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Bossypants

By: Tina Fey
Narrated by: Tina Fey
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53,012 ratings)

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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 Library section along with the audio.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Doesn't hold my interest...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they are Saturday Night Live fans and like Tina Fey. And like this type of book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Fey again?

Maybe

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

No.

Could you see Bossypants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

I just couldn't get into this book. I would go for days without picking up my ipod to listen to it. I like Tina Fey and I loved her impersonation of Sara Palin. And I think there were some interesting parts to it, but it's just not something that held my interest. I am about half way through it and probably will not finish listening to it. Sorry, Tina.

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Not getting why this is so highly regarded.

What disappointed you about Bossypants?

It just wasn't that funny.
Most jokes were just mildly amusing tidbits about things I cared little about.
Despite the short length the jokes seemed few and far between.

Has Bossypants turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tina Fey?

Possibly, but I'd probably not buy one written by her.

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

There were a few funny bits but too much space between.
Fey does an ok job as a narrator.

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Weird Book

What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

Not well written and storyline was hard to follow .

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sound like a spaz.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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Not Impressed

It was often hard to hear the end of her sentences. The story was alright, but not fantastic. I'm not entirely sure what she was going for, and I'm not sure she was either. She came off a bit self-absorbed, but really what else should I expect from someone talking about herself? Maybe I'm just not the autobiography type. Meh.

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it's all about Tina and she is already overeposed!

What disappointed you about Bossypants?

No real insights here. Very superficial story all about Tina

How could the performance have been better?

Speak more slowly. She mumbled at times.

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

There were a few funny spots.

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Disappointing

I am puzzled by the fact that most readers have given this book 5 stars. I have listened to perhaps 20 audiobooks in the past couple years, and this is the first one that I really am struggling to finish. I expected the book to be hilarious, and, having gone through now 4/5 of the book, I have only laughed a few times. I agree with the reviewer who noted that much of the humor is woman-centric, so perhaps it would be a much more engaging read for a woman. It feels like a lazy book to me, like Tina Fey just whipped it out, without putting out the effort to say more interesting and witty things.

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Could not relate

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

This book would be interesting and entertaining to middle age women and anyone who like New York. If you are not in those two groups, you may not relate to the story very well. Tina Fey's overview of her life describes an average woman looking at life choices from a privileged point of view. There were jokes in the book but it is not a comedy book, it is a biography with snarky comments.

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Boring As F**k

Would you try another book from Tina Fey and/or Tina Fey?

Hell No!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Yes Please

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tina Fey?

Dont even care

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bossypants?

The Book

Any additional comments?

OMG! All the good reviews had me thinking I was in for a real treat. NOT! What the hell!? This book was so boring. It's like this, if you are a hard critic when it comes to comedy, you will not like this book. But if you are easily amused, go for it. I really wish I could get my money back.

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COULD NOT LISTEN TO IT

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love Tina Fey. I have seen her in various movies, 30 Rock and loved her on SNL. I don't recall her having such a foul mouth...obviously there wer limiations on national TV. The first 3 minutes I heard way too many cuss words. I no doubt think some will enjoy, but i just didn't want to hear all that. She may not say another one, but I had to bow out.

What could Tina Fey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

FOR ME? No foul language

What didn’t you like about Tina Fey’s performance?

Foul Language

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

Again, I love Tina Fey and this is probabaly a great listen for many other people, just not me

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Waste of Money

Well I wanted something that would make me laugh, unfortunately this didn't do it. If i had a laugh about 3 times during the book, it's saying too much. Sorry Tina!, not my taste.





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  • Marta T.
  • 09-28-19

Funny and entertaining

I've loved listening to biographies read by the author and this one was no exception!

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  • Jules
  • 03-12-17

boss!

love it. have listened many times. everytime something new makes me laugh. must read for any female comedian fan.