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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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    Seth LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-04-13
    Seth LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-04-13
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    "It was funny, but nothing out of the ordinary"
    What did you like best about Bossypants? What did you like least?

    It's a fun book, and it has some funny moments read by Tina Fey, but it's trying to be a comedy book and a memoir at the same time, and at times it didn't work for me. Also, as a male listener/reader, this book was clearly written for a female audience in mind, so it wasn't always a book for everyone, which is a bummer, because I think Tina Fey is really funny as both a writer and performer.


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    lisa co 05-03-13
    lisa co 05-03-13 Member Since 2011

    life changes so fast, turns on a dime, flies like sand kicks your face and runs, standing still is still like a Chameleon on a strobe light at burning man. Ahhh..... Hear this lizard! Audio Books! ...and inside a little voice shines,"read me a story?!"

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    "So Good, but what the..?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    To hear Tina Fey tell these stories with her specific tones of sarcasm, pointedness, and unique charm is a rare treat indeed. This is one of the best instances of a writer reading, and really performing her own work, that i have heard. . It seems to play like a good comedy record, and not just an autobiographical share. <br/><br/>Really the only thing that bothered me throughout the book was the actual sound of the recording. It sounded terrible! At least to me, and I not only listen to books, and spoken word recordings frequently, but I also work in a recording studio with sound every day. <br/><br/>I was surprised at the quality. Bad mic choices? Bad transfer? It may have been on my end, but I did check it.....and, yeah..it just didn't sound very good. <br/><br/>By no means did that spoil it for me, and I have recommended the book, and especially the recording of her reading it. It is great fun, and full of little springs and spur of wisdom!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Love her stories of SNL, and her relationship with Lorne Michaels , holarious and indearing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tina does her best to protect her husband's privacy and even changes his name ..... Several times, as she apologizes to him and uses his real name..... I think.


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    LauraRose Eugene, OR, United States 04-28-13
    LauraRose Eugene, OR, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.

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    "Real Woman, Real World, Real Life, but Funny!"

    It's Tina Fey telling you about her own life. She has had to work extra hard to make it so successfully in a (previously?) male dominated industry ( comedy is an industry?), but she recounts it with humor and (mostly) fairness.

    I have liked her for years, now I truly admire her.

    Just buy it and listen already.

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    Amazon Customer Roseville, CA 04-27-13
    Amazon Customer Roseville, CA 04-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A stand up comedy routine that had to be written."

    Tina 's reading of her own book makes it an enjoyable ride. It is a ride though and not much of a journey. The book ends up being rather thin regardless of its great start. Each sentence has a comedic aside that makes for fun listening but would be impossible as a stand-up routine. While I did not expect the story to be wider than her personal experiences the end suddenly arrives and you realize that Tina's claim to fame (according to her) and the book's highest moment is her 6 weeks of impersonating Sarah Palin. Then she justifies her being a working mom and then it ends on a weak note. I was not disappointed I listened to it but it was like a show that has great promise with a dense beginning but it eventually becomes less dense and eventually falls apart.

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    Carole BARTLETT, TN, United States 04-26-13
    Carole BARTLETT, TN, United States 04-26-13
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    "Very engaging and likeable. Enjoyed tremendously!"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    I listen to it over and over again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    The journey of her career, from Second City to SNL to 30 Rock.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Her humbleness and the support/praise she gives to her peers.


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

    Yes! Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    A great "listen"!

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    Timothy United States 04-25-13
    Timothy United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A different book for me"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    The frank hilarious stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again, the frank hilarious stories.


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

    No, first time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Umm... add the fortune cookie phrase... "in Bed"?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a great book. Usually I am a fiction fan, but occasionally listen to a bio. Very funny. Some good life lessons. I am not going to go so far as to say it was life changing and inspirational. But it made me happy. Everyday I listened to it.

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    Caroline Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-21-13
    Caroline Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "This is hysterical and interesting !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this audiobook. It was really interesting to hear how Tina Fey came to be ... Tina today. A true feminist and a woman who likes and knows how to empower women.


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    M. Pack Albuquerque, NM United States 04-20-13
    M. Pack Albuquerque, NM United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious!"

    I loved this book. It made the 12 hour drive from San Antonio, TX to Albuquerque, NM fly by.

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    Peter Santucci Lebanon, OR United States 04-19-13
    Peter Santucci Lebanon, OR United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Intelligently hilarious"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tina Fey's autobiography ranks as the funniest of the audiobooks that I've listened to so far. But what's so great about it is that she loses none of her humor with her self-reflection while not losing any of her self-reflection with her humor. It's al there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved her analysis of Alec Baldwin and of her own father and how these strong men shape the world they live in simply by their presence in it.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She is so easy and enjoyable to listen to. I'd sit in the car and continue listening after I'd arrived at my destination.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved her lists of the things that she'd learned from this or that person or situation. Her analysis of how SNL works is actually solid leadership material.

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    Jim Betinol El Segundo 04-19-13
    Jim Betinol El Segundo 04-19-13
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    "Love it!!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The prayer for her daughter was my favorite. I actually replayed this portion multiple times.


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