felt more like being told a story than it did being read a book. You know what I mean? Tina's delivery is fun, warm, conversational, and lovely to listen to. She's a great writer and I loved every part of it.


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

    I really enjoyed the bits about female empowerment. I also greatly enjoyed her recount of the day that made her quit the crappy job she had. I totally relate.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is currently breathing (sorry, non-breathers). <br/>Also, if you've already listened to this book and aren't sure what to do next, try leaving it on for your pet when you leave the house. It will teach them to be better improvisers on stage, and maybe get a call back from Lorne Michaels.

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    Sally 10-17-14
    Sally 10-17-14

    Life will happen because it is unstoppable... But I choose to happen to life... I will leave my mark.

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    "TINA FEY FUNNY!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    In typical Tina Fey fashion, there is a slue of sarcasm and point blank funnies to keep a reader unexpectedly laughing out loud in public.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    This book reminds me of Chelsea Handler's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea because there is a lot of dry humor and sarcastic jokes.


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

    No


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

    Yes


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    aaa 10-13-14
    aaa 10-13-14
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    "Very Funny"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, many times. <br/><br/>It's a short, easy listen and while I don't always get the references, it is very funny and real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Amy Poehler telling Jimmy Fallon that she, "doesn't care if he *** likes it"


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

    Her personality, her voice. The stories are told as she intended them to be paced.


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    Andrew 10-10-14
    Andrew 10-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Theoretical chemist

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    "Boring story narrated with comic timing"
    What disappointed you about Bossypants?

    The entire book was 1 sarcastic comment after another, each delivered without any timing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Fey again?

    Never!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only good part was the brief description of Tina's father. She clearly loved and admired him.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high expectations for this book based upon her work on Saturday Night live and 30 Rock. Afterwards, I had no respect or interest in Tina Fey. Indeed, I think she was so good as portraying Sarah Palin because she is a similar mindless idiot.

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    Kara Roche 10-08-14
    Kara Roche 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Tina Fey is just funny! If you like to laugh - a lot - you'll like this book.


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    Karina K. 10-08-14
    Karina K. 10-08-14
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Very funny and entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kickass white denim suit.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty brainless book (in a good way). No need to figure our stories or mysteries. I listened during my long commute to work so the time would go by faster.One thing I learned: "Always wear a bra. Eve if you think you don't need one. You won't regret...".I always thought I didn't need one.

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    Jenifer Evers 10-04-14

    Jenifer

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    "Hilarious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Funnily enough, I switched between the audio and print version (as I became quite engaged with the book and didn't want to turn the car off if it meant walking away from the story for very long). I think they were equally good. One benefit of the book is the awesome pics Tina includes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tina Fey is just funny and clever. I enjoy that in a book.


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

    Not audiobook-wise. I've seen her in movies and on SNL. This book is up there with her best skits on SNL.


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

    I was laughing aloud numerous times so it would be hard to pick just one. Tina frequently engages in self-deprecation and I tend to enjoy that type of humor quite a bit.


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