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Bossypants

Written by: Tina Fey
Narrated by: Tina Fey
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (502 ratings)

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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!

©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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funny!

really enjoyed listening
great book
why do I need fifteen words? dumb requirements blah bla

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Just Enjoyable

It didn't feel like the story quite flowed well. May be better to read for yourself. Still some very funny parts.

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Loved it!

Tina Fey is a great storyteller! It was a fun book that made a long drive feel like minutes.

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I laughed and I laughed.

This is by far the best and funnies, on the bus minding my own business breakout laughing funny.

Thank you, Tina for sharing your wisdom in the way that you do. : )

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Bossypants

Very enjoyable! Thank you Tina , you are a national treasure and a wonderful mom!

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Hilarious and honest

I loved this book! Tina's narration made me laugh through my commute to the boonies of Alberta. Her stories are so real, and she talks about the things that are relatable, or embarrassing or frustrating and insightful thoughts into her own personal experiences no one else could tell you about.

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No pdf but entertaining story

Fantastic story but no pdf that is constantly referenced to in book. Glad Tina Fey narrated it herself... She is hilarious.

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one funny lady, an excellent listen

I am very glad to hear Tina tell her story in her own words. I will buy a copy for someone too, Tina

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A book for the sake of writing a book

I expected a little more wisdom from being a boss for so many years. The book starts with the tip “don’t eat diet food in meetings”. Later it argues how photoshop isn’t the worst and that the only people affected by it are people over the age of 70 because everyone else can see through it.

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A definite recommended read.

Very funny and her stories are so relatable. I couldn't put it away till the end!

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  • Kevin
  • 2011-06-09

Not for my generation

The first few chapters of this book are filled with pop culture references from the 70's and 80's. Since I was born in the mid 80's, most of these flew right past me and I'm sure obscured some of the humor. If you're a baby boomer or Gen X, it might work for you, but I couldn't get past it. Maybe I'll finish listening if I have nothing else in my library, but it wasn't for me.

Also, a lot of the humor is based around being a nerdy, not attractive girl, and since I'm a guy, I couldn't really relate.

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  • Amanda
  • 2012-02-20

Not what I was expecting

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

Not sure what I was expecting ... I actually read the e-book, instead of listening to this one; while it was fun to read her perspective of how she got to where she is now. I was always a fan of her writing and her news on SNL. I think she is very funny and witty; 30 Rock is great, I watch it regularly, but this book was almost more like sitting down to lunch with Tina and she answered the question

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  • stella
  • 2018-04-22

Disappointed, bored

What would have made Bossypants better?

Some funny! I can’t believe she’s a comedian the book is so boring.

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

Nope

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

Disappointment

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  • tara
  • 2011-11-10

so-so

with all the publicity surrounding the book and my love for Tina Fey, I was disappointed with this book.

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  • T. Redwood
  • 2016-01-06

I expected more, actually.

What did you like best about Bossypants? What did you like least?

Tina was funny, but not as funny as I had expected. What is your target audience, Tina? I couldn't find myself in it. A little heavy on the feminism preaching, but I get it. Also, the editor dropped the ball by allowing Tina to begin talking rapidly at the end of some phrases for the effect of muttering under her breath. It was impossible to understand these phrases.

What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

Nothing was really disappointing, although some parts lacked substance. I expected to laugh out loud more than once. I didn't.

What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

Kitten with whip.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope.

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  • Sue
  • 2013-03-07

Can't anyone be funny without swearing? :(

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

I didn't make it through the book...in fact I didn't listen to very much at all. I have small children and I prefer not to have swearing and F-bombs pop out while I'm listening in the house with them. So I'm sure that won't bother most, obviously she is very popular and good at what she does....it's just not for me. Wish I had returned the book when I could have. Oh well.

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  • D. Emerson
  • 2013-10-17

Not worth the time

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

No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Fey again?

No.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Did Bossypants inspire you to do anything?

Yes. To stop swearing.

Any additional comments?

Cursing is not attractive at all.

There is too much cursing for my taste.

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  • Happy Girl
  • 2013-03-02

Not what I hoped

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

Not really, it just wasn't as good as I thought, but it wasn't necessarily bad. I Love Tina but I'm not a huge fan, I didn't want 30 rock regularly anyway. I think you have to really love 30 Rock to love the book as the book was mostly about the show and how she made it big and did the show. I love that she's such a modern day women's libber.

I wish she would have told us how her face got slashed. She shouldn't have even brought it up. I never even noticed her scar before. It was a teaser.

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  • Xylene
  • 2012-08-14

High expectations not met

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If there was anything I would change about this book, it would be the flow of events in her book. I would have appreciated it more if she did not jump around too much when telling her story.

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

Bossypants might have made me realize that this type of genre is not for me but I think I would still try out another book just to make sure.

What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

Three words to describe Tina Fey's voice are quirky, upbeat and supportive.

Did Bossypants inspire you to do anything?

Bossypants inspired me to never apologize for who I am and not to care of what other people thought of me. As long as I know that what I want, go for it and do not look back.

Any additional comments?

I downloaded the standard quality audiobook in my iPhone and was distracted with the slight echo quality while listening.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2012-04-29

Mediocre

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Tina Fey has a weird obsession with a woman's ---- (not sure it's appropriate to name the private part). The story of 30 Rock was great. Beyond that, it was pretty mediocre and I didn't laugh as much as I expected. It was a disappointment.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-06-21

Bof.

La manière totalement aléatoire de séparer le livre en 77 chapitres n'était pas du tout pratique.
De plus, les anecdotes de sa vie personnelle étaient trop nombreuses par rapport à celle concernant sa carrière/vie professionnelle. Dommage, car Tina Fey est une actrice intéressante que j'aime beaucoup.

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  • Customer from France
  • 2018-04-27

Tina Fey is bossy and wears pants

this review will have fifteen words just to satisfy the nerd who made that requirement