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Publisher's Summary

Please Note: This content is not for kids. This audio comedy features adult language (hurled especially at one malicious, phony Kelly Smith). Discretion is advised.

In this dramatic comedy, Parks and Recreation and Good Girls star Retta brings humor and strength to her role as the unforgettable Tinaca Jones.

What’s in a name? A lot. The name Tinaca, for example, has been passed down in the Jones family for generations of women. In fact, the Joneses name a Tinaca every other generation, to let the name breathe a little. To let each Tinaca shine. And shine is exactly what Tinaca Jones intends to do.

A grocery cashier by day and household name in the making by night, Tinaca Jones pays her dues, saves her coins, and takes business and marketing classes. She spends every second readying to launch her lifestyle brand for anyone who wants to live like her - that is, intentionally and fabulously. But when a basic blonde with an even more basic name, Kelly Smith, approaches her register and peeps her nametag, Tinaca’s plans come crashing down all around her.

The next thing Tinaca knows, Kelly Smith has launched herself into overnight fame with a pathetic, old-as-time, red-carpet stunt, using the stage name "Tinaca Jones". But Kelly Smith messed with the wrong woman. What follows is Tinaca Jones’s wild and triumphant account of the battle to reclaim her name, told over the course of an epic and hilarious deposition. 

©2019 Matt Boren (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Publisher's Summary

Please Note: This content is not for kids. This audio comedy features adult language (hurled especially at one malicious, phony Kelly Smith). Discretion is advised.

In this dramatic comedy, Parks and Recreation and Good Girls star Retta brings humor and strength to her role as the unforgettable Tinaca Jones.

What’s in a name? A lot. The name Tinaca, for example, has been passed down in the Jones family for generations of women. In fact, the Joneses name a Tinaca every other generation, to let the name breathe a little. To let each Tinaca shine. And shine is exactly what Tinaca Jones intends to do.

A grocery cashier by day and household name in the making by night, Tinaca Jones pays her dues, saves her coins, and takes business and marketing classes. She spends every second readying to launch her lifestyle brand for anyone who wants to live like her - that is, intentionally and fabulously. But when a basic blonde with an even more basic name, Kelly Smith, approaches her register and peeps her nametag, Tinaca’s plans come crashing down all around her.

The next thing Tinaca knows, Kelly Smith has launched herself into overnight fame with a pathetic, old-as-time, red-carpet stunt, using the stage name "Tinaca Jones". But Kelly Smith messed with the wrong woman. What follows is Tinaca Jones’s wild and triumphant account of the battle to reclaim her name, told over the course of an epic and hilarious deposition. 

©2019 Matt Boren (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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About the Creator and Performer

Writer/Actor Matt Boren is a graduate of NYU’S Tisch School of The Arts. He got his start writing story arcs for All My Children then went on to sell his first pilot, Dirtbags, to Fox. That pilot was greenlit and thus began Boren’s career in television. He has gone on to sell shows to NBC, ABC, FX, E!, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Boren has written on over 80 episodes of television including Melissa and Joey, See Dad Run, and Sofia the First. Boren has acted in many projects in both film and television including the lead role in the Sundance darling, Momma’s Man, Amazon Prime’s The Booth at the End, and for nine seasons as Stuart on How I Met Your Mother.

Boren’s first novel, Folded Notes from High School, was released in April 2018 (Razorbill). The audiobook version—starring Christina Applegate, Ramy Youssef, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Newman, Selma Blair, Meredith Salenger, and Katie Lowes—was chosen as one of the most "Amazing Audiobooks" of the year by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Boren wrote an Audible Original comedy, Tinaca Jones, starring Retta with appearances by Boren and Stephanie Lemelin.

About the Performer

Actress and comedian Retta has delighted audiences with her performance aptitude and comedy precision and has established herself as a consistent first pick for Hollywood. She appeared in the 2019 hit comedy Good Boys, which opened as the number one movie in the country. She stars as Ruby on the NBC hit series Good Girls also starring Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman. Retta plays Ruby, one of three friends who are weary of the daily grind. Together, they decide to pull off a supermarket heist, only to find they are in for more than they bargained. Audiences also adore Retta as Barbara on the Bravo hit series Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, a drama, exploring friendship and the post-divorce ups and downs. Retta spent a memorable seven seasons playing the über beloved office mate Donna Meagle on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy Parks and Recreation.

In addition to her success in acting, Retta is also a critically acclaimed author, publishing her first work entitled So Close To Being the Sh*t Y’all Don’t Even Know. Retta has enjoyed success in feature films as well. She starred in the teenage tale Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life as Ida Sticker, as well as independent films Band Aid, To the Bone and Where’s the Money? She previously starred in the franchise Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, and the independent drama, Other People, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Other films include Bastards with Ed Helms and Owen Wilson, Fracture with Anthony Hopkins, First Sunday with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, Sex & Death 101 with Simon Baker, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade.

Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia, grew up in New Jersey. Upon graduating pre-med from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school to work as a contract chemist before she decided to pursue her dream of having her own sitcom. Realizing there were several sitcom stars that started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carrey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began doing stand-up in Raleigh, NC and soon decided to make the move to LA. Retta started performing in Los Angeles and eventually began showcasing for the National Association for Campus Activities. She became a must-see act on the college circuit and soon was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central's first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition, which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney. Retta's television appearances include: The Kroll Show, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Key & Peele, Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents…Retta. She has also created her own starring role as Twitter Queen thrilling her fans with her live interpretations of the television shows she loves. Retta’s endless entertaining prowess and comedic vigor keeps both her devoted following and Hollywood captivated. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

About the Performer

After graduating from UPenn, Stephanie Lemelin handed her ivy-league degree to her parents and took off for Hollywood to pursue a career in acting... just like they'd always feared. Truth be told, she had been warning them ever since she learned to speak! Since then, Stephanie's worked steadily both in front of the camera and behind the mic. In 2019 alone, Stephanie has appeared on Nickelodeon's Cousins for Life playing mom Charlotte, as well as guest-starring roles on hit shows such as 9-1-1, Code Black, iZombie, and more. As of 2020, Stephanie will have been playing the voice of Artemis on Young Justice for almost 10 years, in addition to other regular characters like Rooky Partnur in Lego City Adventures on Nickelodeon, Audrey in Dreamworks' Harvey Girls Forever! on Netflix, and Eep in Dawn Of The Croods, plus she has upcoming roles in Disney's The Rocketeer and DC's Super Hero Girls, as well as starring in multiple video games ranging from Call of Duty (playing both Misty and new specialist Zero) and the villainous Screwball in Insomniac's record-breaking SpiderMan game for PS4. One could say Stephanie certainly stays busy, not to mention she's a mom of 3! Forever grateful to work in an industry that still makes her inner child jump for joy, Stephanie's adult self is equally grateful to qualify for SAG-AFTRA insurance each year—after all, those afore-mentioned kids have sweet-tooth's like their mama and need to go to the dentist regularly. An active volunteer with Moms Demand Action and the PTA, Stephanie is happy to live, love, and work in LA, and is a huge fan of everyone out there who puts their heart into their art!

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Can you give zero stars?

As a Black Woman I think I speak for us all when I say this was some bulls#1+! This caricature was annoying, obnoxious & offensive.

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I tried to give this book a chance because “Retta” but I could barely get 10 min in before having to turn it off. It’s trying too hard but what can I expect when the writer is a white man. And the name “Tinaca” is not even spelled the way it’s pronounced. The dialogue, the everything was awful. You can tell this was NOT written by a Black woman. Black women are dynamic indeed but I have never heard a Black woman speak this way. Audible please do NOT try me with another free book like this again.

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I didn’t believe it.

I read the reviews that said how horrible this was. For some reason I was like nah it can’t be that bad. It’s Retta.
The story is bad, the premise of the story is bad & so is the read. Please save your time. Don’t think oh it’s only 2 hours. That two hours you can’t get back. Just say no.
This has no redeeming qualities. None‼️

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Stereotypical garbage.

I couldn't even finish this mess. I am disappointed that Retta would even participate in this.

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Sounds Like Blackface

The protagonist in this story was such a caricature that I had to look up the author. I wasn't the least but surprised to discover a white man had written this. it is filled with outdated heavily used slang and stereotypes about Black American women. The only positive thing I can say about this is that Retta seems to be a good actress. I just don't know why she agreed to do this performance, it is offensive. I'm glad I didn't have to use a credit for it.

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Full of stereotypical acting

I couldn’t even finish this story. This a poor depiction of black women. Very disappointed.

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Painful Reminder of How Many People Think of Me

I intentionally didn't research the author before finishing this book. It's cringy. I forced myself to stick with it, hoping that I'd find a reason to explain why Tinaca feels like a character developed to make fun of Black women. I felt like I was reading a book that was written by the White people I work with who insist on punctuating their sentences with "girlfriend" when conversing with me. You know, the type of White people who assume that I am merely the keeper of random pop culture references-- despite the fact that I am the only person among them who holds a doctoral degree. Why is she so exaggerated? The humor is so corny that it's offensive. Don't do this again, please. Ouch.

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Insulting garbage.

Don't waste your time listening to this. It was written by someone who has no respect for his subject. The main character is empty, and has not an ounce of substance. Even though it was free, the book cost too much, since I can't get my time back.

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Retta is awesome! Very talented and so funny.

I didn’t know what to expect with this funny cover, but it peeked my interested but didn’t have high hopes because it was a free listening book. But I’m very happy I gave it a chance, it is extremely well written and Retta is a brilliant actor. She helped make Tinaca Jones an unforgettable character. If you get offended by bad language, don’t bother listening, but you are really short changing yourself because the writing is well done, and honest! Those familiar with Hollywood knows this s@*$ is real, and Matt Boren knows how to tell a story. Cheers to brilliant comedy, and I hope to hear more about Tinaca Jones!!!

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OMG MAKE IT STOP

This is pure utter garbage but what can you expect when you have a very white man writing from the prospective of a "strong black woman". I couldn't finish it and I can't for the life of me understand how the narrator could read this shit. At the very least, she could have pulled the writer aside to work on making this sound like something a black woman might actually say instead of reading through his exhausting attempts at AAVE.

"Seen it with my own damn fly eyes"

"Pull out a soap box at the quick" to defend Gwyenth Paltrow?

"I ain't running a soup kitchen up in my life"

I don't know any black people that talk like this. And Matt Boren clearly doesn't know many black people at all.


Everything about this sucks.

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